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CALL: Application announcements to share for two AI Challenges | NYC Media Lab

**NYU Info Session

Learn more about both NYC Media Lab Challenges at our virtual info session for NYU students, staff and faculty on February 2 from 1-2pm EST.

AI and Local News Challenge

The AI & Local News Challenge — supported by Knight Foundation — is an opportunity for startup, news org and university teams to develop and advance projects that use AI to address the needs of news organizations.

Learn more about the Challenge at one of our Info Sessions on Feb 6 & 16


Up to $7,500 per team

What do teams do during the Challenge? 

Teams will meet for weekly cohort sessions with guest speakers, connect with experts, and receive support in developing project presentations for Demo Day. This program meets online.

What kind of teams are we looking for?

We’re looking for interdisciplinary teams based in the US with experience in fields including–but not limited to — product development, software development, computer science, creative technology, data science, advertising tech, video production, audio production, business, operations, investigative journalism and engagement journalism.

RSVP for an Info Session:

ASCAP x NYC Media Lab: Music and AI: Exploring the intersection of music & artificial intelligence

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and NYC Media Lab (NYCML) are launching the Music and AI Challenge, which is designed to identify creative, cutting-edge concepts at the intersection of music and artificial intelligence.

Accordingly, the ASCAP Lab and NYCML are seeking startups and university teams that are leveraging artificial intelligence to build products that offer novel solutions for the music industry that ultimately benefit music creators. These innovative approaches might, for example, (1) create pragmatic efficiencies for back-end processes and infrastructure (e.g. pattern recognition, data processing), (2) help music creators complement and augment their creative process (e.g. collaboration tools, novel composition inspirational “seeds” like stems or patterns, production tools), or (3) enhance music experiences for fans (e.g. music discovery, connecting fan communities) and, directly or indirectly, create value for copyright holders. 

Funding: Each team will be awarded a stipend of roughly $5,000

Program: Each selected team will pitch, build, and prototype a product over the course of the 12-week program in close collaboration with the ASCAP Lab and NYCML. Teams will meet weekly (typically via video conference) with NYCML and ASCAP Lab team members to present progress and receive feedback in a cohort-based setting. The program will conclude with a final presentation and demo day for ASCAP executive leadership as well as others from the wider ASCAP and NYCML communities. 

Timeline & Deadlines

  • Applications close: Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:59pm ET

  • Interviews by invitation only (virtual): February 2023

  • Teams notified: March 2023*

  • Program launch: Thursday, April 6, 2023*

  • Program demo day: Thursday, June 22, 2023*

*dates subject to change

Learn More about the Music and AI Challenge: 

Questions? Email Matt MacVey