July 16 Update: Matching Challenge Met & $5K Left to Go

As of today, we have met This American Life's Matching Challenge. With their $10,000 gift added to the campaign, we're now less than $5,000 away from reaching our $50,000 goal!

We are SO close to the finish line — and we just need a few more donations to get us across. If you've been waiting to donate, now's the time to help us reach our goal!

July 9 Update: All new donations doubled up to $10K thanks to a Matching Challenge from This American Life

Thanks to the generosity of over 150 donors to this campaign, we are more than halfway to our goal of raising $50K toward relaunching the independent Third Coast Competition! Now, our colleagues at This American Life have offered to match every single new donation made to the campaign in July up to $10,000.

This means that every time you donate to the We Need Third Coast Campaign, that donation is effectively doubled: If you give $50, that becomes $100; if you give $500, that turns into $1,000 toward relaunching the independent Third Coast Competition. The Matching Challenge counter started at $25,000; every donation made until $35,000 will be matched 1:1 by This American Life.

With this match, we’ll be within shouting distance of our $50K goal. When you give a gift to Third Coast now, your donation is more powerful than ever!

We Need Your Help To Re-Launch the 2024-25 Call for Entries!

Third Coast recently learned that our funding for the Competition had been terminated by our longtime financial supporter. But we’re fiercely committed to relaunching an independent Third Coast Competition! And we need the community’s support to make this happen. Please contribute to the We Need Third Coast Campaign, and read more about it here. #WeNeedThirdCoast

No Other Competition Like Ours

There is no other program like our year-round, independent Third Coast Competition & Call for Entries made by makers, for makers! This awards program prioritizes people and craft over profit, expands access and increases equity in the field, and pushes the boundaries of audio storytelling through experimentation and community.

Over the last four years, Third Coast’s competition has showcased more work than ever before, added two new categories, broadened eligibility to include work in all languages across all categories, named nearly 100 Third Coast Finalists, expanded the Third Coast Listening Team and Final Round Judging program, added new Pilot Offerings, and more. And in that time, Third Coast has committed to a collective pricing initiative, a sliding-scale pricing initiative for our Competition (and all of our programs) to ensure that it is accessible to anyone who wants to enter.

We’ll be sharing more about these initiatives throughout the We Need Third Coast Campaign across social media and on our newsletter. For now, you can check out our 2022-23 Competition & Call for Entries to see these values in action.

Want to see these initiatives grow? We need the support of both individuals and an influx of institutional support. Are you an institution? Please get in touch with us at info@thirdcoastfestival.org

We Want To Hear From YOU

For the 2024-25 Competition, we promise to update our Collective Pricing philosophy, and offer a new set of Competition Offerings. As always, our staff is committed to listening to every single entry through our comprehensive review and judging process.

We hope to make our 2024-25 Call for Entries the largest, most global, most accessible and most innovative Competition ever.

Stay tuned.