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new classes from @WritingPadUS – discount for FC

Hello Freelance Cafe! Just passing along the latest from the fine folks at Writing Pad. Details below.
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Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in San Francisco or Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast (Slate.com with Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short), There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 2 of our students have gotten producer jobs on Freakonomics, RFK Tapes, and Unfictional. Use the coupon code FREELANCE for 15% off.

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO IN MARCH

Shaina Shealy is a producer of Snap Judgment as well as a radio journalist whose stories have been distributed by national news outlets including the PRI The World, NPR.org and the New York Times online.

In this class, Shaina teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

Class Deets:

PODCASTING w/ Shaina Shealy (Producer, Snap Judgment)–Starts Wed. 3/13. 1 SPOT!

Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 7 10 (4 Wed. Nights, 7-10 PM, 1 Sun. Night w/ a Recording Session at a Pro Studio), San Francisco

https://writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-1-class-shaina-shealy/

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES IN MARCH


David Weinberg is a Los Angeles based journalist and radio producer. His stories have been featured on 99% Invisible, Radiolab, The World, Love and Radio the BBC. He was a staff reporter at Marketplace and is currently a reporter at KCRW and host of the podcast Welcome to LA. His story "Grace of the Sea" was named "One of the 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015" by The Atlantic and his feature about an underground french fry maverick won a national Edward R. Murrow for best feature reporting in 2017. His print work has been published in The New York Times.


Through informative craft lectures, in-class writing exercises, deconstructing successful podcasts and hands-on technical training you will learn how top tier shows are developed, researched, written, and produced. In addition, you will explore tools of the trade such as interviewing techniques, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have at least a solid outline of your pilot episode plus a recording of a short teaser. Pulitzer not included.

Class deets:


PODCASTING w/ David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, KCRW)–Starts Tues. 3/12. 1 SPOT!


Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2, April 9 (5 Tuesday nights, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM), LA – East


https://writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-class-david-weinberg-2/

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Fwd: KALW summer journalism program: calling all applicants!

See below from KALW – a great place to learn!
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Hello friends of KALW!


It’s that time of year again – KALW is now accepting applications for our summer journalism program at our station in San Francisco.


We’re hoping that you can help us spread the word!


This is a great opportunity for someone who is just starting their career as a radio journalist and has a basic level of experience producing radio features, but wants to build on that experience and grow in our supportive, collaborative newsroom. This is an unpaid internship/volunteer opportunity; training will be provided. We have a track record of developing new and diverse public media talent and we are excited to help people hone their craft!  


More information, including directions on how to apply, can be found on our website.


The application deadline is March 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. PT.


Thank you for your help getting the word out!

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call for pitches from Making Contact

Call for pitches from the fine folks at Making Contact. Details below!
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We Want Your Stories: Call for Pitches

Making Contact an award-winning public radio project, heard on over 150 radio stations and via podcast, is accepting pitches for 7-10 minute segments or 29-minute documentaries for upcoming shows in our winter schedule.

We’re interested in receiving pitches that explore the less obvious facets of these topics. Our aim is to provide the listener with strong analysis of critical issues not often explored and showcase grassroots solutions. We are particularly interested in working with reporters whose work is underrepresented in the media. Below are some initial topics we’re considering but feel free to pitch us something that isn’t listed as a topic of interest.

Topics of Interest:

Prisons and People in Prison

The modern prison system isn't just a physical space – these days it’s virtual. What sorts of digital prisons exist and how are they affecting people? Examples could be Breathalysers used in DUI cases; surveillance or predictive policing.  How do we grapple with these new technologies and how are people fighting them?

 

In addition to digital prisons we're seeking stories on “re-entry” and the issues people face when released from prison. How are people organizing to support those recently released? How do classes and programs inside impact one’s ability to smoothly re-enter society? We’re interested in segment pitches related to post-release monitoring or surveillance – such as changes to the parole process in more progressive states, an exploration of monitoring and the use of algorithms, Life Without Parole, women in prison, and plea bargains. We're also interested in pitches on the practice of cash bail and efforts to end it.

