10er is an Alternative to Patreon



10er lets fans support their favorite projects with automatic, recurring donations. You can let your content stay free while letting your loyal fans contribute with their credit cards everytime you publish. In my opinion, 10er is an alternative to Patreon.

Here is a quick look at how 10er works:

  • You find a podcast that you enjoy and that you want to contribute to.
  • You sign up on 10er with a pledge to support that podcast. It appears that your pledge can be $1, $2, $5, or $10. Pick an amount, and that is what you will pay per episode to the podcast you want to contribute to.
  • The podcaster receives donations from their listeners through 10er. This enables the podcaster to continue making podcast episodes.

There is a list of all the projects that are on 10er. Many are podcasts, most are Danish. Some are blogs, some are videos and one is a poet.

Here are a few things to know about from 10er’s FAQ:

  • 10er is for recurring donations. It is not for one-off donations.
  • 10er keeps 10% of a donation (plus VAT where applicable) and the projects pay the processing fees.
  • 10er charges once a month per subscription for the previous month’s creations.
  • It is possible to change or cancel a subscription.
  • It is possible to delete your account.

Podcasters who are not happy with Patreon might want to consider giving 10er a try. 10er is made, run and used by Brainbox, Mikkel Malmberg as a company. It is an open start-up that posts how much money it makes and what some of that money goes to.


CAFE Seeks an Audio Producer



CAFE is a media venture developed in partnership between former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Some Spider Studios. They are seeking an Audio Producer.

CAFE is looking for an experienced New York-based audio producer/editor with passion for news, justice, and startup culture to execute the full production of two weekly podcasts, from pre-production to recording, editing, and publishing.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Execute all aspects of podcast/audio production: scripting, recording (both in studio and in the field), editing, mixing and distributing
  • Write voice-track scripts for host(s), including scripting out ads, and coach the host(s) through an interview
  • Booking interview guests, as well as planning and executing remote interviews
  • Think critically about the direction of the show(s), propose new and original ideas for timely and relevant programming
  • Manage multiple episodes in various stages of the production
  • Edit multiple drafts of each interview and full episode, incorporating notes from the team and host(s)
  • Think creatively about marketing and promotion both for specific episodes and the programs overall
  • Complete additional duties as assigned

Key candidate requirements include:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience producing, scripting and editing quality audio content under tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in audio mixing and mastery of ProTools, Hindenberg and/or other related audio production software/hardware
  • Comfort with live-producing a panel discussion or host interview
  • Demonstrated experience working on newsy and/or narrative podcasts and proven track record of working with hosts/talent
  • Understanding of digital and audio platforms, what those audiences are looking for and how to find them
  • Knowledge of current events, U.S. and world politics is strongly preferred
  • Ability to occasionally travel and work late hours and weekends

Visit the CAFE website to find out about the benefits that come with this position, and to apply for it.


Voxnest Announces Partnership with Jamendo



Voxnest announced that it has partnered with Jamendo, an independent music platform. The deal will have benefits for both companies and their users. Jamendo’s musicians will be able to offer their compositions via Voxnest’s sister platform, Spreaker, and Spreaker’s users will be able to license music from Jamendo.

Jamendo’s users will have the opportunity to create professional sounding podcasts with Spreaker, as a way to promote their music and develop and additional revenue stream, via sponsorship or programmatic ad insertion. Podcasts are the perfect medium for musicians to create a narrative about their songs and tours or build an intimate conversation with fans. Agencies and publishers who are already licensing music from Jamendo now have professional tools to create and distributed branded audio content at their disposal. For Spreaker’s podcasters it means access to 9,000 active artists and more than 200,000 tracks to use in their show.

The collaboration between the two brands is a further move to strengthen the growing ties between spoken audio and music. The blog post from Voxnest mentions Spotify, and notes that its recent acquisitions have “signaled that the podcast business is seen as a way to enrich the music industry.”

I think this collaboration could be good for podcasters. It is very important to make certain that creator of the song you want to use in your podcast has allowed it to be used under creative commons. Some dedicated music podcasts get music submissions from bands and labels, who want the podcaster to play their music on the podcast.

The Voxnest/Spreaker partnership with Jamendo appears to protect the rights of music creators and gives podcasters a way to ensure that they can safely play that music on their shows.


