Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Audition for American Idol Season 11! And The $25,000 Harlequin Dance Scholarship!

Attention: Musicians-
American Idol Auditions- Auditions are still going on for American Idol :

Denver- July 27th at Invesco Field


Houston - August 24th at Reliant Park

(I have listed the registration date; entrants are required to register 2 days in advance before the actual audition day.)
 Please read all of the FAQs and Rules to find out more.

Attention: Dancers-

Harlequin Dance Scholarship - This is a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship for dancers.   Dancers can apply on the website that the link above leads to or fax the application from that site to (856)231-4403.  The deadline to apply is on November 1st,  2011.

Monday, April 25, 2011

$5 Million X Factor- Auditions in Chicago April 27th & Dallas May 26

Attention Singers: If you can either get to Chicago on April 27th or Dallas May 26th, you can get a chance to audition for the $5 million prize offered to the winner of the X Factor.   Simon Cowell's brand new talent search is open to anyone who is 12 years or older, a legal U.S. citizen (or eligible to work full-time in the U.S.), and who doesn't currently have a recording contract.

Details (and videos of other auditions -check out your competition-) are available on the site:


Audition venue and  forms available here -(It will be at the Sears Center arena in Chicago).

I haven't posted in quite some time; however, I have been getting so many comments still (I will try to respond to those soon, I promise); and I have missed posting on here.  So I am going to try to resurrect this blog.  I thank you so much for your patience.  I will be able to post more regularly by the end of the semester.  In the meantime, please check out some other auditions that offer you a chance to get a show at:

Reality Wanted
Sir Links Alot Casting Calls
& all of the other links I have listed off to the right.  Also, Please Help!!! Please tell me what you are most interested in.  What type of creative professional are you?  Or are you looking for amateur competitions?  Are you an actor, filmmaker, artist, chef, designer, or dancer (or something else)?  Knowing what people are truly the most interested in will help me make this a better site.  Thanks for all of your wonderful feedback so far; and I can't wait to get back to blogging more regularly.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Could You Be The Next American Idol? Does Your Band Have What It Takes to Become 'The Next Great American Band'?

Hi. I am back after my unanticipated and unavoidable hiatus. I have missed all of you so very much. And I have also missed blogging. I am so sorry about my absence. I am trying to join the service and since my last post I have been doing all that I can do to be the best that I can be. ( I am not altogether certain that I am worthy to join America's finest; however, I really want to be.) Therefore, I have been very busy trying to work towards these ends.
Nevertheless, right now I have some exciting news to tell all of you about. So without further ado... please allow me to tell you about the exciting opportunity to become "America's Next Great Band". Also, American Idol is auditioning very soon. The following contains all of the details about how to audition for both of these amazing opportunities:
According to: http://www.myspace.com/americanband , The producers of "American Idol" are searching for: "The Next Great American Band". At the aforementioned myspace page, you
can "submit your band's video for a shot at fame and fortune". Please click on that link to find out about everything you need to know about this exciting new show (and how you and your band can have a chance to try to win it).
To enter to win, submit your video here ( this is a link to their application page). Information that is available on that page will guide you through that process. If the producers really like what they see they will contact you.
Or, download the application form here , fill out this application, and mail it in with a DVD copy of your audition video to:
PMB #464
You only need to submit your audition DVD in one of the aforementioned ways. Furthermore, please check out the submission rules and eligibility requirements before you submit. The deadline for submissions is JULY 31, 2007.

-American Idol Auditions-

The season 7 auditions for American Idol are scheduled for seven cities across the nation. To quote their website, http://www.americanidol.com/auditions/ , :

"The phenomenal American Idol begins its search for the next singing superstar. Once again, talented singers will have an extraordinary opportunity to perform before millions of TV viewers and become household names, with one winning the American Idol title and a major recording contract."

The following is the audition schedule for the 7th season of American Idol:

San DiegoQualcomm Stadium
July 30, 2007
DallasTexas Stadium
August 6, 2007
OmahaQwest Center
August 10, 2007
AtlantaGeorgia Dome
August 14, 2007
CharlestonNorth Charleston Coliseum
August 18, 2007
MiamiAmericanAirlines Arena
August 22, 2007
PhiladelphiaWachovia Center
August 27, 2007

Please visit their site to find the FAQs, Rules, and Release Forms .

I will be rooting for you. Best wishes; and I hope that your dreams come true.

Also, please check back with this site frequently. I am currently composing an exhaustive list of prizes, awards, competitions, and opportunities for musicians. I should be done with this post very soon. If there are any particular types of opportunities that you are interested in finding out about or if you know about any opportunities, please tell everyone about that in the comment section.... I will be looking forward to reading your fantastic comments.


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Congratulations, We Have A Winner!

Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments. All of the comments were so good that I had a hard time choosing who the winner should be. But I finally decided to award them to Philip. Congratulations! Philip, if you are reading this; please verify that I should transfer the credits to Phil0619 on BE.


Monday, May 14, 2007

Hi, I just wanted to remind people about my contest. I will be wrapping up the contest at the end of Wednesday. So, if you are interested in winning all of my blog credits, please leave a comment about Blog Explosion. I have had so many great comments so far; and I want to thank all of you for your participation.


Sunday, May 06, 2007

I Am Giving Away All of My Blog Explosion Credits; Just Comment on BE

I am giving away all of my Blog Explosion credits. Just leave a comment about BE (good or bad) and you could win.


