PM21 Keynote Speakers, Childcare at PM, and more!

Greetings PM Family,

The PM21 team is thrilled to announce the first round of keynote speakers who will be kicking off each day this August 3-6 in Nashville. We also have additional speaker announcements for our panels and breakout sessions, and final reminders about our scholarship program and meetup tour next week!

The 1st Round of PM21 Keynote Speakers

Podcast Movement takes great pride in bringing the top minds of this industry together each year. We are fortunate to have some outstanding speakers lined up for Nashville, and are excited to share the first three with you today!

Kate Erickson – Entrepreneurs on Fire and Kate's Take:

Kate Erickson has been a leader in the podcast industry for almost ten years now. Since the very beginning, she has supported Podcast Movement and is one of the few speakers who has spoken on our stages every year since the beginning. We are honored to have her appear on the main stage this year for the first time ever. Kate's experience with Entrepreneurs on Fire and creating and maintaining systems for the business surrounding the show has been an inspiration to watch from the outside. She has generously shared her knowledge on what it takes to support and sustain a top podcast since the beginning of her journey in the industry. We couldn't be more proud of Kate and her accomplishments, and it's an honor to have Kate share her wisdom with the PM community from the keynote stage this year!

Tom Webster – Edison Research:

Edison has been researching podcasting for over 16 years and produces the industry's leading research reports, including The Infinite Dial (in partnership with Triton Digital) and the annual Podcast Consumer report. Tom Webster is Edison's Senior Vice President and has shared these insights from our keynote stage for the last five years. We are excited to continue this partnership, which is now considered a major presentation for the podcast industry every year.

Chris Colbert, CEO of DCP Entertainment; Paula Pant, host of Afford Anything; Joe Saul-Sehy, host of Stacking Benjamins; and Gaby Dunn, host of Bad with Money present Podcast Veterans Share War Stories & Tips for Success

In a universe with two million podcasts on Apple and Spotify, does a podcast newcomer stand a chance? How does a new show stand out, survive and thrive in a world dominated by big players with deep pockets? Moderated by 15-year veteran John Wordock, executive editor for podcasts at Cumulus Podcast Network, this panel will dispense helpful wisdom from industry veterans and legacy players.

The 4th Round of PM21 Speaker Announcements

Podcast Movement 2021 will be a place for new podcasters, veteran podcasters, industry professionals, and anyone interested in podcasting or the podcast industry. There will be over 300 speakers presenting across 150 breakout sessions that include panel discussions, workshops, keynote talks with some of the most influential names in this field today. Here are this week's new announcements:

Sebastian Arrechedera with El Martínez / Rainbow Lobster presents Creativity in Spanish

Christina Barsi with Avant Haüs Media presents The Realistic Secret To Success: Revealed

Christine Blackburn with Story Worthy Media presents Interviewing To Get The Most From Your Guest

Nikki Brown with the University of Kentucky presents Unsafe and Unheard in the Climate Emergency: How to Tell Stories of Eco-Justice

Sena Bryer with Dreambound and Tal Minear with Sidequesting presents Funding that isn’t Fiction: Crowdfunding your Audio Drama

Jaime Eberley with Pair Networks presents Don't Count on Social: Why You Need a Website for Valuable Listener Growth!

Bari Finkel with Pineapple Street Studios presents The Rise of TV/Film Companion Podcasts

Gordon Firemark with The Podcast Lawyer presents Music in Podcasts – So What The Hell Is Going On Now?

Dan Granger with Oxford Road and Vanessa Otero with Ad Fontes Media presents Balancing Brand Values with Business Objectives

Dave Hanley with AdvertiseCast presents How I Make A Living From My Podcast

Stephen Hart with Trailblazers.FM presents 6 Steps To Building an Epic Podcast Brand

Sarah Holland with Pantsuit Politics LLC presents Diversifying Your Income: Making Money from Membership

Kelli Hurley with Cumulus Podcast Network and Adam Boeselager with Legacybox presents Deepening the Relationship Between Brands and Content Creators

Shanda Ivory with College Admissions Decoded/National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Jenna Spinelle with Democracy Works/McCourtney Institute for Democracy presents A Bear Hug or a Vise Grip? Podcasting From Inside an Organization

Rich Jones with Paychecks & Balances presents The Art of the Interview: Getting the Most Out of Your Guests

Nova Lorraine with Raine Magazine / Pink Kangaru presents Breaking New Ground with Branded Podcasts

Kara Mayer Robinson with Really Famous Podcast presents The Science Behind Strong Interviews

