A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE
WINTER 2021 SCHEDULE
Schedule and activities are subject to change
August 1- September 15, 2020 (Applications)
360 Incubator+ application portal is open. Up to two people per project can participate in the incubator activities. The application fee is $35 and the deadline is 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Note: The incubator program is free.
December 15, 2020 (Decisions)
Applications are reviewed by a two-tier panel of media professionals. Up to 10 final projects will be selected for the incubator by Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Each selected team will also be notified of its assigned mentor.
January - February 2021 (Workshops & Mentoring)
The Incubator+ program will begin with orientation sessions to
•outline the goals of the program and BPM’s expectations for the projects
•introduce fellows to their mentors and BPM’s creative consultant
•develop a plan, work schedule and budget to produce a complete proposal and pitch for each project
•identify additional training, equipment or other resources needed to create a proposal and pitch for each project. Resources may include an allowance of up to $5,000 for production or post-production activities.
Throughout January and February, the project teams will attend workshops together as a cohort. Workshops sessions include Pitch Mechanics, Grant-writing, Budgeting, Understanding Licenses, Distribution Decisions, Developing Your Engagement Plan and more.
In addition to the workshops, incubator fellows are expected to work on their proposal, sample reel and pitches with the guidance of their mentors, the BPM creative consultant and the BPM team.
March 2021 (Pitch Practice)
360 Incubator+ is designed to identify and pipeline quality Black content. During the final month of the program, fellows will prepare to pitch their projects to potential funders at BPM’s PitchBlack. Teams will work together with their mentors and pitch coach to polish their proposals, funding reel and pitches.
PitchBlack is an opportunity for the incubator fellows to pitch to media executives. Past attendees have included: PBS, BET, MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, Color Creative, BBC, POV, WNET/Thirteen, WORLD Channel, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and private investors. Up to three (3) projects will be awarded a license agreement ranging from $50K to $150K.
Past 360 Incubator+ winners include POPS by Garland McLaurin, which premiered on ITVS' Indie Lens Storycast; My Africa Is by Nosarieme Garrick, which premiered on BPM’s signature public television series AfroPoP; So Young So Pretty So White by Chanelle Aponte Pearson, which has received funding from ITVS; Read Awakening by Dominique Taylor, which premiered on PBS Digital Studio’s Facebook Watch digital miniseries; and The Hook by Shirlette Ammons which premiered on UNC-TV. Commuted by Nailah Jefferson, Heroes of Color by David Heredia, POV (a vr project) by Alton Glass and The 3000 Project by Keith McQuirter received funding from our most recent PitchBlack.
Photos of the 2019 360 Incubator+ fellows and PitchBlack participants by James Brooks