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Chefs Can Cook in Contests for $$$$ Cash

Hi,( and please forgive me for the corny alliteration in the title. )
I am so excited to show chefs, cooks and those that aspire to be either about the latest and greatest new cooking competitions, contests, prizes & other opportunities. So without further adieu, please allow me to present you with some phenomenal opportunities for chefs and cooks. I hope that you enter, enjoy & win in the following competitions:
-The More Than 1 million Dollar, 43rd Annual Pillsbury Bake-off Contest-
http://food.yahoo.com/pillsbury-bakeoff/ &
www.foodreference.com/html/recipecontests.html - Wow! In the 43rd Pillsbury Bake-off, 100 finalists will win trips to Dallas, TX (Approximate retail value of each finalist package is $2,210) from April 13th to the 15th, 2008 to compete for cash and merchandise prizes totaling $1,053,000. 1 Grand Prize Recipe Winner receives $1,000,000 and a GE Profile Double Wall oven, plus the winner chooses $7,000 in additional GE Profile kitchen appliances. The combined retail value of the Grand Prize is approximately $1,010,000. Also, each of the 4 Recipe Category Winner receives $5,000 & GE ovens with the combined retail value of each Category prize is approximately $7,000. Furthermore, there are 3 other prizes:
*The winner of the America's Favorite Recipe Award will receive $5,000 *The winner of the GE Imagination At Work Award will receive a package with a retail value of approximately $5,000*The winner of the Jiff Peanut Butter Award will receive $5,000. The above is a paraphrased version of information that is listed at: http://food.yahoo.com/pillsbury-bakeoff/rules/print . Here are some direct quotations from this rules page from the contest:
"One overall Category Winner will be chosen in each of the following five Recipe Categories:
Breakfast & Brunches - Casual brunch or weekend family breakfast ideas. For example, sweet rolls, breakfast breads or egg dishes.
Pizza Creations- Snack or family pizzas, calzones, panini and more. Must use Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust in recipe.
Entertaining Appetizers- Appetizers and snacks to serve at casual gatherings with family and friends or for holiday entertaining. For example, bite-size sandwiches, foldovers or pinwheels.
Old El Paso Mexican Favorites- Recipes that creatively use Mexican-inspired flavors. For example, burritos, enchiladas or empanadas. Must use an Old El Paso participating product in recipe.
Sweet Treats- Quick and easy treats for anytime celebrations. For example, cookies, pies, tarts, brownies or bars."
For your entry to be valid, you must submit an original recipe that uses 2 or more different eligible products. There is a complete list of eligible products on the Pillsbury Bake-Off Official Contest Rules webpage: http://food.yahoo.com/pillsbury-bakeoff/rules/print . To enter , please click on this link: http://www.bakeoff.yahoo.com/ and submit your recipe and complete the online entry form. The deadline is coming up very soon. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (central daylight time) on April 22, 2007. Only entries that are submitted via the website in electronic form will be accepted.
Finally, the rules link contains the following information about the criteria that will be used to judge the recipes:
"All entries must meet the requirements of the Recipe Category entered. Recipes not meeting contest entry criteria will be disqualified. Entries must be newly created and the original recipe of the contestant. Initial judging will be done by an independent judging agency and home economists for appropriate use of two or more different eligible products in addition to the criteria outlined below for the finalist recipes:

  • Taste
  • Appearance
  • Creativity
  • Consumer Appeal

Judges will disqualify previously published recipes, such as but not limited to those in cookbooks, in magazines, from food companies, on major food or recipe websites and winners in cooking contests, unless the recipe features changes considered significant by the judges. Finalists will be required to certify, on information or belief, that their recipes are their original creation and have not been published or publicized and have not won a cooking contest... Final judging will be done by a panel of food experts. Decision of the judges is final in all matters relating to this Contest." A complete set of rules for this contest is available on : http://food.yahoo.com/pillsbury-bakeoff/rules .
-The 3rd Annual Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest-
http://www.cookinglight.com/cooking/perks/contests/clurrc07main.html &
www.foodreference.com/html/recipecontests.html - To enter The Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest online, please click on the first link and proceed to the application. There will be a total of $40,000 in prizes awarded for this contest. The grand prize winner will receive $20,000 in cash; and the 4 category winners each receive $5,000. (Also, the grand prize winner's category prize will be donated to the winner's favorite 501(c)(3) charity). The following explains the rules and provides some more details:
According to www.timeinc.net/cooking/secure/contests/recipecontest2007/rules.html ,:
"Each recipe submitted must contain one or more of the following sponsor products: Cook's Ham, Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Quaker Oatmeal, Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Cheese, Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Benefiber, Kerrygold Cheeses and Butters from Ireland, Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar... Each entry must contain a note explaining how you came up with the recipe. Recipes must be lower in fat and calories than traditional recipes... Recipes must list ingredients and exact quantities in order of use, followed by directions in paragraph form ( including cookware type..., cookware size, cooking time and temperature, and number and size of servings).
Final judging will be held in ... NJ... (on) August 28, 2007. Twelve finalists (three from each category ) will fly to Newark, NJ, as guests of Cooking Light, August 27-29, 2007, and will prepare their recipes on-site in the Kings Supermarket Cooking Studio for judging by Cooking Light representatives. Judges' decisions are final. Trip includes round-trip transportation from the major terminal located in the contiguous United States that is closest to the winner's home, round-trip transportation from the Newark airport to the hotel, standard double occupancy accommodations, meals, and transportation to and from the event for the finalists (ERV: $3,000)...
Each entry must specify one of the four categories below for which it is being entered:

  • Starters and Drinks: From breakfast dishes (including smoothies, breads, and main dishes, to before dinner libations, appetizers, and casual pick-up foods, these are the recipes that either start your day or tempt the taste buds before the main meal.
  • Salads and Sides: Side dishes and side salads that round out the meal. Think foods that accompany the main dish such as starches, vegetables, salad greens, or fruit.
  • Entrees: Meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian entrees. Think entre'e salads, mixed dishes, one-dish meals or oven meals. Perhaps quick-and-easy, or make-ahead or slow-cooked dishes. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Desserts: Ah, the icing on the cake, so to speak. Pies, cakes, cookies, parfaits, or anything else that deliciously ends a meal. Think casual or fancy.

Finalists, Judging and Prizes:Entries will be judged on originality, taste, visual appeal, and how well the sponsors' products are utilized."