Wondery has Parted Ways with Sword and Scale



Wondery tweeted: “We have decided to part ways with Mike Boudet and Sword and Scale.” The tweet was posted on March 9, 2019.

Sword and Scale is a true crime podcast. It is described on iTunes as “an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. No crime is too brutal and no victim is too pure. The worst monsters are real.”

Sword and Scale was first hosted on Wondery in 2014. It is unclear exactly why Wondery decided to part ways with Mike Boudet and the Sword and Scale podcast. Wondery’s tweet did not provide any background information.

That being said, The Wrap appears to have some ideas about what may have caused Wondery to part ways with Sword and Scale.

According to The Wrap, Mike Boudet posted something offensive on Instagram which included a derogatory word that some people use when they want to say something mean about a woman – or women in general. The now deleted post on Instagram was posted on International Women’s Day.

But, we cannot conclude, for certain, that the Instagram post was what made Wondery part ways with the podcast. The Wrap has provided additional examples of Mike Boudet making derogatory or sexist comments. One can only speculate about what offensive comment was the last straw for Wondery.

The Wrap reported that Mike Boudet responded to Wondery’s decision in a Soundcloud file. He said that Sword and Scale will move to its own platform behind a paywall.


CBC Podcasts Seeks Producers, Hosts, and Comedy Pitches



CBC Podcasts’s diverse and award-winning collection of series is growing! They are looking for highly-skilled and creative audio producers to work on short-term projects and pilots.

This is an opportunity for freelance producers, podcasters, and current CBC staff to pitch ideas and/or themselves. We are always on the lookout for potential show-runners, narrative-driven storytellers/script writers, chase producers and researchers who have demonstrated experience in audio mixing and sound design.

They want to hear from experienced folks with the following:

  • A university degree or college certificate, or equivalent training
  • Three years minimum of work in audio production
  • Audio storytelling production experience, including multi-episode narrative content, journalism and critical thinking
  • Track record and commitment to creating exceptional, high-quality workplaces
  • Proven ability to work independently and also in teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A creative and entrepreneurial spirit
  • The ability to manage time and priorities independently
  • Knowledge of podcast content and industry trends
  • Ability to generate original, enterprise journalism

CBC Podcasts is also looking for comedy pitches. Here are their criteria for what makes a good comedy pitch:

  • Original ideas that are fresh and surprising
  • Talent that can pull it off. Show us your take on what’s on paper and turn it into radio or podcasting gold. Include links to work that show your ability to execute.
  • Long legs. We want concepts that won’t run stale and can continue for multiple seasons.
  • Regular releases. For radio, we’re looking for weekly shows, usually 30 minutes long. For podcasting, at least 20 episodes a year.
  • Understand the audio space and audiences. You have a firm grasp on whether radio or podcasting will be the best medium for your idea. Ideas that can succeed on both are welcome but not a prerequisite.

Visit the CBC Podcasts website for more details, including where to send your cover letter and resume, and the learn about the pitch process.


Podcast Live Added More Confirmed Shows



Podcast Live will take place on April 7, 2019, at Friends House/ “The Light” in Central London. They recently added more podcasts to their lists of confirmed shows.

Original List of Confirmed Shows:

  • For the Many – Featuring broadcaster Iain Dale and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith
  • The Delingpod -With James Delingpole talking to Brendan O’Neill
  • How I Found My Voice– New podcast from Intelligence Squared hosted by Samira Ahmed
  • The Times Red Box Podcast– With journalist and commentator Matt Chorley
  • Remainiacs– Hosted by Dorian Lynskey, Ros Taylor, Alex Andreou and Nina Schick. It is described as “the no bulls*t Brexit podcast”.

New Additions to the Lineup:

  • Brexitcast – The BBC’s chart-topping podcast, explaining everything Brexit-related, hosted by Chris Mason, Katya Adler and Adam Fleming
  • Sky News: Sophy Ridge on Sunday– Hosted by Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge
  • ITV News: Acting Prime Minister– Hosted by Political Correspondent Paul Brand
  • Daily Telegraph: Chopper’s Brexit Podcast– Hosted by Christopher Hope
  • Politico’s EU Confidential– with Ryan Heath and Jack Blanchard
  • The Week: The Week Unwrapped– Hosted by Olly Mann
  • The New European Podcast– with Steve Angelsey and Richard Porritt

In addition, the Intelligence Squared podcast team have announced the special guest for their How I Found My Voice spin-off will be renowned artist Tracey Emin. The episode will be hosted by BBC presenter Razia Iqbal.

