AIR's 2013 New Voices Scholarship
Who is eligible to apply?
All minority producers and program makers are eligible to apply. The focus of the PRPD Programming Conference (PRPC) is radio/audio, but we welcome applicants from the full range of discipline. All ages are welcome, but applicants younger than 18 will need an adult sponsor to sign off on their application and handle funds on their behalf.
What do you mean by "minority"?
We are looking to attract individuals who represent groups that are typically under-represented at the PRPC and in the industry in general. This could be based, of course, on a candidate's ethnic or racial background. It could be that they come from a particular socio-economic group, or any number of categories. It will, ultimately, be up to the judgment of those screening applications to select candidates who bring a new and diverse mix to the conference, to the New Voices group, and to the industry in general.
How much experience are applicants expected to have?
There is no specific requirement in terms of number of years of experience, but we will be especially interested in producers attending PRPC for the first time and are relatively new to working in public media.
What is the total cost of the conference?
The cost varies, based on your geography, but PRPD generally estimates the cost at $1600 if you take a single hotel room, and spend $300 on your flight. The early bird registration rate for AIR producers and selected New Voices is $495 until August 9. Many of our producers room share, to further offset expenses. If you're selected, we can help facilitate this.
Is there anything I need to do if I am awarded a scholarship?
Yes. AIR requires you to attend several specific events at the conference. They include, at this time, AIR's member meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at 3:30 pm; a New Voice "mixer," on Tuesday before the opening reception; manning the AIR table; and a dedicated session at the conference (details to be determined). All fun. You will also be required to send AIR a brief report on your experience at the conference (750 – 1000 words) by October 1. If you are chosen for a scholarship, you will be given specific instructions on what to include in the report at that time.
When will I know if I received a scholarship or not?
Final announcements will be made by early August.
If I am awarded a scholarship, when will I receive my funds?
Funding will be disbursed after the conference, as a reimbursement, 30 days after you submit a brief report on your experience at the conference and an invoice.
For more information on the 2013 PRPC please visit PRPD's website.