Please refer back to the timeinc.net site for further eligibility & judging rules and requirements. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit, but each recipe must be original, unpublished, tested in your home kitchen, and submitted on a separate sheet of paper. It is also possible to mail in entries. Mail in your name, address, zip code, daytime phone number, e-mail address, and the recipe category you are entering, along with your recipe's name, ingredients, and instructions, on one side only of a 8.5 x 11-inch plain white paper and mail to: Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest, P.O. Box 1748, Birmingham, AL 35201. Mailed in entries must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2007. Entries received online must be received Midnight CST, April 30, 2007.
-The Alouette "Make Every Occasion Perfect Recipe" Contest-
http://www.jsha.com/alouette/ & http://www.alouettecheese.com/ -Please click on this link for the Alouette "Make Every Occasion Perfect Recipe" Contest to find out that:
"A nationwide search is being launched to find the perfect recipe using Alouette Spreadable Cheese. Home entertainers are invited to submit their favorite Alouette Spreadable Cheese recipe. The winning recipe will contain Alouette Spreadable Cheese and no more than 5 additional ingredients.
The Grand Prize Winner of the Alouette "Make Every Occasion Perfect " Recipe Contest will be awarded a trip for two to Ch^ateau de Berne cooking school in Lorgues, Provence, France. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two, accommodations for five nights ( double occupancy) at the elegant Auberge, four cooking lessons with acclaimed chef Philippe Migot, wine tasting and excursions to the surrounding village and markets of Provence. (This prize package has an) approximate retail value $10,000." The deadline to enter is on May 1, 2007. Please click on either link for further details.
-The $100,000+ Southern Living Cook-Off 2007-
http://www.southernliving.com/southern/inside_sl/07/cookoff2007_web/index2007.html & http://www.southernliving.com/southern/inside_sl/07/cookoff2007_web/07rules.html?SID=null & http://www.southernliving.com/southern/inside_sl/07/cookoff2007_web/07rules.html?SID=null - These links for the more than $100,000 Southern Living Cook-off will provide you with the following information:
" Southern Living wants you to cash in on your best recipe and win the $100,000 Grand Prize in America's largest annual recipe contest- Southern Living Cook-Off 2007.
There is no cost to enter and no limit to the number of recipes one may enter. All entries must be original and must include at least one Cook-Off sponsor product... Entry forms( https://www.timeinc.net/southern/secure/contests/cookoff_2007/entry.html?SID=null ), sponsor lists ( to be eligible, your recipes must contain 1 of their products : http://www.southernliving.com/southern/inside_sl/07/cookoff2007_web/07sponsors.html?SID=null ), and complete contest rules are available at http://www.southernlivingcookoff.com/ .
Categories for the Southern Living Cook-Off 2007 ( http://www.southernliving.com/southern/inside_sl/07/cookoff2007_web/07categories.html?SID=null )include: Your Best Recipe; Quick Weeknight Favorites; Sweet Endings; Good for You; and Party Starters. Fifteen finalists will be selected to compete for the $100,000 Grand Prize. Each category winner receives $10,000. All finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Birmingham, Ala, for the Cook-Off Finals."
Furthermore, some excellent tips on how to win are featured on the press release: http://www.southernliving.com/southern/inside_sl/news/07/cookoff/07/callforentries.html .
The deadline to enter is on June 06, 2007.
A really good article on winning in the big cooking competitions can be found at:
http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/11/10/travel/escapes/10cooking.html?adxnnl=1&pagewanted=1&adxnn . This article contains information about the Big 5 Cooking Competitions. The Southern Living Competition is 1 of the Big 5.
-Coming Soon- The $50,000 Build A Better Burger Competition-
http://buildabetterburger.blogspot.com/ -Another competition in the Big 5 is the $50,000 Build A Better Burger Competition. On this blog, there is a post that claims that the details for the 2007 Competition will be available by April 16. Continue to check back with this blog to get the details.
-The $70,000 Better Homes & Gardens Your Best Recipe Contest-
- Submit your best original recipe to the Better Homes & Gardens Your Best Recipe Contest to try to win some of the $70,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize is $40,000 plus a VIP trip for two to the Better Homes and Gardens and a luxury weekend getaway for 2 at Sonoma County's Rodney Strong Vineyards (including a $500 gift card and VIP concert passes. Furthermore, there will be 7 category prizes of $5,000 each. The categories are as follows: * 20- Minute Meals, *Grilling,* Casseroles,* Slow Cooker,* Desserts, *Personal Favorites. Finally, there will also be a sponsor prize: $2,500 from Sun Maid. Create a recipe within any category using any Sun-Maid product to be eligible to win $2,500 from Sun Maid. The deadline is on June 30, 2007. Please click on the above link to the contest for more detail and to enter.

-The California Raisins Wise Choices Recipe Contest-

http://www.loveyourraisins.com/2007recipecontest/ -Please click on this link to find out about the California Raisins Wise Choices Recipe Contest that has a $10,000 Grand Prize. Submit your favorite recipe with California Raisins to enter. The deadline is on June 30, 2007. The aforementioned link provides more information.

Please a leave a comment. I really want to include the kind of content that you want to know about. What kind of contests, competitions, awards, prizes and other opportunities do you want to see listed here?


Monday, January 22, 2007

Amazing Opportunities for Dancers/Choreographers& Comedians Can Look at the Updated Comedian Post w/ info about Last Comic Standing Casting!

