AMP connects artists and behind-the-scenes collaborators of all genres, including musicians, painters, performance artists, writers, dancers, and many more, with resources, opportunities, and personal connections. Many AMPers also provide free temporary lodging for other members. With thousands of members in 86 countries, AMP enthusiastically and energetically builds bridges between artists, audiences, and producers through our website, as well as at AMP-hosted parties and multimedia events worldwide. AMP is free to join. The only 'cost' is your energy and enthusiasm in building a global artistic community and helping fellow artists.
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Artists - surviving better than stereotypes would predict

Nice report on the not-totally-starving art school graduate:

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The Uncomfortable Zones Of Fun - March 2011

The Uncomfortable Zones Of Fun - March 2011
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experience/participation performance in Oakland, CA -- THE UNCOMFORTABLE ZONES OF FUN

The Uncomfortable Zones Of Fun - March 2011

experiments in experience/participation performance

The Underground Hit!
CRITIC'S CHOICE: East Bay Express

Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor. Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations will be accepted.)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058

For more information
Call: 510-526-7858

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Song contest raises awareness about crimes against journalists

A song contest called "Lend Your Voice to the Voiceless" hopes to raise awareness about crimes committed against journalists in Latin America.

It is organized by the Inter American Press Association IAPA through their Impunity Project, which was founded in 1995 to fight violence against journalists and reduce the impunity that surrounds most of the crimes.

To enter, contestants must upload a one-minute video, either as a singer or songwriter. The contest winner will receive a USD$5,000 prize.

So far, 61 songwriters and 65 performers have entered their videos. You can also vote on the videos, one vote per person per day. Song entries run the gamut of musical styles -- from rap to more traditional ballads.

For more information (in Spanish) click here.

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Photo contest for portraits of St. Petersburg

Photographers who live in St. Petersburg, Russia are invited to submit portraits of their city for a contest.

Called the "Positive and Negative Sides of St. Petersburg," the contest is open to Russian nationals as well as foreigners who live in the city.

Applicants can submit up to five photos reflecting their city in a positive light and five which show it in a negative one. Unedited photos are preferred. The best photos will be published.

The competition is endorsed by the Journalist's Union of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region.

For more information (in Russian), click here.

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Environmental Film Festival

March 15, 2011 - March 27, 2011

The 19th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, March 15 through 27, will present 150 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children's films selected to provide fresh perspectives on environmental issues facing our planet. The critical connections between energy and the environment are a major theme of the 2011 Festival, which features cinematic work from 40 countries and 81 Washington, D.C., United States and world premieres. Fifty-five filmmakers and 94 special guests will discuss their work at the Festival.

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Competition for writing on forestry issues launches

Enter your stories on forestry issues-logging, conservation, and legal issues-in a contest.

The competition is organized in honor of the United Nations International Year of Forests and supported by ENPI-FLEG, the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) Program.

Topics of entries include struggle against illegal logging, corruption, comparison of law in Ukraine and the European Union, forest protection in Ukraine, research and more.

Entries must be published in 2010-2011.

For more information (in Russian), click here
or (in Ukrainian), here.

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Start-up program supports first-time filmmakers

First-time filmmakers can apply for financial and production assistance.

The BLOOM! Cine Startups Initiative, sponsored by Canon Middle East and D-Seven Motion Pictures, will provide support to independent filmmakers through assistance with permits, fund raising, script editing and marketing. The initiative also includes access to cameras, freelance professionals and postproduction facilities for a substantially reduced cost. Short films are preferred, but documentaries and feature length films are also considered.

The accepted budgets for films ranges from AED30,000 to AED300,000. D-Seven Motion Pictures will then allocate a 50-70% discount. Five to seven projects will be accepted a year.

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2012 Olympics photography contest launched

Photographers who want to their test stamina for sports coverage can enter a contest to cover the 2012 London Olympics.

To win that all-expenses paid trip, they'll have to be one of the best photographers to cover a pentathlon event held this year in: Palm Springs (US), Sassari (Italy), Budapest (Hungary), Chengdu (China)m, London (Great Britain) and Cairo (Egypt).

The Union International de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) is sponsoring the UPIM Road to London Olympics Photography Competition. The modern pentathlon includes five events: pistol shooting, € ¦ép€ ¦ée fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping and cross-country running. The competition aims to find the five best photographers to cover the events of the 2012 Olympic games.

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Deadline approaching: photography contest, Census of India

India's census bureau launched a photography contest to show that the second most populous country in the world has "strength in numbers."

The Census 2011 photography contest, sponsored by the Census of India, seeks photos that are related to that theme. The aim of the contest is to show that India's population is not an obstacle to success, but in fact a plus.

At last head count, figures show India as the second most populous country in the world after China with over 1.18 billion people, more than a sixth of the world's population.

To enter, upload a photo on the Census of India Facebook page with a justification of how it relates to this theme.

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