Echoes Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant


DATE:           April 16, 2014
CONTACT: John Diliberto (610-424-8300)

Echoes Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Supporting daily production of Echoes and a new initiative,
Signal Paths – A Cross-generational Electronic Journey

NEA LogoExton, PA— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Pennsylvania Public Radio Associates, Inc/ECHOES is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. ECHOES is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support daily production of the Echoes radio show distributed by Public Radio International and heard on over 120 public radio stations nationwide and a new initiative Signal Paths: A Cross-generational Electronic Journey.

130528_EchoesEntering its 25th year, Echoes has been serving up soundscapes of ambient, electronic, new acoustic, world fusion, dream-pop and chamber jazz, while taking listeners around the world for exclusive in depth interviews and live performances. With Signal Paths: A Cross-generational Electronic Journey, we will draw upon our vast archives of interviews with early electronic pioneers, mixing them with interviews with contemporary artists, creating a virtual dialogue exploring the lineage of electronic sound. Imagine a conversation between German pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen and EDM Giant, Skrillex; Switched-On Bach’s Wendy Carlos and Ambient Music creator, Brian Eno; experimental composer John Cage and Moby.

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The NEA is pleased to announce that Echoes is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

Briano Eno & Echoes John Diliberto

Brian Eno & Echoes John Diliberto

“NEA has supported Pennsylvania Public Radio/Echoes from the very beginning, including our previous series Totally Wired”  said Echoes Executive Director John Diliberto. “In a way, we’ve come full circle since we’ll be drawing upon many of those earlier interviews for Signal Paths. The goal of Echoes has always been to bring new and innovative music to American audiences and to put that music in a broader context. Signal Paths will expand on those aspirations.”

LRC19-250pxArt Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Workscategory, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for an Art Works grant, please visit the NEA website at

For interviews or information contact John Diliberto at 610-524-8300 or


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