Early May Bank Holiday 2021 Special Edition

Welcome to a special edition of Community Media News

Just a quick Early May Bank Holiday Special Edition of Community Media News to let you know about the 2021 Mental Health Minute Campaign - details below. There's a short deadline to get signed up and this news missed our April edition of Community Media News.

Whilst we have your attention, there's a reminder that If you are interested in joining in on a discussion about sponsorship and how to go about getting it, the CMA has a Zoom session next Saturday 8th May at 11am. This is the first of a number of themed conversations we are organising for members - and we are delighted that Kevin Scott will lead the conversation on this first one to give us the benefit of his experience at Hot Radio. We expect the session to last for around an hour. It's informal but please register on this link and we look forward to seeing you on the call.

The CMA meets with Ofcom later this month so please raise any points additional to SSDAB and sector funding on the online form.

There is the Media Reform Coalition event entitled "Lessons From Community Media" on 13th May.

And there is another plug for The Radio Hub event on Saturday 22nd May - further details below.

Enjoy the rest of what looks to be a wet Bank Holiday weekend for everyone and we look forward to catching up before too long.

Please check out our Chat Forum for more information and check out our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) to keep up to date with more news and information.

We also have a wiki site to try to manage the wealth of information relevant to the current situation such as advice on FundraisingBusiness Continuity, the BBC Local Radio Content Scheme, and other General Information.

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2021 Mental Health Minute Campaign

We are delighted to let you know that community, commercial, and BBC radio stations will be uniting once again to broadcast a special and important message in support of mental health awareness – and we would love for your station to support the initiative.  

Radiocentre has partnered with the Community Media Association to mobilise the not-for-profit radio sector - community radio, hospital radio, and Internet-based community stations - to participate in the 2021 Mental Health Minute campaign.

Taking place for a 4th year, the Mental Health Minute sees famous voices from the worlds of sport, music, film and more take to the airwaves all over the UK at exactly the same time, utilising radio’s immense power to spark important conversation across the nation.

As in previous years, the message will mark Mental Health Awareness Week but in a change for 2021, the minute will play out at 10:59am on Friday 14 May to mark the end of the week and remind audiences that the focus on good mental health doesn’t end when the week does and to continue the conversation.

This year’s creative treatment will be written by mental health expert and poet, Hussain Manawer. Led by Radiocentre and supported by The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together charity, the simulcast will once again be produced by Somethin’ Else. It will also be backed by a social media campaign with assets available for every station to use.

2020’s Mental Health Minute was broadcast across 500 radio stations and reached more than 20 million people across the UK. It featured The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside England captain Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, actor David Tennant and heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. As well as creating a landmark moment for British radio with the moment gaining coverage from around the world and trending across social media.

We will be in touch later with further details but please indicate if you wish to take part in this year’s initiative by completing our online form.

It should be noted that Mental Health Minute is an awareness campaign to highlight the growing issue of mental health and is not a fundraiser in aid of any particular charity.

To remind you of what happened last year there is some information here:

We are still discussing with Radiocentre when the final copy will be delivered but it will be in good time. There will also be a pack including digital assets, a film of the audio, press releases and suggestions of editorial.

Please indicate below if your station will be participating in the campaign and you may also leave some feedback about why this campaign is important to your radio station.

CMA Members' Zoom Meeting - 8th May, 11am

The first in a series of themed sessions open to CMA members. These will be informal and focused on a theme.

We are thinking broadly of an hour-long call on a Saturday morning with plenty of time to share points.

Our first will be at 11am on Saturday 8th May on the theme of sponsorship. Kevin Scott from Hot Radio in Poole will lead the discussion by giving us the benefit of his considerable experience in this field.

Please put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you in the call. Register here.

May 2021 - CMA/Ofcom Meeting

The Community Media Association has a virtual meeting with Ofcom in May. The main agenda items for Ofcom will be progress with SSDAB, analogue licensing concerns, and sector funding.

Please detail any specific additional issues that you would like the CMA to raise for discussion here. The notes from the last meeting may be viewed here:

"Lessons from Community Media" - 13th May, 6pm

Event by Media Reform UK
Online: TBC
Date: Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 18:00 UTC+01
Price: Free
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook

This event, organised by the Media Reform Coalition and Soundart Radio, looks at the future of community media in turbulent times. What could accountability look like, if we thought of it less as following government rules and more about being responsible to each other? How could national broadcasters positively support and learn from community media? And what do we do when the idea of ‘community’ is often weaponised against the people that need it most?

The Radio Hub, Saturday 22nd May, 12-2pm

The next Radio Hub Workshop will be online on Saturday 22nd May, 12pm to 2pm featuring: Ian Hickling on ‘Radio Antennae’, Carl Roberts on ‘Becoming a Dementia Friend’, and The Community Radio Awards. Free to Attend – to book, email

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