Each year, AIR teams up with industry leaders 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 scholarship provides 16 recipients with funding for travel and attendance to an industry conference as a group. Recipients connect with a network of peers and mentors, meet industry leaders, and have opportunities to share their interests, concerns and work.
Through online discussions, roundtables, and interactive engagement activities led by New Voices alums, AIRsters and distinguished industry speakers, New Voices gain a better understanding of their role as mission-driven storytellers and build a sustainable community. Selected scholars receive a stipend and resources, as well as gain national exposure as they work with mentors, build their capacity as media change-makers, and demonstrate how audio and media can catalyze positive and lasting narrative change.
The 2020 New Voices Fellowship Program took shape independently and digitally to best support the needs of our underrepresented scholars throughout the U.S. With the support of New Voices Captain Elena Rivera, AIR’s Director of New Voices Ngoc-Tran Vu spearheaded the 5-month program beginning in July 2020 through December 2020. The New Voices retreat brought together the invited cohort of underrepresented media makers to build, reflect and engage digitally in critical dialogue on their journey. 2020's theme was “Mapping One’s Power and Allies amidst Adversity,” and the program was organized around a central question: How do we use and sustain our power in turbulent times?
Applications for AIR's 2021 New Voices Fellowship Program will tentatively open in early June 2021, with programming anticipated to run from August 2021 through December 2021. Stay tuned for official details.