Podcast Fellow - Sound Up, Behind the Mic


April 30, 2021

    Content Gimlet
The Program Location Los Angeles, CA Job type Full Time Contractor
Sound Up’s legacy podcast training program aims to raise up the next generation of podcasters from underserved communities through education, workshops and support. Since our 2018 launch, we’ve created a space for new voices, stories and perspectives in podcasting. Podcasts launched through our program include the Webby award nominated show, “Dope Labs.”
At Spotify, we know not everybody wants to be a podcast host and that there are exciting careers on the other side of the mic. Producers, sound engineers and script editors play an integral role in shaping the content and sound of a show - and bring new perspectives to show audiences. We also believe amplifying new voices is central to making this medium truly reflective of its listenership.
Which is why Sound Up has launched its year-long, paid ‘Behind the Mic’ fellowship, an initiative which can provide a path to full-time employment with Spotify upon its successful completion.
Spotify’s Behind the Mic program will provide three distinct training opportunities in the areas of: Sound Design, Booking, OR Narrative Script Editing.
Behind the Mic is committed to giving Black creatives a space to sharpen their skills in order to shape show narratives - and influence how they’re told. Through the ‘Sound Up: Behind the Mic’ rotational fellowship, you’ll work with production teams from our Studio 4 and Gimlet studios.
We’re looking for people with a strong work ethic and are highly organized and self-directed. In the role, you’ll be expected to handle logistical and organizational tasks, while contributing to the larger editorial voice of the show. We’re a small team, so there’s a lot of opportunity for growth, and your contributions will make a tangible impact on the stories we tell. Successful candidates will be excited to learn new things, tenacious and enthusiastic about joining a close-knit team doing ambitious work.
What we provide
  • Hands-on training on industry-standard tools and programs from experts
  • Tips and mentorship from industry experts and best in class podcast trainers
  • Production credits on completed Spotify show episodes you’ve worked on during the fellowship
  • Guidance from industry leaders to help develop and produce your original ‘Behind the Mic’ podcast
  • Access to our global network of ‘Behind the Mic’ mentors and Sound Up graduates
  • Full-time job placement upon successful completion of the fellowship
  • Transferable skills that will set you up to take your podcast career to the next level

Who you are
  • Able to spot an inspiring story in the most seemingly ordinary conversations
  • Inspired to create soundtracks - or music - from everyday sounds
  • Passionate about amplifying new voices, and sharing stories
  • Open and willing to learn from mistakes
  • Enthusiasm for learning and working with a small, close-knit team
  • Attention to detail, including organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven production environment
  • Ability to take direction and work independently within a collaborative team setting
  • Ability to communicate effectively and troubleshoot

What you'll do
  • Produce in-studio interviews with supervising producers
  • Research and pitch show ideas
  • Book travel and studios for recording sessions
  • Find, pre-interview, and book guests
  • Conduct research
  • Transcribe, organize, and sync tape
  • Help cut tape and think through story structure
  • Contribute to group edits
  • Create episodic promos
  • Manage relationships with external services and partners (i.e.: transcribers, researchers, translators, etc.)

To apply for the role
  • Please submit your resume AND answer the questions provided!

Perks of being in the band
Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse. Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success. Global parental leave, six months off - fully paid - for all new parents. All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub. Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs. Spotify On Tour, join your colleagues on trips to industry festivals and events.
Learn about life at Spotify
Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 345 million users.