As an academic researcher and cultural producer I have worked on a variety of grant proposals over the years. Though my experience is in performing arts, my skills are applicable to small business and non-profit grant proposals of all kinds. I have also served as a peer-reviewer for grant review boards. Below are two examples of recent projects I have worked on.
I created Future Traditions in 2019 as a platform for Latinx musicians, composers, and multimedia artists working at the intersections between tradition, technology and experimentation. I was able to fully fund the first edition of the festival solely through securing grants and sponsorships, resulting in a successful event that was free to the public. We featured guest lectures, a roundtable discussion, and five carefully curated performances by both local and visiting artists.
HUAPANGO SIN FRONTERAS
Since 2016 I have been in charge of government grant applications for Austin-based music festival Huapango Sin Fronteras, in collaboration with our fiscal sponsor, Texas Folklife. HSF features Mexican and Mexican American performers playing son huasteco and huapango arribeño. My work has helped HSF secure the COA Cultural Heritage Festivals Program grant for three years in a row, a substantial award which has allowed the festival to continue and grow.