The Skylark Collective have announced Amazon Music and Wondery as sponsors of this year’s International Women’s Podcast Awards.
The sponsorship sees Amazon Music and Wondery showcase a shared commitment to the Skylark Collective’s ambition of amplifying the voices of women in podcasting, and providing recognition to those – both behind the mic and behind-the-scenes – who have created incredible audio moments and intimate listening experiences.
Both Amazon Music and Wondery are also launching a new initiative to encourage diversity and inclusion in podcasting.
The Amazon Music and Wondery Awards Fund will help to provide complimentary tickets for the in-person event at The Conduit, and the global livestream online for those who find the costs prohibitive, and wouldn’t be able to attend.
This fund will provide the means for people worldwide to attend the awards free of charge, and is a big step forward in the endeavour of both The Skylark Collective and Amazon Music to continually improve accessibility in podcasting.
Completion of a short form is all that is required to apply. The fund launches today, 1 August to coincide with the release of tickets for the event.
This year’s International Women’s Podcast Awards will be hosted by podcaster, writer and comedian Deborah Frances-White of The Guilty Feminist at The Conduit in London on Thursday 29 September. The ceremony will be attended by a live audience in London, with a global livestream available for guests around the world. The category shortlists will be announced in early September.
Naomi Mellor, founder of the International Women’s Podcast Awards, said: “Last year’s event had a wonderful energetic, supportive atmosphere full of joy, laughter and support, and we’re delighted that with the support of Amazon Music, we can open the door to even more podcasters joining us either in London or online to attend this year’s awards.
“We are constantly striving at The Skylark Collective to support as many podcasters as we can, and to create a truly level playing field in this exciting and growing industry.
“The global podcasting family is a wonderful place where everyone should feel they belong. This partnership provides us with another excellent way of providing a means of facilitating that, and we can’t wait for this year’s event.”
You can find out more about the fund and the awards at the Skylark Collective website.