The mission of the Audio Publishers Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) outreach team is to promote awareness of audiobook industry career opportunities available to underserved and underrepresented populations through networking events and virtual initiatives.

For these applications we align ourselves with the We Need Diverse Books' definition of Diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

DEI Scholarship Program

Thanks to Apple Books' sponsorship, the APA will soon be offering 2023 membership scholarships for first-time DEI-qualified APA members. Check back here after November 15.

New Narrator Workshop

Launched in January 2020, these workshops focus on BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized actors who have never narrated an audiobook, or only have a few audiobook credits. The workshops are a mix of round-table discussion and performance guidance. Actors do not need to be APA members to participate in this event. Sign up for an email about our next workshop.

DEI Mentorship Program

The APA's Mentorship program provides peer support to BIPOC and other underrepresented populations entering (and navigating) audiobook narration. Mentors guide mentees in building professional relationships; finding coaches, studio/equipment research, proofing, editing resources; and connecting with voice talent communities (Facebook groups, etc.). Mentor/Mentee partners meet and work on mentee-established goals over the course of 3 months, with at least two meetings a month. Our Q3 2022 program is now underway - it began in August 25 will run through November. We are no longer accepting applications for this cohort, but please check back in early 2023 to apply for our future programs. To apply as a Mentee or Mentor, please log in to the APA website, click Resources, then Additional Resources to find links for the online forms. To learn more details about the program, click here.

Please note: forms are updated each session, applications do not carry forward, and your APA membership must be active for the current year. To learn more about membership, click here.

Mentees 2022 Q2

"This has been an enjoyable experience. I'm glad I can have a positive impact on and assist with the development of such a talented and hard working mentee!"—Mentor, pilot program

"I’m really grateful that I was chosen as a mentee. I’ve learned a lot and gained more confidence as a narrator. I’ve also learned to stop being so hard on myself when lengthy pickups come back :-). I look forward to eventually becoming a mentor."—Mentee, pilot program


The outreach committee has put together a short presentation workshop to bring to institutions and organizations that value and foster diversity, with the aim to introduce and inspire interest in our dynamic and growing section of the entertainment industry. We piloted the presentation at Fairleigh Dickinson University and are now actively seeking introductions to institutions and organizations with diverse membership. Help us connect by filling out this form.