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I am so sorry that it has taken so long for me to post this. However, I'm back with some really unbelievable opportunities for dancers and choreographers. I hope that you enjoy the following :
www.dance.net/topic/5721630/1/Dance-Auditions/mtv-casting-now.html - Please click on this link to find out about the MTV- Making of the Band 4 Casting Call. Here is an excerpt from this listing:
Jobs: Dance Jobs / Dance Auditions
Dance Auditionsmtv casting now en>fr fr>enBy susansdance360 Comments: 7, member since Sun Apr 04, 2004
Posted On Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:53 AM
MTV / Making the Band 4Numerous (see below), CA, U.S.A.90404
Deadline: Wed Feb 07, 2007
Audition Date: Numerous CitiesContact: myspace.com/mtvmtb4
About MTV / Making the Band 4MTV Networks has been around for several years.
DIDDY IS BACK and this time, he's looking for the best *MALE* talent in the nation! If your voice rivals Justin Timberlake's. . . AND you put Usher to shame on the dance floor. . . YOU may have what it takes to MAKE THE BAND! Nationwide casting calls are being held in early 2007 - and DIDDY WANTS YOU! ALL VENUES & DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Open calls begin promptly at 9 AM Please do not line up before 6 AM Check back often for details: myspace.com/mtvmtb4Los Angeles - OPEN CALL JAN 17, 2007 KNITTING FACTORY 7021 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028 Houston - OPEN CALL JAN 20, 2007 MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres St. Houston, TX 77003 Orlando - OPEN CALL JAN 23, 2007 CLUB PARIS ORLANDO 122 W. Church St. Orlando, FL 32801 Atlanta - OPEN CALL JAN 27, 2007 VERVE LOUNGE 511 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308 Chicago - OPEN CALL JAN 30, 2007 CLUB 720 720 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60622 Detroit - OPEN CALL FEB 3, 2007 PLAN B 205 W. Congress Detroit, MI 48226 AND New York City - OPEN CALL FEB 6, 2007 THE ROXY 515 W. 18th St. New York, NY 10011 Danity Kane from Making the Band 3 has already become a HUGE success! Don't miss your opportunity to make history with DIDDY'S INTERNATIONAL *MALE* SUPERGROUP in Making the Band 4! We'd like to meet:SUPERSTARS! If you can SING, DANCE, LOOK HOT and are a *MALE* who is AT LEAST 18. . . DIDDY WANTS YOU!!! (Sorry, no rappers or MC's, please)

The Dance.net posting directs individuals to: www.myspace.com/mtvmtb4 for information about applying and uploading auditions.
Also, it is worth noting that www.dance.net is a tremendous resource for finding out about:
dance jobs, events, dancing jobs in film & tv, modeling auditions, musician auditions, writing positions and more.

www.thedancecurrent.com/listings.cfm?cata_id=8&PERFORM=0 - One of the many opportunities that are listed in this extensive listing for dancers is the DANCE MOVIES Commission (which is being launched by EMPAC for the creation of new works if dance for the screen).
EMPAC- the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute- announces the launch of the EMPAC DANCE MOVIES Commission, a new commissioning program to support the creation of new works in the field of experimental dance for the screen.
Through the DANCE MOVIES Commission, EMPAC is specifically targeting artists based in North America and South America to encourage the development of the genre of dance film and video. The DANCE MOVIES Commission will fund several projects per year with awards in the range if $8,000-$50,000. The deadline to submit artist proposals is February 1, 2007, with applications available on the EMPAC website. For more information, contact Helen Lesterlin: T.(518)276-3918; E. lesteh@rpi.edu . Please visit: www.empac.rpi.edu to learn more.

www.torontodance.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3570 - Please click on this link to this tremendous website to find out about The Beyonce World Tour Auditions. To quote the information that is listed here:
Pop Icon Beyonce is looking for the hottest and best dancers on the planet for her upcoming world tour.
Five U.S. cities -- Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, New York, and Chicago -- will host open call auditions at specific locations...
For further information on auditions, visit:
www.beyonce.com "
I obtained the following from www.beyonce.com/public/news/press.php :

We Love Beyonce - Official Beyonce Fan Site

Updated AuditionsBeyonce 2007 World Auditions

From downtown: turn left on 125th which becomes Hancock Place in .2 miles or westside highway to 125th, Hancock is 125th on the westside.

New York Auditions – Open Call
January 11, 2007NY City Center Dance Studios 130 West 56th St.(Between 6th & 7th Avenues)Open Call –Women2pmOpen Call-Men7pm

New York Auditions- Agency Call
January 12, 2007The Ailey Studios405 West 55th StreetNew York, NY 10019(Corner of 55th & 9th avenue)Agency Women – 11amAgency Men – 1pm

CHICAGO AUDITIONS HAD TO CHANGE AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE GRAMMY’S WEEKEND….WE ARE VERY SORRY, BUT THIS IS THE LAST CHANGE……Chicago Auditions – Open CallFebruary 17, 2007Lou Conte Dance Studios1147 W. Jackson Blvd.(Near West Loop Area)Open Call – Women4pmOpen Call- Men7pm
Chicago Audition- Agency CallFebruary 18, 2007Lou Conte Dance Studios1147 W. Jackson Blvd.(Near West Loop Area)Agency Call- Women4pmAgency Call-Men6pm

Note – Women should be prepared to dance in a high heel shoe or high heel boot.
Men only – If they have one bring a Fedora hat- Not Mandatory…
Bring some type of picture…
Please do not call any of these DANCE studios… just show up ready to dance…….




