Radio DIVA needs you!
Resonance FM, host to Radio DIVA, needs to raise £100,000 to relocate their studios 🎙️
Clockwise from left: Rain Dove, Heather Peace, Linda Riley, Rosie Wilby and Chardine Taylor-Stone
Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year, Resonance FM is a trail-blazing, not-for-profit radio station dedicated to the arts and culture. Launched in 2002, our award-winning programming gives voice to the vibrant diversity of London's thriving arts and music scenes - including Radio DIVA.
Resonance has grown into a globally renowned independent broadcaster serving hundreds of artists and now reaches an audience of over a million. This year we need urgently to relocate our studios and broadcasting gear (the site is being redeveloped) - at considerable cost. Hence a target this year of £100,000
Our dedicated Annual Fundraiser website is now live: https://t.co/eW5qHSZ53C We are trying to raise money to move our studios. Do chip in! And check out our forthcoming live events: pic.twitter.com/OAIsAw7Ngf— Resonance FM (@ResonanceFM) January 18, 2018
This move will also allow us to expand our facilities and to become a central hub for expressive and discursive mass communication. We want to make this fascinating and successful experiment a sustainable, on-going concern - one which grows in proportion to its seemingly unlimited potential. We want to build a vital legacy which informs, entertains, inspires and encourages more people of all backgrounds and ages to create, experience and enjoy the best possible radio.
"I've created programming with Resonance FM for nearly a decade now and have learned how to make a radio show from their volunteer technicians", said Rosie Wilby, presenter on Radio DIVA.
"Before Radio DIVA, I had a weekly LGBT magazine called Out In South London. The team at Resonance champion so many new voices and ideas, that wouldn't be heard elsewhere on the airwaves, and have built an international reputation as the 'coolest station in the world'."
Heather Peace, who presents alongside Rosie on Radio DIVA, added: "Resonance FM has given us the opportunity to have a show that caters for lesbian and bi women primarily. A place to talk about the issues we face and meet the people who are representing us in art, music, theatre, tv and film.
"It's a hub of information for us and I feel it's essential we keep being able to broadcast."
How can you help?
1. Set up a regular donation 💰
The most effective way to support us is to set-up a regular donation. A regular income allows us to plan for the future. Resonance's hundreds of programmes come to you free across the airwaves: why not subscribe and help us to do more and better? You can set up a regular donation of any amount. We use this money to upgrade and repair equipment, maintain our facilities, pay the bills - and buy tea and coffee for our volunteers.
2. Bid on cultural curiosities in our eBay charity auction 💎
Our amazing on-line auction goes live at the start of February. Full of cultural curiosities of all kinds, our auction is supported by diverse local businesses (from Alma's Restaurant to Neal's Yard Dairy), world renowned record labels (from Topic to Marxmen Dubs), many art galleries and artists (from Royal Academicians to graffiti guerillas), as well as our devoted listeners - and features items, experiences and encounters that you simply will never find anywhere else!
3. Come along to a fundraising event 🎶
We've ten days of astonishing concerts and other events across London. Music from Rough Trade's youngest ever signing The Honey Hahs to the elder statesman of avant-pop Peter Blegvad. Jaw-dropping stand up comedy from Lewis Schaffer. Crazy performance by Bob Parks. And themed evenings from regular Resonance programmes, including The Other Woman, The News Agents, EastCast and Tin Can Review.
For more information about Resonance FM and how you can help spread the word, visit fundraiser.resonance.fm/fundraiser2018
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