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Unpacking PRSS and PRX:
Distro Dancing Part 2
[part two of a two-part series]
By Barrett Golding
In our last AIRblast, we sent Barrett Golding on a fact-finding mission to unchartered territories of pubradio distribution, where PRX and PRSS ContentDepot reign. He explained the mechanics of how each works and discovered that getting your work to program directors is easier and cheaper than ever. Now he's back to clue us in to what's selling and who's buying.
Read On . . .
Cool Tool: Ear to Ear with SoundCloud
Don't let SoundCloud's tagline, "we move music," turn you away. You don't have to be a musician to use it. The only requirement? That you have sound files that you want to share quickly and easily. SoundCloud is part social network, part audio distribution platform. But you know what's really cool about this cool tool? Once you upload your sound files, you can use one of their handy widgets to share them on Facebook or on most any Web site pretty simply. Now that's cool.
— Erin Mishkin
Making Your Media Matter: Real Stories, Real Impact
This gathering, hosted for the sixth year in a row by the Center for Social Media at American University, caters mostly to filmmakers and is expanding its call-out this year to include "media pioneers." It's a chance to find new collaborators and hear new ideas on fundraising and craft. It is also a perfect opportunity to learn and share cutting-edge practices for creating "media that matters." Details here.
Grassroots Radio Conference
Garberville/Redway, CA (hosted by KMUD)
MEGAPOLIS Audio Festival
Baltimore, MD, at various venues in and around the
Station North Arts and Entertainment District
MEGAPOLIS is a weekend-long festival dedicated to the craft of DIY audio creation. Artists, documentarians, musicians, and fans come together to share secrets on producing and presenting challenging audio works online, on-air, and on the stage.
National Federation of Community Broadcasters Radio Conference
St Paul, MN
AIR's Sounds Elemental immersions at Harvestworks
June 21–25 (Earth)
November 15–19 (Sky)
New York City, NY
DEADLINE FOR SOUNDS ELEMENTAL: EARTH IS MONDAY, MAY 3RD
This collaboration between AIR and Harvestworks enters its fourth year, boasting a diverse and exciting roster of alumni working across a broad range of disciplines, from ATC and Marketplace reporters to musicians and sound artists. We're looking for 10 exceptionally curious producers to fine-tune their ears and experiment with unconventional approaches to assembling sound and telling story. The cost is $650. AIR members who are accepted are eligible for a small stipend to help underwrite the cost of the intensive and travel to NYC. Apply for both sessions here.
PRNDI Public Radio News Directors Conference
Public Media Development and Marketing Conference
Forth Worth, TX
Duke's Center for Documentary Studies Audio Documentary Summer Institute
FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR AIR MEMBERS
Hearing Is Believing
Making It Sing
AIR partners once again with our friends at the Center for Documentary Studies to offer six scholarships to AIRsters selected to attend these outstanding summer intensives, which have proven vital to many members. The five-day immersions are aimed at emerging producers and provide soup to nuts on digital audio mixing, field recording, the ethics of documentary work, etc. Venerable AIRster John Biewen leads a team of cream-of-the crop instructors. To register and to find out about applying for a scholarship, contact Duke Continuing Studies at 919-684-6259, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, or visit their Web site.
PRPD Public Radio Programming Conference
Third Coast International Audio Festival