Posted by Shahzada Choudhury
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The Community Media Conference 2016 is the premier community media event in the UK and open to everyone involved in and interested in community media and community radio.

Presented by the Community Media Association and hosted by the Birmingham School of Media (Faculty of Arts, Design & Media) at Birmingham City University on Saturday 10th September, the Conference is a great opportunity to hear about industry news and views and the trends and issues influencing and affecting the sector right now and into the future.

Delegate tickets cost £59.98 for CMA members and include a complimentary second ticket (enter the promotional code ‘COMP’ at the bottom of the booking page) and lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Delegate tickets for non-members of the CMA cost £150. For membership information please click here.

The event is also invaluable for networking and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk, contribute and get to know other industry professionals and people involved in the sector over lunch and in facilitated breakout sessions.

Details of the Conference agenda are as follows:

10:00am – Registration and tea/coffee
10:30am – Welcome and introduction

  • Community Media Association
  • Birmingham City University School of Media

11:00am – Panel discussion

How Ideas and Individuals flow between Mainstream and Community Media

Chaired by Lucinda Guy, co-founder of Soundart Radio and Chair of the Community Media Association

12:00pm - Consultation

  • Governance review of the CMA activities and discussion
  • Presentation with breakouts and feedback

1:00pm – Lunch and networking

Exhibitors’ stands:

2:00pm – Breakout session #1

  • Ofcom licensing and technical review – Graham Plumb & Susan Williams
  • Small-scale DAB update – Dean Kavanagh, Switch Radio
  • PPL & PRSfM licensing – Lucy Cousins (PPL), Laura Mullinger (PRSfM)
  • Accessing Arts Council funding – Peta Murphy-Burke & Alison Vermee
  • Save Our Sounds national archive – Luke McKernan, British Library
  • Health projects on community radio – Phil Korbel, Radio Regen

The Breakout sessions will be repeated at 3:15pm so delegates have a choice of going to two events

2:45pm – Tea, coffee, and networking

3:15pm – Breakout Session #2

  • Ofcom licensing and technical review – Graham Plumb & Susan Williams
  • Small-scale DAB update – Dean Kavanagh, Switch Radio
  • PPL& PRSfM licensing – Lucy Cousins (PPL), Laura Mullinger (PRSfM)
  • Accessing Arts Council funding – Peta Murphy-Burke & Alison Vermee
  • Save Our Sounds national archive – Luke McKernan, British Library
  • Wellbeing and community radio – Phil Korbel, Radio Regen

4:00pm – Panel discussion: Grassroots Media for Social Change

Chaired by Caroline Mitchell, Transnational Radio EncountersSound WomenUniversity of Sunderland

5:00pm – Chair’s closing comments and thoughts

5:30pm - Informal networking

If you are involved in community media or community radio this event is not to be missed!

Book your tickets now at: http://bit.ly/2016CMAConf

(Remember to first enter the promotional code ‘COMP‘ at the bottom of the booking page and click ‘apply’ to claim your complimentary second ticket when booking).

With thanks to our sponsors:

Broadcast Radio PPL PRS RadioNewsHub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundbites on the Community Media Conference:

“The Community Media Conference is a gathering of the tribes, a chance to learn from one another, so we can grow from strength to strength. I look forward to seeing many familiar faces and plenty of new ones there. We all spend so much time focusing on the needs of the communities we serve, it is important to make time to come together as a community ourselves”.

Lucinda Guy, Chair Community Media Association, Soundart Radio

“The community media conference is the one event community media practitioners shouldn’t miss. It’s a fantastic annual opportunity for sharing knowledge and experiences with peers, opportunities for networking, forging strategic partnerships and starting friendships.  A chance to unite and celebrate as a sector.”

Terry Lee, Community Media Association Council member, RadioLaB, Luton
“I’m looking forward to the CMA conference where the Radio Hub will have a stand as we promote the Radio Hub in the south”.

Danny Lawrence – Radio Hub CEO

“10th September is in my diary for the 2016 Community Media Conference and I am looking forward to sharing experiences with other community radio operators and also sharing best practice. The venue too is first class!!!”

Martin Steers, Community Media Association Council member, Scout Radio, Home Counties Community Media

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s Community Media Conference at the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University. It’s fantastic to see us move the conference around and make sure it’s in an accessible location with excellent transport links to the rest of the country and beyond, the Community Media Association expects a bumper turnout this year and we look forward to seeing you there too.”

Sujata Sian, Nu Sound Radio, Newnham

“I have the date for the 2016 Community Media Conference in my diary and I expect to be there. Birmingham City University School of Media is an excellent location for this year’s Conference right in the middle of the country with excellent transport links. With so much advance notice, this year’s Conference looks to be better than ever!”.

Shirley Ludford, Swindon 105.5

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s event, as it’s a great chance to meet like-minded peers and discuss best practice and the daily challenges we all face. This year’s Conference looks set to be the best one yet and we’re looking forward to meeting up with stations up, down and across the land. If you haven’t yet been to Conference make sure this is the year you do!”

Pete Flynn, SFM 106.9, Sittingbourne

“The Community Media Conference 2015 was a great event well organised with a variety of workshops on excellent topics.  Being able to meet  with other community stations was brilliant, being able to discuss best practice and exchange idea’s in a relaxed informal setting.  I am really looking forward to the 2016 conference it looks set to be another great event.”

Ray Siddique, Asian Star 101.6, Slough

“This year’s Community Media Conference looks set to be one of the best ones ever and I have put the date in my diary. Birmingham has excellent transport links from all over the country so make sure you are there too!” The Community Media Conference is the best place to meet, network and share ideas to improve even more on the wonderful work done by all community radio nationally”.

Ram ‘Kelly’ Kalyan, Unity 101, Southampton

“The annual CMA conference is a highlight of the year, enabling community radio operators to hear high quality speakers, receive updates on news from the sector, network with each other and see some of the latest broadcasting and studio equipment. It is a not-to-be-missed event.This year’s conference is on September 10 at Birmingham City University School of Media, which is a superb central location for everyone to get to easily. It is excellent to have this link with education as media training plays such an important part in community radio. The conference is eagerly anticipated and a large turnout is expected”.

Christine Slomkowska, Managing Director, 103 The Eye, broadcasting to the Vale of Belvoir and Melton Mowbray.

“Community Media conferences are where anyone that wishes to truly learn about the mechanics of community radio and TV should attend.  Gloucester FM fully endorses the Community Media Conference. When the management of Gloucester FM set off on the making the dream of having a full-time community radio station in Gloucester a reality, we would be seen at most CM conferences in the UK network. The knowledge gained at Conference taught us what we needed to know when we applied for and got our first full-time community licence. This year’s Community Media Conference looks set to be one of the best ones ever and I have put the date in my diary. Birmingham has excellent transport links from all over the country so make sure you are there too”.

Derrick Francis, founder, Gloucester FM 96.6

Tickets available now: http://bit.ly/2016CMAConf

See the promotional video for the venue and conference here: https://youtu.be/Fi61HlOm8IQ

The prize draw for the Community Media Survey 2016, taken by Lucinda Guy (CMA Chair) and Shahzada Choudhry (CMA Intern), is here: https://youtu.be/GhVR3CjD0sE

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