The Vanguard Podcast Network is an audio storytelling platform for and about people of the African Diaspora. At our network, all Black lives and stories matter regardless of age, politics, sexual and/or gender identities, religion, nationality, etc.
If we learned anything in the last decade - it’s how important it is to tell our own stories, in our own voices, and from our own lived experiences. By crafting and disseminating our personal narratives through audio we have discovered a freedom that will carry us into 2021 and beyond.
If you’ve lived long enough to form a sentence you have a story to tell AND it matters. Each month we will record and release stories of a specific theme that will showcase our diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives.
At VPN we don’t subscribe to single stories or monolithic narratives and while it’s true that we have relatable stories, they are not and can never be the same. Your story is your fingerprint and deserves to be told in your own words. Our first round of recordings will begin early April and end mid-June and we are looking for stories that center identity and experiences in all their forms (Who are you? What do you want people to know about your life? Why your story matters.)
Vanguard Podcast Network
The Vanguard Podcast Network is the Ultimate Listening Party centering the contemporary experiences and stories of Black creatives around the world.
Summer 2021 listen to an infinite collection of audio series, narratives, and shorts, exploring the present-day realities and modern lifestyles of Black Creatives. Stories made real by empowering the many voices of the people who live them every day.
Major benefits for creating fictional audio entertainment and featuring your content on The Vanguard Network:
Reach a new and broader fan base
Link to your iTunes, GooglePlay, Anchor, SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, etc. accounts and retain likes, shares, and followers.
Keep the rights to your series
Cost-efficient and low maintenance production
Access professional services for script consulting, engineering, promotional, and marketing needs
Gain exposure through our, Live Shows, Mixers, Workshops, Panels, and our annual Afros & Audio Podcast Festival.
Join an ever-growing community of passionate writers, directors, voice actors, engineers, and producers
Black storytelling & fiction
Our stories are important and deserve to be heard by any means necessary.
Before television, during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, radio was the dominant entertainment medium. Needless to say, Black voices were non-existent in this space because of #racism.
The mission of Afros and Audio is to fill a library, much like The Generic Radio Workshop, of our voices in scripted and non-scripted audio entertainment.
Make it easy for new and existing listeners to discover your podcast! Explore episodes through network website and free apps on Apple and Android, or listen in your connected car through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Grow your audience by cross-promoting with similar target audience shows on our network. Afros & Audio, The Vanguard Podcast Network, and all network podcasts will promote your episodes through our email communications and social media campaigns on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Join our Vanguard Podcast Network fund which includes free and discounted podcast-related services and training.
In addition, the Vanguard Podcast Network creatives will have an opportunity to generate income through ad revenue sharing.
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Get to know other podcast creatives, sound engineers, studios, producers, voice actors, and editors on our network through our private forum! This is a great way to collaborate and support each other while staying updated on the Afros & Audio Podcast Festival, VPN, and industry news.
Learn about the best practices and techniques to improve your podcast through our webinars, in-person training, and sponsored attendance at various podcast-related events. We also provide training and instructional videos as needed to help support our members.
Let’s simplify podcasting! We give you access to effective tools, equipment, and partnerships that save time and money. Our members also benefit from special discounts and group rates for podcast-related products and services.
VPN is fully staffed and equipped to handle your recording, production, and publishing needs. Record your podcast remote or in-person (NJ/NY residents) with a Rode Rodecaster Podcast Pro. Visit our Pro Services Page and contact to learn more.