Application for Bergamot Station Vacancy
If your organization is interested in being considered for a space at Bergamot Station Arts Center when one comes open, please complete this letter of interest form. Groups who would like to apply together to share a space are also encouraged to apply. Once submitted, your application will remain in the pool for future vacancies, until further notice. When a vacancy arises, the selection committee will review submissions and score them based on the review criteria. High-ranking applicants will then be invited to make a presentation to the panel and participate in an in-person interview in order to advance as a finalist in the process. If you have any questions, please contact Santa Monica Cultural Affairs at
Tenants will pay a lease rate that is not to exceed $2.36/sq ft. CAM charges will also apply. Lease rates will increase annually at a rate not to exceed the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Two tiers of rental rates will apply: Nonprofits will receive the lowest rate, while for-profit gallery and cultural entities will receive the next lowest rate.
Any entity representing a gallery, arts nonprofit or cultural use (see definitions below) are eligible to submit a letter of interest. Artists and arts collectives are also eligible to apply if they meet the cultural use definition.
Gallery, Nonprofit or Cultural (GNC) entities are defined as:
Gallery: Presenter and vendor of original art
Nonprofit: Arts or heritage-related 501c3 organization
Cultural: For-profit entity that provides artistic or cultural programming to the public; artists or arts collective that provides artistic or cultural programming to the public.
COMMUNITY BENEFIT REQUIREMENTS
Tenants must meet the following Community Benefit Requirements:
*Tenants will be open and accessible to the public at least 40 hours per week, and at least 48 weeks per year. (Note: because of their programming model, performing arts and presenting nonprofits are exempt from this requirement.)
*Tenants will participate in all Tenant Association Events, which are held quarterly.
*Tenants will participate in at least two campus-wide events per year. Campus-wide events are defined as activities at Bergamot where over 50% of the tenants are participating or events that utilize the common area.
*Tenants will market their Community Benefit events to a broad public audience. If desired, City staff can collaborate with tenants to develop shared marketing tools and strategies.
In addition to the above, at least once per quarter, tenants will provide ONE of the following:
*Arts education activity that serves Santa Monicans and is conducted in partnership with a Santa Monica K-12 school or other local, recognized arts education organization. The activity must adhere to specific, age-appropriate California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards. Tenants must state which VAPA standards are being addressed. (State standards may be found here:
). In most cases, the arts education entity that you are partnering with should be able to outline the standards that are being met.
*Artist talk that is free, open to the public, and publicized broadly to the Santa Monica community. Artist talks may be connected to a qualifying educational program (see above).
*Donation of space to a nonprofit organization for public events that take place at Bergamot. Any donation of space for an event must adhere to rental terms outlined in the tenant’s lease.
*Artist-in-residence program. Artists must receive a stipend for the residency; Santa Monica artists preferred. (Tenants interested in pursuing this opportunity must consult with Cultural Affairs staff in advance to ensure it meets the intent of the Community Benefits Requirements.)
*Art-making workshop that is free, open to the public, and publicized broadly to the Santa Monica community.
*Art-based pop-up exhibition or event outside of regular programming. Retail-based pop-up events are not eligible. For example, a pop-up acoustical concert would count, but a pop-up sale of art supplies or art books would not. The pop-up must be free, open to the public, and publicized broadly to the Santa Monica community.
*In-kind contribution for activities that occur at Bergamot valued at a minimum of $500.
Tenants will be required to submit quarterly reports on their Community Benefit Requirements to Worthe Real Estate Group.
Artistic Merit (60 points)
The degree to which applicant presents work that is of cultural and/or artistic excellence. Applicant demonstrates presentation of work by professional artists of a high caliber.
Quality of Community Benefits (30 points)
The degree to which applicant provides robust and compelling programming that activates the site while serving the Santa Monica community.
Diversity of Artistic Forms (10 points)
The extent to which the tenant provides a new or enhanced artistic form or discipline to the overall Bergamot Campus.
***PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be ranked by a review committee comprised of five Arts Commissioners and one Worthe Real Estate Group representative. Once the initial adjudication has been completed, finalists will be invited to interview with the committee. The review committee reserves the right to give preference to previous Bergamot tenants, and can play a curatorial role within the artistic disciplines that are prioritized in order to select applicants that will contribute to the diversity of arts offerings on the entire Bergamot campus. Once selected, the Worthe Real Estate Group will require the finalist to submit a full rental application and successfully complete a financial review before initiating the lease process.***
Business or Organization Name
Primary Contact Name
Primary Artistic Discipline Presented
Number of paid full-time staff
Number of paid part-time staff
Years in business
Please select one
I represent a Gallery (presenter and vendor of original art)
I represent a Nonprofit (arts- or heritage-related 501c3 organization)
I am an artist, an arts collective, or I represent a cultural business, which is defined as a for-profit entity that provides artistic or cultural programming to the public
Please select one
I am a current or former Bergamot tenant
I would be a new Bergamot tenant
How much space do you need?
Are you interested in sharing space with another tenant?
How long are you looking to rent a space?
Less than six months
Six months to one year
One to three years
In excess of three years
Please tell us a bit about what type of space you are looking for and how you plan to use it. Include information about hours open to the public and how you envision engaging with the local community. Note any significant partnerships or other collaborations that would be part of your program.
Provide an overview of your business or organization; its public programming, mission and artistic aesthetic.
Provide links to previous public programs or other events that you have organized.
Please confirm the following: "I understand that Bergamot vacancies are being rented at a rate not to exceed $2.36/sq ft and that Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charges also apply. My organization is financially able to meet these cost obligations."
Yes, I confirm
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