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Oaklash's Skills for Nightlife Accelerator Program

Oaklash's Skills for Nightlife Accelerator Program (O-SNAP!) makes direct and actionable our mission to platform queer artists. By giving our community access to education and resources for engaging professionally in the Bay Area's vibrant nightlife and performance circles we strengthen our systems of support and camaraderie in a time when both are much needed.

Our second cohort will focus on intermediate-level event planning and production. The cohort will consist of five (5) local event producers who will work together to plan and produce the kick-off event for our 2024 Oaklash Festival on Friday, May 17th. This cohort will include mentorship from Bay Area event producers and the opportunity to be a part of the planning team for Oaklash! This cohort will meet weekly with our program facilitators and be supported through a process of vision, planning, and executing the event. Cohort members will also be supported with exploring their own event production endeavors, including networking and mentorship.


Consisting of seven (7) work sessions (4 live, 3 virtual), a public panel discussion, an all staff meeting, and a final event, O-SNAP! is designed for queer and trans community members with intermediate experience producing events. O-SNAP! seeks to support creativity to build fully realized programming that benefits all queer and trans persons seeking community in the cultural hub of the SF Bay Area.  


Selected participants will receive a $250 stipend, hands-on coaching in events promotion, collaboration, and networking, as well as the practical skills required to become a proficient event producer. Applicants will be selected through an intentional process informed by Oaklash’s curatorial values of equity, diversity, and quality. Guided by prominent, experienced instructors representing many sectors of the nightlife industry, the cohort will develop technique and unique sensibility, employing these newly developed skills to produce an original event as a team.


  • Thu, February 1, 2024: Applications Open >>

  • Fri, February 23, 2024: Applications Close

  • Mon March 4th, 2024 - Sun March 10th: Phone interviews

  • Fri March 15, 2023: Selected applicants notified of acceptance


  • Weds, March 20, 2024: Work Session 1,  Nectar Social Club (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Weds, March 27, 2024: Work Session 2, Nectar Social Club (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Weds, April 3, 2024: Work Session 3, Zoom (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Weds, April 10, 2024: Work Session 4, Nectar Social Club (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Weds, April 17, 2024: [Public Event] Queer Events Producers Panel, Zoom (7pm-9pm)

  • Weds, April 24, 2024: Work Session 5, Nectar Social Club (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Weds, May 1, 2024: Cohort Organized Work Day, Zoom (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Weds, May 8, 2024: Cohort Organized Work Day, Zoom (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Weds, May 15, 2024: Oaklash Full Staff Meeting, Oaklash HQ (6:30pm-8:30pm)

  • Fri, May 17, 2024:  Oaklash Kick-Off Party, Nectar Social Club (6:00pm - 3:00am)




  • Members of Cohort 2 must be at least 21 years old, are expected to attend each of the above dates, and must possess a laptop with Zoom installed.

  • You are expected to attend each of the above dates

  • Additionally, You must live in one of these Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.

  • If you are not a US citizen or have other restrictions to receiving funding but may receive funds through another adult you are eligible to apply.


  • Applicants will be screened for eligibility, then curated by Oaklash Board Members Charles Hawthorne and Maha Wam based on our curatorial values of equity, diversity, and quality.

  • There will be a round of phone screening to to evaluate interest and alignment with the O-SNAP! program

  • Applicants who also identify as Queer or Trans BIPOC will be prioritized by ensuring at least 70% of available spots are held for applicants who identify as such.

  • Applicants will not be notified of denial until all spots are claimed.



  • We recognize that applicants for this fund may have challenges completing this application and/or receiving funds. We welcome friends or loved ones to apply on someone else's behalf WITH THEIR PERMISSION.

  • If you would like support completing this application from one of our volunteers, please reach out to us at 

Applications for our Spring 2024 co-hort have closed!

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