October 31 - November 2, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois | Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. King Dr.)

Early Bird Registration is closed! Mark yr calendars for August 27, when Regular Registration will open.

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Early Bird Registration has sold out!

Mark your calendars for Regular Registration — opening on August 27!

Introducing the 2019 Third Coast Conference Volunteers

Meet all 26 of this year's Volunteers .

Introducing... Travel Stipends

Apply for a Travel Stipend by August 16.

Donate here to help seriously increase financial accessibility to the 2019 Conference.

Our goal is to raise $15,000! We're giving away stipends of up to $500 each for producers in need of financial support.

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Conference Overview

Here's the kind of programming you can expect. (An full, hour-by-hour schedule will come this fall.)


What's at the heart & soul of Third Coast?

The 2019 Third Coast Conference will bring together a community of over 800 audio producers, journalists, artists, reporters, students, editors & sound designers that represent the breadth & depth of the field. Over two and a half days, we'll shine a light on the heart & soul of audio storytelling, as we see it: art, craft, community, critical reflection, and dialogue.

This year, we are excited to introduce several new initiatives and projects to better connect our commitment to our community with the programming of the Third Coast Conference.


Scheduled Programming

Thursday Meetups

A direct collaboration between Third Coast staff & the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, we're excited to bring back Thursday Meetups on the first afternoon of the Conference. This is a chance to gather & build community before the Conference officially begins.

Opening Night Provocations

Featured on the opening night of the Third Coast Conference, these are five-minute talks from producers & creators who hope to dare and ignite. We're now accepting pitches.

Breakout Sessions

On Friday & Saturday, Breakout Sessions are 75-minute sessions that represent the core of our Conference. All Breakout Sessions are recorded and shared as a free resources on the Third Coast Pocket Conference, a podcast pushing the boundaries of audio storytelling.

Spotlight Panel

On Saturday morning, this general session for all attendees will take us behind-the-scenes of one of the year's most important stories in our field.

Favorite Things

The final general session of the Conference, we put an audio luminary on stage & listen to what they've been hearing.

Awards Ceremony

Your Saturday night programming, crowning the winners of the 2019 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, aka "the Oscars of Radio." Then, get ready to stay up (way too) late for the after party!

The Fest

Stay tuned for a lineup of events — optional for attendees — pushing the boundaries of audio storytelling in venues across Chicago before, during & after the Third Coast Conference. Designed to bring listening audiences & producers together, and celebrate craft & community.


What else to expect

Accessibility

We are working on broadening accessibility to the Third Coast Conference, in all senses of the word. First up: We're thrilled to announce that this year, we are giving away application-based Travel Stipends. Apply for Travel Stipend and/or contribute directly to the cause. (It's the same form!)

2019 Volunteer Program

Stay tuned—we'll announce this year's distinguished cohort on Monday, July 29! (Thanks to Stitcher for their continued support of the 2019 Volunteer Program.)

AIR New Voices Scholars

In partnership with AIR, we're thrilled to announce this year's AIR New Voices cohort on Monday, July 29.

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Registration Information


Early Bird Registration has sold out!

On August 27, we’ll reopen for Regular Registration (more on that below). We’ll keep you updated on the numbers - stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook and Producer News.


Rate Information & Cost Breakdown

Early Bird rate ($430) / SOLD OUT

  • Closes when sold out / 40% of all Conference spots.
  • Intended for folks who self-fund to come to the Third Coast Conference, or for whom resources are limited. If you know that you want to attend the 2019 Third Coast Conference, but have limited resources/financial support, now is a great time to register.

Regular rate ($495) / Opens August 27

  • Closes when sold out / 60% of all Conference spots.
  • If you are an institution or person with resources, we’d ask to please consider marking August 27 on your calendar & waiting to register at the Regular Registration rate.
  • Or, if you need a little more time to gather resources & institutional support before making the commitment, you can wait for Regular Registration.

Got more questions?

Read our Registration FAQ, or keep reading for information about registration dates and financial information.

Other Associated Costs

In addition to the cost of Registration, here's an estimate of projected costs to attend the 2019 Third Coast Conference.


Introducing: Travel Stipends

Applications for Travel Stipends are now open!

As part of our commitment to broaden accessibility to the Third Coast Conference, we're piloting a program for application-based Travel Stipends this year—intended for folks who demonstrate need for assistance to cover the costs of their travel to & stay in Chicago. This is a community-funded initiative.

Applications will remain open through August 16.

As a project of the Third Coast Fund, we're piloting this program this year to increase financial accessibility to the Conference. Travel Stipends are confidential grants intended to cover airfare, ground transportation, housing, and/or additional food costs associated with attending the 2019 Third Coast Conference. We'll inform applicants whether they’ve secured a stipend by the time Regular Registration opens on August 27.

Donate directly to the Travel Stipends Initiative

Click here to make a donation.

