With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, Open Signal makes media production possible for everyone. We provide skills, equipment, inspiration and we amplify local voices on five cable channels.

Open Signal builds upon the legacy of Portland Community Media (PCM), an organization that empowered thousands of Portlanders to access video and television technology during its 35-year history. 

A strategic, collaborative and equity driven process for pursuing the development of strategic or integrated partnerships and new programs or determining the continuation of signature programs.

About Our Scholarship Fund

Our scholarship fund is named in honor of Bob Hedlund, independent producer advocate.

Bob Hedlund was known for his commitment to the role of community media in society. Hedlund was more than a volunteer; he was a leader at Portland Community Media, now known as Open Signal.

For the past ten years Bob had been an important member of the Open Signal family. He created the Independent Producers’ Organization (IPO) and produced the IPO series, which continues to address topics such as media reform and legislation. He attended Open Signal board meetings to ensure the needs and views of independent producers were always included in discussion, and volunteered on numerous programs in support of other Open Signal producers.

Bob greeted everyone with a beaming, infectious smile and a warm hug. His presence will be missed very much by Open Signal staff and producers.

In honor of Bob and his commitment to producers, Open Signal named its Media Education Scholarship "The Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Fund". The scholarship fund enables Portland-area residents to participate in Open Signal’s media education program at reduced rates or no charge.


How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Please clearly specify your priority of first, second and third workshop choice and workshop dates on the application.

Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Scholarship applications that demonstrate a desire to create media work that will inspire, educate or bring awareness to the greater community, will be strongly considered.  

Submission of application does not guarantee a scholarship or enrollment in the class. If your application is approved and registration is full, you will be offered enrollment in the next available class. Applicants may be considered for two scholarship slots per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.


Guidelines and Criteria

The following conditions must apply to be eligible for scholarship funds:

  • Scholarships are open to area residents within the city of Portland.  Underserved or underrepresented populations can be considered in the greater Portland area.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need by supplying documentation that supports his/her low-income status.  Accepted documents include: Pay Stubs, Income Tax Return, statement of benefits, documentation from DHS, etc. For your privacy please exercise caution when uploading sensitive documents. Social Security numbers should be blacked out. If documentation cannot be supplied, applicants must complete the application section explaining their financial situation. 
  • If documentation cannot be supplied, applicants must complete the application section explaining their financial situation. 

Applicants must agree to the following in order to be approved for a scholarship:

  • Must participate in Open Signal’s workshops with the intent to produce programming for Open Signal channels.


For support with your application or for more information about our scholarship fund please contact Open Signal's Media Education Department by email: education@opensignalpdx.org or by calling: (503) 288–1515.


Sobre la Beca

Nuestro fondo de becas es en honor a Bob Hedlund, quien fue un productor independiente activo en nuestra comunidad.

Bob Hedlund era conocido por su dedicación al papel de medios comunitarios en sociedad. Hedlund era más que un voluntario; era líder en Portland Community Media, ahora conocido como Open Signal. Bob era un miembro importante de la familia Open Signal. Creó el Independent Producers' Organization (IPO) y produjo el serio IPO, que continúa abordar el tema de reforma de los medios de comunicación. Asistió a las reuniones de la junta directiva para asegurar que las necesidades y puntas de vista de los productores independientes siempre estaban incluidos en la discusión, y era voluntario en varios programas en apoyo de otros productores de Open Signal.

Bob saludo a todos con una sonrisa infecciosa y un abrazo cariñoso. Su presencia sera extrañada por toda la comunidad de Open Signal.

En honor de Bob y su dedicación a los productores, Open Signal ha llamado la beca de educación mediática "La Beca de Bob Hedlund." El fondo de becas permite residentes de la área de Portland a participar en los programas de educación mediática a tarifas reducidas o gratis.


Cómo Solicitar

Para solicitar la beca, favor de completar la solicitud y submitar junto con documentación de necesidad financiera. Favor de especificar su prioridad primera, segunda y tercera de talleres y las fechas de los talleres en su aplicación.

Becas serán revisadas el día 15 de cada mes y serán entregadas el día 20 de cada mes. Solicitudes que demuestren deseo de realizar trabajo mediática que inspirarán, educaran o que crearan conciencia en la comunidad en general serán consideradas especialmente.

Solicitud no garantiza una beca o inscripción en la clase. Si su solicitud es aprobada y la clase esta llena, será registrada/o en la próxima clase. Solicitantes pueden ser considerados para una beca cada trimestre, con un maximo de 3 becas por año.


Directrices y Criterios

Las siguientes condiciones deben aplicar para ser elegible para los fondos de beca:

  • Becas están abiertas a residentes dentro de la ciudad de Portland. Poblaciones menos atendidas y subrepresentadas puedan ser consideradas en la area mas grande de Portland.
  • El/la solicitante debe demostrar necesidad económica que soporta su posición bajo ingreso. Documentos aceptables son: talón de ingresos, declaracion de impuestos, declaracion de beneficios, documentacion de DHS, etc. Para proteger su privacidad, favor de tener cuidado al cargar documentos sensitivos. El número de seguridad social debe ser tachado. 
  • Si no puede proporcionar documentación, solicitantes deben completar la sección de la solicitud explicando su situación financiera.