Immigrants

Immigrants’ human rights and dignity: Where are we now, and where are we going from here? What have been some of the most bold push backs to the criminalization of immigrants? Tell us about collective actions from immigrant communities. We’re looking for illustrative, character-driven, myth-busting stories. Myth: most undocumented immigrants cross the southern border and thus a wall is needed. Fact: most immigrants travel by air or overstay their visas. Take a look at the Netflix series, Adam Ruins Everything, immigration episode for creative ways to illustrate the who, how, and why. The larger historical context in that piece is very Making Contact-ish, so bring on the historical, political, and economic context.

We’re also seeking stories on climate refugees, how rising seas and temperatures have forced people to move and how the world is responding to such an unprecedented mass migration.

Cannabis Capital

Pre-Legalization of Marijuana, millions were sentenced. What should happen to those who have drug convictions now that it’s legal in several states?  How are folks organizing to provide former convicted dealers access to the growing marijuana industry, and how are individuals organizing to challenge racial exclusion within the cannabis industry? How has the growth of the marijuana industry isolated disenfranchised communities and forced displacement? Also we're looking for segments that explore the benefits of medical cannabis and how cannabis is used to assist individuals suffering from conditions that have not responded to conventional medicine.

Finally, how will legalization change the conditions of people growing, harvesting and cutting marijuana. For instance, how will legalization make it safer for women harvesting in remote areas? Or, how will it impact people who currently sell marijuana illegally but turn a profit in areas where other jobs are not easily accessible?

LGBTQ – Queer Resistance

  • The Stonewall rebellion – 50 years later, how far have we really come?

  • Black Queer Resistance & Leadership. (Two of the three founders of Black Live Matters are queer-identified, as an example)

  • How do queer and trans issues correlate with organizing and resistance?

  • How does state violence specifically impact queer folks of color?

We’re interested in segment pitches that explore the negotiation of gender and performance. A sound-rich piece that examines societal norms and gender roles that suggest a person is either masculine looking/acting or feminine versus being allowed to just be.

 

We’re also interested in exploring the complex and intersectional nature of queer marginalization in rural or urban spaces.  How do people involved in the envisioning and planning of cities contribute to the social movements still fighting for change and justice? FIERCE's campaign for a queer youth center in the West Village and the Audre Lorde Project’s Safe Neighborhood Campaign in Bedford-Stuyvesant are examples.

 

More than 50 countries carry maximum sentences for homosexuality or homosexual behavior. Another LGBTQ topic of interest is exploring countries that criminalize homosexuality and the various ways queer people in those spaces navigate the law and organize to challenge homophobia. Take a look at The Guardian article, “Brazil’s fearful LGBT community prepares for a “proud homophobe,” for examples of resistance against anti-gay fundamentalism.

 

 

Growing Fascism

Fascism is a term thrown about a lot these days, especially with the rise of white nationalism. But, what does fascism mean and how is it affecting our lives, and our government? We're seeking pitches that can talk about the rise in fascism in the US and why it’s happening. Does Trump play a role? Is it the internet? Or, are the answers more complex? What's the link between what's happening here in the US and what's been happening in Europe? What can we learn from how organizers have fought fascism in the past, and how they're currently fighting across the globe? Finally, how have governments tried to limit or even criminalize protest as a way to stifle dissent?

 

Medicare for All

As it stands in the United States, health care is a privilege and not a right. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders presented the idea of a single national health insurance program for all Americans. Now, with several Democrats pushing the conversation forward how far are we from having health care for all? Should it be framed as a political issue debated among party-lines or as a basic human right? We’d be interested in hearing from people who are struggling to pay for unexpected medical bills and provide health care for their families.

