Women of color have been breaking ground in podcasting well ahead of the latest boom. But there's plenty more to be done -- a recent study showed that only 22 percent of podcasts are hosted by women, and the number’s even smaller when it comes to women of color.
To move towards equity for women of color in podcasting, Spotify is launching the Sound Up Bootcamp, a weeklong intensive program for aspiring female podcasters of color that takes place June 25-29, 2018 at their offices. Over the course of five days in New York City, ten hand-selected attendees will learn about the art of podcast creation, from initial ideation to editing, producing, and marketing from experts in the field. On the final day, attendees will have the chance to pitch their podcast ideas to a panel of experts and professionals -- and the top three pitches will have the pilot process funded, up to $10,000. All expenses for the week will be paid by Spotify.
Training for the week will be led by radio and podcast veterans Rekha Murthy and Graham Griffith. Rekha and Graham have spent decades working with the industry's top shows, and smaller ones too. They are passionate about raising up new voices, and helping podcasts reach new, big, and devoted audiences.
Anyone who self-identifies as a woman of color, is passionate about podcasting, and has a great idea is eligible. No prior experience is required -- they're looking for the best ideas. Attendees are required to attend all five full days of programming, as well as after-hours events on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (including mixers and dinners). Please note, programming will be targeted towards first-time and amateur podcasters. Applicants are also required to apply as individuals, rather than as shows / groups, and are required to be residents of the US.
The program is free and includes five days of workshops, panels, and activities around podcasting, led by experts and professionals. Travel to New York City, six nights of hotel, and breakfast and lunch each day are included.
The application deadline is April 10, 2018. Click here for more information about how to apply.