Contact:  Andrea Matthews
(651) 290-1303



Radio professionals, classical music program producers and hosts,
arts professionals encouraged to apply for funded, intensive three-day workshop.

(St. Paul, Minn.) August 4, 2004 ó American Public Media (the national production and distribution division of Minnesota Public Radio) will host a three-day production workshop in October as part of its Classical Music Initiative (CMI), a multi-year project designed to develop and support the next generation of classical music programming for public radio. The CMI seeks 10 participants for this intensive workshop, which is designed to inspire producers and hosts, provide training in production and presentation, and foster a collaborative atmosphere for the cultivation of new ideas. A travel and lodging stipend will be provided. The CMI Production Workshop will be held October 20-22, 2004. The deadline for applications is September 3, 2004. Applications can be obtained at

Applicants being sought include radio producers and hosts with a passion for classical music, arts professionals, and those with a vision to be the next generation of classical music radio and new media producers and hosts.

The CMI Production Workshop will feature keynote speaker Terry Teachout, a music and drama critic, arts journalist, author and blogger on Teachout was recently nominated by President Bush to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the final approval body for grants recommended by the National Endowment for the Arts’ peer panels. A second keynote speaker, prominent in new technologies, has yet to be announced.

Workshop presentations will cover producing for radio and new media, and will be facilitated by American Public Media staff. Featured staff include Peabody Award-winning producers Tom Voegeli (American Mavericks, From the Top, Schickele Mix), Brian Newhouse (Minnesota Orchestra, Music@Menlo), and Preston Wright (American Mavericks, Music@Menlo). American Mavericks was produced by American Public Media in association with the San Francisco Symphony.

CMI Production Workshop attendees will also be invited to sit in on a recording session of Saint Paul Sunday, with host Bill McGlaughlin and the Borromeo String Quartet. The recording will take place in the renowned Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio.

The goal of the CMI is to make a substantial investment in new program strategies, new ways to listen and new talent for classical music production.

American Public Media continues to accept proposals for new Classical Music Initiative projects. Proposals chosen for production will receive financial assistance and mentoring, with the completed programs to be broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and made available to public radio stations nationwide by American Public Media. Proposal information is available at

The Classical Music Initiative Production Workshop is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional financial support is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon.

American Public Mediaô is the national production and distribution unit of Minnesota Public Radio. It is the nation’s second-biggest producer of national public radio programs, reaching 11.9 million listeners nationwide each week. National programs include A Prairie Home Companion®, Saint Paul Sunday®, Marketplace®, Sound Money®, The Splendid Table®, Being® and special reports produced by its documentary unit, American RadioWorks®. Minnesota Public Radio, along with its sister company Southern California Public Radio, belongs to a larger family of companies within American Public Media Group, a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to develop resources, services and systems to support public media for public service. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at


Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only.
Fall 2003