Bayview Uncut: Tools of the Trade – Performing Arts

Program Guidelines

Tools of the Trade is a program of the Bayview Opera House, funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development's Invest in Neighborhoods program, 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 Black San Francisco artists in their quest to become financially successful as artists. 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.

There will be 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
  • Event planning and management
  • Budgeting for events and performances
  • Fundraising for artistic productions

We are currently accepting applications for Segment 3 of the 3-part program. Successful students from segments 1 and 2 are automatically eligible for segment 3, but must re-apply.

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

February 7th - April 25th, 2022

Educational stipend: $1,000

Required attendance: 40 hours of classes, 40 hours of rehearsals and performances

Schedule: Workshops most Mondays 12-4PM, plus additional hands-on classes during and with rehearsals and tech rehearsals, and actual shows. Special class dates and classes via Zoom may be added to prepare students for the work at hand.

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.

Please visit our website for the updated schedule and curriculum.

Performances that students will support:
Unfortunately, some planned events are being postponed due to COVID concerns, and further changes may occur – we live in uncertain times. Instead, students will get lots of opportunities at practical sessions on light and sound boards, and get better 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 large variety of performances. Students have to put in a total minimum of 80 hours of instruction and hands-on performance support to earn the stipend (about 40 hours of each), but are encouraged to participate in additional hands-on learning opportunities. Students are not obligated to support every single event.

Feb 22: Art reception and fashion show with Afatasi

Feb 27: Dr. Rhoss – Chitlin Circuit Live

March 6: Calvin Keys 80th Birthday Concert 

March 12: SF Girls Chorus with Bobby McFerrin

March 19: Mikel Ross Performances by local bands

March 31: Last Black Man in SF - Movie Screening

April 9: War Against Gun Activity

More dates coming.


Schedule subject to change – more dates may get added. 

An educational stipend of $1,000 is available to all students who complete the program.


Classes and curriculum are still being finalized but interested parties should hold Mondays from 1:30pm - 5:30pm beginning on Monday, February 7th, 2022. 

Bayview Uncut: Tools of the Trade – Performing Arts
Program Guidelines
Tools of the Trade is a program of the Bayview Opera House, funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development's Invest in Neighborhoods program, 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 Black San Francisco artists in their quest to become financially successful as artists. 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.
There will be two tracks of Tools of the Trade:

  • Performing arts (October 11th, 2021 - June 27th, 2022)
  • Visual arts  (April - June, 2022)

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
  • Event planning and management
  • Budgeting for events and performances
  • Fundraising for artistic productions

We are currently accepting applications for Segment IV of the program. Successful students from Segments I, II and II are automatically eligible for Segment IV, but must re-apply.

Segment IV: Advanced
Hands-on live sound, lighting and event production
Supporting World Premieres, Juneteenth and more

May 9th - June 27th, 2022


Educational stipend: $1,000

Required attendance: 24 hours of on-site class instruction and 80+ of supporting/running events at the Ruth Williams Memorial Theater. 


Schedule: On-site instruction will take place every Monday from 1:30pm - 5:30pm, event dates and times vary.

Learning it All
This 4th segment will focus on taking the production theory and skillsets covered in the first three segments and offering the opportunity to put the skills into practice both in class/workshop labs and in the support and production of events in and around the Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre.  


Please visit this Spreadsheet for the updated class and event schedule.

Performances that students will support:

Scheduled performances in February and March:
May and June will feature various events including , and students will gain expertise in supporting a large variety of performances. Students have to put in a total minimum of 80 hours of instruction and hands-on performance support to earn the stipend (about 40 hours of each), but are encouraged to participate in additional hands-on learning opportunities. Students are not obligated to support every single event.

