Brookline Interactive Group’s mission is to support new and experienced multimedia arts creators in the greater community of Brookline, Massachusetts. We acknowledge that creative endeavors require time and labor on the part of the makers. Through our Multimedia Production Grant program we provide financial support to empower people in our region to craft and share stories and experiences that may not otherwise be possible. The purpose of these grants is to support the creation of a project of any medium as proposed by the creator. 

 

BIG will endeavor to fund at least one grant for a youth project, meaning an applicant who is 18 years of age or younger, and at least one grant to a self-described BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) candidate.

 

Grant applications are due Friday, October 1, 2021 by 11:59 pm.

 

Those who are interested in applying for this round of grant funding are encouraged to attend the Pitch Feedback Session to be held on Thursday, September 9th, 2021. Here applicants will be able to share their project ideas and receive feedback from BIG staff members.

 

BIG is encouraging anyone interested in creating a creative project with a connection to Brookline (see below) to apply for a BIG Production Grant. Projects of any artistic discipline and content will be considered.

Overview

Below is a list of examples that we know will fall within the scope of our funding considerations, however this list is not exhaustive so feel free to propose projects that may not be listed below. We are excited to see applicants whose projects fall outside of the boundaries of our own expectations.

Examples

  • Short films (narrative, experimental, documentary, animation, other)
  • Public art projects with multimedia components
  • Workshops and classes
  • XR projects (virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality, etc.)
  • Games that incorporate a multimedia aspect
  • Apps
  • Theater or performance works with multimedia components
  • Audio projects (podcasts, audio art, experimental audio, etc.)

Application Details

  • Up to $2,000 per project
  • BIG will endeavor to fund at least one youth project, meaning an applicant who is 18 years of age or younger.
  • BIG will endeavor to fund at least one grant to a self-described BIPOC applicant.
  • Applicants can submit their application in any combination of written, video, and/or audio formats.
  • The elements applicants are strongly encourage to include are: a detailed pitch of the project, project process, budget, and a timeline.
  • Supplemental materials are encouraged. This could include examples of past projects, scripts for short films, commitment letters for documentaries, statements of partnerships, look books, etc.
  • BIG will host live pitch sessions for prospective grant applicants prior to the application deadline.

Timeline

  • Grant applications open July 17, 2021
  • Pitch Feedback Session, September 9, 2021
  • Grant applications due October 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM
  • Grant recipients announced October 25th, 2021
  • Funded projects due by July 1, 2022
  • Public screening TBA

Community Connection

BIG supports the broad community in an effort to enable expression and fluency in moving image, multimedia, and immersive experiences. Our organization is located in and is deeply connected to Brookline, MA. To that end, we ask that applicants demonstrate a connection to Brookline, MA in some fashion. Examples might include:

  • The applicant lives, works, or attends school in Brookline, MA
  • The project will be shot or produced in Brookline, MA
  • The project will take place or be performed in Brookline, MA
  • Elements of the project reference or are otherwise connected to Brookline, MA

Clear Path to Completion

Your application should demonstrate your ability to complete the proposed production project. It is important that you provide materials that can convincingly persuade the selection committee that you are proposing a viable project. This includes your budget, schedule, script, and any other additional pertinent materials or information you can provide. BIG may ask some applicants for additional materials after their initial submission and reserves the right to interview grant applicants as a part of its decision-making process. BIG staff will provide technical training to applicants based on the creator’s needs and staff availability.

What Won’t Be Funded?

  • Grant recipients who have received funding in previous rounds
  • Projects or events completed prior to applying for funding
  • Finishing grants, such as post-production for an otherwise completed work
  • More than one application by the same applicant
  • Grant money may not be used to purchase equipment already available through BIG
  • For equipment that BIG does not have, BIG may consider purchasing that equipment and owning it, and then loaning it to the applicant in order to complete the project
  • Grants with a conflict of interest (see below)

Conflict of Interest

Grant recipients cannot be BIG employees, board members or relatives thereof (meaning a spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, in-laws, step-parent, step-child, guardian, ward, or member of one’s household). Staff and board members of BIG may not receive payment for any involvement in the production of these grants.

Credit

All successful applicants must properly credit Brookline Interactive Group for providing funds to the project in all press materials including posters, programs, announcements, paid advertising, press and social media, etc. by including the BIG logo on relevant materials. Any videos produced must feature the BIG production grant stinger at the beginning and the language, “Funded in part by Brookline Interactive Group” at the end.

Content and Releases

  • All productions must adhere to FCC rules regarding content. (https://www.fcc.gov/general/broadcast-cable-and-satellite-guides)
  • Please note that all rights, clearances, and releases must be secured and retained by the grantee for all material in the production. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of music, images, and individual talent releases.

Distribution Rights

BIG will maintain nonexclusive distribution rights for all projects including on television, social media, public screenings, and through mediums not yet invented, in whole and part. Note these works will fall under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND International 4.0 license found here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode

Application

 

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