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New Voices

New Voices AIR

About the Program

Each year, AIR identifies and cultivates a diverse roster of early-career talent to arm them with the skills to better understand their role as mission-driven storytellers and emerge with a clearer picture of how they can catalyze change within the industry. 

In addition to a $1,000 stipend, New Voices receive mentorship, professional development support and structured networking sessions with leaders in the industry. More importantly, New Voices join an incredible network of program alumni who represent all levels and careers in the audio industry. It is your key to career mentorship, collaboration and inspiration.

Since 2009, New Voices has provided space, opportunity and community to underrepresented independents in audio. Defined by AIR's commitment to a vibrant range of diverse voices and experiences, the New Voices program nurtures pathways for independents to be heard, amplified and understood.

In prior years, selected individuals convened at industry conferences like PRPD and Third Coast. In 2020, the program moved online to best support New Voices throughout the U.S. due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Meet the New Voices from each year: 


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:


Who is eligible to apply?

All producers and program makers who self-identify as part of an underrepresented group(s) are eligible to apply. The focus of the program is radio/audio, but we welcome applicants from the full range of disciplines and practices. All ages are welcome, but any applicant younger than 18 will need an adult sponsor to sign off on his or her application and handle funds.

What do you mean by “underrepresented voices”?

We want to work with people who represent groups that are not typically represented in the public media ecosystem. This could be based on a candidate’s race, gender, and class background and/or vision. The committee who reads the New Voices applications is mindful to select candidates with different abilities and who come from underrepresented communities and geographic locations. Their goal is to find candidates who will bring an inclusive and dynamic mix to the Fellows cohort, New Voices alumni network, and to the industry in general.

How much experience are applicants expected to have?

New Voices is intended for early-career applicants and we will be especially interested in producers pushing boundaries in audio and multimedia storytelling and those who are relatively new to working in public media.

What is the total value of the stipend?

The value for each selected New Voice is $1000.

Is there anything I need to do if I am selected

Yes. AIR requires you to attend monthly virtual programming. Details are to be determined, and subject to change. At the end of the program, you will be required to submit an evaluation along with a brief (750‑ to 1,000-word) report about your experiences and your vision for the future of audio, and the ways in which you can help shape the industry. If you are chosen, you will be given specific instructions about what to include in the report at that time.

If I am selected, when will I receive my funds?

You will receive the first half of your stipend at the beginning of the program after you've completed all onboarding requirements. The rest of the stipend will be issued at the end of the program after you have submitted your evaluation and report.

What can I expect from the New Voices experience?

Selected New Voices will receive a $1,000 stipend and be matched with a mentor who will support them throughout the five-month program. New Voices are required to attend a virtual gathering once a month during the program to learn from industry leaders with additional opportunities for New Voices to connect. More importantly, you join an incredible group of peers as well as a network of program alumni who represent all levels and careers in the audio industry. It is your key to career mentorship, collaboration, and inspiration.

When do applications open for 2022?

Applications for 2022's program will open on May 11, 2022 and close on May 25th, 2022. Sign up for AIR's Newsletter to be notified when applications open:

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