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*Please do yourself a favor and check out some of the other dancing auditions and opportunities that are listed on www.torontodance.com . I included this particular opportunity because it is beyond cool; however, there are a lot of other amazing auditions that are listed on this site.*

http://mancc.org/content/view/61/33/ - Choreographers might be very interested in this link for the MANCC Choreographic Fellowships. The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) offers Choreographic Fellowships to professional choreographers, allowing them to conduct their own creative research. This is how the program is described on their website:
" Artists are free to maximize the use of the center’s facilities and other resources, including technology. Choreographers are encouraged to take full advantage of MANCC’s laboratory environment in whatever way most useful to their own artistic development. This might involve the testing of new ideas on professional dancers, the inclusion of audiences in the creative process, or the development of dialogue about their work. Through a formal Request for Proposals, artists are asked to describe how they would use the MANCC facilities and a stipend of $10,000. Choreographers may work alone, or they may bring their own dancers, musicians and/or other collaborating artists. The length of the residency is at the discretion of the artist, but is typically two to three weeks. As part of the fellowships, MANCC asks artists to provide multiple entrypoints for audiences. Artists are invited to share their choreographic process with one or more of MANCC’s target audiences: Florida State University (students, staff, and faculty), the greater Tallahassee community. Rather than the usual lectures and master classes, artists are encouraged to form intimate interactions that are engaging rather than presentational only. However, the format and timing are determined by the artist, and supports his or her own process. Choreographic Fellowship Selection Process: Up to six choreographers are selected annually. Artists are nominated by peers in the field each April and approximately 15 are invited to apply each May through an RFP process. Final decisions are made in August by MANCC staff in conjunction with a panel of national constituents. Choreographic Fellowship Selection Criteria: In no particular order:
Artistic merit and evidence of national significance
Timeliness of support in an artist’s career
Articulated understanding of the MANCC research opportunity
Proposed budget – resourcefulness in use of $10,000
Project feasibility and resourcefulness in use of time at MANCC
Creativity of proposed entry points for MANCC constituents
Choreographic Fellowship Eligibility:
U.S. based professional choreographers
Project must take place at MANCC facility in Tallahassee, Florida
Choreographer may not be a full-time student or full-time/tenure track faculty member at a college or university, or be currently employed by Florida State University ."
To contact MANCC or join their mailing /emailing list: (call) (850)-645-2894; or (email) info@mancc.org . More information can also be found on their FAQ page:
http://mancc.org/content/view/40/27/ .

www.danceusa.org/our_members/news.htm - At the very end of this page, there is information about the 50 $50,000 USA Fellowships. According to this:
"America's finest living artists now have a new home where they may find unprecedented private funding. USA is a new nonprofit organization, launched in September 2005 with $20 million in seed funding from a coalition of leading foundations. The long-term vision of the organization is to 'ignite the creativity that makes this country great while building a permanent endowment to support artists' work in perpetuity.'
USA Fellows, the organization's first program, will annually award 50 grants of $50,000 each. The fellowships are designed to function as 'research and development' funding or 'venture capital' for the imagination of artists by encouraging recipients to test new ideas and applications in their work.
Fellowships will be awarded across a broad array of disciplines---Architecture, Design, and Fashion, Crafts and Traditional Arts, DANCE, Literature(fiction, nonfiction, and poetry): Media Arts(film, media, and radio): Music; Performing Arts (performance art and theater): and the Visual Arts. To learn more about the United States Grants program, please visit:
www.unitedstatesartists.org/Public/GrantsProgram/index.cfm .

www.nefa.org/grantprog/ndp/index.html -This link leads to information about the National Dance Program's Production Grants. Here is how the program is described on their website:
"The National Dance Project (NDP) provides a system of support for the living, growing discipline of contemporary dance, by supporting the production and distribution of dance in the United States. NDP views touring as central to the vitality of dance as an art form, and structures its granting process to link the creation and touring of new work. Through the dedicated efforts of dance presenters across the country, NDP helps audiences connect with the rich and varied talents of choreographers and their companies...
Individuals may nominate projects to receive two types of NDP grants:
NDP Production Grants annual deadline: April 1 (or first business day thereafter)
NDP Touring Grants annual deadline: November 1(or first business day thereafter)
Every season, NDP awards 15-20 Production Grants, which typically range from $15,000-$35,00 each. Because NDP views touring as essential to the vitality of dance as an art form, NDP Production Grants are awarded in conjunction with NDP Touring support, which assists a tour of the new work in the season following the work's creation.
NDP Touring Grants support the distribution and presentation (touring) of NDP-funded projects, and projects selected to receive NDP Tour Only support (awarded to projects created without a NDP Production Grant that are complete and ready to tour nationally)"
To learn about: NDP criteria, eligibility, how to apply, deadlines and more; please visit this link:
http://www.nefa.org/grantprog/ndp/ndp_prod_grant_app.html#fund .
To obtain the PDF of the 2007-2008 NDP Grant Guidelines & the Production Grant Application Form , please go to:
http://www.nefa.org/grantprog/ndp/documents/NDPGuidelines07-08_000.pdf .
To obtain the NDP Production Grant Full Proposal Form, please click on this link:
http://www.nefa.org/grantprog/ndp/documents/2006NDPPProposalForm.pdf .
To see the NDP Production Grant Evaluation, please refer to the following:
http://www.nefa.org/grantprog/ndp/documents/2007NDPProductionEval.pdf .

Also, Jane Forde, manager of the National Dance Project, mentions that the NDP will be working with the National Endowment for the Arts to administer their American Masterpiece: Dance (AMD) program. This program is built on the architecture of NDP. Please visit the guidelines link to learn more about this program.

I will be posting more listings about prizes, competitions and opportunities for dancers in the next few days. I will just update this post. Please return often to learn about these new opportunities, (I was afraid that if I listed everything now it would take too long ; therefore, I posted these opportunities now so that you can have access to this great information right away).
And finally,(just a reminder) COMEDIANS might want to look at my updated Opportunities for Comedian post ( 2 posts ago) in order to find out about THE LAST COMIC STANDING AUDITIONS!

