Filed under: Rejections | Tags: apology machine, edward albee, grants, human, rejection
That grant was a long shot but I figured I should take the shot anyway. Because my organization is so small, we aren’t actually eligible for a lot of funding. Most foundations are much more interested in more institutional theatre – more institutional arts. This makes sense – foundations and institutions being more like each other than not. But neither thing is particularly creative at its heart.
I apply for these things, though I doubt we’ll receive them, just in case. Because an extra grand could make the difference in our survival. Or, on a good year, could make a difference that would allow us to thrive.
Rejection # 2
I can feel the human behind the rejection letters from the Edward Albee foundation. Last year’s letter was somehow encouraging – as if they’d actually read the play – and almost – for a moment – like, they could have given me the residency but went another way at the last minute.
This year’s letter had a different tenor – but it was clearly a different letter than last year’s.
It feels like, perhaps, actual writers write these rejection letters. Humans, not apology machines.
They’re among the best of all the rejection letters I receive – not overly apologetic or defensive. Just the facts but in a compassionate way.
Of course, I’d rather receive an acceptance! But – these rejections aren’t so bad.
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