First Nations storytellers given a pathway to podcasts through Spotify Sound Up

Several years ago, Spotify created Sound Up a podcast accelerator program that empowers minority groups to tell their stories through podcasting.
In Australia, Sound Up is returning for its second year, with aspiring podcasters who identify as First Nations (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander) invited to apply from March 31, 2021 for a four-week virtual podcasting programme to be held from May 31, 2021 – June 25, 2021.
Applicants don’t need to have any previous podcasting experience to apply for the program, just a voice, a passion for the medium, and an eagerness to bring a podcast idea to life.
From the pool of applicants, ten aspiring creators will be invited to virtual sessions of reflection, learning, creative development, mentoring, and networking facilitated by Travis De Vries and Brooke Scobie from Awesome Black.
Previous Sound Up winner and host of Spotify Original podcast Search Engine Sex, Rowdie Walden knows first-hand the opportunity available through Sound Up.
Rowdie says, “Sound Up is a rare opportunity for mob to create a podcast alongside Spotify. Podcasting is such an incredibly fast growing medium, and as the oldest storytellers, I can’t wait to see shows come out of Sound Up 2021. It’s about time the world heard more of our stories.”



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