YASS! You are so sound!

Mentorship Program & Production Fund


Radio Papesse & Lucia Festival are launching YASS! You are so sound!, a five month distance one to one mentorship program for emerging or experienced authors and audio artists of any age.

Do you have an idea for an audio piece or a work-in-progress you need support for? We are looking for you! If you are willing to learn and share your creative process with an experienced mentor, you are in the right place! 

Three audio makers will be selected to work with the YASS! 2021 mentors Katharina Smets, Rikke Houd, Alessandra Eramo and Tempo Reale, between February and June 2021, in order to complete their audio piece before the summer. 

Each mentee will be paired with one mentor whom we think will enhance their work. Our aim is to create a space for mutual creative exchange that supports the individual process of the author. Mentors will respect who you are and what you do but they will also positively challenge you to go beyond your production comfort zone and this means to be fully aware of what the audio materials allow you to do and to which extent you can push their boundaries. That’s also why Tempo Reale will mentor you all, through sound composition and audio design.

It’s a big step into the unknown to be open to such a professional and personal exchange but try to imagine the rich and surprising dialogue you might be engaged in! 



40 hours of the Mentorship Program 
       (to be scheduled according to the needs of both mentees and mentors)
• Co-production grant: €1,200/each
• Four digital masterclasses with international audio makers
• International circulation of the final productions
• Presentation of the productions at Lucia Festival 2021

The Authors/Producers will keep the rights to their works, but will grant Radio Papesse and LUCIA Festival the permission to make them accessible online - on radiopapesse.org and luciafestival.org - in the frame of related events (such as educational programs, listening sessions…) and to use them for non-commercial uses in general. 



Emerging or experienced authors, audio makers, authors and producers based in Europe and in the MENA region.


Alessandra Eramo is a sound artist and vocalist based in Berlin. She works with performance and installation, text-sound composition, video and drawing, exploring latent acoustic territories of the human voice and noise as socio-political matter. Combining visual art and contemporary music, she develops artistic projects and live-performances that address questions of the body, memory and identity, often adopting participatory actions, field recording, site-specific modes, and experimental approaches to composition. Central to her practice is extending the voice in all its forms and implications in sonic and visual contexts.

She has exhibited and performed widely at festivals, museums, galleries and institutions such as: SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, Deutschlandfunk Kultur Klangkunst, Liminaria/Manifesta12 Palermo, Tempo Reale Festival Firenze, 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Transmediale Berlin, Heroines of Sound Festival Berlin, Museum FLUXUS+ Potsdam, Roulette New York, Padiglione Italia nel Mondo/54th Venice Biennale.

Her radiophonic piece Tanz Sediment (2020) was commissioned and broadcast by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. 

Rikke Houd is an independent Danish radio maker working in the field of crafted audio storytelling and documentary art. She came into radio from writing, drawn to it by listening to features from the Danish Montage Group (a department at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation where the genre of “radiomontage” was developed since the 1930´s). These documentary radio pieces were like novels - literary works in sound. They were cinematographic, poetic, layered, rhythmic.

After completing an MA in Radio at Goldsmiths College in 1998, she worked for the Montage Group and also its experimental off-spring Ultralyd and have worked with sound and storytelling since - in radio and podcast, theatre, exhibition, location/site specific work and in collaboration with other artforms and fields. She also coaches and teaches workshops which focus on documentary storytelling and radiophonic awareness.

As an audio storyteller, she is occupied with what happens in the meeting between the authentic material – voices, sounds, moments - and the creative shaping of the story, the fluidity of sound and the radiophonic space. How do we find our own voice as storytellers and how do we utilize the uniqueness of the sound medium?

Katharina Smets is a radio producer, performer and scholar based in Antwerp. She molds documentary materials into live performances, sound guides and radio productions. With her transmedia collective The Space Between she explores the combinations of sound and live music, video and spoken word. Fascinated by memories and archives, her collaborations with other artists and musicians invariably start from a shared need to give voice to vulnerable or forgotten stories. Currently working on a PhD in the arts, Katharina teaches audio storytelling at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. She is a proud co-founder of MIRP, the Meeting of Independent Radio Producers.

Katharina produced work for theatre, musical ensembles and broadcast such as: STUK Leuven, muziektheater LOD & Vooruit Gent, Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, BBC World Service, VRT in Belgium and VPRO in the Netherlands. She is currently working on an artistic podcast in collaboration with the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, full of stories and music.

Founded by Luciano Berio in Florence in 1987, Tempo Reale is now one of the main European reference points for research, production and educational activities in the field of new musical technologies and electronic music. Its main subjects of research reflect the polyhedral attitude of Tempo Reale towards music: the conception of great musical events, the study of real time sound processing and of the interaction between sound and space, the synergy between creativity, scientific competence, performative and educational rigour. 



Applicants will be required to fill out this REGISTRATION FORM with:

1. the payment receipt of the € 15 registration fee
    to be paid via Paypal or bank transfer; it will help cover organizational costs
    Apply for free if you are a student!
2. information about their background and skills
    previous experience in radio storytelling, audio and podcast production
    is not required, but is preferred (in English)
3. an audio self-portrait in English (max 2 minutes)
4. a short description of the story/idea they would love to work on, in English
5. audio clips (max 5 minutes) and a short presentation (max 1 page), if the production has already been launched
    please attach a transcript in English (for productions recorded in other languages) 
    to make it easier for mentors and Radio Papesse to understand.

All these infos will help us not only select the mentees but also pair you with the mentors. The more we know about you, the better to foresee significant collaborations and enriching turning points in your productions. 

Email yass@radiopapesse.org for any request of information



Call for applicants: 13.12.2020
Deadline: 17.01.2021
Applications must be submitted no later than 11pm (CET)
Production time: mid-February - June 2021

Review of applicants will begin in mid-January, and all applicants will be notified by early February regarding the selection. 



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