Through its Sponsored Projects Program, SWAMP provides a 501(c)(3) non-profit umbrella for established media artists seeking grants and contributions to develop and produce film and video projects.
Sponsorship is based on a review of the following required materials:
- Detailed project description
- Detailed Budget
- Resumes of key personnel
- Project timeframe
- Submission of representational work
- List of proposed funding sources
A $50 application fee is required. If SWAMP agrees to act as a sponsor, an administrative fee of 7.5% is levied on all grants and contributions. Rights to completed projects are retained by the project director(s). Funding sources may be foundations, corporations, public agencies, and individual donors that require or prefer a nonprofit organization to receive funds on their behalf.
To apply for sponsorship, SWAMP recommends that media artists make an initial inquiry by phone, or by submitting a brief letter outlining the nature of the proposed project. The $50 fee is required with the full application package, and is not refundable if the project does not meet the program guidelines.
Installation and performance projects will also be considered for sponsorship. Projects in these areas must reflect a major emphasis on film or video elements, and key personnel must have a film or video background.
Recently completed sponsored projects:
For The Sake Of The Song: The Story of Anderson Fair is the compelling saga of one of Texas’ and America’s unsung cultural treasures. This film explores the significant role Anderson Fair has played in preserving an American musical tradition and how a devoted family of artists, volunteers, and patrons transformed a politically subversive little coffee house and restaurant into a unique American music institution.
Today, Anderson Fair is one of the oldest folk and acoustic music venues in continuous operation in the United States. What began as a little neighborhood restaurant where local musicians played for tips and free-thinkers gathered to “talk about things that might get them arrested somewhere else” quickly evolved into a songwriting sanctuary, cultivating a multitude of local and regional artists and attracting performers from all over the world. “It was a hotbed of creativity, a place to write, a place to perform, a place to get your act solid,” acknowledges former owner Franci Files Jarrard. Lucinda Williams recalls, “It was a coveted gig if you could get an actual night there. It was a great place to showcase your original material.”
Anderson Fair has stubbornly bucked the odds and survived for four decades because of the dedication of a community of people with a common vision: nothing gets in the way of the music. It has always been and is still run by volunteers; no one is paid. And its struggle to survive in many ways mirrors the struggle of the individual artists. For The Sake Of The Song tells the tale of this small place in Texas where the sound is true, the spotlight gentle, the applause encouraging, and big things happen.
Filmmakers Bruce Bryant and Jim Barham weave together a musical and visual tapestry of five generations of artists, volunteers, and patrons who have lived the story and graced the stage of this hallowed hall. In addition to intimate interviews with a who’s who of Americana and Texas music, the film also features new and never before seen archival footage of performances by Vince Bell, Guy Clark, Slaid Cleaves, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Steven Fromholz, Nanci Griffith, Carolyn Hester, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Eric Taylor, Dave Van Ronk, Townes Van Zandt, and Lucinda Williams.
Ultimately, For The Sake Of The Song celebrates the spirit of community and the global impact that a small family of music-lovers can make by working together to support something in which they truly believe. In this age of American Idol and fast food music, the tradition of the troubadour that has evolved into that of the modern singer-songwriter is safely harbored within the walls of Anderson Fair.
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