The Tennessee Entertainment Commission is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 TEC Digital Media Community Grant. This pilot program partners with existing non-profits, local governments and educational institutions working to advance the emerging Digital Media and Creative Technology industry ecosystem in Tennessee.
Recipients of the Digital Media Community Grant are making advancements in the fields of Music Technology, Animation and VFX, Video Game Development, Digital Virtual Reality (VR) and E-sports. Projects approved in the initial pilot funding will impact two distressed counties and nine At-Risk counties in East and Middle Tennessee.
See the full list of Recipients below.
Department of Digital Media, East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) - $30,000: Funded for specialized 3D photogrammetry equipment needed for the Video, Motion-Capture (MO-CAP) and 3D-Photogrammetry Studio. This project is closely aligned & supplementary to the Create Appalachia Arts & Technology Center (CAAT) recommended by ECD for ARC Funding.
CodeCrew (Memphis) - $21,820: CodeZone is an education initiative that seeks to equip high school students with the skills and experience to fully participate in the increasingly STEM-reliant digital economy through video game development and music technology.
Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, Belmont University (Nashville) - $20,000: This project will develop a free, open-source online educational curriculum on computer programming for video games and interactive media.
Motlow State Community College (McMinnville) - $20,000: Motlow State Community College (MSCC) will utilize the Digital Media Community Grant funding to create an inclusive, immersive VR Academy to produce VR readiness and experiences for students, industry & community leaders. https://www.mscc.edu/
Berean Christian School (Knoxville) - $12,695: Berean Christian School and Forthright Entertainment are partnering to help establish the foundation of a Career Technical Education (CTE) path for Berean High School and East Tennessee students that will empower our local high school students to have the skills required to be competitive in a work-based learning marketplace with skills in Game Design, Level Design Graphic Design, Audio Production, and Esport gameplay.