 

 

Positive Resilience, Domestically and Internationally

We’re looking for stories that break out of the gloom and doom, make policy discussions accessible, and give us a glimpse of people coming together to take steps now.  Pitch us stories about various bottom-up and grassroots organizing methods and tactics against privatization, land grabs, military presence, economic experiments.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO MAKING CONTACT

Please submit a pitch to pitches@radioproject.org by Thursday, January 31, 2019. All submissions will be viewed, but due to the number of submissions, it may take as long as 2 to 3 weeks for a response. Be sure to include a short bio/description of your journalistic experience and a link to 1-2 long-form audio pieces or written articles.

Please see our submission guidelines for more info and pay rates. A reminder: we are happy to review already produced radio pieces or podcast episodes and we don’t require exclusives.

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upcoming courses from @WritingPadUS

Hey FC folks – happy new year! Here's the latest from Writing Pad – check it out!

Best,
Mia


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5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES IN JANUARY

 

David Weinberg is a Los Angeles based journalist and radio producer. His stories have been featured on 99% Invisible, Radiolab, The World, Love and Radio the BBC. He was a staff reporter at Marketplace and is currently a reporter at KCRW and host of the podcast Welcome to LA. His story "Grace of the Sea" was named "One of the 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015" by The Atlantic and his feature about an underground french fry maverick won a national Edward R. Murrow for best feature reporting in 2017. His print work has been published in The New York Times.

 

Through informative craft lectures, in-class writing exercises, deconstructing successful podcasts and hands-on technical training you will learn how top tier shows are developed, researched, written, and produced. In addition, you will explore tools of the trade such as interviewing techniques, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have at least a solid outline of your pilot episode plus a recording of a short teaser. Pulitzer not included.

 

Class deets:

 

PODCASTING w/ David Weinberg (99% Invisible, Radiolab, KCRW)–Wed. 1/30 1 SPOT!
Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27 (5 Wednesdays, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM) LA – East

 

5 WK ADVANCED PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO IN JANUARY

 

David's an a-list journalist and podcaster. He hosts & produces the Murrow-award winning The Intersection Podcast. He is a Managing Editor at KALW, supervising journalists and manages the fellows. He cut his teeth as a KALW Fellow & prolific journalist who has contributed pieces to NY TimesSalon & Might. Most recently, he's a finalist in Current’s Local That Works contest and received grants from California Humanities and the San Francisco Arts Commission. It's a rare opportunity to learn radio journalism & tech from a pro (who could help you get hired or get a fellowship)!

 

In this class, you'll take your podcast from a teaser & pilot script to a launched series. Topics include: season and episode structure, advanced interviewing methods, next-level tape management & recording skills & tightening episodes. By the end of the class you will have thoroughly developed an idea for your own podcast and have a solid rough cut of an episode by the end of class and the tools to finish many more.

10 students got on the radioon Unfictional1 on All Things Considered from our radio journalism classes. After taking podcasting classes, 3 students were recently hired as podcast producers: 1 for Pandora, 1 on The RFK Tapes and Freakonomics, 1 on NPR's Unfictional!

Class deets:

PODCASTING 2 w/ David Boyer (KALW, award-winning podcast)–Wed. 1/30/19. 1 SPOT!
Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 (5 Wed.) 7-10pm. 

https://writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-class-david-boyer-2/

Prerequisites: Podcasting 1 at Writing Pad or elsewhere (if you haven't taken Podcasting 1, please email a sample to info@writingpad.com for review).

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Sonic South 2019 audio competition, deadline Feb 8

Passing on the following note from the Southern Oral History Program. Sounds fun!

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Hello Friends,

The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), housed at the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, invites artists, composers, audio/radio producers, writers, and community members to use our interviews to create new and thought-provoking short-form audio documentaries, sound art, sonic experiments, and aural landscapes. 

Producers are encouraged to think creatively about format, structure, and style. Since 1973, the SOHP has recorded interviews with southerners from mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents, which are available digitally through the Southern Historical Collection at Wilson Library.

