Saturday, June 2, 2012

2013 Slam Surveys - Due 9/3/12

 Welcome to the 2013 SLAM SURVEY!  2013 PUPPET SLAM GRANTS in the amount of $2,000 are available to qualified puppet slams through the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), administered by Heather Henson’s IBEX Puppetry.
Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Cabaret #Chicago, Manual Cinema, 2011, Photo: Joe Riina-Ferrie

 To qualify for a 2013 Puppet Slam Grant, you must submit a completed 2013 SLAM SURVEY and the 2013 PHOTO SUBMISSION form, along with three photographs from your Puppet Slam.  First time applicants, and applicants who have switched Fiscal Recipients within the past year, must also provide a letter from their Fiscal Recipient. Please read through this document as some guidelines have changed since last year. 


If you have received a 2012 SLAM GRANT and do not intend to apply for a 2013 SLAM GRANT, please treat the SLAM SURVEY as a FINAL REPORT. If for some reason, you have not used previous grant monies, please use the SLAM SURVEY as a PROGRESS REPORT.

1. 2013 SLAM SURVEY (Download)
2. 2013 PSN PHOTO SUBMISSION form (Download)
3. A letter from your FISCAL RECIPIENT
(if you are a first time applicant, or your fiscal recipient has changed)

 2013 SLAM SURVEYS are due by email no later than MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2012 (There will be no exceptions).

The 2013 PSN PHOTO SUBMISSION form is due by September 3rd, 2012. However, if you have not held your slam by September 3rd, you have up to one week after you hold your slam and no later than December 15th to send the actual  photos, but the form will still be due.

For the purposes of the SLAM GRANT, the SLAM SURVEY, and the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), we define a “Puppet Slam” as:

 “A live puppet slam, cabaret, or evening of short-form puppetry and/or object theatre for adult audiences from a variety of artists.”

-       Puppet film screenings
-       Long-Form work / Full-length productions, Evenings of 1 artist or company
-       Shows for children, or shows advertised as “all ages” or “family friendly”
-       Workshops or Educational activities
-       Entire festivals (which happen to contain Puppet Slams)
-       Festival, Organization, Theatre Company, Puppetry Department overhead
-       Variety evenings that are not predominantly live puppet and/or object theatre
-       Parades or outdoor events
The purpose of the SLAM GRANT is to support Puppet Slams to help pay for costs directly related to puppet slams, including but not limited to: publicity materials, programs, flyers, domain name registration, equipment rental, essential technician fees, small stipends for performers, or a cast meal the night of the show.  

For clarification, if your Puppet Slam is part of a larger festival, organization, or educational institution, the SLAM GRANT will only be funding the Puppet Slam and not the larger festival, organization, or educational institution. If your slam is part of a larger festival, organization, or educational institution, please make a clear delineation where the money is spent.  Use these funds directly on costs of your puppet slam and not for the overall operation of your organization, festival, or institution.

To qualify for a 2013 SLAM GRANT, your Puppet Slam must be working with a FISCAL RECIPIENT in the United States. Your FISCAL RECIPIENT must agree to receive the Slam Grant and distribute the funds to your Puppet Slam as to the terms of your particular arrangement.  If you are a first time applicant, did not receive a grant last year, or have recently changed your FISCAL RECIPIENT, we ask that your FISCAL RECIPIENT send us a brief email that documents your agreement to work together.

 If accepted, funding will be sent to your FISCAL RECIPIENT during the first quarter of 2013. We also recommend that you look for additional sources of funding, good will, and sponsorship to help support your Puppet Slam.

  Email back the 2013 SLAM SURVEY to along with 2013 PHOTO SUBMISSION, by Monday, September 3rd, 2012.  We will only be accepting SLAM SURVEYS returned by email in Word .doc file format with photos under 1MB sent as Jpegs in 3 separate emails.  Please know that we will not be accepting late SLAM SURVEYS or materials in any other form besides an emailed Word .doc and .jpg Photo Documentation.

We will not be accepting printed Surveys, handwritten Surveys, or Surveys completed in other file formats.  If you do not have Word, you can download a demo version to fill out the Survey with. If you are not familiar with Word, please make time in advance of the deadline to familiarize yourself with it, look at online tutorials, or get help from somebody in your area if needed. 

Do not leave any fields blank. If something does not apply to you, please enter “N/A” and add any additional details, so we know that you didn’t just decide to leave it blank.  If there are any questions, we will follow up by email and expect a prompt response. Please pick someone to be the main contact (“PRIMARY CURATOR”), who is responsive by email and who can be responsible for sending us CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS.
When you save the SLAM SURVEY, please title it The Name of your Slam (abbreviated)-2013-Survey.doc”. In the Subject line of the email you send it in, include “Name of your Slam - 2013 Survey. For example, Nasty, Brutish & Short Puppet Slam would be sending us “Nasty-2013-Survey.doc” in an email with the Subject line: “Nasty Brutish & Short Puppet Slam 2013 Survey”

Your promptness, completeness of answers, and returned correspondences are greatly appreciated and help us to serve the roughly 70 slams we are currently following.

We require you to have an online presence specific to your slam that is distinct from your larger organization, festival, or educational institution.  Please consider making a website specific to your slam. PUNCH (NYC), hosted by Drama of Works, is a great example. Gretchen has a website for Drama of Works at and a separate website for PUNCH at  If you do not have a website (or the resources to make a new one), there are a number of social networks that will allow you to make a page or online identity for free. When we send out our MONTHLY SLAM CALENDAR or post other marketing information, we want to be able to link back to a page that is specifically just for your slam. We like to know that you are also making your own efforts to publicize your Puppet Slam.

We send out our MONTHLY SLAM CALENDAR directly to roughly 2,000 recipients and repost it on social media to a much wider audience.  Sending us your CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS for our MONTHLY SLAM CALENDAR is a requirement.  A pattern of lateness or failure to send us complete information can and has resulted in SLAM GRANTS not being awarded to Puppet Slams.  In General, submission due dates are 1 week before the month of the event. Do not submit your organization’s non-puppet slam events. Please refer to the following Submission Due Dates for the remainder of 2012 and for 2013.  

We hope you will choose to participate in the greater PSN this year by using the resources of our website and by interacting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger with upcoming events, photos, videos, calls for entry, and invitations.  We hope you will take advantage of the larger Puppet Slam Network

Puppet Slam Network Coordinator

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