Community Radio and the Arts: How Stations Sustain Creative Communities
Presented by the Prometheus Radio Project
August 2, 2012
12:30pm-2pm Pacific / 3:30-5:00pm Eastern
Community radio is media and medium. It is an arts provider itself through the production and broadcast of radio dramas, documentaries and live performance of local music. It is also an enabler of interaction and an instrument of democratization that can help break down the barriers between audience, industry and artist, providing a platform for local artists and creating exposure for arts organizations. This approach to broadcasting helps sustain local creative communities while helping artists develop their careers.
Thanks to the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, nonprofits will soon have the chance to apply for non-commercial radio licenses in cities and towns across the country! 1000+ new channels will become available, marking the largest expansion of community radio stations in U.S. history.
In this session, tailored for NAMAC members, Prometheus Radio Project will share their insight on the connections between community radio and the arts. We’ll talk about the opportunity ahead to file an application with the FCC to start your own radio station or to partner with others in your community. The deadline to apply for a station could come as early as 2013, so now is the time to begin planning.
About the Prometheus Radio Project
The Prometheus Radio Project was founded in 1998 by activists working within social change movements such as housing, environmentalism, health care, anti-war, and criminal justice reform. The success of these movements was limited by corporations’ ownership and control of media, who used their power to suppress debate on vital issues.
Prometheus supports dozens of low power stations with their day-to-day operations. We have helped over a hundred groups to apply for full power radio licenses in the 2007 filing opportunity, and assisted dozens in the 2010 application window. Over 120 interns and volunteers have worked with Prometheus over the past 10 years, emerging as community leaders and activists in the fight for participatory media.