Project Proposals are something I have some experience with. When I was putting on a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Foundation, I had to write various proposals for the play I was putting on. (A group of friends and I wrote a musical based on The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. If you feel like watching it one day and see me make the most awkward speech ever click here.)
The most nerve-wracking proposal I ever wrote was to Nintendo to get the rights to perform it for ALSF.
This was my Proposal:
Good afternoon, Ms. Riley:
I was asked to direct my request concerning the use of licensed characters in a public forum such a play, performance, etc.
Who we are:
My name is Sabrina Noelle Otero. I am the volunteer coordinator for an ambassador of a local branch Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a great foundation that was created by a young girl who was diagnosed with cancer and spent the remainder of her days dedicated to combating this disease for children like herself. Alex is no longer with us but her goals are still achievable through inspiring folk like local Nurse Jolene Cannady who are champions of her cause. Jolene’s many efforts have encouraged many teens like myself to make a difference in our local community by organizing and running stands for ALSF.
Here are links to some of the past coverage our events by news and local televised media:
What we need:
The reason for my letter is because our next goal is to put on a musical (performance) based on the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that would be written by kids for kids whereby 100% of all the funds would go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. No one involved would be paid and the entire production would be a labor of love. We are only asking for authorization to use the characters themselves; we would not require any materials.
In addition to my duties as volunteer coordinator for Nurse Jolene, I am the founder of The League of Extraordinary Thespians – this is an informal organization comprised of a CMA nominated local recording artist (Becca June), indie film director (Michael Williams), and several seasoned community theatre actors. We have all had experience working with licensed projects for charity. To that effect, last summer, Joss Whedon’s camp granted us (The League) authorization (despite the current licensing free on it) to put on a performance of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog whereby 100% of the funds benefitted tornado relief victims in NC via the Piedmont Red Cross. Here are some links to some of our promotional media coverage including recognition from Felicia Day who played the original Penny in “Dr. Horrible”, and now stars in “The Guild:”
Fox 8 appearance:
Our review from Charity Apple of the Times News:
Our YouTube Link:
And our trailer to promote the show:
The play (if approved) would take place next year during the first weekend of May 2013 in conjunction with activities planned for Free Comic Book Day. Recently, a law was passed in Greensboro, NC granting the city a name change to Comic Book City USA the first Saturday of every May. Our performance of LoZ: OoT would be one of the headline events and would potentially draw may attendees and thus ensure our fundraiser was a success.
How does Nintendo Benefit:
Everyone actively involved is either a young person trying to make a difference or benefitting from said difference: The head scriptwriter and project creator is a 16 year-old male named Sam Diezel who is a huge fan of the Nintendo franchise. He was an IGN moderator since his middle school years and a cursory google search under the name LinkSam95 will detail many of his gaming exploits and sincere love for this company. His music director (Ben Johnson) is a fifteen year-old teen who is well versed in while creating pieces and I am a Times-News correspondent (volunteer writer) for Teens &20s section of my local paper who has reviewed many video games – I’m a rising sophomore as well. It sets a great precedent when a family friendly company like Nintendo backs a grassroots project that benefits their main demographic, permits young people to interactively do some real good under their brand name and ultimately save lives: Such actions would build a fanbase for life.
Thank you for your consideration,
Sabrina N. OterO
(My Phone Number Which I Omitted Since I’m putting this on the Blog)
The results were positive and I was ecstatic we were able to put on the production.
The videos brought up great points.
It is so important to answer these five questions:
1.) What are you going to do?
2.) Why is this work important/significant?
3.) How are you going to complete the project?
4.) How long will it take?
5.) What are the outcomes/intended results?
I hope this class will strengthen my proposal writing skills, since the last few I wrote were about two or three years ago.