Los Angeles: SpaceFinderLA – Free Resource To Find Rehearsal and Performance Spaces

The LA Stage Alliance has just launched a new website called SpaceFinderLA

The site is a free resource where you can find spaces ranging from film and rehearsal locations, concert halls with orchestra pits, special event spaces, Theaters and dance studios.

I checked it out and it does look incredibly useful. Makes me wish I had something to rehearse.

Here’s the press release:

LA STAGE Alliance Launches SpaceFinderLA.org:
Sky’s the Limit for Conferences, Charity Events and More

 Free Online Resource Connects Cultural Venues in LA County
To the Creative Community, Non-Profits and General Public

LOS ANGELES, Calif., – Have you ever wanted to stage the most outrageous event in a place no one has used before? Does your group need inspiration for that next board meeting or conference? Then listen up – LA STAGE Alliance launches SpaceFinderLA.org, a free online searchable database of Los Angeles County’s cultural venues including rehearsal, performance, and multipurpose spaces for special events, meetings, dance, music and theatrical performances.

Developed in partnership with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinderLA.org  will increase public awareness of cultural venues in LA County and facilitate connections between possible renters and creative spaces. Fractured Atlas is providing the back end programming and infrastructure for the database, which was originally created for the NYC Performing Arts Spaces Web site, and is modeled after Fractured Atlas’ successful PhillySpaceFinder.com and BayAreaSpaces.org Web sites.

SpaceFinderLA.org launches with more than 300 listings of venues of all sizes and types, ranging from schools, churches and community centers to major theatrical and musical venues. Imagine a very green location for an Eco tradeshow or a magical oasis with a view for that wedding. Event and meeting planners are able to quickly find exactly the right venue among a rich array of search options. Listings include photos, custom descriptions, and other touches to give users the “feel” of a space as well as a map interface providing clear directions to venues. SpaceFinderLA.org will increase the awareness of creative spaces and use of these venues by artists, arts organizations and the general public.

From film locations, concert halls with orchestra pits and Rehearsal Halls to hundreds of special event spaces, Theaters and dance studios w/ 61 Sprung Floors, locations from Downtown/East LA to Santa Monica and Long Beach are all at your fingertips. “There has long been a need in the community for a resource like SpaceFinderLA; we often get calls from individuals needing a space to perform, conduct a reading, hold a board meeting.” said Terence McFarland, Executive Director of LA STAGE Alliance. “Having a one stop shop for spaces will bring us all closer together and hopefully generate some revenue for spaces that might not always be top of mind for potential renters. We look forward to continuing to expand the range of listings on the site. I’m thrilled to continue our history of serving the community by leveraging technology to aggregate resources.” McFarland added.

SpaceFinderLA.org is a powerful resource for people searching for venues as well as for venues that list themselves on the site. Users will be able to sort venues by categories including discipline, size, cost, physical features, equipment and amenities, location and floor type. Venues manage their profiles easily through a well-designed administrative back-end.

 “SpaceFinderLA puts a state of the art tool at the fingertips of the creative community and the general public,” says Laura Zucker, executive director of the L.A. County Arts Commission. “It’s a vital addition to the arts infrastructure of the region.”

Venues can post their listings for free, and creating and managing an account profile is easy. Says Jennifer Vaughn, co-owner Live Arts Los Angeles, which has a listing on SpaceFinderLA.org, “The idea behind starting Live Arts Los Angeles was to be a well-used home for L.A.’s diverse and dynamic performing arts community. SpaceFinderLA helps us advance this goal by playing ‘matchmaker’ between venues like ours and the artists looking for space to create, refine, and share their work. Posting our profile on SpaceFinderLA was easy, and going through the questionnaire helped us create a thorough description of what our space offers. SpaceFinderLA is an excellent and much-needed service for our community.”

In the coming months, SpaceFinderLA.org will add a centralized, online rental calendar and reservation engine which will provide participating venues with a state of the art online tool for managing rentals, collecting payment, issuing refunds and managing other aspects of rental transactions. In addition to Los Angeles County, Fractured Atlas is launching sibling sites in Washington DC, Minnesota, Atlanta and Sacramento.

LA STAGE Alliance is a non-profit organization that has been empowering artists and engaging audiences since 1975, serving over 500 arts organizations annually, working mainly in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura, as well as directly serving over 10,000 individual artists, through community building, collaborative marketing, audience and professional development and advocacy.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. The Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All; administers a grants program that funds more than 300 nonprofit arts organizations annually; oversees the County’s Civic Art Program for capital projects; programs the John Anson Ford Theatres; funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation; and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration and a year-round music program that funds more than 70 free concerts each year in public sites.

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