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Black Public Media opens call for applications for 360 Incubator+ program

Harlem-based, Black media non-profit Black Public Media (BPM) has placed a call for applications for the 2021 cohort of its 360 Incubator+ program. The program was launched in 2014 to identify ...
September 1, 2020

Harlem-based, Black media non-profit Black Public Media (BPM) has placed a call for applications for the 2021 cohort of its 360 Incubator+ program.

The program was launched in 2014 to identify innovative content by Black filmmakers and serves as a three-month development and fellowship initiative that will assist directors through training, mentorship and instructional sessions.

Organizers will select up to 10 projects that will compete for US$150,000 in funding. In January 2021, the chosen teams will be assigned a mentor who will guide them in developing a plan, proposal, sample reel and pitch.

They will also participate in virtual workshops on pitching, grant writing, distribution and more.

During the final month of the Incubator, the teams will work with a coach to refine their pitches in preparation for the Incubator’s culminating event, PitchBLACK, where each team will present its project to a panel of industry professionals, receiving valuable feedback from media executives as well as the chance to receive up to $150,000 in development funds for their projects.

The BPM 360 Incubator+ program, which runs January through March, will be held remotely. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience with media projects in the stages of research and development, or early production phase.

There is a $35 application fee, but applicants can request a fee waiver if the payment is prohibitive. Full details on the program can be found here.

“The 360 Incubator+ program allows our organization not only to identify cutting-edge creatives in our industry but also to help them widen their skill set and help accelerate their production, and to provide public media audiences with stories reflecting the diverse voices and stories in the Black community,” said Denise Greene, Black Public Media’s director of program initiatives, in a statement.

Past winners include Garland McLaurin, whose web series premiered on the ITVS Indie Lens Storycast, Nailah Jefferson for Commuted, and Keith McQuirter and LaNora Williams-Clark for The 3,000 Project.

The 360 Incubator+ program is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, MacArthur Foundation, the NEA, the New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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