Every year Gilded Audio presents The Signal to Noise Award in collaboration with Union Docs. The Signal to Noise Award provides an opportunity for an audio project to come to life by awarding one applicant a production grant to pursue their project or series. The award celebrates creative work that synthesizes audio documentary and experimental sound design. Each year we’ve heard from around 100 applicants from 11 countries around the globe.
The 2019 award was given to Sylvia Ryerson to support Melting the ICE / Derritiendo el Hielo, a bilingual podcast and radio show dedicated to sharing testimonio from people directly impacted by ICE detention, and to literally broadcast messages of love, solidarity and support to people currently held behind ICE detention center walls.
“The Signal to Noise Award provided crucial support for this project in a pivotal moment.” - Sylvia Ryerson
Ariana Martinez was awarded the 2018 Signal to Noise Award for her project, Para Cruzar el Agua/To Cross the Water. To Cross the Water works to document the hopes, fears, and expressions of love that Puerto Ricans share from both the island and the U.S. mainland. It worked with New York City’s historic and thriving Puerto Rican communities to create a series of audio postcards that were shared between NYC and Puerto Rico.
“I'm incredibly grateful for the ways that the Signal to Noise Award has enabled my creative practice and my ability to reconnect with my own culture and history. The work I have begun to make thanks to this award is the kind of deep, long term work that will sustain me through the next stage in my career.” - Ariana Martinez