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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 workshops, panels and networking events that are sure to enlighten, inspire and help kick-start a career in podcasting.

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.
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • 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.
  • Interested in pursuing/exploring podcasting as a career path/source of significant revenue.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • A Creators Forum Pass to the 2023 Hot Docs Podcast Festival (October 19-22), which provides access to the two-day Creators Forum. Sessions and events will offer a chance to dive deep into the art and craft of audio storytelling with some of the world’s leading audio creators. 
  • Online access to the Creators Forum archive of sessions from past events
  • An invitation to a networking breakfast on October 20
  • An invitation to a networking cocktail on October 20
Sessions will be available both in person, and will be recorded and available online for those that are unable attend the in-person event in Toronto.


How to Apply

Applications are open with a deadline of October 5, 2023.


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