For our 2019 Sonic South audio competition, In Sickness & In Health, we’re highlighting SOHP’s major research project, Stories to Save Lives. Producers will choose from interviews with Southerners about health, illness, and medical care in their own lives, in their families and in their communities. Your creativity can help us illuminate the power of these stories.

The top five finalists will have their work shared at a live listening room in April 2019 at the CURRENT Theater in Chapel Hill, NC. Two prizes will be awarded: the Sonic South prize, and the Audience Choice award.

There are three rules for this competition. 

Final work must:

  1. Be no longer than three minutes in length
  2. Incorporate themes of health, illness, or medical care in the American South
  3. Use at least two different voices from this curated collection of 15 SOHP interviews.

Entries are due on Friday, February 8, 2019 by midnight EST.

For more information about the competition, the rules, and how to submit, please visit the Sonic South website.

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new classes from @WritingPadUS

See below from Writing Pad. Use the discount code FREELANCE for 15% off.

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PS: If anyone is interested in taking over this site/list, reach out. I don't want it to go away but I don't have time to run it…

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Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in San Francisco or Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast (Slate.com with Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short), There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to NPR from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. 2 of our students have gotten producer jobs on Freakonomics, RFK Tapes, and Unfictional. Use the coupon code FREELANCE for 15% off.

 

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES STARTING THIS SATURDAY, 11/17

 

Anna Scott is a reporter and producer for KCRW, focused on housing. She works on Press Play with Madeleine Brand and reported for KCRW's podcast There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. Before that, she produced Warren Olney's news programs To the Point and Which Way, LA?

 

In this class, Anna teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

 

Podcasting w/ Anna Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)

Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 8, Dec 15, Jan 5 (5 Saturdays, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM) LA – West

https://writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-class-anna-scott-3/

  

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO IN JANUARY

 

David's an a-list journalist and podcaster. He hosts & produces the Murrow-award winning The Intersection Podcast. He is a Managing Editor at KALW, supervising journalists and manages the fellows. He cut his teeth as a KALW Fellow & prolific journalist who has contributed pieces to NY TimesSalon & Might. Most recently, he's a finalist in Current’s Local That Works contest and received grants from California Humanities and the San Francisco Arts Commission. It's a rare opportunity to learn radio journalism & tech from a pro (who could help you get hired or get a fellowship)! 

 

In this class, David teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. David will host a recording session in a pro studio. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

 

Podcasting w/ David Boyer (The Intersection Podcast, NY Times)—Starts Wed. Jan. 30

Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27 (5 Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

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https://writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-class-david-boyer-2/


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October podcasting courses @WritingPadUS

New classes at WritingPadUS. Details below! As always the special freelance café discount FREELANCE (15% off) is in full effect.


5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES IN OCTOBER

 

Anna's a reporter and producer for KCRW where she works on Press Play w/ Madeleine Brand & reported for KCRW's podcast There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles which is a fantastic podcast. Before that, she produced Warren Olney's To the Point and Which Way, LA?

 

In this class, Anna teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. Anna will host a recording session in a pro studio. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

 

PODCASTING w/ Anna Scott (There Goes The Neighborhood: LA)– Sat. 10/13.
Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10 (5 Sat.) 2:30-5:30 PM. WP West. 1 SPOT!

 

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5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO IN OCTOBER

 

David's an a-list journalist and podcaster. He hosts & produces the Murrow-award winning The Intersection Podcast. He cut his teeth as a KALW Fellow & prolific journalist who has contributed pieces to NY TimesSalon & Might. Most recently, he's a finalist in Current’s Local That Works contest and received grants from California Humanities and the San Francisco Arts Commission. It's a rare opportunity to learn radio journalism & tech from a pro!

 

In this class, David teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. David will host a recording session in a pro studio. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.


PODCASTING w/ David Boyer (Intersection Podcast)–Wed. 10/10. 1 SPOT!
Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14 (5 Wed.) 7-10pm.

