Scholarship Program and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities
While we are unable to offer assistance for our concerts and large lectures, we often need volunteers for our offsite events to help with greeting, ushering, or gatekeeping. Volunteering requires that you commit to arriving before the event and staying for the duration of your shift. In exchange for volunteering, you will be able to attend the majority of the event. To inquire about volunteering, please email 

Why volunteer with CIIS Public Programs & Performances?
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, CIIS Public Programs & Performances relies on the hands of many volunteers, working in lots of different ways to ensure our patrons have a memorable experience at our concerts and performances. CIIS Public Programs & Performances is grateful to all those members of the community who have volunteered with us in the past and present. Volunteering with CIIS Public Programs & Performances is a way becoming part of a vibrant community of performing arts enthusiasts and see great shows!

What volunteer positions are available? 
In the weeks leading up to our event you may vounteer in order to receive free or reduced admission to events: Street Team - promotions, canvassing, flyering around the Bay Area.

There are number of ways that you may be asked to help as a volunteer at an event including:

-Set-up, Breakdown & Load Out.
-Front of House Assistance: Greeters; Ushers; Ticket Stubs.
-CIIS Promotions & Merchandise Sales.
-Backstage Hospitality & Green Room.
-Security: Backstage & Curtain Guards.

How many volunteers do you usually need to work an event?
While the numbers vary depending on the size and scope of the event, we usually require 10-20 volunteers, in addition to staff and crew.

How many hours are you asked to volunteer?

Volunteers are usually asked to work 1.5 hours before the performance, up to 1 hour after the event, and 20 minutes during the intermissions.

What are some of the benefits of volunteering?
Volunteers get to attend the performance they work for free (seating subject to availability) and are invited to special volunteer events each year. In exchange for supporting our performing arts events, volunteers have the opportunity to meet other performing arts enthusiasts and become part of the CIIS Community.

What are some expectations of volunteers?
Volunteers are expected to represent CIIS and Public Programs & Performances by providing an excellent patron experience.

Is there a Dress Code?

Yes, Volunteers are to dress for a performing arts event: this means wearing black pants or black skirt, black or white shirt, and dress shoes (no jeans, sweats, or sneakers).

Contact Public Programs & Performances
If you are interested in volunteering, please email Public Programs at or call (415) 575-6175.

**You must have a valid email address and phone number to be added to our volunteer roster for CIIS Public Programs Performing Arts series.

Scholarship Program
Public Programs & Performances is able to offer limited scholarships to those who need it to attend our workshops and conferences. We are committed to allow as many participants as possible to attend our workshops and conferences. We can offer up to 50% scholarship off the lowest tier pricing to public participants and up to 100% scholarship for CIIS students. Individuals are eligible for one scholarship per calendar year. Scholarships are available for public participant registration only and do not apply to academic credit registration.
We will carefully review applications and award scholarships based on financial need and fund availability.

How to Apply?
To apply for a scholarship, send your application form to Laura Reddick, Senior Program Manager, at at least 10 business days prior to the start date of the program. The application will help us better understand your financial situation, why you need assistance, and how you will use the program content. We will notify you of your status within 2-3 business days. Payment for the remainder of the course, if required, is due upon acceptance.
Scholarship recipients are also required to submit a short paragraph after the workshop or conference describing their experience. Paragraphs or quotes may be used in marketing materials, although scholarship recipients can request their name not be used.

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**Applications received within 10 business days of a program can unfortunately not be considered.

For further assitance or inquiries please contact us.
By Phone: (415) 575-6175
By Email:

CIIS Main Building: 1453 Mission St. Room 526, San Francisco CA 94103


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