Artists Partnership Program

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Ford Theatres ARTISTS Partnership Program

This page is intended for Los Angeles County-based independent artists, nonprofit organizations, presenters, independent producers and producing collectives interested in performing in the 2019 season at the Ford Theatres.

Every year, the Ford Theatres hosts an eclectic season of music, dance, theatre and film events that celebrates the region by reflecting on stage the cultural and artistic diversity of the people of Los Angeles County. Approximately one third to one half of main stage evening programming in the Ford’s 2019 Season will be comprised of Artists Partnership Program presentations.

Artists Partnership Program APPLICATION Process

The Ford Theatres’ Artists Partnership Program (APP) is a competitive application process that provides independent artists, nonprofit organizations, presenters, producers or producing collectives the opportunity to co-present with the Ford Theatres in a historic 1,180-seat performing arts facility. Using a shared risk/revenue model, selected participants will receive preferred dates and access to a fully renovated venue, including lighting and sound equipment and production, marketing, and box office support. There are no upfront fees to participate. Participants retain 80-90% of ticket sales, minus crew costs and other production-related expenses, and are responsible for bringing the proposed event to fruition at the Ford. Participants are also responsible for artist fees and for executing targeted marketing efforts to reach and expand their audiences. 

The APP has a two-tier application format to minimize the work for applicants at the first stage. Letters of Intent that reflect Ford Theatres’ mission to bring people together for transformative arts experiences that inspire, empower and ignite cultural exchange will be considered. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Ford Theatres APP guidelines before submitting an LOI. 

To Be Eligible you must be a Los Angeles County-based independent artist, nonprofit organization, presenter, producer or producing collective interested in presenting in the 2019 Ford Theatres performance season, June through mid-October. 

2019 Letter of Intent OPEN: April 23, 2018

2019 Letter of Intent CLOSE: June 11, 2018


Full Application DUE: August 31, 2018

Notifications SENT: November 5, 2018





Office Hours

The following specialized Ford staff will be available by appointment (in-person or by phone) to answer your questions on the following topics:

Dawn Robinson-Patrick - general information
Arthur Trowbridge - production
Kim Glann - marketing
Ann Jensen - box office

Email or call (323) 856-5793 to make an appointment.