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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.

Apply now to be an AIR SoundPath Mentor

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 TongRoifield 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.

Questions?

For more information on the mentorship program and how to participate, please contact Engagement Strategist Erin McGregor at [email protected]

FAQ

How can I work with a mentor?

You can go to SoundPath.co any time and book a session directly with a mentor there. If you prefer we suggest an appropriate mentor for you, email [email protected] to help you decide who to work with.

How long in between mentorships do I have to wait before participating again?

You can book as many one-on-one sessions as you like. We recommend booking one session to start and then scheduling more as needed after discussing with your mentor. If you have trouble scheduling another session please contact [email protected]

Are discounts on mentorships available?

AIR members receive discounted pricing for mentorship. At this time, no formal programs exist to fully subsidize mentorships. That said, we welcome you to email [email protected] directly to discuss possible options to support your participation.

Do I have to have a specific project that I’m working on in order to benefit from mentoring?

We find that mentorships are more focused and effective if the mentee has a project or specific goals around which to frame the engagement. However, you can also ask your mentor for general career advice, receive feedback on a specific pitch or story, or even have a mentor review your portfolio.

How are mentorships conducted?

Mentorships occur remotely over video conference. Mentees can book a session through SoundPath after your payment is collected.

What if I have trouble reaching my mentor or mentee?

Please contact AIR and direct facilitation will be provided.

How can I become a SoundPath mentor?

Applications are now open from July 14 - August 2, 2021.

As a mentor, what do I need to do in order to receive payment?

Mentors can expect to receive a check for completed sessions once a month.