Solicitantes deben acordar a lo siguiente para ser aprobado/a para una beca:

  • Deben participar en los talleres de Open Signal con la intención de producir programacion para los canales de Open Signal.

Para asistencia con su solicitud o más información sobre la beca favor de contactar nuestro Departamento de Educación Mediática por correo electrónico: education@opensignalpdx.org o llame a (503) 288–1515 X 401.

New Media Fellowship

Open Signal's New Media Fellowship will support four Portland-based artists in the deep exploration of the artistic, technical and social implications of immersive technologies such as 360 degree video, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and cross reality (XR).

This career-altering and socially impactful residency includes an intensive four-month mentorship with local media arts innovators, as well as full access to the resources at Open Signal, including a large technology library, immersive media lab and production studios, dedicated workspace and staff support. Collectively, the fellows' experimental work will set new rules of engagement for immersive media at Open Signal and beyond.


Exploring the Social Implications of VR

The New Media Fellowship is a rare opportunity for social exploration and deep career development at Open Signal. It will allow four local digital artists to work in residence at Open Signal, experimenting with immersive media tools, to better understand their creative and social potential. Through meaningful interaction with the Open Signal community, the fellows will lay the groundwork and incite conversation around ethical standards for ongoing immersive media work in our public media space.


Project-based Fellowship

This project-based fellowship helps Portland artists create new digital media work. This can extend far beyond video work, and may include immersive digital installation, VR/AR, performance, virtual art, software art, electronic art, and beyond.  New Media Fellowship advocates and technical specialists provide feedback to enrich and support artists’ work. New Media Fellows projects should be socially or civically minded in their process and product. Chosen artists act as anchors of their own community on-site and actively engage with the Open Signal community during their residencies. 


Open Signal does not require Fellows to hold a specific amount of hours on-site, but we encourage artists to spend time at our center to engage with our community. Candidates should be in present in Portland for the entirety of the Fellowship they are applying for.


Program Completion

The fellowship will culminate in a trip to New Mexico in June 2020 to exhibit the fellows' completed work at the Institute of American Indian Arts' one-of-a-kind 360-degree Digital Dome, as part of the CURRENTS Santa Fe International New Media Festival.


Benefits of the Program 

  • $2,000 stipend and $500 material budget 
  • An advocate to critique work and share resources for 10 hours
  • Private trainings on equipment from Open Signal’s new media inventory
  • Access to the immersive media lab, including HTC Vive virtual reality system, VR-ready PC, 360-degree cameras, Unity game engine, VR and 360 post-production software
  • Free training through Open Signal's media education program on 3D modeling & animation, experimental and analog video, camera operation, lighting, editing, studio production, and more 
  • One-on-one mentorship with Matt Henderson of Portland Immersive Media Group and 360 Labs, a Portland-based company specializing in 360-degree media
  • Support from Open Signal's technical and artistic staff
  • Paid trip to New Mexico to exhibit your work as part of the CURRENTS Santa Fe International New Media Festival 


Please note, Open Signal does not provide room and board for New Media Fellows. 


Community Engagement 

  • A monthly media literacy group, discussing the social implications of immersive media; conversations will sometimes include local experts from the greater media community 
  • One VR Mixer event, exploring immersive media in person with the Open Signal community
  • Contributions to a metafesto/blog that will become a living code of conduct for immersive media tools in our space and in the greater community
  • A 2-month solo exhibition on-site at Open Signal


Selection Criteria 

Participation is limited to artists from the Portland metropolitan area with a commitment to immersive media work or heavy experimentation in and substantial experience with digital technologies. We will look for evidence of innovation and vision in their past work. Fellows are placed in cohorts of two, attempting to pair makers who have different perspectives and communities, in order to see how they can mix in exciting ways. We will seek diverse representation among the fellowship cohort. 


Top candidates will demonstrate that:

• Access to the fellowship resources will significantly propel their career

• They can complete the project described with the time and resources provided by Open Signal

• They have a commitment to social impact and will thoughtfully engage the Open Signal community during their fellowship

• Work samples and/or previous experience that demonstrates innovation and experimentation with immersive technologies such as 360 degree video, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and cross reality (XR)


Please note: This opportunity is not open to Open Signal staff or family members.


Fellowship Dates

Fall Session: September 1, 2019 - December 20, 2019

Spring Term: February 10, 2020 - May 31, 2020 


Application Process

The New Media Fellowship application is on submittable.com. Applications are due July 12, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.

A panel of new media and immersive industry professionals from Portland and Santa Fe, New Mexico will select winning proposals. Selected artists will be notified by email by July 24, 2019.


Open Signal is Committed to Equity

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and other community members. Open Signal does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. 


We do our very best to accommodate individual needs for equitable access to our facilities. We provide accessible electronic materials, sign interpretation, mobility support as needed.


For Questions Please Contact:

Open Signal New Media Fellowship Facilitator, Daniela Serna via email daniela@opensignalpdx.org or phone (503) 288–1515 x931. 



The 2019-20 New Media Fellowship is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jackson Foundation. 

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