The Independent Media Academy for Podcasters

Independent media academy

Podcasters: Let’s get down to business.

We are very proud to announce the winners. Out of more than 350 applications from all over the world, our jury picked three incredible podcasts. Read more.


In collaboration with international experts from Podigee – one of Europe’s largest podcast hosting & analytics platform, Podchaser – the US-based podcast directory, dubbed as ‘the IMDb of Podcasts”, Castboxthe US-based podcast app and The Grammar Girl herself, the European membership platform Steady is searching for podcasting projects to champion the future of independent media. Our judges will select three podcasters to benefit from expert consulting and €2,500 in funding to help build/transform your podcast into a community-funded media project.

As an independent podcaster, memberships give you the financial freedom to do what you love without strings attached.

Memberships are the key to a media landscape filled with diverse, independent voices. Members are loyal and committed — they offer sustainable support to independent podcasters like you because they love to see your projects thriving.

Boost Your Project

Apply by June 15 to win a funding boost and expert consulting.

Funds to spend on what matters

You will receive €2,500 as an expense budget to spend on anything you need. In addition, you can use Steady completely free for the first six months of your membership program.

Consulting from industry experts

This includes member research, mentorship and on-the-ground-training, either in your own workspace or at our office in Berlin. Together, we will build
the future of your publication – all the way from zero to earning your first member revenues.

Bragging rights in the independent media movement

Getting your project in front of The Grammar Girl & judges from Podigee , Podchaser & Castbox with years of expertise in different aspects of podcasting like hosting, analytics, distribution, marketing, collaboration, etc. sounds pretty good, right?

The Criteria

We are looking for you, if…

  • You care about the future of strong, independent voices in media
  • You own or run a podcast that your community can’t get enough of
  • You want to connect with your audience and collaborate with them, too
  • That’s it. Let’s get started!

The Judges

The 2020 IMA Podcasters Expert Team

Bradley Davis

Co-Founder & CEO of Podchaser

Bradley brings expertise in maximizing the discoverability & podcast audience growth, from years of having worked with thousands of podcasters on Podchaser.

Mignon Fogarty

The Grammar Girl

Mignon is a five-time winner of the ‘Best Education Podcast‘ in the Podcast Awards, an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network. She is the author of seven books about language, including the New York Times bestseller, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. She has also appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

Jürgen Krauß

Head of Content, Podigee

Jürgen is the Head of Content for Podigee, one of Europe’s leading company for podcast hosting and analytics. Jürgen is always striving find the tops and flops, the trends and topics, and especially the hidden gems of the German podcasting world. He’s a passionate podcaster himself and loves how this format can be anything: from high-class edutainment to utter insignificance, and from warm words with high production value to tinny-sounding yet major insights about life, the universe and everything.

Valentina Kaledina

Business Development at Castbox

Valentina started her career as a journalist for various media outlets like AFP in Paris followed by 7+ years of consulting experience as a Partner in London. At Castbox, Valentina is responsible for business development and podcaster relations across Europe.

What is Steady?

Why we do what we do

At Steady, we enable people to support the projects they can’t do without, from independent media to podcasts, videos to open source code. Because good work deserves more than a like. More than 50,000 members support Steady projects and we’re growing every day. Find out more about us.

Ready. Steady. Grow.

Apply for Steady’s Independent Media Accelerator by June 15.
Winners will be announced on July 1st.

Still Have Questions?

Lorcan Fidgeon
IMA Program Manager

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You can download the IMA Rules and Regulations (pdf).