This is a project inspired by this community, and made possible through a seed grant from the Manaaki Foundation, as well as a few incredibly generous individuals. If you'd like to contribute to the Travel Stipend initiative, click here to donate.

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Plan Your Trip

The Conference is held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616) in Chicago's South Loop. Most Conference activities will be located on the second floor of the hotel.


Accommodations & Travel

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place has a limited-number of discounted hotel rooms available for Conference weekend. Use this link to reserve at the special rate. for the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel.

Explore other housing options

There are so many other options for where to stay in Chicago. Use the Third Coast Switchboard to connect with fellow attendees for room-share opportunities—and more!

Local Travel

The Hyatt Regency McCormick is a 35-minute drive from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and a 20-minute drive from Midway International Airport (MDW); it’s also right off the CTA red and green lines, and the #3 bus.


Stay Connected

Producer News

The main place for #ThirdCoast19 news, updates and information. Sign up to get Conference info delivered straight to your inbox.

Third Coast Switchboard

Switchboard is the attendee digital headquarters. Introduce yourself, find a roommate, and start making connections before you get to Chicago!

Social Media

Follow the hashtag #ThirdCoast19 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Conference FAQ


About the Third Coast Conference

Who staffs the Conference?

Third Coast has a small but dedicated team of staff — get to know us! We also have an amazing group of volunteers, who receive a free Conference registration in exchange for working 6-8 hours. And, we couldn’t make the Conference happen without the many workers of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel and the onsite team of sound engineers.

Why is the Third Coast Conference in Chicago?

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is an arts non-profit based in Chicago, and we take pride in convening folks from around the world here in the City of Big Shoulders.

Do you offer financial support?

We know that conferences are expensive to attend, especially without institutional support. We offer a limited number of [confidential] travel stipends to those with demonstrated financial need. Apply here.

I want to help someone else be able to attend the Third Coast Conference.

Thank you! This year, as a project of the Third Coast Fund, there’s a direct way that you can help. From now until August 27, we’re accepting donations that will go directly toward covering an attendee's travel costs. Click here to make a donation to the Travel Stipend Initiative.

How are presenters at Third Coast compensated?

Breakout Session presenters have their travel, hotel, and registration costs covered by Third Coast. We also offer a modest honorarium.


Registration

Can I register on behalf of someone else?

Yes. There’s an option to do so on the registration form.

Can I buy a block of registrations? Do you offer discounts to groups?

Our registration form doesn't allow for bulk purchases. You will need to fill out separate a registration form for each attendee. Because we want to make the Conference as affordable for individuals as possible, we do not offer special discounts for groups or institutions.

I’m a… (sponsor/presenter/press/volunteer/AIR New Voices Scholar) and I’m not sure where to register.

If you have a specific role beyond ‘attendee’, you will receive a link to register from the Third Coast staff! Hold tight—we didn't forget about you.

Why does Third Coast ask for personal demographic information like race & gender?

Third Coast is dedicated to creating an equitable environment for all in attendance. We collect this information about our attendees to better understand the make-up of the community we serve. We will never share your personal information without your explicit consent.

I can only attend one day of the Conference—do you sell single-day passes?

We do not offer single-day passes to the Third Coast Conference.

I can no longer attend! Can I get a refund for my registration? Can I transfer my registration?

Conference registrations are non-refundable. However, you can sell your registration directly to another person. (We'll miss you!) More information on how to transfer your registration coming soon.

I already registered but need to change something on my registration.

We'll have a form available after registration closes, and we'll email all registered attendees when the form opens.


Accommodation & Travel

Which airport is closest to the Conference hotel?

Midway Airport (serving Southwest & Delta airlines) is the closest airport to the Hyatt and is connected to the city by the CTA Orange Line Train. O’Hare airport (serving all major airlines) is also connected to the city by the CTA Blue Line train, which is a 45 minute ride directly to downtown.

How do I get to Hyatt McCormick Regency Place by public transit?

You can use the #3 CTA bus, or take the El via the Red Line or Green Line. See Chicago Transit Authority’s website for more information.

Do I have to stay at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel?

No. Attendees are free to choose where they stay during the Conference.

What can I expect to budget for (food, lodging, travel)?

We've put together a rough estimate of the costs associated with attending the Conference.


During the Conference

Will there be gender-neutral bathrooms available onsite at the Conference?

Yes!

Will there be a private room available for nursing mothers?

Yes!

Is the Third Coast Conference accessible to folks with limited mobility?

Yes! We strive to make the Conference as accessible as possible. If you have a specific question or concern, please reach out to conference@thirdcoastfestival.org.

Can I reserve a meeting room at the Hyatt to conduct my own meetings & business?

We offer limited opportunities do so as part of our sponsorship packages! If you're interested, in sponsoring the Conference, please e-mail us at conference@thirdcoastfestival.org. If not, you're welcome to meet in the common spaces of the hotel and/or go offsite to hold meetings.

Can I reserve a seat in a particular Breakout Session?

