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eBulletin • July 2012

Leading Creatively 2012
Watch your email inbox for a major announcement of NAMAC 2012 conference participants! And check out the conference home page—deadlines are looming for Early Bird registration, and submissions to the NAMAC film and video screening series at the conference.

Want all the latest news on Leading Creatively 2012? Check out the new NAMAC Conference blog at, and scroll down to read an excerpt from the first post on the blog, "Popping Your Bubble: True Tales of the Digital Divide," by Eric Martin of Native American Public Telecommunications.

New Telesalon: Community Radio and the Arts
The Prometheus Radio Project will present a new NAMAC telesalon—Community Radio and the Arts: How Stations Sustain Creative Communities—this August 2nd. In the session, Prometheus will share its insights on the connections between community radio and the arts, and talk about the opportunity ahead for organizations to file applications with the FCC for stations—either your own, or with partners from your communities. Register here.

NAMAC Leadership InstituteNAMAC Pre-Conference Leadership Tune-Up
Are you an alumnus of the NAMAC Leadership Institute who could use another injection of inspiration and valuable tools for your leadership toolbox? If so, plan to attend a special pre-conference professional development workshop designed just for you.

During this highly interactive day, you and other NAMAC leadership alums will jointly reflect on your leadership journey in an era of growing diversity and connectivity. You’ll also have an opportunity to sharpen your intentions as “leader-learners” attending the NAMAC conference. The registration deadline is August 6thlearn more here.

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From the Blog

Popping Your Bubble: True Tales of the Digital Divide
By Eric Martin

It was at SXSW 2011 that someone tweeted about realizing that not all their clients had smartphones and tablets, followed by a telling hashtag: #beyondthebubble

This was followed by a tweet from our friends at Native Public Media, heralding the wonderful achievement of reservation homes surpassing the 75 percent mark for landline phone penetration.

Seeing these two tweets back-to-back just showed how out of touch many of those in the SXSW bubble were with the rest of the country—especially rural and poor areas.

read more

Federal Communications Commission


The Supreme Court has overturned FCC sanctions against broadcasters in several high-profile profanity cases. NAMAC, along with partner organizations including the ACLU, AFTRA and the National Coalition Against Censorship among others, filed in support of Fox in the case, hoping for clarity on the FCC's indecency policy. While pleased that the sanctions were thrown out, we and our allies are disappointed about the continued uncertainty and its chilling effect on creative freedom of expression. Here's a take on the ruling from our friends at the Future of Music Coalition.
Soundcloud Fellows


Soundcloud has launched its second Soundcloud Community Fellowship—for two months this fall, it will support up to ten Fellows pursuing projects using sound as a creative medium. Possible categories include arts and culture, education, news and politics, and storytelling. Apply by July 25thmore info.

As part of its Macktez Summer Stipend program, the technology consulting firm will provide $1,000 stipends to creatives needing a little extra funding to finish projects. Apply online by July 27th.

Cal Humanities' Community Stories program (previously the California Story Fund) has grants up to $10,000 (with cash or in-kind match) available to California nonprofits and public agencies for projects that collect and share "real stories of California's communities." Applications are due August 1stread more.

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for the production, distribution, preservation, restoration, or archiving of media art, due August 9th. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000, with required one-to-one nonfederal matching funds. For more info, click here.

The Center for Asian American Media is now accepting submissions for the 31st San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Films, videos, and digital and interactive projects made by or about Asian Americans or Asians of any nationality will be considered. Early submissions are due September 3rdlearn more here.
Digging In: A Documentary Retreat


Digging In, the second annual documentary retreat hosted by Big Shed, runs for a week—July 29th through August 4th—at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. This year, in addition to film, the retreat has been expanded to include writing, photography, audio, and new media. Learn more here.

Getting Down to Business, the 2012 National Arts Marketing Conference, takes place this November 9th through 12th in Charlotte, NC—more information here.
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