AIR has teamed up with the Third Coast International Audio Festival to identify and cultivate a diverse roster of early-career talent to help programs, stations and networks connect with more ears, homes, and corners of America. The Third Coast Conference takes place in Chicago every year. There is a scholarship offered to help 15 recipients to attend.
The New Voices Scholarships provides 15 recipients with funding to travel to the annual Third Coast Conference in Chicago, Illinois. It will take place on October 31 – November 2, 2019. Those interested can apply for the scholarship on the AIR website. The deadline to submit is May 31, 2019.
They are seeking 15 daring makers from all corners of the country, especially individuals from underrepresented communities and groups.
Those chosen will receive a stipend of $1,500 to attend the 2019 Third Coast Conference, a complementary one-year AIR membership, and special opportunities and support at the conference as well as through the person’s career. All New Voice Scholars are gathered for a two-day retreat on Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, 2019, before the Third Coast Conference begins.
New Voice scholars will receive coaching, professional development support, and structured networking with leaders in the industry. New Voice Scholars will also join a robust alumni network of more than 200 journalists with diverse backgrounds, craft and experience.
All producers and program makers who self-identify as part of an underrepresented group(s) are eligible to apply. The focus of the Third Coast Conference is radio/audio, but they welcome applicants from the full range of disciplines and practice. All ages are welcome, but anyone younger than 18 will need an adult sponsor to sign off on their application and handle funds.
Underrepresented voices means people who represent groups that are not typically represented in the public media ecosystem. This could be based on a candidate’s race, gender, and class background and/or also vision. The goal is to find candidates who will bring an inclusive and dynamic mix to the conference, to the New Voices group, and to the industry in general.