2015 Call for NEW LTYM CITIES!!!

by Ann on September 3, 2014

Given the steady flow of “How can I bring LTYM show to my city” requests throughout the years, and considering the  success of our 2011 five-city national launch , 2012 ten-city expansion2013 twenty-four city boom, and our 2014 thirty-two city season and BOOK DEAL– one thing appears evident: LTYM wants to keep growing.

LTYM: Oklahoma City 2014 cast by Sheradee Hurst Photography

LTYM: Oklahoma City 2014 cast by Sheradee Hurst Photography

Do you want to grow with us?

Born of the blogosphere, LTYM flourishes due to the local leadership of the multitude of creative, entrepreneurial, talented online women who seek the challenges and immeasurable rewards of bringing LTYM home to their city. LTYM believes in hyper-localism: You are the expert in knowing just how to finesse the LTYM process for your specific community audience, with the support of a cohort of other local director/producers around the nation, and facilitated by LTYM National Director Ann Imig, Online Content Manager Stephanie Precourt, New Cities Mentor Melisa Wells, and Business Strategist Deb Rox. For 2015, LTYM will add a new position to our national team to provide our cities with even more support, in the form of a Diversity Outreach Mentor–soon to be announced!

LTYM seeks new cities to give Mother’s Day a Microphone across the nation next year, and the local director/producers to host them. LTYM considers a combination of the following attributes in our local directors and producers:

  • Active involvement in community-building relationships both in the online space and in your city
  • Readiness to embrace the often first-time challenges of directing, funding (through ticket proceeds and/or hyper-local sponsorship dollars) and producing a local live-reading event
  • Dedication to supporting other LTYM cities, honoring the LTYM mission and process as established, as well as actively contributing to the LTYM 2015 process as it evolves.
  • A commitment to seeking a diversity of readers and stories beyond your social scene, ethnicity, demographic, etc.

LTYM selects cities due to the strength of the director/producer applicant(s)–individuals or duos/small team-configurations depending on size and unique demands of city– and also searches for an interesting mix of cities by size, region, and demographics for our season. We do not have a specific number of cities in mind for 2015. As always, the number of cities selected is determined by the number of returning cities, the strength of the applications, and how much growth LTYM anticipates our infrastructure can withstand in a given season.

Interested? Please email listentoyourmothershow@gmail.com to request an application.

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM CST September 17, 2014. No exceptions.

LTYM cannot wait to see what 2015 holds for our audiences–both live and online via our YouTube channel– as we continue giving voice to the beauty, the beast and the barely-rested of motherhood.

LTYM Boston 2014 Co-Producer Phyllis Myung and her daughter by Amy Emily Photography

LTYM Boston 2014 Co-Producer Phyllis Myung and her daughter by Amy Emily Photography

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The Listen To Your Mother book hits shelves April 7, 2015 (already available for pre-sale on Amazon, IndiBound, and iTunes).

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LTYM Atlanta 2014 Cast photo by From The Hip photography

 

Mark your calendars! Next Wednesday September 3rd, LTYM will open the call for new cities hoping to host a show for our 2015 season.

What is Listen To Your Mother? LTYM is a national reading series founded by Ann Imig and hosted in 35 cities and counting since 2010. LTYM shows are directed, produced, and star YOU and others from your community reading your own original writing about motherhood (being a mom, not being a mom, having a mom, not having a mom, losing a mom, finding a mom, ALL THINGS MOTHERHOOD!) live on stage in celebration of Mother’s Day. All LTYM shows are video-recorded and uploaded to our LTYMShow YouTube channel, which features over 1000 stories from our prior shows. LTYM also raises awareness and funds for local non-profits supporting women and/or families in need. We’ve raised over $50,000 for charitable causes as a national project to date!

You don’t need to be a mom, or a professional writer. You don’t need to have ever directed, produced, or been on stage in your life to host a show. You do need an active presence in your real life and online communities, and an enormous desire to make this project a success.

Is Producing/Directing For You?

Your primary motivation needs to be that you want to give voice to stories in your community. You will receive lots of great personal/professional benefits from your role, but the primary mission of Listen to Your Mother is to offer your community an amazing show featuring writers celebrating motherhood, that also raises awareness and funds for a local non-profit cause supporting women and/or families in need.

As always, LTYM has no quota to fill for a total number of cities in 2015. The majority of our cities will return for another season, but part of LTYM’s mission involves bringing LTYM to as many diverse,  new communities as we can include with the guidance of our national team and support of our infrastructure, while simultaneously honoring the quality and integrity of the project.

Listen To Your Mother 2015 is going to be our biggest season yet, featuring more shows in more cities than ever before, directed, produced, and featuring more talent than ever before, generating hundreds of new stories, and including the launch of our anthology arriving April 7, 2015 (already available for pre-sale on Amazon, IndiBound, and iTunes).

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Interested in learning more? Come back Wednesday for more details, when applications become available. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss any updates!

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