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Table of Contents
Annotated Web Links
Micro Radio Art Gallery
Micro Radio/Low Power FM
Creative Concepts for Funding your Micro Radio Station
Origins / General Strategies / Capitalism v. Enterprise / Concerts and Benefit Shows / Listener Support: On-air, Canvassing, and Tabling / Selling Stuff: T-Shirts, Buttons, Bumper Stickers, and Whatnot / Staff Funding / Non-profit Status / Concluding Comments
This website is a practical guide to raising funds to help keep your Low Power FM Community Radio Station on the air. Barter, Begging, Borrowing, and .....well, Barter, Begging, Borrowing can only take you so far. The idea's and information here are tried and true money makers used by operating Micro Radio Stations and their support organizations. The goal is to generate enough cash to keep you on the air without falling prey to the problems that come from advertising and underwriting.
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The information on this site is utilized at your own risk.
I figured that there were quite a few stations that had been on the air for a number of years so they had to be raising money some how. So, Rogue Radio Research undertook a survey (on-going) of micro radio stations and their support groups to determine effective methods of raising money while maintaining complete station independence and autonomy. This was done primarily through the Micro Radio Network Listserv (MRN), a major conduit for the Micro Radio Movement. If you aren't on this list, you are missing out on a valuable resource and news source.
This MRN survey is ongoing. The second phase is to contact individual station and organizations via their websites and email to see what fundraising works for them. Micro Radio has a major presence on the Internet. There are several sites you should be aware of that offer information as well as links to a variety of micro radio and related websites.
Probably the best index site with a wide variety of content and advice.
The Free Radio Network
Rogue Radio Research
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Capitalism v. Enterprise
Free Enterprise Will Destroy Capitalism, O Yes
"We believe that the forces of FREE ENTERPRISE and CAPITALISM are inextricably opposed. "Free enterprise" is a philosophy that holds that you or I or any combination of people can gather up some resources and start a new business. Believing in FREEDOM includes believing in this inalienable right. We support the power of enterprise to empower people's lives, and we think that encouraging this process is the wave of the future. "Capitalism", however, is a system that holds that CAPITAL, not people, should dictate the way society uses its means of production. With this system, we find glaring inequities, and therefore we will struggle against it.
Every business has its origins as a small group of innovators who sense a market opportunity and learn to "work it". As success hits, however, innovation goes out the window in the animal pursuit of mere PROFIT. Unamerican Activities believes that too much money is like too much food - though empowering at first, ultimately, it slows you down. We believe that a business is only as valuable as its IDEAS.
Competition has a way of making it difficult to profit from mediocre ideas, because innovators don't compete - nobody else is doing what they're doing! Why would ANYONE try working in an industry bereft of new ideas?
Unfortunately, that's where the COERCION comes in. In an idea-free, competitive market, the only way of turning a profit is by ELIMINATING the competition, through nefarious means that regard only the bottom line - as opposed to the welfare of the workers or society's best interests. Ultimately, as the business becomes more entrenched in "battle" mode, HIERARCHY becomes the only way to organize the business - thereby creating thousands of crappy jobs at the foot of the pyramid to support the bloated salaries of those few criminals who have made it to the top.
We must fight back. This can be done through sabotage or counter-organization, yes, but it can ALSO be done through the pursuit of NEW IDEAS. We feel that, given the right diversity of approaches to these ideas, new ideas will EVENTUALLY COMPETE THE CAPITALISTS INTO THE GROUND. We are hoping to reach people who potentially could HAVE these ideas, and encourage them NOT to allow the jobs that they wind up taking (and, eventually, creating) interfere with this revolutionary necessity." [lifted from unamerican.com]
That said, please check out the rest of the site for more information about specific fund raising strategies. This page last up-dated on September 6, 1999