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TR-250055-16

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: January 2016 to present)

Afropop Worldwide's Hip Deep

Production of radio programming exploring contemporary music cultures of Africa and the African diaspora, including nine new episodes focusing on Nigeria and the Caribbean, substantive updates of six existing programs, and twelve podcasts.

Since 1988, the Peabody Award-Winning public radio program Afropop Worldwide has introduced listeners to the contemporary music cultures of Africa & the African Diaspora. Distributed by PRI to 95 U.S. stations, it is also available as a podcast, & streamed from our website, www.afropop.org, & soundcloud.com. Over the past 14 years, Afropop has collaborated with leading scholars to produce our acclaimed, NEH-funded Hip Deep series, which introduces humanities themes to general audiences. The NEH grant previously funded the integration of a Hip Deep-specific site section which organized Hip Deep's multi-media content for easier access. World Music Productions now requests a 1-year grant of $200,000 (55% of total cost) from the NEH to continue this work by 1) producing 9 new episodes based on original field work, 6 encore programs & 12 Hip Deep podcasts, 2) build new audience by rebuilding our website to support “responsive design,” making it adaptable to the full range of mobile devices.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 10/31/2017


TR-228341-15

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: August 2014 to present)

Afropop Worldwide/Hip Deep

Production of ten hour-long “Hip Deep” episodes on the Afropop Worldwide radio program, fifteen complementary podcasts, educational material, and website enhancements.

World Music Productions requests NEH support of $200,000 over a one-year period to help cover the production of 10 new "Hip Deep" episodes to be broadcast as part of our ongoing "Afropop Worldwide" public radio series heard on 96 stations in the U.S. Each episode is a rich radio-and-Web offering extending the body of work and the community of scholars "Hip Deep" has developed over the past 11 years. The two new thematic foci are "musicians in conflict settings" and "music as a vehicle for communication and collective memory." Original fieldwork will take place in Mali, Niger, Congo, Jamaica, London, Lisbon, and the southern U.S. This proposal also launches a new commitment to the creation and promotion of "Hip Deep" podcasts--all part of "Afropop Worldwide's" ongoing mission to bring current humanities scholarship to the general public via the universal vehicle of music. The entire cost of the project is $338,238.

Project fields:
African Studies; Journalism; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 6/30/2016


TR-50470-13

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: January 2013 to present)

Afropop Worldwide's Hip Deep series

Production of ten new radio episodes, substantive updates of five existing Afropop Worldwide "Hip Deep" programs exploring contemporary African music, education materials, and an outreach and evaluation campaign.

Since 1988, our award-winning public radio program "Afropop Worldwide" has introduced listeners to contemporary music cultures of Africa and the African diaspora. Hosted by broadcast personality Georges Collinet and distributed by PRI to 104 U.S. stations, it is also available streaming from our website, afropop.org. Over 9 years, Afropop has collaborated with leading scholars to produce our acclaimed, NEH-funded "Hip Deep" series introducing humanities themes to general audiences. Our 2009-2012 grants funded re-development of afropop.org and the creation of a Hip Deep-specific section organizing all Hip Deep content for easy access. World Music Productions requests a 1-year grant of $200,000 to 1) produce 10 new and encore 5 programs, 2) begin to develop Hip Deep education materials targeting informal education settings, 3) launch a 2-part evaluation strategy, optimizing user experience of Hip Deep content online and improving brand syndication/outreach techniques to expand audiences.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$180,000 (approved)
$180,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2013 – 1/31/2015


TR-50369-12

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: January 2012 to present)

Afropop Worldwide's Hip Deep

Production of nine new radio and web episodes, re-editing and rebroadcasting six previously produced programs, migration of current website to new more accessible website, and the implementation of a new dissemination and syndication strategy for the "Hip Deep" series.

Since 1988, the public radio program Afropop Worldwide has introduced listeners to the contemporary music cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Distributed by PRI to 107 U.S. stations, it is also available via on-demand streaming from our website, www.afropop.org. Over the past eight years, Afropop has collaborated with leading scholars to produce our acclaimed, NEH-funded "Hip Deep" series, which introduces humanities themes to general audiences. Our 2009-2010 NEH grant also funded the re-development of www.afropop.org and the addition of a "Hip Deep"-specific site section which organized "Hip Deep's" multi-media content for easier access. World Music Productions now requests a 1-year grant of $175,000 (40% of total cost) from the NEH to continue this work by 1) producing 9 new and 6 encore programs 2) migrate "Hip Deep" section to new website, create video, audio and text supplements to new shows, and 3) execute a comprehensive, ongoing interactive media outreach campaign.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 11/30/2013


TR-50194-10

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: January 2010 to present)

Afropop Worldwide

Production of 18 one-hour radio episodes, re-editing of 12 encore episodes, and development of new website components about African music and culture.

