Jazz aficionado Esperanza Spalding could be hosting a new progressive music show on PBS called Find The Beat. Find the Beat features Esperanza joining with a group, a band or solo musician to explore the roots of their music. Their journeys take them to see authentic performers, explore cultural connections and investigate musical history with co-host Pierce Freelon. Support diverse and innovative programming on public television by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org – and telling PBS to fund Find The Beat. Read more about PBS’ initiative after the jump.
Several months ago PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting issued a request for proposals for a new television show to be sponsored by their Diversity and Innovation Fund. The DI Fund, “seeks to diversify the National Program Service by attracting younger and more racially and ethnically diverse viewers and visitors” (read more about the Diversity and Innovation fund here). More than 200 submissions were received in response to the request for proposals, from which only 16 were chosen by their editorial staff to advance to panel review. Take a look at the list of finalists here, and after you check them, out email: email@example.com with your comments/feedback.