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The 2019 Media Impact Forum
Funders and media makers are coming together today for inspiring media presentations and dialogue, and the chance to network with peers to deepen learning and spark collaboration.
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The 2019 Media Impact Forum
May 2019—
9:00 am—9:00 pm

The American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please note: This is a funders-only event.


2019 Media Impact Forum program coverCultural organizations are increasingly relying upon film and digital media to strengthen their programming onsite and to reach a broader audience online and in their communities. Innovative figures at museums and other arts organizations are leading the way, with significant support from philanthropy. And more and more arts and culture organizations are using these tools and resources to spark civic engagement, beyond traditional educational and aesthetic functions of their organizations.

Among media forms and formats, radio is seeing a resurgence in reach and impact, driven in part by the explosion of interest in podcasts and other streaming media experiences.

Taken together, this year’s Media Impact Forum will explore the intersection between the arts, culture and media, and will focus on the impact of creative expression through media. In particular, we’ll take a close look at the connection between radio and community, and how this format continues to promote civic dialogue to the broadest audiences possible.

Read our program statement.


Registration & Networking

Welcome & Introductions
Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders
David Rousseau, Vice President, Media & Technology, Kaiser Health News; Media Impact Funders Board Chair

Musical Opening
Arnetta Johnson, trumpeter & Slingshot artist, NPR

Overview & Objectives for the Forum
Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders

Building Community Through Radio

Surprise Musical Guest!

Using Radio to Create Vibrant Musical Ecosystems

Hitting the Right Notes: Creating Environments in Which Music Can Thrive

Breakout Sessions & Networking


Local Radio Around the World

Musical Interlude

  • Valerie Gay, Deputy Director, Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer, Barnes Foundation
  • Eric Wortham II, Pianist, Composer, Songwriter, Producer

Podcasters Aren’t Born—They’re Trained

Breakout Sessions & Networking

Beyond Artifacts: Film & Technology in the Modern-Day Museum

Critical Minded: A Collaboration to Elevate Cultural Critics of Color

Off the Walls: How Art Museums Are Reaching People Where They Are

  • Valerie Gay, Deputy Director, Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer, Barnes Foundation
  • Barbara Wong, Director, Community Engagement, Barnes Foundation
  • Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Library Enrichment, Free Library of Philadelphia

And Now, in Closing, Let’s Take it…From the Top

  • Peter Dugan, Pianist
  • Laura Futamura, Flautist


Screening & Discussion Featuring Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool

Book your room

We’ve secured a room block at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia (the hotel is located right next door to the American Philosophical Society) from 5/22/2019-5/24/2019 at a rate of $409/night.  Click here to book your hotel room by Wednesday, May 8.  We encourage you to book your room as soon as possible.

If the room block is booked, the following options may have rooms available a la carte.

About the Media Impact Forum

Each year, this annual gathering brings funders from across the country together with media makers and analysts to share insights about the field’s most influential projects and trends. We come together for a day of inspiring media presentations and dialogue, and the chance to network with peers to deepen learning and spark collaboration.

Want more Media Impact Forum? Check out our 2018 Forum, which helped philanthropy focus on the special role of science in our national debates, the importance of sharpening the communications of science, and broader issues about understanding how and when communications and storytelling make a difference.

Watch the 2018 Media Impact Forum

Learn more about previous Media Impact Forums here.

Upcoming Events

Our programs are thoughtfully curated, topic-focused and, most of all, reflect the varied interests of our vibrant network. We host events all over the country and throughout the year, so there’s always a chance to network with your peers. With a robust selection of webinars, we’ll bring the discussion to you even if you can’t leave your desk (lunch not included). Browse through our selection of screenings, calls, conferences, intimate funder gatherings, and more.

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High-impact radio and audio journalism

Radio is one of the oldest forms of mass media, and its reach is growing. Broadcast radio listenership has held steady over the past decade, while online radio and podcasting listenership continues to climb, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Our Story

Media Impact Funders—formally Grantmakers in Film, Video & Television—began on a volunteer basis in 1984 as an affinity group for funders interested in the power of film to highlight social issues.
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The Field of Media Funding

Funders, media makers and nonprofit organizations are working together to unleash the power of media to move the needle on important social issues.
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