Since 1988, the public radio program Afropop Worldwide has introduced listeners to the contemporary music cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Distributed by PRI to 103 U.S. stations, it is also available via on-demand streaming from our website, www.afropop.org. Over the past six years, Afropop has collaborated with leading scholars to produce our acclaimed, NEH-funded Hip Deep series, which introduces humanities themes to general audiences. Our 2009-2010 NEH grant also funded the re-development of www.afropop.org and the addition of a Hip Deep-specific site section which organized Hip Deep's multi-media content for easier access. World Music Productions now requests a 2-year grant of $350,000 (1/3 share of total cost)from the NEH to continue this work by 1) producing 18 new and 12 encore programs 2) creating video, blogging and new audio player components into the new Hip Deep site and 3) initiating a comprehensive, ongoing interactive media outreach campaign.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 11/30/2012


TR-50052-09

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: August 2008 to present)

Afropop Worldwide

Production of six new one-hour episodes, re-editing of twelve encore episodes, development of a set of interactive maps of the history of music in Mali, and revision of the website to enhance user-friendly access and interactivity.

Since 1988, the public radio program Afropop Worldwide has introduced American listeners to the cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. The series is distributed by PRI to 113 U.S. stations, and is available via XM radio, and on-demand streaming from our website, www.afropop.org. Over the past five years, Afropop has collaborated with scholars and authors to develop the acclaimed, NEH-funded Hip Deep series, which introduces humanities themes to general audiences. Our 2007 NEH grant also funded a prototype ???exploratory map,??? providing interactive, online access to Hip Deep materials. This year, World Music Productions requests a grant of $200,000 from the NEH to continue this work by 1) producing 6 new and 12 encore programs. 2) develop a new exploratory map set focused on the history and music of Mali, and 3) overhaul our website to support dialog and exchange between listeners and scholars, and make Hip Deep materials dramatically more available to web users everywhere.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2009 – 4/30/2010


UI-50026-07

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: March 2007 to present)

Afropop Worldwide

Production and distribution of 10 original programs and 14 re-edited "Hip Deep" programs for the 2007-08 season and a prototype of new knowledge distribution models.

Afropop Worldwide is a weekly public radio program that since 1988 has introduced American listeners to the music and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Hosted by Georges Collinet from Cameroon, the series is distributed by PRI to 99 stations in the U.S. and by XM satellite radio. Over the past four years, with support from the NEH, Afropop Worldwide has collaborated with leading humanities scholars and authors to add depth and authority to our programs. In particular, we have developed the Hip Deep series within Afropop Worldwide, a distinct set of programs that introduce humanities themes to the general public through comprehensive musical narratives. World Music Productions requests a grant of $150,000 from the NEH ton continue this work by researching, producing, and distributing 10 original programs and encoring 14 re-edited Hip Deep programs for the 2007-2008 season. This grant will also allow us to reach new audiences through new technology.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Media Radio Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2007 – 4/30/2009


UI-50012-06

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: March 2006 to present)

Afropop Worldwide

Production of 26 original programs and repackaging of 28 previous broadcasts for a weekly radio program that explores the music cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Afropop Worldwide is a weekly public radio series hosted by Georges Collinet and distributed to 112 stations via Public Radio.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Media Radio Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2006 – 9/30/2007


GN-50639-05

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: March 2005 to present)

Afropop Worldwide

Production of 26 original programs for a weekly radio program that explores the music cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2005 – 8/31/2006


GN-50439-04

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: March 2004 to present)

Afropop Worldwide

Production of 26 original radio programs and a website that interpret the music and culture of Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2004 – 8/31/2005


GN-50210-03

World Music Productions (Brooklyn, NY 11232-2545)
Sean Barlow (Project Director: April 2003 to present)

Afropop Worldwide

Production of 26 original radio programs that focus on the culture and music of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Project fields:
African American Studies

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2003 – 9/30/2004