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In This Issue:

Show Me (How to Get) the Money.

The daunting is doable. Amie Miller proves it. She's raised more than $20 million in 20 years, from local and national foundations and from the feds. No super powers, no supreme luck needed. In this month's Spotlight, the road to successful fundraising starts with what you already do so well.

Sam Schongalla,
AIRblast Publication Manager

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AIR Grows

Say hello to a fresh crop of members:

Meral Agish/Brooklyn, NY
Nick Andersen/Milford, MI
Rosanna Arbon/London, UK
Liz Baker/Washington, DC
Melissa Baldino/Boston, MA
Mair Bosworth/Blandford Forum, UK
Michelle Boyd/Chicago, IL
Brooke Brewer/Camden, ME
Carrie Clausen/Albuquerque, NM
Dennis Conrow/Grandview, MO
Emma de Campo/
 Melbourne, Australia
Diana Dehm/Los Angeles, CA
Bria Dolnick/Tucson, AZ
Susan Doran/San Francisco, CA
Rob Feinberg/Londonderry, NH
Julia Furlan/New York, NY
Ian Gray/Paris, France
Kaitlin Hammond/Boston, MA
Juliet Hinely/Detroit, MI
Chris Hoff/San Francisco, CA
Julia Hutton/Oakland, CA
Logan Jaffe/Chicago, IL
Kelly Jones/Guelph, Canada
Alex Kapelman/New York, NY
Charles Ketchabaw/Toronto, ON
Jessica Ilyse Kurn/Boston, MA
Jessie Levene/London, UK
Pamela Lorence/Burlingame, CA
Kristina Loring/San Francisco, CA
Brian Mackey/Springfield, IL
Anthony Martinez/Chicago, IL
Thomas Matysik/Chicago, IL
Allyson McCabe/New Haven, CT
Sarah McCormic/Edmonds, WA
Lulu Miller/Charlottesville, VA
Michele Myers/Seattle, WA
Lon Osmond/Glendale, CA
Jim Pullen/Boulder, CO
Lisa Ratner/San Francisco, CA
Khrista Rypl/New York, NY
Ruth Samuelson/Boston, MA
Stephanie Stender/Boston, MA
Luke Stewart/Washington, DC
Elise Thatcher/Durango, CO
Mark Turner/Raleigh, NC
Dina Weinstein/Miami, FL
Mike Williams/Sydney, Australia
Emily Wong Loi Sing/
 Bloomington, IN
Anne Wootton/Oakland, CA
Britt Wray/Toronto, ON

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Digging for Dollars
By Amie Miller

Back in the early 1980s, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helped form an independent nonprofit called Development Exchange, Inc. — now just DEI — to help public radio stations build and expand their fundraising capacity. Today, DEI assists stations in all aspects of fundraising, from pledge drives to major giving.

Last spring, AIR partnered with DEI to offer fundraising mentorships for independent producers. DEI's Amie Miller has more than 20 years experience working as a grant writer and consultant with independent producers, stations, and national networks. This year, she mentored four AIR indies, helping them understand the grant-seeking process. Here, she's distilled some of her advice.

Read On . . .

Spotlight Archive

AIRmuse Video

Localore: The Story So Far (4:08)

To Do: 2013 Conference Calendar

Integrated Media Conference (IMA)
March 6–7
Austin, TX

SXSW Interactive
Localore + KUT's Music Map Bike Tour
March 8–12
Austin, TX

Austin Music Map's Delaney Hall, AIR, and Zeega will lead adventurous riders on a tour of musical hot spots across the city, meeting and greeting scene-makers at places like the Moose Lodge, a private social club on Austin's east side and home to a growing conjunto culture; Baby Blue Studio, a former blues bar and now an epicenter for underground electronic music-shapers; and — one of the last holdouts from its juke joint heyday — the Victory Grill. Mobile media will deliver a tour inside the tour, taking bikers deeper inside the sounds and stories of Austin's "outside" culture.

National Conference for Media Reform
April 5–7
Denver, CO

National Federation of Community Broadcasters Conference (NFCB)
May 29–June 1
San Francisco, CA

Public Radio News Directors Conference (PRNDI)
June 18–22
Cleveland, OH

Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMCMC)
July 11–13
Atlanta, GA

National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association Conference
August 22–25
Boston, MA

Public Radio Program Directors Conference (PRPC)
September 9–12
Atlanta, GA

AIR's Hindenburg Webinar

If you missed it, catch it on the rebound. AIRster Jeff Towne is our special guide as we unpack the mysteries of Hindenburg editing software.

Cool Tool: WhatsApp

When AIRster and Localorian Anayansi Diaz-Cortes was in Oaxaca on a recent reporting trip, she relied on WhatsApp to stay in touch with AIR's home office via mobile without having to pay for SMS. Try it out — it's free to send and receive messages as long as you have a data plan for your phone or are connected to Wi-Fi. Snazzy. — Erin Mishkin

Funding for AIR comes from our members and the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Wyncote Foundation,, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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