We need you to make the Audio Verse Awards!
Since 2013, the Audio Verse Awards have worked tirelessly to bring together the Audio Fiction Community every year.
We run the AVAs out of pocket, operating at a loss, relying on unpaid volunteers to code the website, build the forms and spreadsheets, verify the validity of each submission, splice and upload the showcases episodes, and create graphics and certificates for winners.
We are incredibly thankful for all of the support we have received, but we need you to make the awards possible.
Last year our community helped us raise $945, which was enough to fulfill your perks and pay for a year of hosting. This year our costs are higher due to increased marketing expense.
What We Need & What You Get
Supporting the Audio Verse Awards does not affect the results of the Audio Verse Awards, outside of enabling us to operate. A successful campaign will allow us to continue paying for our normal yearly expenses, and going above that will allow us to pay our volunteers a living wage for their time creating winners graphics, analyzing nominee and voting data for accuracy, designing and maintaining our website, and handling our email marketing.
We do have these perks to thank those who support us, including postcards, t-shirts, masks, beanies, and framed winners posters to the winner of your choice. We’ve chosen those perks at a level of support which allows us to provide you a physical reward and raise funds for our operation while factoring in shipping and fulfillment costs. We will fulfill all rewards by the conclusion of the campaign, though we will be testing earlier fulfillment this year. Why are the Audio Verse Awards important? It is hard to create art, and harder still to give it value. By asking the community to take the time and consider what art they have heard, they collectively show what art connects with them. Art is an expression of human creative skill and imagination, and art which resonates has the greatest value. We celebrate and embrace that strength each year.
Risks & Challenges
The same risks present itself each year, though 2020 has been an entirely new beast.
Due to COVID-19, there’s always the risk that there could be another shutdown or postal delays slowing the fulfillment of physical rewards from our shipping partner. While these would be factors beyond our control, should they occur, we will do our best to keep you informed and deliver your rewards as quickly as possible.