CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - August 03, 2016) - PRX, the award-winning public media company, announced today the grand opening of the Podcast Garage, the first community audio and media arts training facility in Boston. The PRX Podcast Garage will serve as a recording space and educational center, dedicated to the craft of audio storytelling.
At the Garage, emerging and experienced podcasters will have access to low-cost recording studios, free co-working space and educational and networking events. The sound-isolated studios include high-end recording and sound equipment from companies like Shure, Sonos and Sennheiser, plus hardware to record phone interviews. Audio editing tools like Hindenburg and Pro Tools will also be provided. The space includes a larger studio that can record up to four people, plus a smaller sound booth for vocal tracking. Producers are welcome to bring an engineer or self-operate the control room.
"As a global leader committed to growing audio content, talent and technology, we're thrilled to bring our mission to life in a physical studio that serves our very own community," said Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX. "The Podcast Garage will be our skunkworks -- a laboratory where diverse voices can hone their stories and talent."
In the community space of the Garage, PRX will program events within three main tracks: media arts training, networking, and community storytelling. It will offer a calendar of diverse events including:
- Audio production and narrative skill-building workshops
- Podcast training sessions and mentoring opportunities led by veteran radio producers
- Free networking events focused on technology, distribution, and marketing led by industry thought-leaders
- Listening events
The Podcast Garage will also work to develop partnerships with the Allston-Brighton neighborhood to collaborate on community-focused storytelling projects and workshops. Located at 267 Western Ave in Allston, the PRX Podcast Garage is an exciting addition to Zone 3, a Harvard-sparked initiative to explore experimental programs, events, and retail along Western Ave. In crossing the Charles River to set up a home in Allston Brighton, PRX is putting down roots in one of Boston's most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods -- one that is brimming with energy and becoming a go-to creative destination for experimental art and retail.
By tapping into expertise from PRX's partners like Transom, Center for Documentary Studies, Center for Investigative Reporting, Radiotopia, AIR, Women Audio Makers, WBUR, WGBH, and the Harvard community, Boston's independent podcaster community can learn new skills, get feedback on their work in a safe space, and use professional-quality technology to create their own audio content.
"As an independent producer, I know you can't make great work by yourself," said Megan Tan, host of Radiotopia's Millennial podcast. "You need a village. You need honest feedback and people who will guide you as you stumble through the creative process. I've collaborated with people remotely, but the dream is always to be together in one place, so you're not alone during the frustrating moments or the victory dances. The Podcast Garage is going to be that place. I'll definitely be making use of the space."
The Podcast Garage is now open for public use, Monday-Thursday from 12-8 pm, and Friday from 12-5 pm. PRX is accepting reservations for studio time and ideas for public programming. Visit podcastgarage.org for a calendar of events, pricing information and more. Check out pictures of our space on Instagram @PRXOfficial and under the hashtag #PRXPodcastGarage.
About PRX: PRX is shaping the future of public media content, talent and technology. PRX is a leading creator and distributor, connecting audio producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences across broadcast, web and mobile. A fierce champion of new voices, new formats, and new business models, PRX advocates for the entrepreneurial producer. PRX is an award-winning media company, reaching millions of listeners worldwide. For over a dozen years, PRX has operated public radio's largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of shows including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, and Reveal. Named one of Fast Company's 'Ten Most Innovative Companies in Media' of 2015, the company pioneered new approaches to talent and technology, built the first public radio mobile app and co-founded the media startup accelerator Matter Ventures. In 2014, PRX launched Radiotopia, a podcast collective of 14 diverse, independent, story-driven shows, anchored by 99% Invisible from Roman Mars. The network has quickly grown to over 12 million downloads per month. PRX's latest venture is RadioPublic, a company focused on building a mobile audio platform that drives listener discovery, engagement and revenue for creators. Follow us on Twitter @prx and Instagram @PRXOfficial.
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