Are You Ready To Pitch Your Show?


The Earbuds Pitch will be held during the Outlier Podcast Festivals. The competition is designed to give established indie talent and emerging podcasters the opportunity to pitch their big ideas at an Outlier Podcast Festival in Austin, TX on May 17; Denver, CO on July 12; and Los Angeles in September.

The application period will run from March 18 until May 10 for the Austin, TX event.

The application periods for Denver and Los Angeles will be announced at a later date.

Five finalists will be chosen to pitch their shows on May 17 in front of a panel of judges and a live audience at Outlier Podcast Festival, Austin. The winner will receive a podcast startup package (details below).

March 18
– Call for submissions
May 10 – Submissions close
May 13 – Finalists notified
May 17 – Live event in which finalists make their pitches in front of a panel of judges and a live audience at the Outlier Podcast Festival, Austin. The winner is announced the following day at the conclusion of the festival.

The EarBuds Pitch competition is open to anyone able to attend Outlier Podcast Festival. Their show must be new or less that six months old.

Winners will receive:
2 Heil PR40 Mics by Heil Sound
3-year JPRO and a Field Recorder licenses from Hindenburg
Podcast production services by Crate Media
Scarlett 2i2 interface by Focusrite

What they are looking for in a pitch:
OutlierHQ, a media and events company, is looking for outliers with original show ideas. All eligible submissions will be evaluated on the following five criteria:
Creativity: Provokes honest, surprising, and even uncomfortable conversations.
Diversity: Introduces listeners to people and/or ideas they haven’t heard before.
Originality: Does not duplicate something already in our feeds.
Durability: Can be reproduced for at least 10 episodes.
Viability: Has potential to reach large audiences and deeply engage them.

How to enter:
Submit a pitch that includes the following information:
1) Your elevator pitch for the show.
2) Who is your audience? Be specific.
3 )What type of show? Interview, scripted? How many hosts or main characters? Segments?
4) What is the vibe of the show?
5) What experiences and skills do you bring to the project?
6) Optional: Submit a sample of your work. Samples can take any form including text, video, or audio.

To enter, you need to buy a ticket to the festival at Email your responses to Ever Gonzalez and Arielle Nissenblatt at with the subject line “EarBuds Pitch.”