Welcome to Issue #21 Dec 2018
In this edition, we have an update from the recent Community Media Association's AGM in London. We share information on applying to Ofcom for a new community radio licence and also congratulate Unity 101 as they celebrate 13 years on air. There's good news on a couple of projects at Gateway 97.8. Job opportunities at Chapel FM in Leeds and Gaydio in Brighton, and the UK's first LGBT+ business and media centre opens in Gateshead. We also share the 'Future of Radio' panel debate recorded at the 2018 Community Media Conference, the Decentered Media podcast on community media and social gain, a documentary from BBC World Service about a ground-breaking radio station broadcasting from a Buenos Aires psychiatric hospital, and we have community radio tutor Jay Sykes' programme for Radio 4. Techies should check out the new RadioLookup application from Charlie Davy. And we finish with Creative Access, a scheme to help young people from BAME communities access opportunities in the creative industries.

Wishing you all the best for the festive season and a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Strategy & Policy Updates

Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Media Association's 34th AGM on Saturday 8th December at BBC Broadcasting House. It was great to see so many people come from all parts of the country. Particular thanks and best wishes go to Lucinda, who has stepped back from being Chair and from the CMA Council to focus on leading an innovative community radio research project. Lucinda’s report on the Council’s activities for the year can be read here. A report from myself as the Acting Chair can be downloaded from here.

Thanks also go to Javed, Cormac, Hannah and Dom who have also stepped back from Council this year. I’m sure we all wish them a successful future in their new projects and share our thanks for the dedication and service they have shown to the CMA and the wider community media movement.

We have two new Council members, in addition to Danny and myself returning to Council. Thanks to Gloria Khamkar and Janey Gordon for stepping forward and offering your expertise and insight that will help us develop and promote the CMA as an inclusive and progressive voice, particularly as we move forward and become a charity.

The renewal of our mission to develop civic and socially engaged media is needed now more than ever, and as we become a stronger advocate for social gain, we will continue to campaign for the right for all people to make and engage with media for themselves and for their communities.

There are a number of follow-up conversations and consultations to be organised so watch this space for updates and calls for input and advice. As ever many thanks go to Bill for organising the AGM and ensuring that it ran smoothly. We are also very grateful for the BBC for allowing us to meet at Broadcasting House, to The Radio Hub for sponsoring the lunch, and to Hindenberg News for their continued support.

Please keep your eye on the CMA Chat Forum for updates, consultations and discussions about community media. Please keep the stories coming through so we can share them in the Community Media News newsletter.

Best wishes for the festive season

Acting-Chair, Community Media Association

Invitation of Applications for New Community Radio Licences
Ofcom is inviting applications for new  FM community radio licences from 43 areas across the UK. These areas were announced in September 2018 and were based on earlier responses from individuals or groups who had expressed an interest in applying for a community radio licences.

More details on applying to this licensing round can be found here.

The closing date for receiving applications is 3pm on Tuesday 26 March 2019.

Community Updates
Huge congratulations to Unity 101 who are celebrating 13 successful years of broadcasting and building community cohesion in the Southampton area. The station promotes and broadcasts the music and culture of the Asian and ethnic communities in the area providing training and skills so that volunteers and listeners are better able to participate more fully in a cohesive society.

Project and Station Manager, Ram Kalyan “Kelly” said: "Back when we started, Unity 101 had dreams, aspirations, and goals to unite the community and create cohesion and friendship among the people in the area, no matter their background, colour, faith, or whatever else. This year we have achieved so much to be proud of".

Over 60 volunteers and professionals took part in Unity 101's first musical production Kal Aaj Aur Kal which spanned a 100 years of Indian cinematic history as told through storytelling, music, art, songs, and dance. Over 750 people attended the two performances which were described as 'brilliant' and 'breathtaking' on social media.

