bay area freelancer gathering TONIGHT, 9/30, 6:30pm, Oakland

Hey all. Don't forget the next Bay Area Freelance Cafe gathering is TONIGHT at Luka's Tap Room – 2212 Broadway in Oakland, 6:30pm. Should be a good turnout. Hope you can make it!


Freelance Café would like to invite you to our upcoming social gathering at 6:30pm on September 30, 2010 at Luka’s, located in the Uptown District of Oakland and a few blocks from BART. Sponsored by Oakland Local, this month’s gathering is a chance for organizations and freelancers to casually network and connect.

Freelance Café is a 300 member strong organization of writers, photographers, filmmakers, graphic designers, and audio producers in the Bay Area.
If you are looking to connect to a wide array of talented media workers, this is a great opportunity to network at a cool spot in Oakland.

Please RSVP to by September 20 if you are interested in attending. You can also RSVP on Facebook. Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on September 30.

Jennifer Inez Ward
Social Secretary
Freelance Cafe

Share Button

Call for proposal for San Francisco cell phone tour

This one looks good, Bay Area audio folks. Contact info below.


The San Francisco Arts Commission would like to develop an audio tour of the public art that
will be located in San Francisco International Airport’s new Terminal 2, which is scheduled to
open next spring. The content will be delivered through a cell phone and will also be repurposed

for an iApp that is currently being developed by the airport. The Arts Commission will retain full
copyright of the audio content and will be free to repurpose the content on an ongoing basis and
through multiple platforms.

Scope of work:
• The tour will cover 17 new and existing artworks (17 stops)
• The tour may also include supplemental layers of content that enhance several of the
stops, or content about the individual works of art.

• The tour will include actualities from interviews with the five living artists who will be
installing new works in the terminal. This will require setting up and recording the audio
remotely as several of the artists live outside of the Bay Area. This project scope does

not include traveling expenses. These recordings should be recorded at a studio or via
tape synch (with a technician located in the artist’s area).
• For the older artworks, archival audio or interviews with curators or other art experts

might be included in the stops.
• The tour should have one unifying narrator or neutral voice. Ideally, this would be a
professional actor.
• The tour should include some background/transition music, but limited since the audio

will be delivered on a cell phone.
• This project will require developing a script and interview questions from materials
provided by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program as well as other
outside sources.

• The Arts Commission will also need transcripts of the final audio content for ADA

Interested parties should contact Kate Patterson at 415-252-4638 or via email, kate.

Share Button

REMINDER – FC West gathering Thursday, Sept 30, 6:30pm

Message below from our intrepid west coast leader, Jen Ward. Hope you can all make it out on Sept. 30. Should be a great gathering! RSVP to or on Facebook.


Based on the RSVPs, this month’s social gathering at Luka’s on Sept. 30 is shaping up to be a nice gathering of media organizations, freelancers, and others interested in our Café crew.

The social gathering is being sponsored by Oakland Local and is a great opportunity to mingle, network, and unwind. I’m sure plenty of us will have lots to talk about and I look forward to finding out what different Bay Area organizations are doing.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Jen Ward
Freelance Cafe

Share Button

Freelance Rate survey, deadline Oct 1

Hey folks. Some radio freelancer colleagues are banding together to figure out what a "fair wage" is for freelance audio work. Help them out by taking the survey below.


I am working with a group of New York City producers (our group is under the working title of 'Radio Guild')  to explore the status of independent audio/radio work, in terms of compensation. Our ultimate goal is to set standards that reflect the amount of work that's actually done and get stations, outlets and shows to agree. To that end, our first step is to put out a survey to determine how much time independents put into their work, and what they're currently getting paid for that time. This will allow us to come up with a realistic schedule for rates that can uniformly be used when approaching stations and PRX (while we're fans of PRX and love to get our work aired, selling stories for $3 undercuts independent's ability to make a living).

You can access the survey at the following link:


Share Button

Deadline 10/29

Want to do some reporting on the Puget Sound area? Funding is available. Details below.


KUOW Funding Available for Radio Projects

You still have time! The deadline for applying for Round 18 of the KUOW Program Venture Fund (PVF) is October 29, 2010. PVF provides up to $10,000 for independent producers to develop new programming focused on the Puget Sound region in Washington state.

Programs funded by the PVF can be a series of features, a long form documentary or a variety of short audio pieces. There is no set format. Be creative. This is your opportunity to dig into a subject, bring new voices to the air and share the history, culture and issues that impact the Puget Sound region.

The application deadline is Friday, October 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm (PT)

  • *Applicants must submit a preliminary proposal for review and be approved to submit a final proposal. See application for details.

