The PRX Podcast Garage Grand Opening

FINISHED!!
The Podcast Garage!

We are so excited to announce the opening of our Podcast Garage, the first community audio and media arts training facility in Boston. The space will provide low-cost recording studios, free co-working space and educational, listening and networking events. The educational tracks will include media arts training, networking, and community storytelling. The space is meant to foster knowledge sharing and community connectivity, plus develop partnerships with the Allston-Brighton neighborhood. We can’t wait to connect more closely with local audiomakers, both amateurs and veterans alike.

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Local to Boston? Come celebrate with us tonight! We are throwing an opening party at 5:30 pm at the Garage home, 267 Western Ave in Allston, MA. Come mix and mingle with PRX, the City of Boston and local podcast personalities including Megan Tan from Radiotopia’s Millennial. We’ll also have a guest appearance from Joe Richman of Radio Diaries. You can tour and demo our podcast studios, plus taste Aeronaut beer and local food truck snacks. 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.

Get all the details below in our press release:

PRX Opens the ‘Podcast Garage’, Boston’s First Podcast Studio

With low-cost recording studios, free co-working space, and educational and networking events, the PRX ‘Podcast Garage’ provides an affordable resource and community hub for local audio storytellers

Cambridge, MA (August 3, 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 lead 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 neighborhoodsone 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 also 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.

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