Unity 101 Football Club won the City of Southampton Sunday Football League title for 2018. The squad of 25 players is made up of players from all walks of life, showcasing unity off and on the pitch to play this beautiful game. Nazakat Azram, the Unity 101 Football Club manager said: “I feel humbled and privileged to be working with a group of people from different backgrounds and cultures who want to achieve something together in sport, winning the league as champions is a fantastic feeling.”

The first Derby Run in August 2018 was a free family event for the Bevois Ward residents of Southampton that aimed to boost the health of people living in the area and strengthen community relations. On the day Derby Road was transformed into a fitness course for participants to run, jog or walk, have fun and make friends. The second Derby Run event for children and their parents took place in November. 32 local volunteers helped on the day and over 600 local residents attended and 300 participated in the treasure hunt after the run.

450 people attended the second 'Hands of Love' festival that was held at the Guildhall Square, Southampton to recognise the often-overlooked contributions of the BAME communities to the city and Britain’s development. In 2018 the event celebrated 70 years of NHS and the contribution made by black, asian, ethnic and minority people from Southampton and from around the world to the National Health Service and its development.

Kelly added: “Our motto will always be the same: "By the community, for the community, and to the community". Thank you for celebrating our 13th year with us, and thank you for continuing to support Unity 101. We are family."

Former Gateshead TV studio to become LGBT+ media and business hub

A former Gateshead television studio is getting a new lease of life as the UK’s first LGBT+ business and media centre.

Stonehills, at Shields Road, Pelaw, was previously used by the BBC but has been empty for a number of years.

But now, thanks to the support of Gateshead Council, it will become Pride Media Centre, offering a range of opportunities and support to the LGBT+ community as well as their allies.

The complex will be the home of Pride Community Network, a not-for-profit organisation and will become the new base for North East station, Pride World Radio which currently broadcasts online to around 125 countries and Pride Radio 89.2FM, which broadcasts from studios at Newcastle’s Dance City.

Community News from Gateway 97.8
Gateway 97.8 has secured £9,000 from the National Lottery for the “Gateway to Production” scheme to help reach more students.

Tom ‘Kirby T’ Berry, 22, from Billericay, was referred to Gateway from Essex County Council after being expelled from school seven years ago. He told the Basildon Echo how Gateway helped to keep him on the straight and narrow, and how he is now working as a DJ all over the country and overseas. More here from the Basildon Echo.

Additionally, Gateway 97.8 launched #iWill to focus on issues such as mental health, autism, democracy and crime. More than 50 students have been involved in the project, which began in the summer of 2018.

Organiser of the project, Johnny Jenkins, said: “The project has created many opportunities for young people to share their own life experiences. I was incredibly impressed by the courage and professionalism.”  More here from the Basildon Echo.
Job Opportunity - Programme Manager, Gaydio, Brighton
2018 has been another big year for Gaydio community radio. The station launched new Breakfast and Drive shows, toured UK Pride festivals, sent competition winners to some amazing destinations, developed its social outreach activity through Gaydio Academy and loads more. Most recently, Gaydio has been transmitting a new FM service for Brighton on 97.8FM and as it goes into 2019, they are looking for a Programme Manager to expand upon the delivery of original and local hours and develop their community outreach activity. 

Role and responsibilities include show presentation, volunteer management and training, outreach activity delivery, programme production, support delivery of local sales activity, and profile raising of Gaydio in Brighton. For more information on this full-time position click here. Deadline for Applications: 13th January 2019.

Job Opportunity: Community Arts Worker (broadcast)

Chapel FM is looking to appoint a Community Arts Worker to join our team who has a specific role in developing our broadcasting offer at Chapel FM. The job is offered on a full-time basis working 5 days per week (35 hours).

You will have specific responsibility for training and assisting people in all aspects of radio broadcasting. First and foremost you will be joining an established community arts company and you must have a passion for working with people and helping them to create radio broadcasts in formal and informal learning situations. More here. Deadline 10am Monday 7th January.

