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BPM opens submissions call for Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund

Black Public Media (BPM) has announced Sept. 30, 2018 as the deadline to apply for the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is meant to support emerging and diverse content producers ...
August 14, 2018

Black Public Media (BPM) has announced Sept. 30, 2018 as the deadline to apply for the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The fund is meant to support emerging and diverse content producers of non-fiction shorts, feature length programs, web series, 360-VR and podcasts and was inspired by the life and work of Peabody Award-winning director Jacquie Jones (pictured), former executive director of BPM (then known as the National Black Programming Consortium).

The US$300,000 scholarship receives funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and is administered by BPM, a non-profit dedicated solely to media content about the global Black experience, with awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope of the project and phase of production or development.

“Jacquie Jones was a force in public media. Not only did she work on behalf of Black Public Media to bring stories to audiences, she advocated for the inclusivity of diverse voices at all levels of the public media system,” said BPM executive director Leslie Fields-Cruz in a statement sent to realscreen. “The creation of the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund specifically designed to support stories and content creators that reflect the true diversity of the American experience, will continue her legacy.”

“I am so pleased with the launch of the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund,” said CPB president and CEO Patricia Harrison. “Through these scholarships, Jacquie Jones will continue to inspire and encourage new storytellers as she did throughout her life.”

Those interested in applying must have a minimum of three years professional producing or directing experience and hold the artistic, budgetary, editorial, and copyright control of the proposed project, among other requirements.

BPM is looking for applicants from diverse backgrounds.

Proposed projects must be on track to be completed no later than May 31, 2021, and currently be in the research and development, production or post-production phase.

Scholarship recipients will be announced by January 2019.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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