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AIR names MQ2 grantees

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

February 13, 2009


MQ2 group gathers in Atlanta on February 18th to hone winning concepts.

(BOSTON) — Public Radio Makers Quest (MQ2) – a producer-focused initiative launched last fall by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) – announced its roster of industrious audio makers chosen to “shape the sound of tomorrow” and help lead public media through its digital transformation. The nine grantees, who will receive up to $40,000 each, gather with invited advisors at the Integrated Media Conference in Atlanta next week to workshop their ideas.

MQ2 producers chosen for funding are: Jenny Asarnow, Seattle, WA; Jacob Brancasi, New Orleans, LA; Alex Gallafent, Cambridge, MA; Anyi Howell, Los Angeles, CA; Anita Johnson, Oakland, CA; Queena Kim, Los Angeles, CA; Kara Oehler, Boston, MA; Lu Olkowski, Brooklyn, NY; and Shea Shackelford, Washington, DC. Details on MQ2 talent can be found at http://www.mq2.org. Those interested in the project are encouraged to subscribe to the RSS feed of the blog where profiles of the wider pool of producer-driven experiments uncovered by the project are featured.

AIR has invited Scott Webb, chief creative officer at Worldwide Biggies, Madalyn Painter, director of interactive media at KWMU in St. Louis, AIR Vice President David Freedman, general manager of WWOZ in New Orleans, and Bob Lyons, director of new media for radio and TV at WGBH, to be on hand in Atlanta to help the winners energize and advance their concepts. The MQ2 projects will be completed by summer’s end and showcased at MQ2.org and PRX.

Since MQ2 was announced last September, nearly 500 individuals – from seven different countries and across the U.S. – have participated. The range of producer disciplines is broad and includes sound art, radio journalism, podcasting, media activism, Web development, and record/music production. Forty percent of the nominations came from outside public media, fulfilling one of the project’s goals to attract the best and brightest from outside as well as from within the industry. AIR will continue to cultivate this diverse community in its quest to expand and define new boundaries of public media, positioning it for the new opportunities and challenges ahead.

For more information, go to www.AIRmedia.org, or contact Erin Mishkin at 617-825-4400 or erin@airmedia.org.

AIR was established in 1988. Its extensive social and professional network of 740 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 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.