-"Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars"-Les Brown


Friday, November 10, 2006

ATTENTION FILMMAKERS: You Could Win A 1 Million Dollar Development Deal with Dreamworks in the"On The Lot" Reality Series Competition

Yes, you have read that right:
"Mark Burnett & Steven Spielberg are looking for the next GREAT FILMMAKER... Welcome to your chance to win a ONE MILLION DOLLAR DEVELOPMENT DEAL with DREAMWORKS... Anybody from anywhere around the world can enter ( 13 and older please)." This is such a fantastic opportunity that I had to post it right away. I will be back shortly with the rest of my fall round-up of opportunities for talented creative professionals. But I just had to post this as soon as I found out about it even though it is out of sequence for my fall round-up. Please hurry because film submissions are due on February 16th, 2007! Here are some of the details that I have summarized from their website:

www.thelot.com/ - "On The Lot is a groundbreaking new show brought to you by reality show mastermind, Mark Burnnett, and legendary producer and director, Steven Spielberg. Over the season, the 16 filmmakers will produce short films in every genre every week and the viewers will vote on who gets eliminated. The winning filmmaker will take home a $1 Million development deal!"
www.thelot.com/submit - Here are the steps (that they outline) to submit your film:

  1. Login or Sign Up as member-It's free!
  2. Enter the film title and select a genre (Comedy, Drama, Action, Funny, Horror, Love, Trailer, Thriller, Animation)
  3. Upload your film
  4. Print and fill out the application ( http://www.thelot.com/OTLOnlineApplication.pdf ) and mail to: On The Lot Submissions; P.O. Box 149; 9663 Santa Monica Blvd.; Beverly Hills, CA. 90210
  5. Once you have uploaded your film and mailed in your application and DVD copy of your film, they do need time to review everything. Please allow up to 2 weeks for your film to be posted and you are officially submitted as a potential contestant for the show. Then film lovers around the world will be able to view your film, rate it, comment on it and blog about it!

Specific rules and guidelines can be found on this link:


And contact them with questions at:


The following can be found at:


Sponsored by: Ford & Verizon

About On The Lot
Aspiring filmmakers can take the first step toward fulfilling their dreams of becoming a Hollywood director by taking part in FOX's new reality competition series ON THE LOT. Video submissions and application forms are now being accepted at thelot.com. Applicants must submit a self-directed short film, up to five minutes in length, that may be shown on the website on a future date.

Mark Burnett
Creator/Executive Producer, ON THE LOT
One of the driving forces behind reality television and a true visionary, Mark Burnett has a long history of executive-producing Emmy Award-winning television. Burnett’s entrepreneurial spirit pioneered the success of the reality...

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Steven Spielberg
Creator/Executive Producer, ON THE LOT
Steven Spielberg is a principal partner of DreamWorks SKG, which he co-founded with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in October 1994 and which was sold to Paramount Pictures in early 2006. Under their leadership, the studio...

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ON THE LOT, executive-produced by Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg, will give aspiring filmmakers from around the world the chance to earn a $1-million development deal at DreamWorks.

Airing next spring on FOX, this unscripted series will feature a cast of 16 undiscovered filmmakers who will compete to win the support of the show's viewers, as their fate will be decided by a weekly audience vote.

The competition will air over two nights weekly, with a one-hour "Film Premiere" episode, followed the next night by a half-hour "Box Office" results show.

After a global search, applicants will be winnowed to a group of 16 talented filmmakers. These finalists will be brought to Hollywood, where they will be divided into teams and begin the journey toward their "big break."

Every week, the hopeful filmmakers will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They'll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer -- professional writers, cast and crew, and maybe even Hollywood celebrities.

After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the "Film Premiere" episode. Judges will include a high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guests, such as directors who are experts in the week's featured genre. But the filmmakers ultimately will be judged by the harshest critics of all … the public.

It will be FOX viewers whose votes determine which film should be left on the cutting-room floor. On the next night's "Box Office" results show, the director whose feature garners the fewest votes will be sent home.

The competition continues and directors are eliminated until only the most talented filmmaker is anointed the winner and heads to DreamWorks … ON THE LOT.

Mark Burnett & Steven Spielberg are looking for the next GREAT FILMMAKER : Submit Your Film
So, you think you’ve got what it takes? If you’re good, you might just get on our new show and win a $1 MILLION DEVELOPMENT DEAL.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

-UPDATED on January 21, 2007-THE LAST COMIC STANDING IS AUDITIONING & Other Incredible Opportunities for Comedians

If you look on NBC's website:
www.nbc.com/Casting/ -You will find information about the open calls for the Last Comic Standing. Bring your best 2 minutes. Last Comic Standing is holding open calls in the following cities. Doors open at 9am.:
February 26, 2007
  • February 26, 2007

The Hollywood Improv-8162 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

  • March 21, 2007

Gotham Comedy Club-208 W. 23rd. St.

New York, NY 10011

  • March 27, 2007

Acme Comedy Club-708 N. First St.

Minneapolis, MN 55401

  • March 30, 2007

River Center Comedy Club-849 E. Commerce St., Suite 893

San Antonio, TX 78205

  • April 3, 2007

The Tempe Improv-930 E. University Dr.

Tempe, AZ 85281

They will also be holding auditions in:

Sydney, Australia; London, England; & Montreal, Canada

Please visit the website to download the open call information. If you have any questions, please call the Last Comic Standing hotline: (818)840-7667 for more information.

Or, click on this next link:

www.realitytvlinks.com/articles/cc0110807-4.html -This site claims that entries can also be mailed to:

