Open call for podcasters

08 February 2021

Calling interested talents to submit their proposals to create a podcast, where talks and conversations are produced. These podcasts will be recorded in Foundry’s podcast room (not limited to art/culture podcasts).

  • Who can submit an idea?

Pitch submissions are open to individuals who comply with the below criteria: 

  • Commitment (approved content calendar, prepared topics, upcoming scheduled guests)
  • Consistency (based on frequency of past episodes or upcoming planned content calendar)
  • Quality (relevancy to the community, adds value)
  • How do individuals submit an idea?

Interested individuals can send a pdf presentation to foundry@emaar.ae (no more than 5 slides) with their vision, mission, objectives, content calendar (including scheduled in guests, if applicable) and end results expected.

  • The Offering: Foundry will be offering 100 free sessions (5 max. free sessions per person). Following the “free trial”, there will be charges as per the booking rates of the podcast room. Hours per session: Half day session (6 hours) per session. Selected podcasters will be able to utilize the podcast room FOC (X5) for a 6-hour session.

Can multiple podcast pitches be submitted?

One person or group can submit multiple pitches. Although, variations on the same idea are not accepted.

What happens when a podcast pitch is submitted?

If a project gets selected, Foundry will schedule timeslots where individuals can have access to the podcast room and use the facilities.

What is the timeline?

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Does Foundry gain rights to the podcast idea by submitting it?

No. Individuals always have to mention that the podcast series was sponsored by Foundry.

What additional benefits will selected podcasters have?

FOC usage of the podcase room (up to 5 times per person) and social media exposure on Foundry page.

What type of podcast are being scouted out?

A wide variety of concepts, hosts, styles and structures, but there are a few key traits we’re looking for in each pitch:

1.      Surprise us. Pitch us a show that’s different than what we already make — and different from what’s already out there for podcast listeners.

2.      Clearly define your show concept. You should be able to describe the overall concept of your show in a few sentences or less.

3.      Do more than entertain. We take our public service mission seriously, and look for podcasts that not only engage people, but also provide a deep value to our audience.

4.      Understand who your audience is, and why they’ll listen. Tell us how your show will create a bigger and more diverse podcast audience.

5.      Think long term. Does your concept have multi-season potential? Clearly defined content calendar? What are your goals?

6.      Take risks. Are you a writer who has never worked in audio? Maybe you’ve been producing news, but want to take on a longer project. Maybe you’ve never worked in media, but have incredible show idea for an audience we’re not serving. Take a chance with us; we’re looking to build strong teams around strong talent. You don’t have to know how to do everything.

Is this a competition?

No, it is not a competition. This is an open call for all individuals who would like to start their own podcast, improve the quality of their podcast and continue podcasting.