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.
This year, New Voices will take shape digitally to best support the needs of our scholars throughout the U.S. due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. New Voices Captain Elena Rivera and AIR’s Communications & New Voices Program Coordinator Lynn Casper will spearhead the 5-month program from August to December 2021. New Voices will bring together a cohort of emerging media makers to build, reflect and engage in critical dialogue on their creative journeys.
At AIR, and within audio at large, we face a moment that calls on us to reimagine whose voices are heard, welcomed and valued in our industry. We also have the opportunity to reflect on what drew us to audio in the first place and to redefine, unapologetically and on our terms, the role we want to play in its future. To fully meet this moment, we invite your voice. The time to prioritize underrepresented narratives and talent is long overdue. We envision a future where each of us—particularly those whose lived experiences were challenged by structural inequity long before 2020—has the resources, support and access to opportunity needed to stay the course of our respective creative paths.
Our theme for this year is “(Re)defining Our Why: Collectively Envisioning the Future of Audio.”
Through online discussions, interactive roundtables, activities and workshops led by New Voices alums, AIRsters and distinguished industry speakers, scholars will better understand their role as mission-driven storytellers and emerge with a clearer picture of how they can bring their values to catalyze change within the industry.
Questions? Contact AIR's New Voices Program Coordinator Casper at [email protected].
New Voices Network
The New Voices Network brings together an alumni community of 200+ alumni to share, reflect and engage in critical dialogue and networking opportunities through their continuous journey as media-makers, storytellers and advocates. The alumni network presents a recurring webinar series on various aspects of the audio industry covering craft, technical, business and more. The recordings from the New Voices Presents webinar series can be found below:
- “An Anti-Racist Future”: New Voices Network Panel Discussion
(Ayana Contreras '15, Emily Kwong '14, Morgan Givens '18)
- Amplifying Youth Voices with RadioActive Youth Media
(Kyle Norris '16)
- Translating Print Pieces for Audio
(Cheryl Brumley '13)
- How Solutions Journalism Can Revamp Your Reporting
(Michelle Faust Raghavan ‘11, Lewis Wallce ‘15)
Who is eligible to apply?
What do you mean by “underrepresented voices”?
How much experience are applicants expected to have?
What is the total value of the scholarship?
Is there anything I need to do if I am awarded a scholarship?
If you are chosen for a scholarship, you will be given specific instructions about what to include in the report at that time.