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Tools of the Trade is a program of the Bayview Opera House, funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the Dreamkeeper Initiative. The money comes from the San Francisco General Fund and is part of the 120 million dollars over 2 years that was reallocated from the police department for the direct benefit of the Black community in San Francisco.

Tools of the Trade is a workforce development program intended to primarily support San Francisco artists in their quest to become financially successful as artists or cultural workers. Priority is given to Black applicants. Bayview Opera House offers practical skill development in many areas that are not easily accessible elsewhere, but are needed to be successful in today's arts eco-system.

Applications for Segment 3 are now closed. Watch here for announcements regarding the visual arts track program start.

There are two tracks of Tools of the Trade:
  • Performing arts (October 4 start,  in three independent segments)
  • Visual arts  (Early 2022 start, details tba)

Tools of the Trade - Performing Arts

The Tools of the Trade performing arts program is centered around real live productions and events happening at the Bayview Opera House this year.

Tools of the Trade teaches elements of the many different creative and technical skills that are needed for any performing artist’s career, as well as aspiring technical artists, who work behind the scenes to create an environment the performer can shine in. Skills taught over the course of the 3-segment program include, but are not limited to:

  • Production of complex performances that include many collaborators: artists in different genres, technicians, creative leaders and managers
  • The creative thought process, its implementation and manifestation
  • Lighting design, lightboard programming and operation
  • Live sound, indoors and outdoors
  • Sound and video recording of live performances
  • Video projection as part of a performance
  • Costume and set design
  • And more!

Segment 3:
Hands-on live sound, lighting and event production
Supporting Black History Month events and more

February 7 – April 25, 2022

Educational stipend: $1,000

Required attendance: 48 hours of classes, 48 hours of rehearsals and performances

Schedule: The curriculum follows actual events that students will support at the Bayview Opera House and and most classes will be held Mondays from1:30pm - 5:30pm.Most, but not all events happen on weekends. Due to the many current postponements and cancellations of events due to the Corona virus the curriculum is still not finalized.

Learning it All

This 3rd segment will focus on reviewing in practical detail skills needed for live sound mixing and lighting for performances as well as stage management, and also delve into live sound and video recording and video projection, plus event planning and promotion, and front of house management.

Performances that students will support:
Unfortunately, many planned events are being postponed due to COVID concerns, and further changes may occur. In the meantime, students will get basic training and opportunities at practical sessions on light and sound boards, to get prepared for the upcoming events.

Scheduled performances in February and March:

February will feature various events related to Black History, and students will gain expertise in supporting a variety of performances. Students have to put in a total minimum of 96 hours of instruction and hands-on performance support to earn the stipend (about 48 hours of each), but are encouraged to participate in additional hands-on learning opportunities. Students are not obligated to support every single event. College credit is possible.

Preliminary Calendar of Events February - April

Feb 22: Art reception and fashion show with Afatasi

Feb 27: Dr. Rhoss – Chitlin Circuit Live

March 6: Calvin Keys 80th Birthday Concert

March 13: SF Girls Chorus with Bobby McFerrin

April 2: Eric Smith Trio

April 7: Movie: The last Black Man in San Francisco

April 9: War Against Gun Activity

April 16: Totiana White - Hip Hop and R&B Showcase

April 23: Youth Speaks Event

April 30: D10 Pride Vogue Ball

Schedule subject to change.

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