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 will connect with a network of peers and mentors, meet industry leaders, and have opportunities to share their interests, concerns and work.
The 2020 New Voices Fellowship Program will take shape independently and digitally to best support the needs of our underrepresented scholars throughout the US. With the support of the New Voices Captain Elena Rivera, AIR’s Director of New Voices will spearhead the 5-month program beginning in July to December 2020. The New Voices retreat will bring together the invited cohort of underrepresented mediamakers to build, reflect, and engage digitally in critical dialogue on their journey as current mediamakers. The theme of this year is “Mapping One’s Power and Allies amidst Adversity” and the central question is: How do we use and sustain our power in turbulent times?
Through online discussions, roundtable interactive and engagement activities led by New Voices alums, AIRsters, and distinguished industry speakers, New Voices will gain a better understanding of their role as mission-driven storytellers and build a sustainable community. Selected scholars receive a stipend and resources and 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.