Folks, I'm going to release my band's first album in mid October. It's fully recorded and mixed, and we'll be paying some $1500 for mastering. After that it'll be around $1000 for CD pressing 1000 pieces, and we'll organize a CD launch show, which will be barely profitable. We're still looking at 2.5 grand of costs from the band account, which is more than we have at the moment. So we're looking for sponsorships, that will contribute with maybe 500 bucks. So we looked around, and learned that there are a handful of organizations, mostly government/community foundations, that support cultural activities. I filled in a form, and am preparing a little dossier explaining what it's all about: why we think we deserve a small grant, what it will cover, how it will be recognized, a small business plan that details how the financials, and maybe a bit of the cultural aspect of why "we matter". Anybody got any experience to share on the topic? The good and the bad? Ideas that I could use to increase my chances of success? As always, thank you for your thoughts !