For more than a decade, AIR’s mentorship program has helped audio rookies and career pivoters take their professional development to the next level by providing the opportunity to work with seasoned producers and editors with valuable industry insight. We are announcing some changes to the program.
Evolving AIR's Mentorship Program
We are currently revising and relaunching AIR's Mentorship Program. In the past, for $500, mentees and mentors committed to work together for four one-hour sessions to be completed over a period of 90 days. This model was cost prohibitive for some emerging producers, and the waiting period for mentorship matching was not set up to serve those seeking guidance on a timely story or a pitch. In response, we made some mentorships accessible on a sliding pay scale and offered free mentorships to those members who could not access them otherwise, all while continuing to pay our mentors competitive hourly rates. Now, we are evolving the program structure to meet the changing needs of AIR’s membership and to reach the wider audio community.
As of June 30th, 2021, AIR’s mentorship program is officially migrating to SoundPath. Our current trio of featured mentors, Traci Tong, Roifield Brown, and Jeff Emtman range in areas of expertise and availability. SoundPath community members can book one-hour, à la carte sessions with our mentor roster, and AIR members receive additional discounts on this service. AIR's team will continue to facilitate matchmaking recommendations and point to mentor profiles on SoundPath where mentees can book as many hourly sessions as needed to meet their career goals at any given time. For some, that might be one hour; for others, it could be more than four. As we open our mentorship service to the wider audio community, we hope to connect experienced mentors to more mentees seeking support, and drive more compensation to mentors.
You can now apply to be a SoundPath Mentor. We're seeking long-term or limited-time “guest mentors” or keep a private profile available only to AIR members. The deadline to apply is August 2, 2021.
SoundPath Mentors, who can be Selected SoundPath Mentors will participate in an orientation with marketing and engagement tips.
For more information on the mentorship program and how to participate, please contact Engagement Strategist Erin McGregor at [email protected]