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            Press PLAY to learn about NEXT STAGE

    Supporting the next generation of Seattle area performing artists. 

    Take your arts career to the Next Stage!

    Beginning in October – NEXT STAGE WORKSHOP SERIES
    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 6-8pm @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center

    Join our Next Stage artist cohort and some of Seattle’s leading industry professionals for discussion and insight on developing and progressing your career in the arts.

    Held every 3rd Tuesday DOWNSTAIRS at Fremont Abbey Arts Center. (**NOTE Our November workshop is on the 2nd Tuesday to due to the holidays the following weekend) 

    DATES AND DESCRIPTIONS:

    10/17/17 – Book it: Pro Tips for Performing Artists – Booking & Communication – Industry Panel

    11/14/17 – Talk to a lawyer! (Legal Advice for Artists ) with Property Rights Attorney, Ashley Long

    Learn the basics of contract language, licensing, copyright laws and other important guidelines for knowing your rights and maintaining ownership of your work as it becomes public.

    Ashley Long is an attorney in the startup group at Carney Badley Spellman in downtown Seattle. She assists emerging companies and individuals with their corporate and intellectual property legal needs. Ashley’s services include intellectual property portfolio development and maintenance, tech transactions, commercial contracts, entrepreneurial financing, and corporate governance.

    12/19/17 – The Artist’s Path to “Success” – Industry Panel featuring RA Scion (Ryan Abeo), Evan Florey-Barnes, Anastacia Renee Tolbert and more!

    1/16/18 – The Give Back – with Nikkita Oliver

    2/20/18 – Health and the Hustle – Industry Panel

     

    ANNOUNCING the 2018 NEXT STAGE Cohort!

     

    We were absolutely inspired and awed by the number of talented artists that applied this year to be a part of NEXT STAGE. After careful deliberations and difficult decisions we have landed on this year’s cohort! This is an immensely skilled and diverse group of young artists whose talents range from blues music to hiphop to illustration to graphic design to folk music to contemporary dance and film.           Go ahead, click their names below and take a look/listen for yourself!

    Luke MartinJake Haber “Habes”Lynn LeNatalya ZrazhevskayaLindsey Moore, Suzi SpoonerTyler Dobies, Sydney ChavanTommy Ferguson, Allison Morton, Nick Ryder

    PAST SESSIONS:

    2017 cohort  | 2016 cohort

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    Abbey Arts in Seattle presents, NEXT STAGE:

    A professional development program for young artists 18-24. The ongoing program involves professional training designed to help emerging Seattle area musicians, performance poets, and visual artists grow towards a sustainable career in the arts.

    NEXT STAGE provides business & marketing advice for young artists 18-24 who are serious about their craft.

    A few words from former Next Stage artists: 

    “With access to the Fremont Abbey, I’m able to practice and write much more efficiently. Just use of the space has helped my creativity tremendously…I would of course recommend this program…It forces you to take not only your craft, but your business and brand more seriously.” – Katie Kuffel (2016) 

    “The Fremont Abbey Arts Center is a space for making. As a Poet and an Actor, I often feel ‘written out’ of social spaces and structures for life. It was such a huge gift to not only feel welcomed into the Abbey community, but respected and valued for my work.” – Sienna Burnett (2017)

    “I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities offered from Abbey Arts, and would recommend the Next Stage program to all the young artists out there looking to share their creativity, soul, and voice.”         – Qin Tan (2017) 

    “I just wanted to express how incredibly grateful I am that you gave me the opportunity to join Next Stage and release my record at the Abbey. Your open-mindedness and generosity has truly changed my life.” – Anna Freedman (2017)

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    guest speaker Kevin Sur of Artist Home (Timber, Doe Bay Fest) discussing Booking and Promoting to a packed house 2/21/17

    NEXT STAGE Info:

    For Young Artists 18-24 years of age:

    (Must be 18-24 as of September)

    8-12 emerging artists will be selected for the Fall Session that runs September-April.

    Artists selected for the ’17-’18 session will be announced August 2017 

    Genres include:

    •  Musicians/Bands (all genres)
    •  Visual Artists (Paint, Pen,      Photo, Video)
    •  Poets (Spoken Word, Lyricism, Page)

     

    The Abbey has provided a creative space & early performance opportunities for many well known acts including Mary Lambert, The Gundersens (Le Wrens), Courtney Marie Andrews, Bleach Bear, Ben Fisher, Katie Kuffel, Coho, and more.

    We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, non-religious organization for people of all ages & incomes since 2005. 

    Big thanks to program support from The Larsen Fund, Tableau Software, Ferguson Family Foundation, Newman Assistance Fund, 4Culture, and Via Tribunali Fremont.

    Program Includes:

     

      • Monthly industry workshops which include: business training in areas of booking, marketing, PR, and promotions plus advice & training on branding, website development, media use and more!
      • Monthly offsite behind-the-scenes visits to Seattle’s leading arts venues
      • Video, photo and audio recording opportunities

        16 - '17 Next Stage Cohort with Program Manager Matt Gano

        16 – ’17 Next Stage Cohort with Program Manager Matt Gano

      • Performance & exhibit opportunities at major events with stipends and/or % of ticket sales paid to artists.
      • Rehearsal spaces available during select times, including use of grand piano, PA, etc.
      • Cross collaboration with other young artists
      • Creative & performance feedback from fellow artists & Abbey Arts team
      • Early VIP entry to industry workshops
      • Participants will put together a collaborative performance piece and perform at a special showcase event at the end of the term
      • Access to mentors in your related field
      • Grants for licensed professional counseling from therapists (artists pay a small co-pay) via Artist Life Guild a separate 501c3 nonprofit.
      • + Free tickets to attend select Abbey Arts produced concerts
      • To encourage access from artists in the greater Seattle area, a modest travel reimbursement (bus/gas) may be available for qualified participants. Please feel free to ask in your application.

    Term:

    SESSION 3: Fall/Spring ’17 – ’18 –  Beginning September 19, 2017

    The primary workshops & team gatherings will be held 1 to 2 times per month (with potential for additional meetings) on weekdays for approximately 6 months. Rehearsal time available weekdays generally. Public performance dates will vary.

    Willingness to commit to program length in its entirety is required.

    Workshops will primarily be held at Fremont Abbey Arts Center (in upper Fremont on the #5 and E line) with some activities potentially at Ballard Homestead and other venues around Seattle.

    Travel stipends may be available for those who qualify (within the Seattle area).

    All participants who successfully complete the program and fulfill program commitments will be awarded a, NEXT STAGE Training Program Certificate of Completion; which may assist with future bookings and performance opportunities.

    [NOTE: We require all performers and program participants to adhere to the Abbey Arts respect policy – see www.abbeyarts.me/about]

    Fremont Abbey Arts Center is an all-ages venue

    Criteria:

    An industry panel will review applicants based on financial need, skill level, commitment to career, interest in collaboration, and expressed desire to learn.

    Note:  Next Stage is not designed to provide training in art, music, poetry or other craft. Referral to outside classes, voice lessons, instruction, etc. may be available however.

    How to Apply:

    Applications now CLOSED for ’17 -’18 Session 

    1. Read the INFO above
    2. Fill out the Google FORM below  { Mobile Friendly Version }

    Questions?  Email or call Matt Gano our Program Manager – youth(at)fremontabbey.org / 206-414-8325 (office hours typically T-Th 12-6pm)