Find the Beat: PBS promotes diversity with Esperanza Spalding

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: – and telling PBS to fund Find The Beat. Read more about PBS’ initiative after the jump.


The backstory:

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: with your comments/feedback.

9 Comments to ‘Find the Beat: PBS promotes diversity with Esperanza Spalding’:

  1. Devin on 29 Nov 2010 at 2:40 am: 1

    *Fingers Crossed*

  2. Richmond Punch on 29 Nov 2010 at 2:57 pm: 2

    What a fantastic idea? I would love to be a guest on the show. This will be a huge thing to benefit the Black community. The way to reach our children today is television and the kind of television that elevates them is PBS!

  3. lucille on 29 Nov 2010 at 7:17 pm: 3

    Can’t wait…Love this concept!!!

  4. Anonymous on 30 Nov 2010 at 3:49 pm: 4

    Make sure you email pbs.

  5. Anna on 1 Dec 2010 at 8:39 am: 5

    Go Esperanza! Can’t wait! Please make sure it airs in Portland , OR!

  6. Anna on 1 Dec 2010 at 8:39 am: 6

    Go Esperanza! Can’t wait! Please make sure it airs in Portland , OR!

  7. Chris Armstrong on 1 Dec 2010 at 8:51 am: 7

    Oh God yes, please do this show.

  8. Bernadette J. on 5 Dec 2010 at 2:05 pm: 8

    Would love to see a show that exposes PBS watchers to talented artists such as Esperanza! Count me in.

  9. Robin Fernandez on 22 Jan 2011 at 2:39 pm: 9

    We need our children to be able to identify themselves with beautiful artists. The media plays a great influence on our children it is our responsiblity to provide diversity !

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Published on November 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm. 9 Comments.
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