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Ford Theatres Summer Season Partnership Program

This page is intended for nonprofit organizations, independent producers and producing collectives interested in performing in the 2017 summer season at the Ford Theatres.

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Each summer, nearly 45,000 Angelenos attend the Ford Theatres' summer season of music, dance, theatre and film events. The season celebrates the region by reflecting on stage the cultural and artistic diversity of the people of Los Angeles County. For more than 20 years, these events have been presented in partnership with LA County arts organizations and producers.

Closed for renovations for nearly two years, the Ford Theatres will have its reopening season beginning in July 2016.  This season is programmed through the Ford's Partnership Program, a competitive application process open to nonprofit organizations, independent producers and producing collectives. Groups selected through the program co-present through a shared risk/revenue model, receive marketing, front of house and production support, and have access to skill building opportunities.

2017 Applications open: June 7, 2016
2017 Applications close: August 24, 2016

2017 Guidelines and Application Instructions

Profit/Loss Statement

**See below for info on workshops, informational videos and office hours.


General Information

A program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Ford Theatres is run through a three-way partnership between the Arts Commission, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. The Ford Theatres Partnership Program is a competitive application process open to nonprofit organizations, independent producers and producing collectives. The program provides Los Angeles County performing and producing organizatinos with the following benefits:

• Access to preferred dates in a historic venue with artist and audience amenities

• Shared risk/revenue model that doesn't require you to pay an upfront cash deposit or a rental fee

• Inclusion in a broad marketing campaign targeting Los Angeles County residents and visitors

• Access to an experienced staff of professionals in production, marketing, publicity, box office and guest services

• Skill building opportunities and practical knowledge required to successfully present in a 1,180-seat performing arts facility


Application Open House

A Partnership Program Application "Open House" will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 6:45-9:15 p.m. where participants will be able to meet Ford Staff, ask questions, network and receive general and specific information about the program. You must RSVP here to attend this event.


Online Videos

Links to informational and instructional videos about the Partnership Program and the application process will be available here starting Friday, June 24. Videos will cover the following topics below.


Program Overview

An overview of the Ford Theatres, the Partnership Program and some qualities we look for in an application.


Focusing on the marketing support provided by the program and how the Ford's season-wide marketing efforts will
interface with partners' targeted marketing strategies.

Box Office

Box office information such as seating layouts, general vs. reserved seating and pricing your show to meet your budget needs.


A basic technical overview of the amphitheatre and what to think about when looking at crew costs and the production elements of your show.

Front of House

How the front of house staff support your event such as parking, audience management and what to consider if you would like a reception or other pre-show activity.


Navigating the online CGO system and a walk thru of the application.

Profit Loss Statement

Step-by-step instructions and tips on how to best fill out the Ticket Revenue Work Table and the Profit Loss Statement.

Office Hours

From now through August 2016, select Ford staff are available by appointment (in person or by phone) to answer your questions on the following topics:

Ilaan Mazzini, General Information

Arthur Trowbridge, Production 

Kim Glann, Marketing

Jessie Towers, Box Office 

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

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