The Australian Podcast Awards (APAs) has announced its list of 2020 partners, showcasing the growing support for premium Australian on-demand content both locally and globally.
Supporting big and small, eight Gold Partners have joined this year’s event, including podcast industry leaders Acast, iHeart Podcast Network Australia. Nova Entertainment, Omny Studio from Triton Digital, PodacstOne Australia and Spotify; podcast production house Piccolo Podcasts; podcast marketing platform Podfollow and podcast industry news publication Podnews.
Matt Deegan, Director at the Australian Podcast Awards, said: “While it’s been a tough year for the creative industry, podcasting content and listen numbers continue to skyrocket. The overwhelming support shown by our Award partners is testament to the strength of the industry and its faith in Aussie-made content. We cannot wait for this year’s awards – an opportunity to celebrate some of the best and brightest local podcasting content and talent there is.”
The Australian Podcast Awards launched in 2016 as a way to showcase the amazing podcast talent and content Australia has to offer. Now in its fifth year, the awards continues to recognize the local industry’s most listened to, innovative, and emerging podcast content with over 20 award categories.
Submissions for the Australian Podcast Awards are now open. Nominees will be selected by a judging panel of industry experts before the category winners are announced at a virtual event in November.
The Australian Podcast Awards announced their plans for 2020 as they continue to reflect the growing Australian podcast sector. Firstly, the event will be moving from May to a date in early November, with the awards opening for entries at the end of July 2020.
Founder Dave Gertler said about the changes, “As we enter our fourth year, it is clear that podcasting still has plenty of room to grow – and so we’ll be delivering an even bigger ceremony and want to be even more representative of Australia’s audio makers.”
As the number of entries has grown, the 2020 event will have an expanded independent panel of judges with Sophie Harper, host of Not By Accident, joining the Awards as their first Chair of Judges.
Sophie says: “The Australian Podcast Awards has quickly become one of my favorite nights of the year. It’s an opportunity to recognize, and importantly, to discover the incredible, world-class work being produced in Australia and listened to here and around the word. I can’t wait to hear more of what’s being produced this past year, and to work closely with a diverse and diligent panel of judges to make sure we can celebrate the very best of Australian podcasting across every category.”
As well as a whole range of judged categories, the APAs will also be developing the Listeners Choice’ category, that will allow any Australian to easily vote for their own favorite podcast, for free. The Awards are keen to reflect the huge breath of Australian podcasting from individuals to radio companies, publishers to startups and every other flavor of podcasting in between.