All of the programming at the Third Coast Conference is on a first-come, first-serve. (That said, each Breakout Session happens twice, so you have two opportunities to attend!) Some sessions can be very popular, but no one is ever turned away.

Is there an additional cost for evening programming?

Late Night Provocations, the Opening Reception, and the 2019 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Awards Ceremony are all included as part of your registration. Other evening events, such as live shows or happy hours may have additional fees! (And we'll make sure to mark 'em.)


Getting Involved

How can I contact other attendees?

We’ll have a Conference Networking Directory, with the names and contact info of attendees who have opted-in. You can also connect with attendees on Switchboard & by using the #ThirdCoast19 hashtag on social media.

I want to talk about sponsorship opportunities!

We have several opportunities remaining to sponsor the 2019 Third Coast Conference. Please contact conference@thirdcoastfestival.org for more information.

Hi! I’m a member of the press and I’d like to cover the Third Coast Conference.

We welcome members of the press and reserve a limited number of passes for journalists interested in covering Third Coast. Please reach out to conference@thirdcoastfestival.org for more information.

Can I volunteer for the Third Coast Conference?

Applications to be a volunteer at the Third Coast conference are now closed. We have an amazing group of volunteers that we'll announce on July 29!


Don't see the answer to your question?
Reach out directly to us at conference@thirdcoastfestival.org

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Featured in the 2019 Third Coast Conference

Adrián Florido

Adrián Florido (@adrianflorido) is a reporter for NPR's Code Switch team, where he's covered race, identity and culture since 2015. As part of his 2019 Breakout Session, he'll reflect on his experience as a reporter, including covering recent events in Puerto Rico (which he is currently doing, and on deadline!)

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong (@adwoa_g) is a producer, editor, and multimedia storyteller who is deeply committed to co-creating story. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, she is currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Aliya Pabani

Aliya Pabani (@aliyapabani) is a Toronto-based freelance audio producer and artist and former host of The Imposter , an arts and culture podcast from Canadaland. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, she is currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Ariana Martinez

Ariana Martinez (@MartinezAriana_) is an artist working across audio and visual media. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, they are currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Cassius Adair

Cassius Adair (@cassius_a) is an audio producer, writer, and researcher who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a 2019 Late Night Co-Provocateur, he'll share how learning about trans storytelling changes the way we tell stories about: feelings and bodies and science and politics and... well, everything.

Earlonne Woods

Earlonne Woods is co-creator, co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia. As co-host of the 2019 Third Coast Awards Ceremony, Earlonne will make his return to the "Oscars of Radio." Last year, he beamed in via video (watch here) after winning a 2018 Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award as part of the Ear Hustle team.

Ellen Mayer

Ellen Mayer (@EllenRebeccaM) is a community journalist, audio producer and facilitator living in Chicago. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, she is currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Jason Moon

Jason Moon (@jasonmoonNHPR) is a reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio, where he has worked since 2015. In his 2019 Breakout Session, expect to become even more deeply familiar with the captivating details of small towns in New Hampshire.

Jen Chien

Jen Chien (@j_chien) is a senior radio editor for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. As a 2019 Breakout Session Presenter, Jen will address the urgent demand for audio editors by illuminating the path to becoming a great one.

Jocelyn Robinson

Jocelyn Robinson is a Yellow Springs, Ohio-based independent producer, educator, and radio preservationist. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, she is currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Johanna Zorn

As executive director and co-founder of the Third Coast International Audio Festival, Johanna Zorn has been committed to the development of contemporary audio culture for more than three decades. As the featured speaker for our 2019 Third Coast Favorite Things, she'll introduce you to a radio time machine, an audio hologram, a sonic capsule we’ll plant all together.

Julie Caine

Julie Caine's heart is in her ears. She leads podcasting and on-demand audio at KQED. As a member of the 2019 Conference Advisory Group, she is currently collaborating directly with Third Coast staff to envision & create Thursday Meetups: an afternoon of community-based gatherings that will kick off this year’s Conference.

Leila Day

Leila Day (@leiladayleila) is a producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast and a producer at Pineapple Street Media. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Leila will be facilitating AIR’s Pitch Panel—a hands-on peek behind the curtain at one of the most important skills a producer can learn: how to pitch.

Lina Misitzis

Lina Misitzis (@lmisitzis) is a producer & reporter at This American Life, and is creating a new podcast with comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. She spent the past few years making The Last Days of August and The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson. Her 2019 Third Coast Conference Breakout Session will be about porn.

Molly Woodstock

Molly Woodstock (@mollywoodstock) is a queer journalist, audio producer, and inclusivity educator based in Portland, Oregon. At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Molly will 'provocate' on how trans-affirming storytelling can make all of our stories — not just those explicitly about trans people — more accurate, more inclusive, and frankly more interesting.

Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor is co-creator, co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia. She will be co-hosting the 2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Awards Ceremony.