Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
The MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund receives 19.75 percent of the sales tax revenue resulting from the Legacy amendment to support arts, arts education and arts access, and to preserve Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. Based on current sales tax revenue, Minnesotans will invest more than $1.2 billion in arts and cultural heritage fund projects and programs over the 25 year life of the tax.
KMOJ Sex Trafficking; The New Slavery and Breaking Free
This one-hour, two-part radio documentary is a follow up to the exploration of the impact commercial sexual exploitation has on our entire community, as well as efforts to end this form of modern-day slavery. Sex trafficking serves a market built on exploitation, violence, and brutality. This program zeros in a breaking free from “the life,” through strategies and resources being developed to help youth become free of this exploitation and oppression. We will learn how various partners, including law enforcement and lawmakers, along with inspiring survivors and dedicated activists, are all coming together with a unified goal: to stop sex trafficking in our community.
KMOJ’s Dancing with the DJs
KMOJ will feature up and coming DJs who will show off their talents during the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair. Fairgoers will have a chance to show off their favorite dance moves as our Urban DJs spin music reflecting their personal music styles which will include R&B, Hip-Hop, Salsa, and much more! Three to four different DJs will be featured each of the days of the Fair.
- Increased exposure for local DJs to the greater community
- Create increased awareness of a unique form of artistry that can enhance careers like it did for Herbie Hancock through unorthodox use of vinyl on turntables and demonstrating that even high school students can pursue and thrive in similar career paths
- Many students attend the Minnesota State Fair so this project will increase student exposure to these artists
- An increase in the number of local artists who have their work showcased through public broadcasting
The Ice: Expanding the Reach of Minnesota’s 1st Urban Hip-Hop Format
This new HD Channel, found at KMOJ-FM 89.9 HD2, is Minnesota’s first Urban Hip-Hop format. The Ice presents and develops culturally specific public affairs programming in keeping with its community radio FCC license. The goal is to increase the reach of The Ice and awareness of the New Radio Station by directing its programing to the 18-24 marketplace. This project will expand the new station’s reach by creating and maintaining a dedicated website for The Ice as well as creating and mantaining a live stream and app services.
Rush It: The People’s Choice
KMOJ’s audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite selections through polling on KMOJ’s Radio App currently under development. Rush It is the name we’ve given the Urban Alternative Format and the app itself. Rush It, is the name of the program designed to feature recording artists. The app features opportunities for the artists to market and sell their music online with KMOJ and receive 100% of the proceeds for a predetermined amount of time.
- 2-10 artists showcased per day Monday – Friday
KMOJ is creating and researching the issues areound Housing in the greater Twin Cities area as well as Minnesota. There are laws protecting tenants from predatory landlords, however, KMOJ has found that many tenants are not aware of their rights. Also, even though KMOJ serves the Twin Cities marketplace, there are starkly different housing ordinances between the two communities. In our preliminary research, KMOJ has also learned there are people who work full-time jobs, and are homeless because of the lack of affordable housing. KMOJ will bring these and other facts to life in a series of specials as we take a 360-look at housing the Twin Cities.