AIR Making Creative Media Scholarships

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AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. is pleased to announce a $20,000 scholarship fund to support independent producers and new station-based programmers interested in attending this year’s PRPD Public Radio Programming Conference in Cleveland, OH September 15-18.  Funding for this program comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and from NEA, the National Endowment for the Arts.

This year’s conference is designed to attract a broad mix of producers and PDs alike, with special sessions organized by the Third Coast International Audio Festival, and an AIR member meeting convened on Tuesday, September 15th at 2pm.

The goal of this scholarship is to help foster a new culture of programming that takes advantage of the new tools and platforms at our disposal, and to provide support for bright program makers – producers and station programmers alike – to step forward with new ideas.

Applicants will be asked to submit a brief statement outlining one big idea for how independent producers and stations can work together to harness digital media and multiple platforms to engage local audience in new ways. A panel will be convened to review applications and final decisions announced the week of August 17. Those who have never attended a PRPD Conference are particularly encouraged to apply.

Individual scholarships of up to $1500 per individual will be awarded and must be used to offset costs associated with PRPD transportation, meals, hotel, and registration.

To apply for a Making Creative Media scholarship, please complete an on-line application. If you would like a pdf of the application to return via mail or fax, please contact Erin at


Applications must be received by 5:00pm Pacific Time on Friday, August 14, 2009.

Additional savings have been arranged by PRPD, including discount air travel and transportation around Cleveland.  Find those details as well as a schedule and registration form at

If you have any questions about AIR’s Making Creative Media Scholarship, please contact Erin Mishkin at or 617-825-4400.