Posted on September 22, 2021

Current Local that Works contest finalist

All Classical Portland’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII) has been named a finalist in the Local that Works contest! Following our semi-finalist announcement earlier this month, RII is one of only five projects to be advanced to the final round of consideration.

All Classical Portland is helping to update America’s playlist with the Recording Inclusivity Initiative, recording classical works written by women and composers of color who have been historically excluded from the traditional canon. RII has been recognized as ground-breaking, bold, and revolutionary. It has garnered support from individuals committed to our mission, N M Bodecker Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Regional Arts and Culture Council, IBEW Local 48, Sorel Organization, and many more.

This week, the nonprofit news organization Current announced All Classical Portland’s Recording Inclusivity Initiative as one of five finalists in the 2021 Local that Works contest!

Founded in 1980 by the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, Current covers public media in the United States. In 2011, Current re-launched as an editorially independent journalistic service in partnership with the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. Current’s Local That Works contest is recognizing original initiatives that demonstrate the power of local media to inform, reflect, engage, educate, inspire, convene, unite and transform communities.

We are grateful and honored to be counted among the 5 finalists selected from over 100 submissions. Congratulations to our fellow finalists, and all those leading change and innovation in public radio and classical music.

RII Composer in Residence Jasmine Barnes with pianist Yoko Greeney, recording Barnes' "Taking Names" at N M Bodecker Foundation's Halfling Studios, August 2021.

Learn more about Recording Inclusivity Initiative

Portland classical radio station launches initiative to honor minority composers
Radio station “All Classical Portland” has spearheaded an effort to recognize composers from under-represented communities
Katherine Cook, KGW News – May 26, 2021


All Classical Portland initiative aims to diversify choices for classical works
Skye Witley, Current.org – February 1, 2021


Radio Rejuvenation
Portland’s All Classical Radio’s new initiatives bring more diverse music to more diverse audiences
Brett Campbell, Oregon ArtsWatch – May 25, 2021

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