Get Spotted: New Funding for Media Makers’ Ideas

Take a look at two promising new avenues for funding media work: Ideablob and Spot.Us!

Ideablob supports creative enterprise by awarding $10,000 each month to a person with a great idea. The program is managed by credit card issuer Advantait’s a way for them to give back, they say. Winners are determined by votes from the community, which is made up of over 100,000 subscribers (anyone who wants to join) and guest mentors with relevant expertise. If you have an idea, you submit it to the site, where it’s subject to comments and votes. If your idea floats to the top, you win.

One of the winners, Chris Elam, had an idea for an online engagement platform for the arts, a place where people could interact with artists (watch live-streaming theater rehearsals, for example) and support their work. A year after receiving the Ideablob award, his project has received $1.25 million in additional funding.

Spot.Us is a community-funded journalism project in the San Francisco Bay Area. On the Spot.Us website, the public can pledge money to support the production of stories journalists pitch, or commission journalists to write specific stories. Once a story is funded in full, it’s published on the website and can be picked up by other news outlets for free. News outlets can also buy exclusive rights to stories, in which case the pledges that made those stories possible are reimbursed. Ninety percent of the money goes directly to the producers!

Would a Spot.Us for audio producers work?

And tell us about great public media ideas you think might float on Ideablob. We’d love to see some MQ2-nominee and AIR-member ideas there!