Looking for 2014 summer interns 

Love the arts and culture?
Love music and watching concerts?
Wanna see the behind the scenes on how it's done?
Are you willing to sacrifice most of your summer weekends? 

Wanna know more? Read up on last year's season in our 2013 Annual Review.

Grand Performances, L.A.’s premiere outdoor summer performing arts presenter, is looking for interns to work from June-August 2014. Over the course of ten weeks, Grand Performances presents more than 30 FREE high-quality performances that span different genres and cultures - but we need highly motivated interns to help us.

Here's the skinny. We have 2 positions available:

Our interns are supported by the Los Angles County Internship Program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, these positions are limited to currently enrolled undergraduates who reside or attend college in Los Angeles County, and will have completed at least one semester of college by June 2014. Click link for more details!

Our summer internships are an awesome gig. Don't believe us? Just ask our former boomerang interns (they even come back to volunteer).  Read what they had to say about their summer at GP here and here.

2013 Marketing & PR intern, Annie, holding down the Info Cart


Giving Thanks



I hope you've enjoyed looking at what some of our artists (and GP staff) were thankful for this year. Now, during this season of gift giving and thankfulness, I want to ask you to tell us how Grand Performances has impacted your lives - not just yours personally, but your family's as well.

I invite you to connect with us - whether through on FacebookTwitterYelp, or email - and share your thoughts about our artists and your experiences.

I want to hear from YOU as we make plans for the future. These future plans aren't only about who we put on stage, but also how our programs can better serve the cultural needs of you as both an individual, and as a community member.

Many cultures have holidays that fall this time of the year. From everyone on the Board and the Staff of Grand Performances, we send Happy Holiday greetings to all of you. Join us for the remaining holiday shows and remember that we will be back with another full summer starting in June 2014.

- Michael

Executive Director, Grand Performances


Office Sounds / 01

Photo credit: WOMEX

It's the off season, but we're still here thinking about summer 2014- the work never stops! We figured we'd take this time to do a couple blogposts about what we're listening to in the office. Psst, some of it might be hints as to what's coming next year (but we're not making any promises). Some of our GP staffers just got back from the World Music Expo (WOMEX). It's an annual world music conference that travels throughout Europe and this time it was in Cardiff, Wales. They chatted it up with other performing arts presenters, managers and agents, and of course saw lots of artist showcases.

So, what better way to kick off this series of Office Sounds than with some WOMEX favorites!

Leigh Ann's pick / Fanfara Tirana meets Transglobal Underground (Albania)

Michael's pick / Ebo Taylor (Ghana)

Christie's pick / Fanfari (Algeria)


The Rewind: South African Arts Festival 

After months of coordination with the South African Department of Arts and Culture, Grand Performances was proud to be the L.A.-based homesite for the inaugural South African Arts Festival (October 4-6). Other local venues included the Omni Hotel and L.A. Live Regal Cinemas, which hosted industry-oriented film and music panels, and an afternoon of South African movies, respectively.

The festival kicked off Friday with an opening reception for artists, officials from the South African government, and others. On Saturday, our plaza came alive with the diverse sounds of modern South African music - from Wouter Kellerman's flute-driven African sounds; to the The Soil's powerful acapella; to xhosa rapper iFani's energetic and cheeky rhymes; to the seamless and captivating blend of the Mahotella Queens' beloved voices with Jozi's distinctly urban-pop beats. The 6+ hours festivities went into the evening - with Simphiwe Dana's hypnotic Afro-Soul, The Parlotones arena-rock energy, and jazz trumpet legend Hugh Masekela.

As the sun went down, Masekela (no strange to the WaterCourt stage) energized crowd going with some call and response singing. L.A. was such a good crowd, that he promised he'd take us on the road with him!

Sunday focused on the broad range of films coming from South Africa with everything from uplifting family-friendly to gritty dramas and more. Hundreds came out to the L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas to enjoy an afternoon at the movies, with some continuing on to watch an outdoor screening of Khumba back at California Plaza.

We said goodbye to the festival with a closing reception on Sunday night that included sweets from Heirloom LA and an intimate performance by Simphiwe Dana. She even had people up doing the electric slide by the end of the night.

Many thanks to the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the Grand Performances staff and crew, and volunteers for helping to make this festival possible.











































Photo by Christopher Alvarez and Shawn Ahmed


4 burning questions with our 2013 interns

We're still having intern withdrawls. Every year our interns help us get through the our 10 week summer concert series and without them we'd be beat. They definitely worked hard, but they managed to have some fun too ;) Keep reading to find out about their experience at Grand Performances (We took creative liberties and added in the fun photos.)  

They even made this Red Bucket animated photo to leave as their legacy. Bucks in the bucket, yeah!

4 burning questions with Josh
Artist Relations Intern

1. Favorite concert?
I truly enjoyed Green Galactic's 20th Anniversary Celebration at the beginning of our season.  John Tejada, Plaid, and Pole each had unique sets that were beautifully complemented by our production team's awesome lighting rig around the Marina Amphitheater.   

2. What did you learn at GP that you'll take with you to your next job?
My summer has taught me to be flexible in regard to artist/event coordination and to anticipate the needs of the people I work with.  I know that the multitasking and ability to prioritize will help me wherever I go in life.  

3. What is one thing you'll miss about GP?
I will miss having sock puppets as an integral part of my work environment.

Sock puppet mania at work 

4. Has this internship given you more clarity on what you're looking to do next?
Grand Performances has helped to deepen my appreciation for free, accessible performing arts to the public. While I'm uncertain of one particular life-long career path at the moment, I know that I will always advocate, support, and be involved in performing arts.  

4 burning questions with Jamie
Development Intern

Working hard for the money

1. Favorite concert?

2. What did you learn at GP that you'll take to you next job?
Time Management and Communication. One thing GP taught me is that behind every amazing event is an effective team that communicates well with one another and works in a timely fashion. 

3. What is one thing you'll miss about GP?
I honestly adore everyone who works at GP and on the plaza and comes to GP events. Everyone has been so nice and I have met so many funny people. I am going to miss everyone so much.

4. Has this internship given you more clarity on what you're looking to do next?  
This internship definitely helped me solidify my plans of what I want to do in the future. My past jobs and school activities revolved around bringing ticketless, quality programming to students. Grand Performances allowed me to see that mission worked on a bigger scale, the Los Angeles community. Seeing the positive impact these performances left on so many has definitely compelled me to keep working in organizations and companies that really focus on benefiting the entire community. 

4 burning questions with Annie
Marketing Intern

1. Favorite concert?
Miwa Matreyek/Brujerias de Papel was unlike our usual music concerts but it was very intriguing and whimsical. Both Miwa’s installations and Brujerias’ marionettes came to life right before my eyes.

2. What did you learn at GP that you'll take to you next job?
Being in the marketing team, I learned to not be afraid of testing out new ideas and projects – you never know what surprisingly works well or doesn’t. And if an idea didn’t work out as planned, don’t be discouraged but think of more creative (with some practicality) ways to outreach! 

3. What is one thing you'll miss about GP?
Most definitely the Grand Performances’ staff and crew. Everyone was tremendously caring, funny, and full of personality. And wearing airplane hats and crowns at work. 

This is what she means by airplane hats. PS. We're looking for sponsorship, Alaska Airlines, call us!

4. Has this internship given you more clarity on what you're looking to do next?  
My internship this summer has given me a great exposure of what marketing in the non-profit arts world looks like. Not only have do I have a better idea of how a non-profit organization functions but also how different organizations cater to its specific goals, audiences, and beliefs. I’m super thankful for the mentoring I received at Grand Performances – and will definitely take all that I learned to my next job.