ring-of-film-2Hello all.

At Lights Camera Read in 2016 we created a new “Funding for Artists” presentation among other exciting projects.

2016 was a terrific year for Lights Camera Read in terms of fulfilling our mission which is to promote literacy and empower emerging performing artists. Our reach and transformation was primarily online, connecting with over 64,000 artists monthly (or over 768,000 annually) though our cooperative of blogs and vlogs.

Our primary challenge though, was one that is quite common in the nonprofit world, which is – funding. So rather than sitting in the sidelines wringing our hands, we took action. Our strategy is simple, continue to serve our demographic (emerging performing artists) while simultaneously increasing our visibility in regards to need.

We created two educational programs “Funding for Artists” and “Thrillumentary Investment in Movies.” Both are designed to teach creative individuals to be action oriented artist entrepreneurs and make opportunities happen for themselves. Because we come from a for-profit world, entrepreneurship is an important concept to us.

“Funding for Artists” and “Thrillumentary Investment in Movies” are works in progress and manifest themselves in the form of forwarding domain names (FundingForArtists.com and InvestmentInMovies.com) as well as PowerPoint presentations.

The PowerPoint presentations are currently available through individual online digital appointments and we plan to take them to the State University of New York and CUNY environment in 2017. In 2016, at a SUNY “entertainment entrepreneurship clinic” we presented the “Funding for Artists” presentation with very positive feedback.

We also launched new and improved versions (WordPress) of our websites: LightsCameraRead.com, PlatinumPias.com, Thrillumentary.com plus premiered an interactive educational site, ArtGush.com.

The Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists (who are making a difference) is a program we have been producing annually since 2010.

“Thrillumentary” is the learning tool feature length film we are making with Lights Camera Read emerging actors from the Magic Neighbors Theater Company.

Art Gush is the educational site that takes the day to day activities of producing “Thrillumentary” and makes them into online courses that teach artists how to make a feature film in just three steps a day in less than two years.

Art Gush has been developed as a members-only membership site with beta tester scholarships given to individuals on a lottery basis.

So as you can see we were very busy in 2016, and now with the themes of “Funding for Artists” and “Thrillumentary Investment in Movies” at the forefront of our plans, we are quite hopeful for 2017.