California Humanities has a new funding opportunity, informational webinar Dec 16

$$ available for new CA-based projects. Informational webinar on Dec 16. Details below.

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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Attention, grantseekers! California Humanities, the nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity: Humanities for All Project Grants. Awards between $10,000 and $20,000 will be made twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two years duration sponsored by California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities. All awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project.

Guidelines, application instructions, and FAQs for the initial application deadline of February 1, 2017 are now available. The online application window will open on December 15 and an informational webinar will be held December 16. To learn more or to register for the webinar, visit http://www.calhum.org/grants/humanities-for-all

Developed in response to feedback received from humanities programmers and partners, and reflecting new organizational goals of increasing responsiveness and accessibility, Humanities for All grants will support public humanities projects that address the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promote understanding and empathy among all our state's peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Grants will support many of the same types of projects previously funded through our long-running Community Stories program, which had its last deadline in February 2016, as well as other types of projects, including experimental and innovative programming.

In addition to the Project Grants, Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for smaller-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include but are not limited to community dialogues, reading- or film-and-discussion groups, oral history or nonfiction writing or story-sharing workshops, and other types of activities. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. Note: A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required.

Our first Quick Grant deadline was October 25. Awards will be announced shortly. Guidelines for the March 2017 Quick Grant deadline will be available in January.

Please visit our website for more information about California Humanities and please help us by sharing this information with your colleagues and networks.

Happy holidays to all!


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pitche Afropop Closeups, deadline Jan 31

Afropop Worldwide is looking for pitches. I'm not sure about rates, but there's contact information below. Send a tweet or FB message if you get info about rates. Deadline Jan 31. Go for it! -Mia
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Call for pitches: Afropop Closeups 2017

Peabody Award-winning media company Afropop Worldwide is calling for pitches for the 2017 season of Afropop Closeups

Pitches must relate to Africa (anywhere on the mighty continent), the African diaspora—in a broad sense—music and culture

We are looking for pitches with a compelling story, a strong plot, and potential to appeal to a wide audience.

Length—Between ten and twenty minutes.

Here are two examples from the 2016 season to consider for general style:

Haitian Radio on American Airwaves

Fees Must Fall: A Voice Of Change In South Africa

The 2017 season will use narrative-based journalism to tell stories that about identity, politics, economics, race, class and gender, through music. 

Themes to consider in your pitches:

Current events

Diaspora and trans-Atlantic connections

Amplifying voices of Africans and people of African descent

“Micro-musics”- regional popular music, as related to identity, ethnicity, religion, etc. 

Music as a transcendent factor that can unite across difference.

The editorial process will include pitches, scripts, basic audio demos and multiple rounds of feedback. We use a studio and engineers for production, so audio mixing skills are not necessary.

Deadline for pitches: January 31st 2017

Contact: st…@afropop.org modrums9@gmail.com

More info: 

In June 2016, Afropop Worldwide launched the Afropop Closeups podcast series, building on twenty-eight years of public radio programming. These succinct podcasts tell poignant and provocative stories from the African planet and feature the voices of curious and talented producers focusing on single topics. Our debut season featured episodes about underground Haitian radio stations in New Yorka young South African rapper and the #FeesMustFall movement; stories about social activism and music in post-conflict Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo, and much more. Each Afropop Closeup is a fresh, twenty minute window into history, culture and current events across Africa and the African diaspora, using music as a lens.


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