Yianni Stamas talks about Nonprofit Fundraising

A question we get asked often is “What is the difference between for-profit and nonprofit fundraising.” And the simple answer is that when you are getting funds for a for-profit company, there tends to be equity that is given to the investor for her or his investment. Whereas with a nonprofit organization raising funds, accepts in the funds in the form of a donation which the donor can write off on her or his taxes.

There is an article on the “Thrillumentary” website that might be of interest to you. It speaks about a 3 step process to raise funds as a nonprofit.

Housing for Artists

ensemble2Although it may seem at times like auditioning for a closed jazz ensemble, affordable housing for artists is actually available in the Big Apple.

Are you an artist living in New York City who is looking for affordable housing? If yes, then there’s a new website from Lights Camera Read that could be of interest to you.

It’s called “NYC Housing Lottery” at and it’s all about a journey to find affordable housing in NYC.

It is a series of ever evolving blog entries where you are shown step by step what you can do to navigate the New York City housing world and get a great apartment.

Lights Camera Read is doing the website because it fulfills a part of their mission which is to empower performing artists. We hope this is is relevant and interesting to you. Enjoy!

Also, in tandem with “Housing for Artists” is an educational program we developed in 2016 called “Funding for Artists.” Details about this program can be found in Lights Camera Read’s 2016 Annual Report, excerpts from which are in the following blog entry:

Yianni Stamas Funding For Artists and Year’s End LCR Report

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 ( and 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:,, plus premiered an interactive educational site,

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.

“Thrillumentary” Reading in About a Week

script-readingAs many of you know, Lights Camera Read is producing a movie this year called “Thrillumentary.”

The “Thrillumentary” table read is happening in about a week and we are quite excited.

We’ve assembled a cast for the reading and trailer as per the Art Gush Method of Digital Filmmaking.

This is not only a reading of the script but also a recording of the dialogue. Some of the recorded dialogue may be used in the trailer.

Plus, speaking of upcoming Lights Camera Read events, in regards to the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists (Making a Difference) we’ve been getting questions again from people wanting to know how artists are nominated.

The answer is that anyone can nominate any artist they feel is “making a difference” in her or his community, especially in New York City, because then it is easier for the nominee to attend the awards.

In fact, you can even nominate yourself!

We accept nominations throughout the year for the following year’s Pias. Simply click “return” and give your suggestion for an artist nominee for 2018 and how they are making a difference in their community.

Meanwhile, it is just a little over a month and a half until the Platinum Pias 2017. March 20th is just around the corner!

Yianni Stamas on Platinum Pias Artists 2017

platinum-pias-artists-2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lights Camera Read, in association with Empire State College, State University of New York, present – the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists, 2017. The Pias, since 2010, have consisted of creative individuals who are making a difference in their NYC neighborhoods and internationally.

The Platinum Pias is a video and live presentation. Live awards presenters this year include Richard T. Oliver (two time Grammy Award winning producer and engineer), Tina Casula Gross (Broadway Performing Arts Center), Ali Baynes (“Thrillumentary”) and Rodger Taylor (WurkNprogress and formerly of the NYPL).

For the first time ever the Platinum Pias and their producer, Lights Camera Read, are involved in the development of a mystery/thriller feature film called “Thrillumentary.” “Thrillumentary” is the story of a media artist who must solve a murder to save his community awards show, hence the alternative title “Thrillumentary: Making a Difference Can Be Murder.” There will be some filming done at the Pias this year for the motion picture!

Why do we do the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists? We do the show to demonstrate the importance of the arts in our current times plus recognize the artists making the art. Who will win the Platinum Pias? Please come as our guest to find out.

The awards will be on Monday, March 20 at 6:30PM at DCTV Community Media Center at 87 Layfayette Street. There will be food and refreshments and admission is free! To get your ticket sign up for the newsletter then email requesting a pass.

The artists nominated this year include…For the “Actor Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Danny Hicks (“Evil Dead 2”), Lin Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”) and Victor Verhaeghe (“Bridge of Spies”). For the “Artist Teacher Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Alina Bloomgarden (MOTI), Bruce Payne (Baruch “Arts Administration” Program) and Mamedjarra Diop (Sunu Thiossane). For the “Musician Making a Difference Platinum Pia” – Chi-Y (Hip Hop Artist), Justin Giordano (Singer/Songwriter) and Thrillumentary International Band (Movie Soundtrack for “Thrillumentary”). And finally, for the “Pop Icon Making a Difference Platinum Pia” the nominees are Bobby Hart (Monkees Songwriter), Karolyn Grimes (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) and the late Tony D. Fields (Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”).

Platinum Pias 2017 Date Has Been Set

It’s official, the date of the 8th Annual Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists has been set. This is a much anticipated edition of the popular awards show because the focus will be entirely on artists who are making a difference in their NYC and international communities.

The Platinum Pias has a come a long way since it’s humble beginnings in 2010 but still manages to keep its “community feel.”

One of the exciting aspects of this Pias is that it will feature a bit about the behind-the-scenes of the making of the theater/web/film project “Thrillumentary.”

“Thrillumentary,” as you may recall, is the endeavor that will first be a theater piece, then a web series and finally a feature film.

The 3 steps a day taken by the makers of “Thrillumentary” are documented for members only, of the Art Gush Method of Digital Filmmaking website.

Art Gush Digital Filmmaking


Here at Lights Camera Read (producers of the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists) we are truly excited about the Art Gush educational website and its impact on the digital filmmaking scene.

Because of our Media Space NYC cooperative of vlogs and blogs, we can include Art Gush as a part of the NYC message of hope for the arts that reaches over 120,000 a month.

Art Gush is a unique membership site which documents the behind-the-scenes of the making of “Thrillumentary,” the mystery thriller, from concept to creation to distribution and marketing.

The lessons are broken down into weekly courses that in turn are further reduced to 3 steps a day. Art Gush is considered a breakthrough method of thriller digital filmmaking where the student can make a feature film in 3 steps a day, working most days only 1 to 2 hours.

Art Gush empowers the user to be able, through organizational strategies, to easily wear more hats on the production and therefore keep costs down. These roles include producer, director, writer, editor, actor, composer, marketer and distributor.

Art Gush makes it all simple for the student who has at least some background in filmmaking or the arts and is good with computers!

Many of the Art Gush users who are making their own feature length films are on this email list and as always we welcome feedback from those who are in the trenches.

Yianni Stamas Talks About the Platinum Pias

thrillumentary-international-bandHi, Yianni Stamas here.

The Lights Camera Read crew asked me to do an update on the Platinum Pias Community Awards Show for Artists coming March, 2017.

We are already hard at work on it and most of the nominees are in, but they won’t be announced until early January when we do a major casting push for our movie in development, “Thrillumentary.”

Yes, “Thrillumentary” is the big news for the upcoming Platinum Pias because, in a manner of speaking, the Pias are going to have a feature film made about them. Of course the motion picture is fictional and has a murder mystery twist.

Why also is “Thrillumentary” an important aspect of the Platinum Pias? Because the production of this flick marks the beginning of a new tradition which is to collaborate with artists, some of whom will be nominated if they are making a difference in their communities.

For example, the “Thrillumentary” International Band (doing the “Thrillumentary” soundtrack) has been nominated in the “Musician Section” due to the fact they symbolize a unified planet Earth. The band consists of music makers working electronically with each other from all over the world including Bulgaria, Ireland, England, Oregon, New York, Berlin and more.

As mentioned in this article on the Platinum Pias website, the photo above is the first known picture of the Thrillumentary International Band.