Melody Thomas

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The Werk It Women's Podcast Festival is a gathering for women shaping the future of podcasting in New York, and I've been invited to attend!

I'm the producer, presenter and creator of sex and relationships podcast BANG!, which I released through Radio New Zealand as a freelancer last year. If you haven't heard it yet you can listen here and here.

I started the podcast because I had a feeling that people wanted to talk about sex and relationships in a real, no shame, no holds barred way.

Over 2 seasons we've heard from teenagers, 20-somethings, new parents, and grandparents, from people representing different cultural backgrounds and upbringings, from those who view sex and sexuality through the lens of a disability, and from many in rainbow/LGBTQIA+ communities.

We've covered important topics like sexuality education, consent, pre-colonial indigenous sexuality and gender norms, as well as infidelity, modern dating, adult virginity, premature ejaculation, sex after 60 and much more. We've also heard valuable advice from experts and sex therapists.

BANG! has done really well in the iTunes NZ podcast charts and has received a whole lot of coverage in media, including on a couple of best podcast lists in The Guardian UK. It was a finalist for Best Podcast in the New Zealand Radio Awards and won a bronze medal at the very fancy New York Festival Radio Awards.

But there is still so much to learn about how to collect, shape and deliver those stories well.

The Werk It Women's Podcast Festival is hosted by WNYC, makers of some of the world's best podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, and 2 Dope Queens.

They've offered me a scholarship to cover the costs of attending, and I have some money to put in myself, but as a freelancer and a mother of two I won't be able to get there on my own.

I'd love your help to make this happen.

 

UPDATES

  • !!! WE DID IT !!!

    3 MONTHS AGO

    YOU did it! 100% of the target in less than a week! I'm totally blown away and still collecting myself, but I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support this campaign - be it with dollars, shares, or supportive messages in my inbox. 

    It's been the most incredible, validating feeling having my community rallying behind me for this. Making this podcast is such a mad scramble that I often forget to step back and take stock of the ground we've covered. Knowing the stories we've been telling are important to you means the absolute WORLD to me. 

    And because of you, I'm going to New York! I still can't quite believe it. Thank you thank you thank you. 

    Keep an eye on Twitter (@MelodyRules_) and Insta (@melodyrules) for updates and cheesy NY tourist pics. 

    And for those who are asking if they can still donate, of course! The cost of flights is now covered but any additional funds will be put to good use on accomodation and transport on the ground. 

    Thank you all again, from the bottom of my heart xxxx

    !!! WE DID IT !!!
  • Holy heck!

    3 MONTHS AGO

    It's been an overwhelming 24 hours, and there have been a few *crying at my desk* moments. Here we are one day in and this campaign is 73% funded.

    Thank you all so much. The support means so much to me and you know I'm gonna make the most of every damn dollar!

    When I tried to take a pic to summarise my joy and gratitude they all fell short, so I photoshopped something together that comes close to nailing the feeling (I know it's blasphemous to cover the face of thank-goddess-she-graces-the-earth Tessa Thompson but I hope you'll forgive me this one time).

    Thanks again everyone.

    Holy heck!