Signal Boost

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Supporting new voices and new ideas in Australian podcasting.

Signal Boost is an initiative offering up to $10,000 in tailored mentorship, practical support, tools and professional development for aspiring Australian podcasters. Recipients are paired with an experienced mentor, provided with equipment and access to software to help them realise their audio goals, and have the opportunity to attend a series of intensive workshops led by some of Australia’s leading podcast and radio industry professionals.

Different to many 'podcast incubator' programmes, Signal Boost's focus is on investing in the craft of working with sound. The Wheeler Centre will work with each participant to support their creative growth and develop their audio skills, and assist them with building a network of peers, gaining insight into the industry and accessing a range of professional opportunities. 

Announcing the 2020 participants

For this year's programme, we're thrilled to welcome Karishma Luthria (NSW), Linh Do (Vic), Maddison Miller (Vic), Nicole Pingon (NSW) and Cherie Minniecon (Vic) to Signal Boost. Find out more about them here. We look forward to sharing updates from their work with us.

You can also read about the 2019 Signal Boost participants here.

Looking for inspiration?

Watch our 2020 Signal Boost launch event, with application advice from this year's judges – Helen Zaltzman (The AllusionistAnswer Me ThisVeronica Mars Investigations; UK), Daniel Browning (Awaye!), Jess O’Callaghan (Audiocraft, The Party RoomBackground Briefing, RN Fictions) and Elizabeth Kulas (Planet Money7am, Reply All) – plus musician Becky Sui Zhen, and 2019 Signal Boost pilot participant Ivy Shih.

This year, applicants were asked to respond to a theme – 'public'. In our launch event, we asked our guests to demonstrate by preparing their own hypothetical show pitch or trailer in response to the theme 'float'. Check out what they came up with below.

Jess O'Callaghan's hypothetical trailer: The Float

Jess O'Callaghan's audio fiction trailer

Daniel Browning's hypothetical trailer: A Floating Mountain

Daniel Browning's politics and poetics trailer

Becky Sui Zhen's hypothetical trailer: Float

Becky Sui Zhen's out-of-body experience show trailer

Helen Zaltzman's hypothetical trailer: Float

Helen Zaltzman's language-driven episode trailer

Ivy Shih's hypothetical trailer: Float

Ivy Shih's marine plastics show trailer

Elizabeth Kulas's hypothetical trailer: Float

Elizabeth Kulas's flotation tank documentary trailer

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