Podcasts & Other Media
Listen to the 'Future of Radio' Panel Debate
In the latest episode of the inRadio podcast, Dom Chambers shares a panel debate on the 'Future of Radio' recorded at the national Community Media Conference hosted by the Community Media Association in September. Featuring Lawrie Hallett of Future Radio, Lucinda Guy of Soundart Radio and former Chair of the CMA, John Jenkins from Gateway 97.8 and Carolyn Powers from Internews. Listen to the Future of Radio debate here.
Drawing in the Dark - Jay Sykes
Stephanie, a Sunderland-based artist based, has spent the past eight years developing a new artistic process which she calls 'skin-mapping'. Her participants close their eyes and put charcoal to canvas to really feel the tactile sensations in their faces and bodies. Stephanie guides artists and beginners alike through her practice.

Listen to 'Drawing in the Dark' on BBC Radio 4 produced by Jay Sykes, a Community Radio Awards winner, audio producer and academic tutor at the University of Sunderland, and producer for Spark SunderlandArtyParti, and SpeakUpSunderland.
Decentered Podcast 16 – Community Media & Social Gain
Rob Watson of Decentered Media catches up with John Coster and friends over seasonal mulled wine and mince pies to discuss the community media projects they have been working on, and what aspects of social gain they see as an outcome of their work. Listen here.
Radio La Colifita - Changing the Way People View Mental Illness
This BBC World Service documentary takes a look at a radio station in a psychiatric hospital in Buenos Aires that is changing the way Argentinians view mental illness. In-patients produce and present the shows, discussing everything from Argentinean politics and the economy, to their own mental health and treatment. Millions of people tune in and interact with the show as it goes out live, encouraging a dialogue between the La Colifata team and the outside world which otherwise might not happen. "The goal of the programme is not to filter voices but to provide a platform for them to be heard, regardless of how challenging or unconventional they may be. By allowing these conversations to happen and for others to be able to listen, Radio La Colifata is changing the dialogue around mental health, encouraging others to start rethinking their approach." Available online here.

RadioLookup is an application from Charlie Davy to see what broadcast transmitters are nearby. Ofcom produces a technical parameters resource which offers AM, DAB and FM transmitter data (location, ERP, RDS, and so on).  RadioLookup allows you to specify a frequency (or “all”) and select a range - you are then offered a list of matching transmitters/stations in order of distance from your location.  Uses include: identify a potential frequency for a new service (like a community radio station) or simply to find out what stations are nearby and what services you can get from a nearby DAB multiplex.  An option allows you to filter for nearby community stations.  You can also find for a specific service within a set distance, eg: Find all BBC Radio 1 transmitters within 100 miles and so on.

Events & Campaigns
Creative Access - Supporting Young Creatives from the BAME Community

A 2018 report by McKinsey called Delivering Through Diversity found that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 33% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.

Creative Access is an initiative that fills a gap in the current creative landscape by helping young people from black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as well as those with a lower socioeconomic status (SES), to secure paid training opportunities in creative companies, and supporting them into full-time employment. It works with large, small and medium-sized companies right across the UK and its interns have been placed with almost 300 organisations, including global brands such as ITV, Hachette, Pan Macmillan and the National Theatre.

Creative Access make it easy for organisations to get involved and hire smart, dedicated, young talent from BAME backgrounds and other difficult to reach communities. To find out more about being a Creative Access Employer Partner click here.

Funding & Training
Types of Legal Structures for Community Groups
My Community is a portal for community rights information and grant programmes funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It supports groups and organisations in England by giving them the tools and information they need to develop their community-led projects.

If you are a group that is starting to progress and consider projects that require funding, it's often beneficial to have rules and regulations through a legal structure to help guide the work and to avoid difficulties in the future.

Check out the Help Centre on the My Community website that explains the different types of legal structures and gives useful information on why you might need a legal structure in the first place.

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