Last Comic Standing

c/o Submissions Department

100 Universal City Plaza Building 4250, 3rd floor, Suite D

Universal City, CA 91608

Welcome back. Starting with this post and for a few subsequent posts I will reveal my BIG FAll ROUND-UP OF OPPORTUNITIES for: COMEDIANS,DANCERS,CHEFS,MUSICIANS & SONGWRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ARTISTS & ARTISANS, FASHION DESIGNERS,GRAPHIC ARTISTS/DIGITAL & GENERAL DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS & URBAN PLANNERS/DESIGNERS, WRITERS, WRITERS, FILMMAKERS, SCREENWRITERS/PLAYWRITERS, ACTORS AND ALL OTHER CREATIVE PROFESSIONS. As always, these opportunities will include the most prestigious, lucrative, and gratifying prizes, competitions & awards. I have changed things around a little. Change is good right? (I hope.) The changes are explained in the following:
I have decided to finally follow blogger etiquette and make smaller posts and post them more often. This should ensure that all of the opportunities are as fresh as possible. Furthermore, it will be easier for each profession to get right to the opportunities that apply to them. ( In the past I had decided that since so many opportunities were multidisciplinary that I should post all opportunities at once. With this new change; however, I hope that all creative professionals will look at opportunities outside of their profession because there are many opportunities that are multi-disciplinary.)In the future, I might even give my blog a new face-lift.
I hope that all of you enjoy these new changes. But I would really appreciate your feedback. Do you like it this way? Or did you like it better the other way? Are there any types of opportunities that you want to find out about that I haven't already included? Also, do you know of any other competitions that you would like me to include? Or would you like to exchange links; if so, please contact me at: theprize@rediffmail.com .
Okay, so for this post I will include some incredible opportunities for comedians, such as the following:
$10,000 Seattle International Standup Comedy Competition:
http://seattlecomedycompetition.com/home.php &
http://www.myspace.com/seattlecomedycompetition - These links lead to information about the 27th Annual Seattle International Standup Comedy Competition. There will be a minimum of $10,000 in cash prizes at this competition. This is how their website explains the competition :
"Hundreds of comedians audition each year to compete in the Annual Seattle International Standup Comedy Competition. Only thirty are chosen. In the course of 24 shows over 26 days each November, the field gets whittled down, from 30 to 10 semi-finalists, to "The Funniest 5" who compete in the Finals for the crown"
The competition starts on November 1, 2006. The exact times, dates and locations are posted on the website under the upcoming events section: or visit the myspace page and look for the "upcoming gigs" section. For more information, please visit either site or contact:
Ron Reid
or ron@comedyunderground.com .
$50,000 Funniest Mom in America Contest:
http://www.tvland.com/nickatnite/funniestmom/funniestmom3/ - OR-
http://comedytennessee.com/content/publish/article_236.shtml - Please visit these websites to find out about The Nick at Nite Funniest Mom in America 3 Search. According to the Nick at Night website,
"Nick at Nite is gearing up for a third season of its reality series competition, Funniest Mom in America, beginning Tuesday, April 3 (2007) at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Real-life moms looking to try their comedic chops on those other than their kids can win a shot at this year's title. One lucky winner will win $50,00 plus the chance to host a special night of programming on Nick at Nite.
Funniest Mom 3 is a six-part series which follows these moms' journey to glory. The show follows them from auditions to regional competitions, where twelve moms advance to compete in the semi-finals. The show follows them from auditions to regional competitions, where twelve moms advance to compete in the semi-finals...
Nick at Nite is inviting all moms across the U.S. to send a tape of themselves at their funniest between October 30 and December 14. Additionally, beginning November 6, the network will be holding open calls at various comedy clubs across the country ( comedy club dates found below). Continue to visit nickatnite.com for more details, application, tour dates and all things Funniest Mom in America 3.
This year's competition takes on a different twist, as visitors to nickatnite.com can vote a thirteenth contestant into the semi-finals! NickstNite.com will post footage of the best moms from the auditions, as well as direct submissions - and users to the site can vote for the mom they think should go to the semi-finals. From the semi-finals competition, six moms will be chosen to compete in various comedic challenges."
Both websites give the full schedule for the auditions. Here are the comedy clubs where Nick at Nite will be holding auditions:

  • Monday, November 6:The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles
  • Tuesday, November 7: The Improv-Dallas(Addison)
  • Tuesday, November 7: The Comedy Works in Denver
  • Wednesday, November8:The Improv in Miami
  • Wednesday, November8:The Comedy Connection in Providence
  • Thursday, Novmber 9 : The Improv in Tampa
  • Monday, November 13 : The Comedy Underground in Seattle
  • Monday, November 13 : The Improv in Pittsburgh
  • Monday , November 13: The Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis
  • Tuesday , November 14:The Cap City Comedy Club in Austin
  • Tuesday , November 14:The Comix Cafe in Buffalo
  • Tuesday, November 14 : The Comedy Caravan in Louisville
  • Tuesday, November 14: Go Bananas in Cincinnati
  • Tuesday, November 14: Zanies in Chicago
  • Wednesday, November 15:The Stardome Comedy Club in Birmingham
  • Wednesday, November 15:Comedy Tennessee in Memphis
  • Wednesday, November 15:Wiseguys in Salt Lake City
  • Wednesday, November 15:The Funnybone in Dayton
  • Thursday, November 16 : The Improv in Phoenix (Tempe)
  • Sunday , November 19 : The Funny Bone in Omaha
  • Monday , November 20 :The Funny Farm in Atlanta
  • Monday , November 20 : The Improv in Washington D.C.
  • Tuesday, November 21 : Crackers (Broad Ripple) in Indianapolis
  • Tuesday, November 21: Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh
  • Monday , November 27:The Comedy Castle in Detroit
  • Monday , November 27: The Comix in New York
  • Tuesday ,November 28:The Comedy Connection in Boston
  • Tuesday , November 28:The Comedy Connection in Portland, ME
  • Tuesday , November 28:The Loony Bin in Oklahoma City
  • Tuesday , November 28:Tommy T's in Pleasanton (San Francisco/San Jose)

Nick At Nite is currently seen in more than 88 million U.S. homes. Please contact :

Jennifer Zaldivar at: (212)846-8964 or jennifer.zaldivar@tvland.com


Vanessa Reyes at: (310)752-8081 or vanessa.reyes@tvland.com , for more details.

America's Got Talent Auditions (For Comedians & All Other Talent):

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/tfr/222541259.html - OR-

www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/apply/ -These websites contain information about the America's Got Talent TV show. The first website claims that:

"The producers of American Idol , Simon Cowell and Freemantle Media, are teaming up once again with NBC in search of the hottest variety and novelty acts from across the country!

Talents of all kinds are invited to the audition. We want singers, dancers...magicians, comedians... the sky is the limit!! Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome. Your unique talent could be worth ONE MILLION DOLLARS!"

