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Makers Quest 2.0 Open for Nominations at MQ2.org


Media Contact:  Erin Mishkin
Phone: 617-825-4400
E-mail: erin@airmedia.org

October 9, 2008


AIR Talent Committee seeks audio makers who are shaping new sounds for public radio


(CHICAGO) -- Know people with a lot of talent and an interest in new media? The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is canvassing the world of audio production to find them.

Nominations are now open for the Public Radio Makers Quest (MQ2.0), funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and administered by AIR. This initiative, the first of its kind, is charged with finding the most imaginative producers, reporters, and sound artists and urging them to take public radio beyond its traditional airwaves. AIR Executive Director Sue Schardt made the announcement today at the start of the 2008 Third Coast International Audio Festival in Evanston, Illinois, where hundreds of producers from around the world have converged to celebrate outstanding audio work.

will give away up to $400,000 in grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 each to about a dozen forward-thinking audio producers who are embracing new technologies and reshaping programming to fit new media platforms.

Individuals cannot apply for an MQ2.0 grant directly; they must be nominated. The forms and project guidelines are online at MQ2.org. Nominations must be submitted no later than midnight Eastern Time on October 31, 2008. Thirty of those nominated will be invited in early November to submit proposals, and from this group the final winners will be chosen.

A talent committee, comprised of respected producers and editors from across the county, has been named. They will evaluate nominations and proposals, ultimately recommending the final grantees.

This committee and an equally august group of advisors include the likes of Davar Iran Ardalan, NPR's senior supervisory producer of weekend morning programming; poet, author, and WFMU freeform radio disc jockey Kenneth Goldsmith; and Debra Singer, executive director and chief curator of The Kitchen, a nonprofit multidisciplinary art space in New York City. See the entire list at MQ2.org.

Public radio stalwart Ingrid Lakey leads the project as Talent Manager. “Our seasoned committee members have a gift for spotting extraordinary talent,” she said. “And they’re ready to be surprised by what this initiative uncovers.”

“Public radio is the bastion of the finest audio craft in our country,” said Sid Selvidge, executive director of the Memphis-based broadcast Beale Street Caravan and president of AIR’s board of directors. “It’s only natural that a new generation of sound gets a start here.”

Those curious about MQ2.0 can track its progress on Twitter at AIR_MQ2 and Makers Quest 2.0 on Facebook.

WHAT: Call for Public Radio Makers Quest (MQ2.0) nominations.

DEADLINE: Nominate imaginative producers, reporters, and sound artists at the MQ2.0 Web site no later than midnight Eastern Time on October 31, 2008.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Go to http://www.AIRmedia.org.

Erin Mishkin at 617-825-4400 or erin@airmedia.org.

AIR was established in 1988. Its extensive social and professional network of nearly 700 producers and associates is at the center of unprecedented technology-driven change, rich with opportunity to define and redefine sound art and media — public media in particular. Central to AIR’s mission is providing support, training, and advocacy necessary for preparing thousands of audio creatives to lead the way to engaging more listeners, and to carry their inspiration to both traditional and emerging outlets.

Funding for MQ2.0 is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Robert E. Davoli and Eileen L. McDonagh Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.