 

10 students got on the radio-9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered from our radio journalism classes. Padder Max Miller was recently hired as a producer on the The RFK Tapes!

 


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call for pitches – AfroQueer Podcast

From one of our members!

Call for Pitches – AfroQueer Podcast
Hi All – We are looking for stories about queer Africans on the continent and in the diaspora loving, living, thriving and surviving. (Right now we are particularly looking for love stories) Think narrative driven, surprising, even investigative. If you're an experienced radio reporter – great! If not we can also work with you to help you report the story. We pay standard freelance rates published on the Association of Independents in Radio website. If you have a pitch or questions please email producer Maeve –
maeve@noneonrecord.com

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the latest podcast courses from @WritingPadUS

Hey all. Happy spring! See below for the latest offerings from Writing Pad. As always , the special freelance café discount FREELANCE (15% off) is in full effect.

Cheers,
Mia

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Take a Podcasting Class at Writing Pad in San Francisco or Los Angeles and craft your show with an NPR Producer of a prominent podcast (Slate.com with Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short), There Goes The Neighborhood). Because of our radio journalism classes, 10 of our students have sold stories to the radio from this class–9 on Unfictional, 1 on All Things Considered. Use the coupon code FREELANCE for 15% off.

 

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN SAN FRANCISCO IN JUNE/JULY

Catherine Girardeau is currently a Senior Producer with Slate.com, producing a podcast with author/journalist Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short) about fairness and the people who try to enforce it. She's also worked with Depict.com, the Stanford Storytelling Project, APM's Marketplace, KALW, and PRI's The World.

In this class, Catherine teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser.

Podcasting w/ Catherine Girardeau (Senior Producer slate.com)

Jun 20, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 18, Jul 25 (5 Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

https://writingpad.com/classes/san-francisco-podcasting-class-catherine-girardeau/

 

5 WK PODCASTING CLASS IN LOS ANGELES IN JULY/AUGUST

Anna Scott is a reporter and producer for KCRW, focused on housing. She works on Press Play with Madeleine Brand and reported for KCRW's podcast There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles. Before that, she produced Warren Olney's news programs To the Point and Which Way, LA?

In this class, Anna teaches you the ins and outs of how top-tier podcasts are developed, researched, written, and produced. You'll learn interviewing methods, audio editing basics, use of archival audio, miking and field recording techniques. By the end of the class, you'll have a solid outline of your pilot episode and a recording of your show teaser. 

Podcasting w/ Anna Scott (Press Play, There Goes the Neighborhood)

Jul 21, Jul 28, Aug 11, Aug 18, Aug 25 (5 Saturdays, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

https://writingpad.com/classes/los-angeles-podcasting-class

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applications open for the 2018 New Voices Scholarship to attend @ThirdCoastFest, deadline May 31

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Cheers,
Mia

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Are you the New Voice we're looking for?

Applications are now open for the next class of producers, journalists, and storymakers to join AIR at the 2018 Third Coast Conference in Chicago, October 4-6, 2018.

Every year, New Voices scholars bring diverse ideas, insights, and experiences from across America to challenge how public media is conceptualized, produced, and delivered. AIR’s commitment to cultivating vibrant talent in the industry has led to a far-reaching—and still growing—network of 175 New Voices alumni. Now's your time to join them.

We seek: Daring makers from all corners of the country, especially individuals from underrepresented communities and groups.

If chosen, you receive: A travel stipend up to $1,500 to attend the 2018 Third Coast Conference, a complimentary one-year AIR membership, and special opportunities and support at the conference.

Apply now, or send this message along to rising story-makers on a mission to change the face of public media.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 31, 2018, at midnight PT.

Please note: You do not have to be an AIR producer to apply.

Applications must be completed by midnight PT. Submissions in progress at that time will not be saved and cannot be considered. You may read through the New Voices FAQ here before completing the application.

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