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Kickstart your podcasting career or take your audio skills to the next level with this program for Canadian podcasters age 18-35. Apply now to grow your skills, gain invaluable industry knowledge and make lifetime connections!

Supporting a diversity of perspectives and new voices, the Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator equips emerging creators with the tools they need to take their audio skills to the next level, helping strengthen and sustain the burgeoning Canadian audio industry.

Selected participants will join acclaimed Canadian and international audio creators, executives, and taste makers for two days of workshops, panels and networking events that are sure to enlighten, inspire and help kick-start a career in podcasting.

Program elements will be available both in person, and will be recorded and available online for those that are unable participate in an in-person event, or unable to travel to Toronto.

Podcast Career Accelerator supported by
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Submission Guidelines

The program is open to Canadian emerging audio creators who are 18-35 years old and wish to learn more about establishing a career in the podcast industry. Creators from historically underrepresented communities are specifically encouraged to apply.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • 18-35 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a related post graduate degree/program OR have 3 years or less experience independently creating audio content OR an independent creator who has not enrolled in a degree/program but self-identifies as an independent creator who is BIPOC, female or a person with disabilities.
  • Not currently employed by or have a show in production with a major broadcaster or digital platform.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A complimentary pass to the Hot Docs Podcast Festival presented live in Toronto and online from May 3 -4, 2023 where they will have the chance to dive deep into the art and craft of audio storytelling by taking part in a robust lineup of live events with some of the world’s leading audio creators. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and gain invaluable tips and insights. 
  • An invitation to two private pre-festival career accelerator sessions and networking mixer, schedule TBA.
  • An introductory session on “How to Hot Docs Podcast Festival” for participants to get to know one another. This session will cover what is on offer, how to access the events in person or online and insight into who is attending, plus tips and tricks on how to make the most of your festival experience. The second will be a 90-minute workshop on the art of pitching and how best to position your podcast or story. Participants will get invaluable insight which will help them successfully navigate the upcoming festival, meet their peers, and get firsthand off-the-record intel from notable audio expert, Will Di Novi and others.

How to Apply

Applications are open with a deadline of Monday, March 27, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.
Successful applicants will be notified as of Friday March 31, 2023.


Questions? Contact [email protected]

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