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EXCLUSIVE: $100K podcast fund launches for upstart reveals

Beginning at the moment, budding US-based podcasters can apply to obtain cash from a new podcast sponsorship fund, which can be utilized for any goal, from paying contributors to purchasing recording tools. The fund, referred to as Podca$h, will ship one-time funds between $250 and $5,000 to as much as 100 recipients. Eligible candidates embody individuals who’ve by no means podcasted earlier than, in addition to those that’ve obtained lower than $10,000 in whole funding or sponsorships for an present mission. Functions are open till March 4th, 2022.

Podca$h was conceived to assist extra creators make well-known, well-paying podcasts. The 2 firms funding and working this system, the short-form audio platform Racket and money-management software program Stir, share a mission of supporting homegrown initiatives and serving to them take off. “In podcasting, the wealthy are inclined to get richer,” says Racket founder and CEO Austin Petersmith. “We needed to restrict this marketing campaign to individuals who have but to make vital income for his or her podcasts. We additionally didn’t need to exclude those that have been at this for some time and are making, say, a number of hundred {dollars} a month.”

Recipients might be chosen by a panel of judges with fingers on the heart beat of digital media — angel investor and podcast host Jason Calacanis, the YouTube-using artist Humble the Poet, and a number of other executives overseeing viewers development and expertise.

Podca$h is a sponsorship program, not a scholarship. Recipients might be requested to ship an advert learn for Racket and Stir on the reveals they in the end develop, “however whether or not they do it or not might be on the respect system,” says Petersmith. Full phrases could be discovered on the official Podca$h website.

An trade so large it wants librarians to arrange it

Podchaser, the podcast discovery service, lately employed Norman Chella as a full-time “podcast librarian.” Chella is barely the second particular person I’ve ever heard of to have that job title — and shortly after his position was introduced, Ma’ayan Plaut, who’s thought of to be the first podcast librarian, welcomed him to the club.

A librarian for podcasts does a number of the issues {that a} librarian for books would do — add new titles to a group, arrange them so folks can discover what they’re on the lookout for — which, because the audio panorama will get extra crowded, presents a scientific strategy to discover reveals. This helps overwhelmed listeners, and it additionally helps podcasters, for whom making a living requires a present to be discoverable, each by audiences and potential advertisers.

As Plaut informed me over electronic mail, there have been folks within the audio trade with “the guts and spirit of a Podcast Librarian” since podcasts emerged. However Plaut and Chella could very nicely be the one ones who’ve ever been given designated, full-time librarian titles for audio firms. And whereas there’s a good quantity of similarities between Plaut’s 2016–2019 tenure at RadioPublic and Chella’s new position at Podchaser, the ways in which the position has modified in only a few years present how a lot the podcast trade has modified, too.

The most important shift is the elevated emphasis on advert gross sales. Whereas Plaut spent a number of her time discovering, listening to, and recommending shows for curious listeners, Chella is aware of that firms are more and more curious, too, and he tells me he’ll be working to make sure that each the stats which are pulled in from streaming platforms (e.g., estimated month-to-month listens) and the specs that customers add themselves (e.g., host bios) are right. As Chella says, “a misstep in crediting can forestall that one sponsor from reaching out to your podcast for an important deal. You by no means know!”

One other change is the addition of a “curator” position to Chella’s plate, since there’s loads of room for error in each the automated and handbook methods of contributing knowledge that I discussed above. Podchaser’s library could have predated Chella, however it takes a human to watch such a system, coach folks on easy methods to contribute to it, and determine methods it might be higher. As Chella says, “I’m right here to impress each single particular person within the podcast trade to file their physique of labor precisely.” This consists of issues like getting of us to credit score reveals’ contributors utilizing uniform language, an space the place Podchaser is trying to establish standard terms. It additionally consists of getting podcasters enthusiastic about being documented in any respect — in Chella’s phrases, “getting their identify etched in podcast historical past.”

Nobody took over Plaut’s librarian place when she left RadioPublic three years in the past. However occasions are a’altering, and there’s lots to do, so it appears seemingly that we’ll see extra of those jobs pop up quickly. As Chella places it, surprisingly calmly, “the mission to doc the timeline of each podcast on this planet requires somebody’s full consideration on it.”

YouTube quickly bars Dan Bongino for COVID misinformation

Conservative speak present host Dan Bongino has had his YouTube account and monetization privileges quickly suspended after receiving his first “strike” for violating the corporate’s COVID misinformation coverage, according to The Hill. Bongino is an enormous identify in radio — he’s Cumulus Media’s Rush Limbaugh substitute — so YouTube is displaying right here that moderation guidelines apply even to a serious host.

This stands in distinction to Spotify’s resistance to moderating or eradicating content material from the comparably controversial Joe Rogan. Rogan has additionally been sharing harmful data round COVID, sufficient that hundreds of medical professionals lately petitioned Spotify to implement a misinformation coverage. However Spotify has not responded to calls to take his episodes down.

BBC funding almost slashed

It’s a storyline that can sound familiar to US residents: over the weekend, the publicly funded BBC was threatened with the elimination of most of its financial support. This was ultimately walked back and changed with a much less catastrophic change, however it’s one that also offers a blow to the broadcaster.

On Sunday, the UK tradition secretary threatened to finish the license charge that residents pay to the BBC, which makes up three-fourths of its funding, according to The New York Times. The charge was anticipated to stay frozen for the subsequent two years, relatively than rising proportionately with inflation, then be phased out completely by 2027. By Monday, the one remaining change was the freeze. Although the longer-term destiny of funding is unclear, even the charge freeze will have an effect on BBC’s skill to create programming, necessitating what The Guardian estimates might be “lots of of hundreds of thousands of kilos” in funds cuts.

Recordings for Areas for all

Twitter is now letting all Spaces hosts record their sessions on cell, then entry detailed attendance numbers. Customers will now be capable of differentiate between listeners who tuned in stay versus those that watched the replay for as much as 30 days after a House ends.


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