Announcing the 2020 Third Coast Conference!

Thursday, October 8 - Saturday, October 10

Join us for the annual Third Coast Conference, transforming Chicago into the center of the audio storytelling universe, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (2233 S. King Dr.)

Registration opens this summer!


The 2020 Third Coast Conference will bring together a community of over 800 audio producers, journalists, artists, independents, 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.

The Third Coast Conference centers accessibility for all, vibrant creativity and inspiration, and community-driven programming. We strive to continue to be the destination for the narrative audio storytelling community to most meaningfully and inclusively make change in the industry, make lasting connections, and seek inspiration.

We hope you’ll join us this year for Third Coast’s 20th anniversary. At the Conference, we’re celebrating 20 years of Third Coast by affirming our values as a home for the boundless power of audio storytelling and as an arts organization deeply rooted in the city of Chicago.

We can't wait to roll out our 2020 Conference programming, including our 2020 accessibility initiatives, a brand-new lineup of Conference presenters, artists, provocateurs, and more. For the latest updates, make sure you are subscribed to Producer News.


Conference Programming Pitches Open: Spring 2020

All Accessibility Initiatives (including the 2020 Volunteer Program) Open: Spring 2020

Conference Registration Opens: Summer 2020

2020 Third Coast Conference: October 8-10

We’ll start rolling out further information about our accessibility initiatives at the end of March. Stay tuned, and make sure you sign up for Producer News to be the first to know.


At Third Coast, accessibility is at the core of our programming; we believe that all people should have access to the art, craft & resources of audio storytelling. We are committed to making our programming and the audio industry at large a more equitable and inclusive space. We acknowledge this work is never complete. We remain in dialogue with you, our community, through the belief that there is always more work to be done.

We work hard to not substantially raise costs to the Conference year-to-year, to increase accessibility initiatives (including piloting the Travel Stipends Initiative in 2019!), and to be transparent about the additional costs of attending a three-day Conference in Chicago. To see more information about last year’s registration costs, see here. To see an estimation of costs to attend the 2019 Third Coast Conference, click here. This year, we will launch our Conference accessibility initiatives before Registration opens. To get the most up-to-date announcements, make sure you are signed up for Producer News!

Do you want to help us further accessibility efforts at Third Coast? If so, contribute directly to The Third Coast Fund, an initiative to increase access across all Third Coast programming!