Seed & Spark has managed to separate itself from the crowded crowdfunding space by heaping benefits upon their creators. Their new grant, in partnership with both Erika Alexander’s diversity-focused media company Color Farm Media and the entertainment and lifestyle network Black&SexyTV, is another great example of these efforts.

The program begins this month and includes both a multi-city educational tour and a generous grant for creators of color. Its focus: representation with a capital “R”—not only will it educate filmmakers and provide a platform for better representation on screen, but it leverages the organization's educational events as voter registration drives efforts beginning in July.

Aptly named Keep It Colorful, the tour features a mix of events, including Q&As with Alexander and workshops and panels with Seed&Spark. With more dates to be announced, the confirmed dates/locations include:

  • Late June: Los Angeles, CA

  • July 9-13: Atlanta, GA

  • July 14: Washington, D.C.

  • July 19-21: Philadelphia, PA

Submissions are currently being accepted, with a launch date of September 4 and a focus on creators of color making episodic work. The prizes total $25,000 and includes matching funds for production and distribution from Black&Sexy TV and matching funds and production support from Color Farm Media.

There's no minimum amount a potential crowdfunder would have to raise in order to become a finalist. All that is required is for the campaigns to have raised 100% of their goal and to have gained 500 campaign followers.

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