May 14th: H.A.R.T. Final Showcase (PUSH Dance Co. and Zaccho Dance Theatre)
May 21st: Black History Kids Community Exhibit and Gathering
May 22nd: Sunday Streets Bayview
May 28th: BYA Festival of Diversity
June 4th: Point Pushas Black and Brown Expo
June 10th: Black Shipyard Artists Juneteenth Exhibit Reception

June 11th: Ferguson Rising Film Screening
June 16th - 18th: World Premiere: The Joy Protocol 

June 19th: Citywide Juneteenth Celebration in Gilman Park 

June 19th: 20th Anniversary Screening: Straight Outta Hunters Point
And many more events in between these. 


Schedule subject to change. 


An educational stipend of $1,000 is available to all students who complete the program.

About the Secure the B.A.G. (Black Arts Grants) Program

Bayview Uncut: Secure the B.A.G. (Black Arts Grants) is a program of the Bayview Opera House in collaboration with the San Francisco African American Arts and Cultural District and is funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development though the Dreamkeeper Initiative.

What is the purpose of the Secure the B.A.G. program?

The purpose of this grant program is to support artists and cultural workers in bringing artistic productions that showcase African American art and culture, to the Bayview Hunters Point and Potrero Hill neighborhoods in San Francisco, and to provide more opportunities for community artists and cultural workers to produce events and perform at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater.

Grantees of the Secure the B.A.G. program are also eligible to receive mentorship in event planning, marketing, production management and more from the Bayview Opera House (for events at the venue) or the African American Arts and Cultural District (for events elsewhere).

When are applications due?

Applications for Secure the B.A.G. are reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

What kind of grants does the Secure the B.A.G. program offer?

Secure the B.A.G. Grants fall into two categories:

Micro Grant: Space/equipment rental/permits/insurance + limited artist fees - Up to $3,000

This category is mainly aimed at covering hard event costs such as rent, permits and insurance for small events, or events that have additional funding already secured for other costs, and only need a subsidy to cover those basic event costs. All events funded through this program must be properly permitted and insured. 10-15 grants will be awarded in this category,

1. For events at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, please start by submitting a rental quote request here. The grant, if awarded, can award up to the total of rental fees, permits and insurance costs, plus 1/2 that amount again for artist fees and other event-related expenses, including paying for the time spent organizing the event, up to $3,000 altogether.

2.  For events at other venues or in public outdoor spaces, the grant can pay for space fees, equipment rental, insurance, artist fees, marketing and time spent organizing, up to a total of $3,000.

Mini Grant: Event Support and Production - $3,000 - $10,000

This category is aimed at slightly larger or more complex productions than the micro grant category. Recipients in this category are required to provide evidence of artistic merit, history of producing successful arts and cultural events and have a marketing plan.

Recipients in this category can receive anywhere between $3,000 - $10,000 to cover space and equipment rental fees, insurance, permits, artist fees, marketing costs and and time spent organizing. There will be 4-6 grants awarded in this category, which is more competitive than the Micro grants and requires more documentation of event plans.

Where can I hold my event?

Events must take place at a venue/location within the Bayview-Hunters Point or Potrero Hill Neighborhoods.

When applying for a rent  subsidy at the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, applicants must first submit the BVOH Rental Request Form and receive a quote before submitting an application here.

When will I receive my funding and how much will I receive?

Applying to Secure the B.A.G. does not guarantee any funding nor does it guarantee that you will receive the full amount that you have applied for, or that the grant will cover all event costs. Applicants are encouraged to seek out additional sources of funding.

Upon acceptance into the program grantees will receive their first payment (80%) upfront and their final payment (20%) after the completion of their event and the post event evaluation. 

How does COVID-19 affect my Secure the B.A.G. event?

All events are subject to the rules defined in the health orders published by the City and County of San Francisco that are in effect at the time of the event. The most recent health order issued on January 11, 2021 can be found here.

Please note that the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre currently requires that all eating and drinking takes place outdoors (covered porch OK), and well-fitted masks to be worn inside at all times with limited exceptions for performers while performing. The capacity is reduced to 150 people in the main space, and seats are arranged to promote social distancing. Outdoor events are also possible at the Opera House and have fewer restrictions.


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