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Tracking: April 21, 2020

UK Audio Relief Fund. A new hardship grant system has been launched to help those in the UK who are working in audio and radio and struggling financially because of the coronavirus outbreak. It covers anyone working in podcasts, radio or audiobooks — especially freelancers — and will give out up to £1,000 per individual.

The Radio Academy is administering it via an independent panel and has used its existing benevolent fund to kickstart the pot. There have also been contributions so far from the BBC, AudioUK, Audible and Reelworld. Details on how to apply are available here.Follow-up to the Freelance Audio Fund from AIR Media. The fund, meant to provide emergency relief for members of the professional audio community economically impacted by the pandemic, is still accepting applications until Saturday, April 25. As noted previously, the effort is currently in its second round, which broadened out eligibility to include applicants who aren’t official AIR members.

Here’s an update from Ken Ikeda, AIR’s CEO, sent over email last week:

The Fund started with $50K and AIR has been matched since March 27th with $78k in additional funds. We are setting an internal goal of $200,000 at this time. Pending a few conversations, that bar might move upward to $250K+.

The need is absolutely validated and the candor and resiliency in the applications has been a love letter to the audio craft and the degree to which freelancers in our industry are undercounted and deprioritized.

Again, you can find out more information about the fund on this website.From the Margins to the Center, a podcast incubator for women of color, is now accepting applications for its second batch. The incubator is organized by Amped and House of Pod, both of Colorado, and its programming will take place over six weeks in June and July. It will be free for all selected participants. You can find out more here. Applications are open until May 8.More technical guidance. Friend of the newsletter Rob Byers sent me a note recently flagging two new support guides. He wrote:

Final Final v2 (a collab I’m a part of) recently released two guides that are aimed at helping audio producers working from home.

The first, Pro Tools over Zoom, shows how to play Pro Tools sessions over Zoom calls. Super handy for edit and feedback sessions, script read-throughs with tape, or just to share ideas without bouncing and sharing mp3s. It also fixes some problems found in previous methods.

The second, Crossing the streams, shows how to record multi-track interviews using multiple VOIP connections like Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime. Every guest ends up on their own track! It’s written for Pro Tools but could be adapted for other software. It requires Loopback from Rogue Amoeba.

There are lots of bad jokes in both! And bad jokes make everything better.

Not sure I agree with the bad jokes bit…. ah, what am I saying, I love bad jokes.Revolving Door.Acast has appointed Georgina Holt as Managing Director for the UK, Ireland and ROW, a role that was previously being covered by Joe Copeman in tandem with his position as Global SVP of Sales (he will now focus exclusively on this job). Holt joins from The Stylist Group and will be based in London.RIP.From the New York Times: “Liyna Anwar, a podcast producer of South Asian descent whose struggle to find a stem cell donor to treat her cancer became the center of a social media campaign that aimed to make up for racial disparities in marrow and stem cell registries, died on March 26 in a hospital in Duarte, Calif. She was 30.”

Do read the piece in full. One of Anwar’s final projects was Asian Enough, for the Los Angeles Times, which you can find here.