The proceeding is how this second site describes the auditions for the show:

"Do you want to show America that you have Talent?

Simon Cowell is looking for the most talented people in America!

No matter what your talents, no matter what your experience level, and no matter how unique your act is, if you think that you have talent, we want to see you!

Please read all the important information on this page to ensure you have a smooth audition.


Come see us in the following cities:

(Note: The line starts at 7:00AM for all cities and audition registration closes at 8:00PM.)

  • October 2oth and 21st : Boston,MA - Boston Convention Center

415 Summer Steet

Boston, Massachusetts; 02210

  • October 24th and 25th: Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 S. Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA; 90015

  • October 29th and 30th: Chicago, IL- Navy Pier

600 East Grand Ave.

Chicago, Il 60611

  • November 4th and 5th: Atlanta, GA - AmericasMart

Building #1

240 Peachtree Street

Atlanta, GA 30303"

The full set of rules and regulations can be found on their site. Also, the following forms can be downloaded on their site: * the Eligibility Information * the Casting Information *the Release Form. Those forms are required. Other forms might be required in certain circumstances; please visit their site in order to see the full details. The site also specifies the audition ground rules.

If you cannot make it to a call, they are accepting video submissions for the upcoming season of America's Got Talent. The deadline for video submissions is on October 31, 2006.

Prepare a VHS of DVD showcasing your talent. Please try to keep your tape's length to no more than 2 minutes.

You MUST include a completed Casting Information Sheet and Release Form with any submissions.

Mail the VHS or DVD to:


3412 1/2 West Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91505

Mail-in submissions only. Personally delivered submissions will not be accepted.

The Aspen Shortfest for Comedic Filmmakers and All Other Filmmakers:

www.aspenfilm.org/index.cfm?S=1:2:1:1 -Here is the site for The Aspen Shortfest 2007. It is scheduled to occur from April 3-8, 2007 in Aspen, Colorado. Aspen Shortfest 2007 finalists will be eligible for awards totaling over $21,000 in cash honoraria, as well as a film stock prize donated by Kodak. Top winners may subsequently qualify for Oscar consideration if they meet other Academy Award eligibility rules.

Under the entry guidelines/ eligibility header portion of the site, the following information is given:

  • The"Aspen Shortfest seeks entries demonstrating originality, creativity, integrity and technical excellence in their approach to their subject matter and to the art of short cinema.
  • Entries must be 30 minutes in length, completed since October 1, 2005, and submitted in one of the following categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Children/Family or Other.

Further rules and regulations can be found on the website. The early entry deadline is on November 1, 2006; and the final deadline is on December 15, 2006. The site also gives the complete information on how to submit the Online Entry Form. It is also possible to ship the VHS entry tape with the entry fee to :

Aspen Shortfest

110 East Hallam, Suite 102

Aspen, Co 81611

(telephone #): (970)925-6882

(fax #):(970)925-1967

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Auditions for the Las Vegas Comedy Festival :

www.laughacrossamerica.com/about.html - Here is a website that contains information about the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Here is a brief summary about the event (from this site):

"The Original Las Vegas Comedy Festival promises to provide a multi-day fun-filled event where comics can showcase, network and seek representation from Industry Executives, Comedy Club and College Bookers ...

After a nationwide talent search and contest including a thirteen-city tour auditioning over 1,000 comedians, the festival will feature the best comedy minds in the country. Those selected from our talent search will receive the opportunity to compete at the 'Laugh Across America Finals' in Las Vegas.

LVCF is dedicated to giving fresh and up-and-coming comics a chance to connect with their roots and the people who have blazed the trail of modern comedy... Past award-recipients and panelists have included (:) Don Rickles, Ed McMahon, Bernie Brillstein, Rita Rudner, and George Carlin! Do the names Ty Barnell or Josh Blue ( please watch their You Tube Videos on this post)
ring a bell? Well these first-and-second place winners of this year's Last Comic Standing competition were winners at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival first. Ty was our up and coming comedian of the year 2002, and Josh won the Royal Flush Contest Prize of $10,000 in 2001!"

Additionally, on their main page:

http://www.laughacrossamerica.com/ - There is information about the open call auditions that they are holding. According to this site, auditions will take place in the afternoon, on a first-come, first served basis, with callbacks being held in the evening on the same day.

Here is a list of the confirmed cities for their open call auditions:

  • October 25-Dallas at Hyena's Comedy Night Club (1:00-3:00 P.M. Auditions) (8:30 P.M. Callbacks)650 Houston St.; Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • October 26-Houston at the Comedy Showcase (1:00-3:00 P.M. Auditions) (8:00 P.M. Callbacks)11460 Fuqua St, Suite 300; Houston, Tx. 77089
  • November 5 -San Francisco at the Punch Line (2:00-5:00 P.M. Auditions) (8:00 P.M. Callbacks)444 Battery Street; San Francisco, CA 94111
  • November 7 -Orange County at Martini Blues (3:00-5:00 P.M. Auditions; First come, first served) (8;00 P.M. Callbacks)5874 Edinger Avenue; Huntington Beach, Ca. 92649

They will also be visiting the following cities. Exact dates to be announced shortly:

  • Boca
  • Cleveland
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Las Vegas

For Video Submissions:

Please send a 5-7 minute set, either on VHS or DVD, along with a $25 submission fee. The submission fee will be credited to paid registrants. Invited comics will receive a $25.00 L.V.C.F. paid merchandise credit.

Please send your submissions to:

Las Vegas Comedy Festival

481 8th Ave. Ste. 852

New York, NY 10001

Please refer back to their site in order to obtain the complete set of rules and guidelines.

Okay, just one last thing. I saw Peter Porcupine's Blog and he had the best joke on it; please visit his site to see it at:


I hope that all of you enjoyed all of this; and I hope that all of you talented individuals out there find out about how to get one step closer to your dreams. Please send me your stories or your feedback. Because you're a star; I just know that you are!