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About the 2020 Third Coast Conference

[4.28.20] COVID-19 Update: We believe that given the public health forecasts projected for the rest of 2020, holding an in-person Third Coast Conference this year is not the best thing for you, or for us.

Since mid-March, we’ve been in constant communication with the Hyatt about our concerns about such a large in-person event. From what we’re learning, large gatherings of people—including concerts, sporting events and conferences—will be the last events to return to normal. The earliest that a conference like ours would be feasible is in 2021.

That’s why we believe that holding the Third Coast Conference in 2020 would be unsafe for our community. This is a challenge we’re facing like never before, and in a lot of ways, deeply heartbreaking & scary for us as an organization. Celebrating audio together is what Third Coast stands for, and creating a space for producers to connect & learn from each other is at the core of what we do. But it’s clear that convening together, in-person, might not look quite the same for the foreseeable future.

In terms of our next steps, we are working with our Board of Directors and the Hyatt to figure out the best solution for Third Coast. We’re in the final year of our contract with the Hyatt and frankly, we're in a really tough financial situation right now. There’s a lot that’s still up in the air (for all of us), and we’ll continue to be in touch with you as we have concrete updates to share.

Despite these challenges, we are excited about all the evolutions that Third Coast has been through in the past few years — and we can't wait to keep building this special Conference with and for the audio community. As times change, Third Coast is adaptable.

We may not be able to gather in-person this year at the Third Coast Conference, but we can still continue the community-building, joy, passion, and inspiration that people bring. You — the community of audio storytellers — are the magic that makes the Conference happen.

Let’s find new ways to bring that magic to 2020.

Help us do that: please fill out this brief survey, or email us at conference@thirdcoastfestival.org. We encourage you to think radically, be imaginative, and tell us what you need right now.