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By Siobhan Burke
When you dreamt of becoming a choreographer, you probably didn’t fantasize about details like applying for grants, devising your annual budget, drafting press releases, launching Kickstarter campaigns, promoting your shows, and all of the other administrative fun that comes with making your own work.
The artists of A.O. Pro(+ductions), a resourceful collective of freelancers in various disciplines, know that tackling these tasks is a lot less daunting in the presence of friends, food, and other creative minds. As part of the Brooklyn-based teaching series CLASSCLASSCLASS, the A.O. Pro team is hosting free and informal "Office Hours" focused on fundraising and budgets (April 29) and marketing/branding/design (April 26 and May 17). Bring any burning questions, budding schemes, or in-progress projects that could use an outside eye.
The Joyce Theater Foundation is also helping artists to navigate the business of dance, in a slightly more structured setting. Its “Free Advice” seminars start up again next Monday, April 30, with “What in the World Is a Teaching Artist? And How Do I Become One?” Future sessions cover topics like "APAP Showcasing" (June 11) and "Production Basics" (June 25). On June 18, you can schedule a one-on-one consultation with an arts administration expert. Space is limited. Register in advance here. —Siobhan Burke