Do i contradict myself?
very well then I contradict myself
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
The podcast collective Multitude was created in 2017 by Amanda McLoughlin to grow and strengthen a group of independent podcasts. Though the name was new, there was already plenty of resource-sharing and cross-promotion between the group of friends that produced the founding member shows Spirits, Potterless, and Join the Party. As those shows grew, the hosts worked together to launch new shows: HORSE, Waystation, and more to come.
Multitude’s shows share an enthusiastic, welcoming, grounded perspective on their subject matter. We are driven to share the things we love with the world, particularly with those who haven’t experienced them before. In practice, that means taking a culture-centered approach to basketball; retelling mythology through a queer and feminist lens; experiencing a beloved book series together for the first time; and pioneering an accessible, story-focused perspective on a roleplaying podcast. All Multitude shows emphasize compassion, learning, and community. We try to make the world better with every episode we publish.
We are an independent collective, meaning that we are not owned by a larger media company or platform. Our member shows are each owned by their hosts, and receive support on ad sales, marketing, event planning, and business management from Multitude. Our press kit can be found here.
We provide support on podcast production, marketing, monetization, and distribution to clients ranging from solo indie producers to Fortune 500 companies. We offer flexible pricing to suit each client’s needs, including hourly rates, monthly retainers, project fees, and commission-based ad sales.
Our approach to podcasting is medium-specific, grounded in a deep understanding of podcasting and of each show’s individual genre. The clients we love to work with share our respect and enthusiasm for this medium’s artistic possibilities and community-building potential. To inquire about your project, send us an email via our contact page.
Many of our hosts are self-taught podcasters who relied on other podcasters’ guides, blog posts, and interviews to learn how to create great shows. We know how valuable it can be to hear how others made a living in a space you aspire to work in! So it is our priority to help fellow podcasters launch and grow their own shows. We frequently publish new resources and lead workshops at conferences.
We firmly believe that a rising tide lifts all ships.
“Multitude” is a reference to a poem by Walt Whitman, who wrote in Long Island and New York City throughout the 1800s. He pushed artistic boundaries with self-published works like Leaves of Grass, from which the quote above comes.
Whitman saw every person as beautiful, contradictory, and interdependent, and strove to open doors for the artists that would come after him. His writing celebrates all parts of life: high, low, ordered, disordered, natural, fabricated, human and animal. He called himself “one of the roughs, a kosmos, disorderly, fleshly, and sensual, no sentimentalist, no stander above men or women or apart from them, no more modest than immodest.“
We believe every person is worth loving and that we all contain worlds. Our goals in podcasting are informed by this ethos: to entertain while educating; to advance nuance, accessibility, and diversity; to celebrate our peers; to push artistic and technical boundaries; and to leave the world better than we found it for creators coming up after us.