    For application information go to
    Contact: Jim Gates –

    Check out our most recent PVF projects:

    Alaskan Way Viaduct: A History – 4-part series

    Human Trafficking – 4-part series

    Addicted on the Rez – feature

    +++AIR is everywhere.+++

  • Share Button

    free Biz writing webinar

    I'm not sure what "noon OR 4pm EST" means, but I'm sure they'll clarify that before December. Put it on your calendars!


    Event: Writing Business News for the Web

    Where: Online
    When: Dec. 1-2, noon or 4 p.m. EST

    The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is
    hosting a free business journalism Webinar titled, "Writing Business
    News for the Web." Presented by Jacqui Banaszynski, Pulitzer winner
    and Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism. For
    more information, log onto:

    Share Button

    California Story Fund Application, deadline November 15

    Good money available for CA stories. Details below!


    CCH has just posted guidelines and application instructions for the next round of the California Story Fund on our website,  The next deadline will be November 15, 2010.  Maximum award amount is $10,000.



    Funds available for story-based projects


    Online application available:   October 15, 2010

    Application deadline:              November 15, 2010

    Awards announced by:           February 28, 2011

    Maximum award amount:       $10,000


    The California Council for the Humanities (CCH) invites applications for the next round of the California Story Fund (CSF). The purpose of this ongoing, competitive grant program is to capture and share compelling stories from and about California’s diverse communities. Descriptions of previously funded projects can be viewed at


    For this round, applicants are requested to submit proposals for story-based projects that will encourage examination of the meaning of democracy. Applicants may request up to $10,000.


    Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to review the guidelines and attend an informational webinar before applying. Webinars will be held during fall 2010; details will be posted on the CCH website once they become available.


    For more information on the Council and its programs, visit



    Jody Sahota-Hundal

    External Affairs Coordinator

    California Council for the Humanities

    312 Sutter Street, Suite 601

    San Francisco, CA 94108

    (415) 391-1474 ext. 303 


    doc iconCalifornia Story Fund.doc

    Share Button


    Third Coast is a fabulous conference for audio folks and I highly recommend it if you've never been. I'll be there this year so drop a line if you plan to go. It'd be fun to have an FC gathering in Chicago!


    The Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. is pleased to announce the New Voices $20,000 scholarship fund to support minority producers – both independent and station-based – interested in attending Third Coast International Audio Festival's 2010 conference in Chicago, IL October 28-30. Funding for this program comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

    The Third Coast Conference attracts a broad, international group of bright, inventive producers. AIR will kick off the conference with a producers’ meeting convened on Thursday, October 28, 3-4:30 pm. AIR members, as well as those wanting to learn more about AIR, are encouraged to attend.

    The goal of the New Voices scholarship is to help broaden the pipeline for a new generation of diverse media talent and to provide support for bright program makers. Applicants will be asked to submit a brief statement outlining ideas for how the public radio system can provide more channels of opportunity for new talent trying to find a way into public media. A panel will be convened to review applications, and final decisions will be announced by September 21st. Those who have never attended a Third Coast Conference are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Individual scholarships of up to $1500 per person will be awarded and must be used to offset costs associated with Third Coast transportation, meals, hotel, and registration. The registration cost for Third Coast is $395, or $345 if submitted by the early bird deadline of September 15, 2010.

    To apply for a New Voices scholarship, please complete an on-line application:

    +++Applications must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time Wednesday, September 16, 2010.+++

    If you have any questions about AIR’s New Voices scholarship, please review our FAQ ( ) or contact Erin Mishkin at

    +++ AIR is everywhere. +++

    Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the
    Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Robert E. Davoli and Eileen McDonagh Charitable Foundation,, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

    Share Button

    2nd NYC Area Producer’s Meeting – TONIGHT!

    NYC freelancers are getting organized! Join them tonight – details follow.


    Hey there New York Producers,

    A reminder that the second New York area meeting for those of you who have done or plan to do any kind of freelance work is TONIGHT. If you produce any kind of freelance work this is something you should attend.

    Tues., Sept. 7, 6:30
    Maximo Pino Cafe
    6th Ave @ 13th Street

    We'll be getting together to discuss the basic needs of freelancers. Working on developing a criteria for pay scale and other issues that works for us and reflects the amount of work that we actually put in to our pieces.

    We need everyone to come to the meeting to give input and work together on the issues.

    Please RSVP to:

    Sally Herships

    Looking forward to seeing you!

    Sally Herships
    Laura Friedman

    Share Button

    SF audio production studio seeks part time accounting help

    Hey folks. This is not a freelance gig per se, but if you know a CPA looking for some regular work, please pass it along. Ben is a good friend of FC and his production studio is top notch.


    Audio production studio looking for part time accounting help.  Invoice entry and bill paying.  Familiarity with Quickbooks helpful, but not essential. 2-5 hours per week.  In San Francisco's Mission District.  Please contact Ben Manilla,

    Share Button