Latest round of NEA grants includes dozens in pubmedia

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Dozens of public broadcasters received a portion of the $88 million in grants announced by the National Endowment for the Arts Wednesday. 

The grants were the second round awarded by the agency in fiscal year 2021. 

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers in a press release. “While the arts, whether through books, movies, or online performances and programs, have been a sustaining force for many throughout the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

Below are public broadcasters that received awards for projects including podcasts, educational outreach and radio and television programs.


All Classical Portland — $20,000 to create and publish an anthology highlighting contemporary artists in the Pacific Northwest.

From the Top, Boston — $25,000 for youth musicians who appear on From the Top to participate in the Arts Leadership Summit series, a set of residencies for the musicians to perform at schools and community venues.

KCRW, Santa Monica, Calif. — $45,000 for its Independent Producer Project, which helps artists create storytelling projects for broadcast. 

Kitchen Sisters Productions, San Francisco — $20,000 for production of the podcast and multimedia series The Keepers. Distribution of the content will include public radio. 

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska — $25,000 for a podcast series featuring Alaska Native and Native American artists that will be distributed by Native Voice One. 

Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, Minn. — $15,000 for its project Spotlighting Diversity in American Classical Music, which aims to increase the number of classical recordings by artists of color available to radio listeners.

Newark Public Radio, Newark, N.J. — $20,000 for production costs for Jazz Night in America.

New York Public Radio $45,000 for an artist-in-residence program at its events venue The Greene Space and $20,000 for the podcast Aria Code.

NPR, Washington, D.C. — $40,000 for literary content such as the Book Concierge recommendation app and $44,500 for production and distribution of music programming. 

Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York — $20,000 for the production, broadcast and streaming of the weekly public radio program The New York Philharmonic This Week

Playing on Air, New York City —  $15,000 to commission and record short plays to be distributed as podcasts and on public radio.

Radio Arts Foundation, St. Louis, Mo. — $10,000 for Classic 107.3’s classical radio program The Slatkin Shuffle.

Radio Diaries, Brooklyn, N.Y. — $20,000 for production costs for its audio documentary series “The History of Now.” 

StoryCorps, Brooklyn, N.Y. — $75,000 for production and distribution of StoryCorps radio segments.

Storyville Center for the Spoken Word, New York City — $55,000 for production and distribution of The Moth Radio Hour.

Symphony Space, New York City — $20,000 for Selected Shorts, the series broadcast on public radio of short stories performed by actors.

WBUR, Boston — $20,000 for a series of performances at CitySpace featuring local arts groups.

WHYY, Philadelphia — $50,000 for its WHYY Media Labs training program. 

World Music Productions, Brooklyn, N.Y.$30,000 for production costs for Afropop Worldwide.

Youth Radio, Oakland, Calif. — $20,000 for youth workshops and programming aimed at the development of music production skills.


American Documentary, Brooklyn, N.Y. —  $95,000 for its series POV, $40,000 for America ReFramed and $20,000 for operating costs related to the pandemic.

Art 21, New York City — $75,000 for production, distribution and marketing of the public television series Art in the Twenty-First Century.

AXS Lab, Long Island City N.Y. — $30,000 for the documentary film When They Walk, which will air on public television.

Center for Independent Documentary, Boston — $20,000 for distribution and community engagement around the documentary Los Hermanos/The Brothers, which will be offered for public broadcasting. 

Craft in America, Los Angeles — $20,000 for postproduction costs of the public television series Craft in America.

National Black Programming Consortium, New York City — $20,000 for program acquisition fees, promotion and marketing of its public television series AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange.

Pacific Islanders in Communications, Honolulu — $20,000 for the curation, acquisition, distribution and promotion of films for the public television series Pacific Heartbeat and the digital short film series “Pacific Pulse.”

Public Media Group of Southern California, Burbank, Calif. — $20,000 for its series ArtBound, which highlights California artists and regional cultural movements. 

Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn, N.Y. — $20,000 for the production and distribution of public broadcasting programming highlighting American experimental music and performance artists.

South Florida PBS, Boynton Beach, Fla. — $20,000 for the series film-maker, which highlights work by South Florida filmmakers.

Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul, Minn. — $20,000 production of ART IS, a series highlighting artists and digital storytellers in Minnesota. The station will also offer up to three local artists of color the opportunity to collaborate with emerging artists across any genre. Twin Cities PBS will work with the cohorts to produce a digital series featuring the artists.

WNET, New York City — $20,000 for ALL ARTS: On Display, a series about how museums and cultural spaces are responding to contemporary social issues, and $25,000 for production costs for an American Masters film.


Atlantic Public Media, Woods Hole, Mass. —  $20,000 for, the resource for independent audio producers. 

KQED, San Francisco — $20,000 to produce “If Cities Could Dance,” a video series about the variety of dance styles in cities in the U.S.  

PRX, Boston — $25,000 to support access to free and low-cost training programs at its Podcast Garage locations in Boston and Washington, D.C.

WTJU, Charlottesville, Va. $20,000 for the development of “Jazz at 100,” a free online curriculum for high school and college students that covers the history of jazz

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