Member Benefits

Below are the initial elements we plan to bring to the community.  As part of the application process, every new member will be surveyed to find out what else they would like the Academy to offer and what role the organization can play in the future of our industry.   



The Podcast Academy's annual awards of merit recognize outstanding creative achievement in podcasting.  Podcast Academy members receive a discount on award submission, and Regular Members vote to determine the best of each category. One membership equals one vote.




Throughout the year, The Podcast Academy will hold educational webinars to help our members share and learn best practices. We will cover topics relevant to members at all levels of the industry, and we encourage members to contact us about topics they'd like to see presented.



The Podcast Academy will host an online membership directory.  This directory is searchable and will allow members to directly connect with peers.
The Podcast Academy will also hold in-person and online member socials frequently during the year.  These gatherings allow members of all levels to connect, network, and chat about the industry in a relaxed environment.  In-person socials will be held when we are able to gather.

The Podcast Academy will organize a mentorship program, connecting interested members with mentors and/or mentees in the areas of Content and Business Development.

Mentorship participants agree to the following:

  • Four 30 minute meetings (video or phone call) between mentee and mentor within a 12-month period.
  • To always interact in a positive and respectful manner.
  • In advance of each meeting the Mentee will provide a list of questions or conversation focus points in order to guide the discussion and allow the Mentor to prepare.
  • Following the 2nd and 4th meetings, both the Mentor and Mentee will be surveyed about the program.  


The Podcast Academy will publish Resource Guides to share best practices with all members and may engage third-party research firms to conduct surveys and publish reports on listener practices and industry trends.  We will share the findings of this research with our members so they may use it to inform their business decisions.  Research reports and Resource Guides will be reserved for members.

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