Tom McAndrew with Dolby Ultimate Audio Immersion presents Dolby Atmos for Podcasts

Shaniqua McClendon with Crooked Media presents Building Audiences that Take Action

Allison Melody with Food Heals presents Sponsorship Happy Hour: How to Grow Your Audience, Build Your Network, and Get Your Podcast Sponsored

Justin Nguyen with Declassified College presents How To Build A Podcast Team On A Budget

Arielle Nissenblatt with and Steve Stewart with Steve Stewart Podcast Production presents Podcast Taxonomy: Podcasting's Push to Standardize Credits

Michael Salas and Joshua Williams with The Miseducation of John Mark presents Speaking Through Story: How To Spark Conversation and Social Commentary with a Fictional Podcast

Jason Sheesley with Abridged Audio presents Levels, Dynamics, And LUFS

Perry Simon with All Access presents What Can A Network Do For You (And How Can You Join One)?

Armando Turco with Vox Media presents Passing the Mic: How One Marketer Raised the Standard for Purposeful Podcasting

Melissa Victor with Stoopkid Stories presents Podcasting about Race and Equity for Children

Rebecca Warren with FINN Partners presents Download Numbers Don't Tell the Full Story (And Other Truths about Branded Podcasts)

Randy Wilburn with Encourage Build Grow presents Owning Your Message and Telling The World Through Podcasting

** Don't miss a single speaker by checking back each Wednesday to see who's been announced! **

Lock in the Best Prices Before They Increase Tomorrow

The World’s Largest Podcast Conference Returns(both in-person and virtually)!

Podcast Movement tickets are currently on sale!

We're hopeful that we can all get together again, at the end of next summer, as we've been doing almost every year since 2014…and we want you to be there at the lowest possible price.

This year, you'll have the option to attend in-person or virtually. And best of all, you can register your in-person ticket now and convert it to virtual attendance anytime leading up to the event in August.

And if the event cannot happen at all, everyone will be offered a full refund.

There's nothing to lose, and you've got the lowest registration cost possible to gain.


PM21 Scholarships – Podcast Movement started in 2014 as a place for aspiring and existing podcasters from all over to call their own. Through our scholarship program, dozens every year are able to join us without having to worry about the cost of registration.

We try to do for some, what we wish we could do for everyone. This year, our goal is to make the event accessible to as many as possible!

Podcast Movement is proud to be a conference that supports parents by providing child care services during the event. Since 2018, we've partnered with A Helping Hand to bring a safe, welcoming option for parents who wish to bring their children with them to Podcast Movement.
A Helping Hand will be providing onsite event childcare for Podcast Movement 2021 on August 3 – 6, 2021!

We are making this service available for a nominal daily fee, and you'll have the option to decide how many days you'll like to utilize it.

If you're interested in learning more or getting on the list, please REPLY TO THIS EMAIL and let us know (the registration portal is still being built out).

We are also looking for sponsors or partners interested in working with us to make this service available at NO COST to event attendees. If you or your company are interested in learning more, please let us know!

PM Community Updates!

Meetup Tour Reminder – Podcast Movement is excited to have in-person meetups again next week! This is a chance for podcasters and podcast enthusiasts alike to come together in four cities, all outdoors with ample room for social distancing. And it's made possible by our friends at Spreaker.

Join us next week to celebrate the podcasting community if you are near any of the following cities!

Atlanta, GA – Sweetwater Brewing
Monday, June 7 from 7 to 9 pm ET – RSVP here

Birmingham, AL – Cahaba Brewing Company
Tuesday, June 8 from 7 to 9 pm CT – RSVP here

Memphis, TN – Loflin Yard
Wednesday, June 9 from 7 to 9 pm CT – RSVP here

Nashville, TN – Von Elrod's
Thursday, June 10 from 7 to 9 pm CT – RSVP here
The Podcast Movement Local Meetup groups page is a great way to find other podcasters in your area!

Upcoming Training in Podcast Movement University (Free to Join):

How You Can Give Back to the Next Generation of Podcasters with Max Branstetter from MaxPodcasting
Thursday, June 3 at 4 pm ET

How can you share your knowledge so more aspiring podcasters can achieve their goals as well? In this session, you’ll learn how you can share the skills and expertise you’ve picked up along your journey, plus channel your love for the craft. You’ll learn how to champion the podcast industry with your content, support and mentor up-and-coming podcasters, and create a service that helps us all improve.

We can't wait to spend four days with friends old and new this August in Nashville.
You're invited to PM21 whether you've been before or not – we are long overdue for a podcast community reunion!

Team Podcast Movement

“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.” – A.W. Tozer

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