Community Media Connects, a new initiative from the Community Media Association (CMA), will launch this Autumn to develop the sustainability of grassroots media organisations in England. The project will encourage community media leaders to form valuable professional connections and offer each other ongoing mutual advice and support. Organisations based in the same area will develop the skills and contacts to organise more networking and peer-learning events going forward. And those with different approaches will share best practice with each other.
Community Media Connects is a response to the huge increase in community media activity, due to recent licensing rounds and the expectation of Small Scale DAB licensing from 2019.
Lucinda Guy, Chair of the CMA says:
“Many new independent media organisations have been set up by volunteers and social entrepreneurs in recent years. There is therefore a need for experienced organisations and practitioners to pass on their knowledge to new generations and leaders as technologies shift and evolve”.
Activity will be through a series of regional networking events spread across England, offering a mix of expert talks, hands-on workshops, consultation and networking for the leaders and representatives of grassroots media organisations.
Bill Best of the Community Media Association says:
“The sustainability of participating CMA member organisations will be improved as a result of increased knowledge and confidence, through both sharing expertise and peer-to-peer learning. Community media groups are building a fairer society by facilitating access to broadcast media for everyone - and Community Media Connects will support that vision”.
The events will be hosted by CMA members who will then be encouraged to continue to host ongoing similar networking activities with promotion and marketing support from CMA. Attendance for delegates will be free, including lunch, and have a welcoming, creative and inclusive feel.
Community Media Connects is generously supported through funding from The Big Lottery and will run for twelve months from Autumn 2018.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Community Media Association (CMA) champions access to participatory media for everyone to improve lives, build diversity, and give even the smallest communities a voice.
A non-profit membership organisation formed in 1983, the CMA leads advocacy for and governance of the UK’s movement of community broadcasters, which grew rapidly following a successful CMA campaign to establish community radio FM licences in 2004.
The CMA supports its members to uphold the Community Media Charter of best practice and celebrates members’ achievement with the annual Community Media Conference, regional networking events, a monthly Community Media Newsletter, an informative online discussion forum, and supports Internet radio through its flagship media streaming service, Canstream.
Contact: Bill Best, email@example.com, Tel: 0114 279 5219