A Surrey Muse Featured Artist? You are Amazing!

‘Rainbow Lily’ by Ecaterina Leonte, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
Finalist, IGPOTY Award 2020.
My Modern Met

Yes, you absolutely are!
Because of you, our first ever fundraising campaign achieved its goal of reaching over $2000 in 20 days- and, at the very first step.

This campaign that began on January 5, 2021, was to begin in the Spring of 2020 but it was almost ‘forgotten’ as we all re-positioned ourselves to respond to COVID by mid-March. Surrey Muse, with its featured guests for January-June 2020 session, took a sudden leap from the real life gatherings to virtual. As we know, this learning curve was the least of the problems presented by the year 2020 yet it was a continuity within a disruptive event that we began to experience together as a community of writers and artists, and we still are.

Surrey Muse virtual gatherings are video driven where each month a 1.5 hour program video is created from the video submissions provided by that month’s featured author, poet, artist/performer, an across-genre Open Mic Opener, and 3-5 open mic presentations. This reliance on videos brought forth accessibility issues, and during an email conversation with Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Disabled Writer and Activist, it became apparent that we needed to take steps to make our virtual gatherings more accessible. Dorothy pointed us to Closed Captioning (cc) Surrey Muse videos as a starting point. This was an important step that we could not accomplish without financial support.

We began working on our campaign in December 2020 with Fundraising Coordinator and Social Media Lead Vila Skyspeaks, and the goal to raise $1500-$2000. Since just-after-Christmas-and-New-Year is not exactly the best time of the year to seek donations, and, Surrey Muse Featured Artists are not a group of corporate executives or the most affluent community of artists in North America, we planned a two-step process: make requests from featured guests and close supporters, and then do a go-fund-me. From January 5 to January 25, we received over $2000 in donations ranging from $10-$600. We are elated because not only that this assures a solid start to the new year, the money came with passionate support. View our amazing benefactors here:
surreymuse.wordpress.com/donate

We are grateful to those who sent donations, those who shared information with others, and those who wished us well.

Thank you.
Randeep Purewall, Fauzia Rafique, Vila Skyspeaks, Mariam Zohra

Work With Surrey Muse – Volunteer and Paid Job Positions

 

Job Descriptions, November 15, 2020
SMAS Fundraising Plan 2020

For the first time in a decade, Surrey Muse (SM) is going on a funding/fundraising drive. We are putting together a 10-member team to work part time for three months to develop and begin implementation of a 5-year Fundraising Plan to meet our growth needs.
Two paid and six volunteer positions are available.

Eligibility Requirements – All Candidates

Have access to computer and internet, be able to work from home, and follow a self-directed, agreed-upon timetable to produce desired results.
Be practicing some form of art or craft.
Be in agreement with our mandate.
‘Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is committed to inclusivity and equality, and wishes to create opportunities for everyone in the arts communities regardless of race, ethnicity, social or economic status, gender, disability, sexuality, religion or any other similarly restrictive category.’
View the Society’s Purposes, and see if they resonate with your own.
surreymusecore.wordpress.com/about

Timelines
Application dateline: November 25, 2020
Review of applications: November 25-30
Phone interviews: December 1-5
Paid work: December 7, 2020 – January 15, 2021
Volunteer work: December 7, 2020 – March 5, 2021

Paid job positions
We are offering minimum wage though your skills are worth a lot more. If this campaign is successful, you’ll have the opportunity to work with us again on a better rate, and perhaps, for more hours.

Funding Coordinator
4 hrs a wk, $15 an hr, 6 wks (Dec 7, 2020-Jan 15, 2021), $360
Tasks
Create TWO contact lists: suitable public & private funding agencies
Apply for funds from 2-3 agencies using the two lists
Help market promotional items as needed
Requirements
Experience in creating email contact databases, initiating contact with prospective funders, ability to fill out and submit grant applications, ability to draft promotional materials.
Be a resident of the City of Surrey (Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey, Whalley).

Fundraising Coordinator
4 hrs a wk, $15 an hr, 6 wks (Dec 7, 2020 – Jan 15, 2021), $360
Tasks
Create TWO contact lists: educational institutions & supportive community businesses.
Solicit donations via email using the two lists
Organize a go-fund-me campaign
Requirements
Experience in creating email contact databases, experience in soliciting donations via internet, ability to run a successful go-fund-me campaign, ability to draft campaign outreach materials.
Be a resident of the City of Surrey (Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton, South Surrey, Whalley).

Volunteer job positions
Surrey Muse is run by volunteers since 2011. We highly value volunteer work. You’ll have autonomy in your area to run your campaign. Needed information and orientation will be provided. Your work will be supported and appreciated. With gratitude, we’ll provide you with:
A Letter of Recommendation at the end of the term, listing your skills and strengths.
Your name on the credit pages of SMAS and SM
The option to continue with an honorarium after three months.

Tasks
Open SMAS account on one of the six social media platforms, and run it for 3 months, sharing content created by SMAS
Requirements
Experience using the relevant social media platform, interest in books/art/literature, proficiency in English, creative writing skills.
Be a resident of the World

Social Media Lead 1, Instagram – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months
December 7, 2020 – March 5, 2021

Social media Lead 2, LinkedIn – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months
December 7, 2020 – March 5, 2021

Social media Lead 3, Snapchat – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months
December 7, 2020 – March 5, 2021

Social media Lead 4, Pinterest – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months
December 7, 2020 – March 5, 2021

Social media Lead 5, Tumbler – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months
December 7, 2020 – March 5, 2021

Social media Lead 6, Ello – Volunteer
3 hours a month for 3 months
December 7, 2020 – March 5, 2021

How to apply
Send us an email message with subject line either ‘Job Position – Paid’ or ‘Job Position – Volunteer’.
Tell us how working with SMAS, in your chosen position, will help you reach your own professional goals
Attach your resume, and send it to us at: surrey.muse@gmail.com

Web pages
surreymuse.wordpress.com
surreymuseatlarge.wordpress.com
surreymusewriters.wordpress.com
women who named the unnamed
Facebook
facebook.com/groups/SurreyMuseArtsSocietySMAS
facebook.com/surreymuse
facebook.com/SurreyMuseAtLarge
facebook.com/SurreyMuseWriters
YouTube
youtube.com/channel/UCZbc4p_Z7H0powudI18ePhg

‘LIKE’ us on FB
facebook.com/pages/Surrey-Muse

Support our Projects
Surrey Muse Writers
Surrey Muse At Large (SMAL)

Contact
surrey.muse@gmail.com

Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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