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The fifth year of the Emmy-nominated Media Share grant program kicked off in May with 11 new non-profit organizations – all excited to learn new skills and become media makers!

The Media Share program is a unique, in-kind grant program designed to help selected Brooklyn nonprofit organizations learn how to create and share media that moves their mission forward. Grantees first take custom classes in the BRIC Media Center and then are paired with a Producing Mentor for additional training sessions. The mentors assign “homework” projects and collaborate with the grantee teams on a final PSA-style project. This year, we welcome four new Producing Mentors, eager to begin working alongside their assigned nonprofits in the coming months.

Mark Pagan, Community Radio Specialist tells new Media Share grantees about Podcast course offered at BRIC. (Photo: Julie Sturm)

The 2017 Grantee Orientation provided the non-profit grantees and opportunity to learn more about the flow of the 9-12 month Media Share grant program and have an introduction to the BRIC Media Center. Various production tracks were introduced as options for their year of learning, including Video Production in the Field, Mobile Phone Filmmaking, Editing with Premiere and Podcasting. Upon Certification in a specific track, grantees become Community Producers and are able to reserve and use equipment at the Media Center. At Orientation, the non-profit teams also heard about Brooklyn Free Speech public access channels, our Media Education classes and Public Equipment services. In the end, Grantees had time to meet Producing Mentors and mingle with their new cohort of media learners.

 

Associate Director of Adult Education, Skye Mcleod talking to 2017 Grantees at the annual Media Share Orientation. (Photo: Julie Sturm)

Selected organizations come to Media Share with a range of goals, from learning basic camera skills to creating PSA’s about their organization to recording performances and capturing oral histories. BRIC works to customize the learning process so each organization gains skills to create their own media, and sustain the learning after the program is over. Our hope is that all our grantees will continue to create media content and have a relationship with BRIC and Brooklyn Free Speech beyond the grant cycle.

To learn more about the Media Share 2017 grantees, click the links below:

Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation

Brooklyn Youth Music Project

Domestic Workers United

Good Shepherds Services

Green City Force

North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence

NPower

Sanctuary for Families

That Suits You

The Financial Clinic

Urban Bush Women

As we look forward to creating media with the 2017 cohort of non-profits, we also want to highlight the great work done by previous Media Share grantees. Check out their outstanding projects on Brooklyn Free Speech: Media Share Playlist on Brooklyn Free Speech

Also, check out the New York Emmy nominated PSA, Does Your Hotel Know? from ECPAT-USA, a 2014 grantee.

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