For one weekend each fall, the Third Coast Conference transforms Chicago into the center of the audio universe...

... bringing a community of over 800 audio producers, journalists, reporters & artists together from around the world for two and half days of curated conversation, focusing on the art and craft of audio storytelling.

The 2019 Third Coast Conference will take place October 31-November 2, 2019 / Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. King Drive) / Chicago, Illinois.

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2019 Third Coast Conference Nuts & Bolts

Important Dates

Mark these on your calendar!

Registration opens:
Tuesday, July 23

Registration closes:
Registration closes once all spots have sold out — typically within a month.

Volunteer Program applications open:
Tuesday, June 4

Volunteer Program applications close:
Tuesday, July 2

Registration rates

The must-knows.

Early Bird Registration rate:

Main Registration rate:

2019 Third Coast Volunteer Program

Applications to the 2019 Volunteer Program are now open for folks of all age levels & experiences in audio who have never been to the Third Coast Conference before!

Apply to volunteer by July 2!

Volunteers pitch in for 6-8 hours helping to make the Conference run, in exchange for a gratis registration. As a project of the Third Coast Fund, the Volunteer Program is especially committed to supporting folks who would not otherwise be able to attend Third Coast. However, we also get far more applications than we can possibly accept, even though most applicants are extremely qualified. We do carefully read every single application, and evaluate them based on a demonstrated interest in the art and craft of audio, desire for resources and community, and expressed need for financial support. We’re also looking for kind, clear communicators who are willing to chip in as a team of volunteers.

Breakout Sessions: Your Input + Pitches! (Due May 10, but you can still pitch)

The 2019 Third Coast Conference is beginning to take shape, and we want to hear from you.

At the heart of the Third Coast Conference are Breakout Sessions, 75-minute presentations from inspiring voices across audio storytelling, each presented twice & recorded for our Pocket Conference podcast.

Now, we are building new Breakout Sessions for 2019. Here are a few ways we want to involve YOU:

By building on your feedback & input

We invite you to send your general input, ideas, suggestions & feedback to inform the 2019 Breakout Sessions. We take your input really seriously & will read each survey response carefully, though you may not hear back from us directly.

By taking YOUR pitches

You can pitch us a 2019 Third Coast Breakout Session before May 10th! If you want to pitch a Breakout Session, please read these Pitch Guidelines carefully & email your pitch to

If you have send us a pitch for a session after May 10th, we may still be open to your idea, as Conference programming allows. But your best chance to pitch us is now !

Note: Stay tuned for more updates on 2019 Conference programming, including reach-outs about Thursday Meetups, Late Night Provocations, and more.

Become a Sponsor!

Get in touch

There are more ways than ever to sponsor the 2019 Third Coast Conference. Join us for the opportunity to connect with an amazing gathering of producers, makers, and industry leaders.

Email us at to start this conversation!

Community Accountability

An Introduction.

Each year, we have the honor (and great responsibility) of bringing together radio producers from around the world in Chicago to celebrate the power and possibilities of this medium. Without all of you, there would be no Third Coast, and no Third Coast Conference.

We’ve been thinking critically about what accountability means in terms of our relationship to you, our community. Our goal is, first and foremost, to support you throughout your career, and to be a place that you can return to, and be heard. We’re excited to bring this project of community accountability to you, a vital piece of the work we’ve been doing to make Third Coast a visionary organization in this field.

In that, we’re committed to being clear in our communication, transparent in our decision-making, and to center your feedback in building this year’s Conference.

So, a first step: We’ve added a clause to our contract with the Hyatt-Regency McCormick, our host hotel, requiring them to let us know within 10 days about any labor relations disputes involving the hotel and its employees, and to allow us to withdraw, withhold, or cancel our programming at the Hyatt in the case of such a dispute. We made serious mistakes in 2018 around this, and it’s our priority to build the kind of organization we want to see in the world. We see this as a first step towards that goal.

We’ll have more updates in the coming weeks and months about where we are in this process, where we hope to go, and ways we want to involve you. Thank you for your continued support & stay tuned!

NEW: 2019 Conference Advisory Group (applications due May 14)

Behind the scenes of the Third Coast Conference, we work year-round to critically examine the gathering's structure, organization and role in the audio landscape. This year, we are working to make the process more collaborative with you. That's why we created the 2019 Conference Advisory Group.

The Advisory Group will work with us in a few capacities: to help us define ‘community accountability’ at the 2019 Conference and beyond, and to give feedback directly to Conference projects such as: new efforts to help producers connect with one another, policies concerning respectful conduct at the Conference, financial accessibility etc.

To read more about this year's Advisory Group + to apply to be a member, click here.

(Ongoing) FAQ

What's the difference between Early Bird Registration and Main Registration?
We earmark approximately 40 percent of our paid registrations (anybody other than sponsors or presenters) at the Early Bird Registration rate, which is $65 less than the Main Registration rate. To pay the Early Bird rate, we suggest you plan to register as soon as you can when registration opens on July 23.

How long does it typically take for Early Bird Registration to sell out?
Last year, Early Bird spots sold out in about three weeks!

How will I know how many Early Bird spots are left?
We will keep you regularly updated on the number of Early Bird spots available, via Twitter, Facebook, and here, on Producer News! Once all of the spots have sold out, we will move into to Main Registration until the Conference sells out.

How do these rates compare to last year?
We haven’t raised our rates for the Third Coast Conference for the past three years.

What else do I need to know about applying to be a Volunteer at the Conference?
Nothing else, for now! Check out the 2018 cohort of Conference Volunteers & stay tuned for more information about the application process next month.

What is the Third Coast Volunteer Program?
Read all about it here (and get to know the 2018 cohort of Third Coast Volunteers, who were very awesome!)

Is it okay if I apply to both the Third Coast Volunteer Program & the AIR New Voices Scholarship (or any other scholarship opportunity?)

How can I learn more about Volunteer applications?
Sit tight & wait for more information about applications, coming out next month!

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