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Holiday Celebration Frequently Asked Questions

I’m having trouble filling out my application, can I get help?

If you need technical assistance with your application, please call SurveyMonkey Apply at: (TBA) If you have questions regarding the Holiday Celebration or any of the requirements, please call (213) 972-3099 or email holidaycelebration@musiccenter.org.

How can I learn more about the Holiday Celebration and the application process?

The Music Center will be hosting a series of community workshops in each of the five Los Angeles County districts to educate those interested about the Holiday Celebration and field questions about the application. The dates and locations for these community workshops will be announced soon at holidaycelebration.org. If you are unable to attend any of the community workshops in person, you can join a webinar, hosted by The Music Center, which will become available on holidaycelebration.org on April 30, 2018.

Can I drop off or mail my printed application?

No. We accept only completed online applications. Application and supporting materials that are printed and mailed or submitted by any means other than through the approved online process will not be considered for the Holiday Celebration.

Can I apply if my group is not based in Los Angeles County?

The LA County Holiday Celebration is a celebration of the artistic diversity of Los Angeles County. Given that geographical focus, groups that apply must be based within Los Angeles County.

How do I find out in which district of Los Angeles County my group is based?

Visit http://rrcc.lacounty.gov/OnlineDistrictmapApp/ to locate the supervisorial district in which your group is based. Enter the address in the format required to locate your district number. If you are unable to access the website, call (213) 972-3099. Please be sure to enter a street address and not a P.O. Box. We are unable to verify the district of a group without a street address.

We also ask that you estimate the district in which the majority of your members reside and the district in which your group most often performs. If your group performs in more than one district of Los Angeles County, check mark each district in the application. Visit the link below for a County district map:

http://ceo.lacounty.gov/forms/lacmap.pdf.

Are performing groups compensated for their participation in the Holiday Celebration?

Yes, participating groups receive honorariums. Group honorariums will be determined upon selection and range between $500-$2,500.

What if I am a member of a performance union?

We do accept AFM Local 47 Musicians and members of 4-A (AFTRA, SAG, AEA, AGVA). All union members are required to show proof of membership and complete financial documents that are separate from the group artist honoraria.

Applicants with musician union members in their group may be required to contract with the Local 47 Musicians Union office to disperse artist payments and are required to collect and submit copies of current union cards for all Local 47 members who will perform upon acceptance of participation.

4-A (AFTRA, SAG, AEA, AGVA) choral/dance members that have been approved are paid 80% of the AFTRA scale rate under an agreement with the union. As this is a limited budget production, The Music Center approves a limited number of 4-A affiliated members for this program. As of 2018, we can no longer allow AGMA individual contracting. We will still welcome groups that have signatory status with AGMA.

My act involves elaborate sets/props/costumes. Is that ok?

Possibly. Artists are required to furnish all necessary props pieces and costumes. Given the fast-moving nature of the Holiday Celebration, we cannot allow any major scenic elements. The Music Center reserves the right to require alterations to props and costumes.

If my group is chosen to participate, can I bring my family and friends?

Friends and family are encouraged to come early and enter through the general entrance line. Given the high demand for seating and the number of performers that are a part of the program, we cannot guarantee seating for any artists’ guests.

I am a parent of a child in the program; can I get guaranteed early entry?

Early Entrance Passes will be issued to parents of performers under the age of 16 only. Each pass will admit four family members and will be mailed to the group leader in advance to be distributed. These passes guarantee early entry only. Additional information about Early Entrance Passes will be communicated to the group leader closer to the date.

When will I hear back once my application is submitted?

Applications are due by August 3, 2018. All applicant groups will be notified of the status of their application via email 6-8 weeks from the application deadline. Approved applicants will submit a follow-up Artist Production Form that will be due approximately two weeks after notification. Groups will be asked to provide more detailed information at that time, including specific repertoire, composer/publisher and costume information, lyric sheets, stage diagrams, soloist names and approved union artist contact information.

How do I get feedback as to why my application wasn’t accepted?

The Holiday Celebration team is happy to provide feedback to applicants who were not selected for this year’s program. If you wish to receive feedback please contact holidaycelebration@musiccenter.org no later than 30 days after the official notification and we will contact you to schedule a 20 minute phone conversation.

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