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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation‘s Performing Arts Program is hosting a webinar this Thursday, January 26, at 10 a.m. to introduce a new five-year initiative, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions. Nonprofit organizations based in the 11-county San Francisco Bay Area will be eligible to receive grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 to work with outstanding artists from anywhere in the world to create 50 new works of performing arts of exceptional quality and enduring value and to premiere them in local communities.

Those interested in the Thursday Webinar should register in advance.

The first year of this five-year initiative will support music composition in diverse genres, including, but not limited to: jazz, world music, symphonic, contemporary, and choral music, as well as folk and traditional music. Future years will focus on other performing arts disciplines: theater, dance, folk and traditional arts, and film and media.

The Creative Work Fund is delighted to help spread the word about an exciting program that represents a groundbreaking opportunity for Bay Area organizations and their audiences. Please note that the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions are an initiative of the Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts programs and queries should be addressed to that source — not the Creative Work Fund.