New Heights: Artist Development Workshops

New Heights: Artist Development Workshops 2017-11-08T12:21:56+00:00

The Santa Clarita City Council and Arts Commission is proud to present New Heights, a series of workshops, panel discussions, and lectures designed specifically to engage creative individuals, no matter what level of experience. The sessions will help artists, performers, and arts organizations expand their knowledge while learning valuable tools to increase success.

A total of 12 sessions will take place in the 2017 season and will cover music, filmmaking, the visual arts, and general education for art groups.


Booking Agents: What They Do and Who They Are Looking For – March 29, 2017

At this session, panelists discussed the role of booking agents and helped musicians understand why they are important in taking a music career to the next level.

The Home Studio: How to Set Up Shop at Home – May 3, 2017

Panelists in this session went into detail about creating a home studio and how to make it a productive space for a reasonable budget. Click the link below for an audio recording of the session.

Music Supervision: How to Get Your Music Noticed – August 9, 2017

Do you dream of hearing your songs or compositions on a television show, video game or movie?  Wondering how to make that happen?  Music supervisors are tasked with finding music for visual media, and getting their attention is the key to you realizing your dreams.  In this New Heights session, panelists will discuss all aspects of music supervision and help you figure out how to get your music noticed.


You’ve Made a Short Film, Now What? Distribution Avenues for Film – February 8, 2017

Panelists at this session focused on the unique distribution challenges for short films and helped filmmakers figure out where to focus their efforts.

Top Marketing Tips for Indie Filmmakers – April 12, 2017

This discussion focused on helping independent filmmakers step out of their comfort zones and market their films. Click the link below for an audio recording of the session.

Creating a Reel that Sizzles: Tips for Creating a Sizzle Reel – June 14, 2017

Panelists at this session discussed how the trailer or sizzle reel can be a great marketing tool for filmmakers, actors, and directors.


Visual Art

Marketing Your Art: Social Media, Websites, and Online Sales – February 22, 2017

Panelists at this New Heights session discussed ways to help artists market their art to the biggest audience possible. Click the link below for an audio recording of the session.

Art Demonstrations Day: Watercolor – September 20, 2017

If you’re looking to incorporate new art forms into your work or just enjoy seeing new perspectives, join us for the next New Heights session.  A professional in the use of watercolor will be demonstrating this art forms.  You will learn tips and techniques as well as methods of preparation.

Should I Create Art? Should I Continue to Make Art? – November 15, 2017

You’re not alone if you have doubts about your artwork.  All artists do from time to time.  They wonder if they’re good enough and if their art actually fills a need in the world.  They wonder if they need to sell their work to call themselves artists or if it’s good enough just to create.  At this New Heights session, panelists will discuss all these doubts that may be floating around in your head too.  They’ll help you figure out when to ignore them and when to use them as inspiration.

Art Groups

Marketing Strategies for Your Arts Organization – April 26, 2017

This panel discussed marketing tips to help arts organizations create public awareness and also help attract more members.

Grant Writing Tips and Techniques – July 12, 2017

Writing a successful grant requires many components including effective writing techniques.  This panel will provide tips and techniques to help the grant writer navigate their way through the grant proposal process.  Our panelists will show you how to write innovative proposals that are aligned with your goals, illustrate ways to present accurate budget details, and provide you with many other resources.  Additionally, you will learn effective ways to match your organizations needs and goals with appropriate funding sources.  This panel discussion will give tips and hints for both the experienced and novice grant writers.

Accomplish More with Volunteers – October 18, 2017

Your dream of building an organization to bring artists together has become a reality, but it doesn’t run itself.  Members help, but they, like other volunteers, can get burned out.  How can you keep that from happening?  Are there any other avenues for obtaining volunteer assistance?  Our New Heights panel will help open your eyes to resources in the community and help you figure out how to provide your volunteers with meaningful work that keeps them excited about their contribution.



If you weren’t able to make it to our previous New Heights: Artist Development Workshops, listen to the podcasts.