All of the shows will be recored for subsequent release by the podcasters.


Gimlet and the Wall Street Journal Seek a Podcast Producer



Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal want to create a news podcast. They are seeking a Podcast Producer. The deadline to submit a cover letter and resume is March 8, 2019.

Gimlet and the Wall Street Journal are teaming up to launch a new daily podcast this Spring. The show will take listeners behind the biggest news stories of the day. We will explain how business drives the day’s headlines, and how the Wall Street Journal’s deeply-reported stories shape the landscape. We will make business news relatable, and we’ll reveal how business and finance are behind some of the biggest events happening around us.

The Podcast Producer will:

  • Pitch story ideas that can be accomplished within a tight timeline, and pitch occasional longer-term projects
  • Book, prep for, record and produce interviews with sources inside and outside of the Journal
  • Write script and structure narratives for episodes
  • Record and produce field reporting trips
  • Log, cut, and arrange tape, build assemblies, score moments, and everything else production requires
  • Maintain strong working relationships with the Wall Street Journal’s reporters, editors and managerial staff
  • Balance multiple episodes in production at the same time
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, depending on the task

Requirements:

  • 4+ years producing audio in a high-caliber, high-output organization
  • ProTools proficiency
  • A passion for the work of the Journal specifically and business news generally
  • Enthusiasm for a high-intensity daily production schedule
  • Daily experience is a huge plus

The Podcast Producer position is a full time rule employed by Gimlet but based in the Wall Street Journal’s Manhattan offices. Visit the Gimlet and Wall Street Journal want ad for more information.


Luminary Wants to Be the Netflix of Podcasts



Luminary is a podcast app where people can listen to podcasts that they know and love for free. It also offers a Premium service that is ad free and that gives listeners access to over 40 exclusive podcasts. It is coming soon to web, iOS and Android.

At the time I am writing this post, Luminary has yet to launch. Those who want to be the first to know when it launches can give Luminary their email address.

The New York Times says that Luminary is set to arrive by June of 2019, and that it will focus on subscriptions. The Premium subscription costs $8 a month.

“We want to become synonymous with podcasting in the same way Netflix has become synonymous with streaming,” Matt Sacks, Luminary’s co-founder and chief executive, said in an interview. “I know how ambitious that sounds. We think it can be done, and some of the top creators in the space agree.”

According to The New York Times, Luminary is offering large upfront payment guarantees to creators, in exchange for exclusive rights to distribute their work. Luminary will also pay creators bonuses if their shows reach certain listening thresholds.

Obviously, podcast creators who choose to post their work exclusively on Luminary lose the right to post their shows anywhere else. Individual podcasters will have to decide for themselves whether the risk of limiting their listeners to those who use the Luminary app is worth the amount of money they might receive for doing so.


Podcast Keeper is Shutting Down



Podcast Keeper posted a shutdown notice. If you have a podcast there, you may want to contact Podcast Keeper about how to move it to somewhere else.

Podcast Keeper will be closing its doors on August 1, 2019. We are sorry to announce that Podcast Keeper will no longer be supporting publisher tools as of August 1, 2019. Over the last year we worked hard to make our service thrive unfortunately we were unable to make it successful. Thank you for choosing to publish your podcast with us.

Podcast Keeper recommends Anchor.fm for publishing. Those who have questions for Podcast Keeper can contact them through an email that is on their shutdown announcement page. Anchor, as you may know, was recently acquired by Spotify.

Anchor has information about how to switch your podcast to Anchor. One option is to redirect your old feed to Anchor. Doing so enables listeners to hear your new episodes. You can also import your podcast episodes to Anchor.

If you aren’t interested in Anchor, there are plenty of other podcast hosting companies to choose from. Do some research and find out what they charge and how to move your podcast there. If you want to continue the podcast you put on Podcast Keeper, you need to find it a new home before August 1, 2019.