Sound Up US 2019 Application

  • Description:
    • Sound Up Podcast Program - United States


      While women of color have been breaking ground in podcasting, we know there’s more work to be done and more voices to be heard. That’s why Spotify created Sound Up, an immersive accelerator to create space and provide resources for new podcasters. You don’t need any experience; all you need is an idea.


      As a part of Sound Up, you’ll develop your idea through a free, weeklong program covering technical production, storytelling through audio, marketing your podcast, and developing the skills and confidence to create your podcast pilot.


      At the end of the week, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your idea to a panel of industry experts, who will then select 3 participants to each receive $10,000 to fund the production of five episodes of your podcast idea.


      But, don’t worry, if you submit an idea to us, whether just as an application entry or if you get episodes produced, you retain ownership of your podcast idea. Your idea is still your idea.


      We’re looking for ten new voices in podcasting. Apply to #SpotifySoundUp to get heard.


      When and where will it take place?

      August 12 - 16, 2019 at the Spotify NYC


      Who’s eligible?

      • US Residents
      • Over 18
      • Self-identify as a woman of color
      • Are an aspiring podcaster with a great idea
      • No prior experience is preferred

      What does it cost?

      The program is free.


      What does it include?

      Five days of workshops, panels, and activities around podcasting.

      Travel to New York City, six nights of hotel, and all meals are provided each day.



      Attendees are required to attend all five full days of programming, as well as after-hours events on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


      Applicants must be US Residents.


      When are applications due?

      Friday, June 21 at 11:59PM EST


      What’s the application process?

      Once the application submission closes, our committee will review and choose 20 finalists for phone interviews. Once the interviews are complete, we will choose the 10 attendees.


      Please be patient with us if you don’t hear from us right away. We read every application carefully.


      What happens once I submit my idea?

      After you submit your idea, we review your application through our process (see above). Please note even though you’ve submitted your idea for review, you will retain the copyright for your entry and the podcast content. But, please note that there may be entries or ideas that are similar in nature, or may be similar to pre-existing or current creative concepts being worked on by Spotify.



      June 7 - application window opens

      June 21 at 11:59PM EST - application window closes

      June 24 ~ July 22 -  applications reviewed

      July 22 ~ 25 - (20) finalists chosen for phone interviews

      July 26  - (10) final attendees notified by email