June 6th, 2013
The Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Historical Society partnered in June 2013 on a symposium that highlighted the significant contributions made by Ed Craney to the broadcasting industry, as well as his philanthropic vision and generosity as evidenced by his founding of the Greater Montana Foundation. Additionally, the symposium provided historical context to Montana's Broadcasting Legacy and current industry, bringing increased understanding to ongoing challenges, and outline trends for potential future growth and change. The general public was invited to attend.
Thursday, June 27th at the Montana Historical Society, began with a reception. Welcoming remarks were offered by MHS Director Bruce Whittenberg; remarks by Lt. Governor John Walsh, followed by a program "Ed Craney: The Man and his Collections" by MOlly Kruckenberg.
This was the official dedication of the Ed Craney Studio, a state-of-the-art recording facility paid for by Greater Montana Foundation grants.
On Friday, June 28th, the symposium was held in the Old Supreme Court Chambers in the State Capitol from 9am-4pm, because there's not adequate space in the current temporary Ed Craney Studio. When the new MHS building is completed, the new studio will be able to accommodate larger groups.
The Greater Montana Foundation is now offering new education assistance grants to individual Montana news media professionals and journalism students to strengthen their ability to report more effectively on issues of jobs and the economy. The $500 per person grants are for any course related to these issues, whether on-line or in-person, at any of the state’s post-secondary institutions.
General grants are available for nonprofits and others: for film, TV programs, documentaries, videos, webinars, etc. with applications due annually on April 1 and awards made in June.
A major goal for GMF’s founder, Ed Craney was to improve commercial broadcasting in the state. There is no deadline for grant applications from commercial stations if you can demonstrate that this is an urgent and critical issue & production is time-limited