The PRX Podcast Garage is a community recording studio and classroom dedicated to the craft of audio storytelling.

PRX, the award-winning public media company and founder of Radiotopia, opened the Podcast Garage in August 2016 in Allston, to support the work of local audio producers and storytellers.

Our facilities feature a four-person studio with state-of-the-art recording and mixing equipment as well as a community space with weekly events and workshops. Our membership provides independent producers with the time, tools, and community to make their shows.

 

Phone

(617) 208-8911
 

Location

267 Western Ave (Rear)
Allston, MA 02134


SUMMER Hours

M, Tu: 12–8p
W, Th, F: 10a–5p
Sa: 11a–4p
Su: closed

Please read our community policies before your first visit.

Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

See more info about parking & travel info.
 

MISSION

At the PRX Podcast Garage, we prioritize:

  • Accessibility - creating affordable and visible entry points for new voices
  • Diversity - representing the cultural and racial diversity of our community
  • Connectivity - encouraging connection and collaboration between producers
  • High-quality content - nurturing new shows with production resources and training

We work towards these goals in three main areas:

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RECORDING

Production resources are hard to find. We run a professional recording studio, rent an audio field kit, and prioritize affordability for everyone.

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TRAINING

Field recording, editing, interviewing, sound design, marketing... the learning curve is steep. We offer hands-on training for makers of all levels.

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COMMUNITY

We are a gathering place for podcasters, radio reporters, oral historians, sound artists, musicians, and more. Join our community!

MEET Our Team


NOW HIRING!
We are looking for someone passionate about audio storytelling and community engagement to run our newest location in Washington, D.C. Learn more and apply here by July 14, 2019.

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Palace Shaw, Community Manager (She/Her/Hers)
palace.shaw@prx.org

I’ve been steeped in community-driven arts and media work and believe in the importance of voice and storytelling as essential in building community. I’ve previously worked at The Institute of Contemporary Art, UNTITLED Art Fair in Miami, Groundswell Community Mural Project in Brooklyn, and ArtMorpheus. I’m invested in supporting new and underrepresented voices in Boston and see the Podcast Garage as a creative space for people to grow their talents and perspective through audio. In my spare time, I co-host + produce The Whitest Cube, a podcast about race and art institutions that takes a close look at Boston and speaks with artists, activists, and our city to envision a radical future for museums. In my spare, spare time, I like to cook, weave, and watch movies.

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Kevin O’Connell, Studio & Operations Manager (He/Him/His)
kevin.oconnell@prx.org

I’m a professional musician, engineer/producer, educator, and arts advocate with a focus in creative development, mentorship, and production. As an educator and arts advocate, I founded the West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA) – a 360-degree youth music and media program serving youth and teens in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston. As an engineer and producer, I’ve worked with many artists and musicians including Grammy Recording Artist Alex Torres y Sú Orquestra. I currently perform with a number of Boston-based artists including the 2018 Boston Music Awards ‘New Artist of the Year’ nominees Gentle Temper.

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Ian Fox, Project Manager (He/Him/His)
ian.fox@prx.org
| @IanNFox

I’m managing the construction and development of the second Podcast Garage in Washington, D.C. In another life, I was a boutique event planner and donor communications strategist at NPR and The Pew Charitable Trusts. In my free time, I serve as the Volunteer Coordinator and Grants Manager for the D.C. Listening Lounge's annual Sound Scene audio art festival, write about community engagement and new revenue models in public radio for Current, and mentor young journalists through the YMCA Youth & Government program. I’m out to make vibrant communities, help radio-makers thrive, and keep audio weird.

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Alex Birch, Senior Manager (She/Her/Hers)
alex.birch@prx.org

After two years as Community Manager of the Podcast Garage, I now work to ensure our current and future Garages are welcoming and inspiring spaces for new voices in audio. I believe in the magic of public spaces and how they support creativity and community. A proud Rhode Islander, I interned at Rhode Island Public Radio and designed a program at Brown University for storytelling and social change. I’ve also independently produced audio and community storytelling projects, including StoryCityPVD - a public living room in Providence for intimate and unplanned interactions between strangers. My first love was photography and I can still be found wandering in the woods with my camera and my poodle, Olive.

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Isabel Hibbard, Intern (She/Her/Hers)
isabel.hibbard@prx.org

I’m a Boston native with a deep love of sound as an artistic medium and spaces that serve as creative homes for artists. I’ve dedicated the last year to community interpretation and translation work in the spirit of Multilingual Justice. I dream of a world where language is not a barrier but another means of building empathy and deepening connections. Prior to interpreting, I worked at the Urbano Project, a community arts studio and gallery and before that, interned at Art Start NYC, where I had my first experience in a recording studio through the One Mic program. Over the last two years, I’ve facilitated the LIPS program, an Interpreting for Social Justice course for first and second generation bilingual high school students at the Welcome Project. When I’m not working, I love experimenting in the kitchen, making soundscapes, and collecting zines.

COMMUNITY POLICIES

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, a visitor for the first time or the hundredth time, we want you to feel welcome and supported here.

PRX expects everyone at the Podcast Garage to display common courtesy and respect for staff and users as well as the physical space. Anyone whose behavior disrupts the operations of the Podcast Garage or compromises the safety and well-being of anyone present will be grounds for temporary or permanent dismissal.

The following actions and forms of discrimination and abuse will not be tolerated:

  • Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination
  • Theft or damage of property
  • Physical, verbal, or mental abuse
  • Sexual harassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors
  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior
  • Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe
  • Retaliation against any individual who complains about discrimination or abuse

Additionally, we ask that you do not share or otherwise distribute the emails of other Podcast Garage users.  

PRX staff reserves the right to ask anyone who violates these agreements to change their behavior or leave the space as needed.

If you feel harassed or threatened by someone in our space, please approach a staff member in person or email us at info@podcastgarage.org.