Third Coast in 2022

For the first time ever, Third Coast will host a slate of experimental virtual-first, year-round programs for audiences from around the world between June of 2022 and July of 2023.


Since the pandemic started, we’ve been unable to gather our community together in person – which has been a striking challenge, since convening has always been at the heart of Third Coast... And while we find ourselves in a world where gathering audiences in-person remains inaccessible for many and highly risky for some, we want to capture the essential magic of those one-of-a-kind Third Coast moments we’ve had together over the years: from the joy of running into audio friends and heroes in crowded Conference hallways and at packed sessions, to the power of goosebump-inducing, industry-shifting moments like Phoebe Wang’s Best New Artist Speech in 2018.

There’s been a lot going on at Third Coast over the past few years, but a few conversations have been constant: The need to rebuild the organization after the effects of the pandemic, and the need to find new ways to connect with our community in the world we live in now, like Third Place from the fall of 2020 and our virtual showcase of Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Competition winners in 2021.

Over the next few months, we’ll continue to roll out an experimental new chapter for the organization: a year-long slate of programs that remix the excitement, inspiration, and artistry behind all of our traditional Third Coast programming while offering something new to our community. Join us we take some of our classic programs — like the Third Coast/RHDF Competition — and make them even more global and engaged — and take some of our classic programs, like Third Coast Maker Sessions, and revisit them in a year-round, virtual format. Plus, we can’t wait to experiment with some new ideas — stay tuned.

We’re still in the process of rebuilding Third Coast, but we want to bring you into this bridge we’re building as an organization — from where we were, to where we’re going. We don’t know quite what’s on the other side, but we’re looking forward to discovering it together.

The Basics

We'll be adding information about each event, plus events and opportunities, as we begin to bring them to life. Stay tuned as we enter an experimental new chapter of Third Coast, driven by who we are in 2022.

Introducing Quarterly Maker Sessions

The heart and soul of our industry-wide convenings has long been Maker Sessions of all kinds that push the boundaries of audio storytelling.

In 2022, we’re hosting Maker Sessions on a quarterly basis. Stay tuned for a schedule of these events, out in May. Before then, check out the Third Coast Pocket Conference for podcasted sessions from throughout the years.

Fall 2022: Third Coast Competition Call for Entries Opens

We’re switching up the timeline for our Call for Entries in October. You can read more about the 2022 Third Coast/RHDF Competition here.

We are first excited to announce that the 2022 Call for Entries will open this Fall. Along with this new timeline, we are committed to making the annual Third Coast Competition the most accessible, community-centered, boundary-breaking competition in the field. And don’t miss our recent innovations around the Third Coast Competition by diving into the 2021 Web Showcase.

Spring 2023: Virtual Awards Celebration

In spring of 2023, we’ll host our next Virtual Awards Celebration, a unique live event showcasing the winners of the Third Coast/RHDF Competition for hundreds of audio makers and listeners from around the world.

Note on Pricing

We’re also committed to offering radical access to all of our programming, powered by the Collective Pricing Initiative, which we will continue to evolve in 2022 and beyond.

Check out upcoming virtual offerings, including familiar Third Coast programs like Maker Sessions and our annual Third Coast/RHDF Competition, plus fresh innovations, and new pilot programs shaped by the needs of the audio community. And for more on the values that root our programs, check out the Who We Are page here.

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