As the UK representative body for the community broadcasting sector, the Community Media Association (CMA) is committed to promoting access to the media for people and communities. We enable people to establish and develop community-based communications media for empowerment, cultural expression, information and entertainment. The CMA represents the community media sector to Government, industry and regulatory bodies.

Our objectives are to increase recognition of community radio and other forms of community media as an important delivery agent for local aspirations on increasing volunteering, education and employment opportunities; improving local accountability and democracy; increasing community cohesion, safety and understanding and inter-cultural and inter-generational communication; reducing the digital divide through providing access to ICT and media production skills; and support and to increase the ability of the sector to respond to the needs of their communities.


The CMA works to achieve our Charter’s objectives by: advocating and representing the sector to national and regional government, regulatory bodies including Ofcom, copyright bodies, other media, volunteering and third sector organisations; and by providing advice and support to members on a wide range of issues, from governance and finance Read more +

Policy & Campaigns

The Community Media Association actively campaigns to ensure a better deal for Community Media.  We do this by making sure that Government, Ofcom and other key stakeholders are aware of the Community Media sector’s perspective on key policy issues. In this section you can find out more about our achievements, Read more +

Projects & Partners

Overview of our projects and our work with partners.

Commercial Services

Consultancy The CMA offers a range of consultancy services to community media organisations of all sizes with issues including licensing, music rights, technical issues and the setup and running of an organisation. Licensing Applications We’ve assisted a number of stations with successful applications for broadcast licensing from Ofcom. We offer Read more +