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Resonance

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. Resonance's pool of creatives speak directly and expressively to an engaged and passionate audience, locally, nationally and internationally.

Our 24/7 broadcast service combines Resonance FM's signal in the City with DAB digital radio coverage across Greater London. And in 2015 we launched our second platform, Resonance EXTRA, on DAB in Brighton & Hove. Live streaming of both platforms adds to the impact of our cultural broadcasts and radio artworks.

Resonance has grown into a globally renowned independent broadcaster serving hundreds of artists and now reaches an audience of over a million.

 

London Musician's Collective Limited, registered charity 290236

This is Renaissance radio
— The Big Issue
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Why We're Fundraising

Resonance celebrates its sixteenth anniversary in 2018. We now want to consolidate, refine and grow our work. This year we need urgently to relocate our studios and broadcasting gear (the site is being redeveloped) - at considerable cost.

Hence our target this year of £100,000.

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.

And 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.

Be part of our future - now. Join in our Fundraiser!
 

Maintaining a Unique Resource

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CREATIVITY

Resonance is a flagship broadcaster that exists to encourage creativity through radio. Open to as wide a range of artists as possible, we challenge, inspire and transform people's creative and listening experiences.

Our schedule is uniquely wide-ranging - from the RIG/Audible APA award-winning serial "Blood Culture” to radiophonic experiments like “12 Hours in the Life of a Fox.” Emerging artists presenting new broadcast works on Resonance include Mike Cooter, Benedict Drew, Emma Hart, Seth Pimlott, and Rehana Zaman.

And we encourage and support practitioners in diverse creative fields: Speech Debelle, Factory Floor, The Honey Hahs, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Sam Lee, Josie Long, Anne-Hilde Neset, Kayvan Novak, Morgan Quaintance, Savages...

You heard them here first!

 
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ACCLAIM

Highly Commended in the inaugural Diversity In Media Awards in 2017, Resonance has won the Radio Academy’s Nations and Regions Award three times.

Our creative director Ed Baxter was runner up as Station Programmer of the Year in the last Sony Radio Academy Awards. He also featured in The Independent on Sunday's Happiness List as one of “100 people who have made Britain a better, happier place.”

Among our many vocal supporters we number the likes of Kuljit Bhamra, Helen Boaden, Gavin Bryars, Eliza Carthy, Mike Figgis, Robin Ince, John Paul Jones, Hari Kunzru, Lauren Laverne, Stewart Lee, Andrew Logan, Shahid Malik, Jonathan Ross, SF Said, Charles Saumarez Smith, Jeremy Vine and Errollyn Wallen.

And thousands of engaged listeners.

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Training

Our two studios and grassroots production facilities are available to use by people of all ages and backgrounds. We provide education and training in broadcast and media-related skills on-site, as well as in schools and HE institutions.

With a team of only three paid staff, Resonance relies on 150 regular volunteers whose in-kind contributions are valued by broadcasting authority Ofcom at over £550,000 per annum. It's a place to learn and develop.

Alumni include Chris Weaver, Lead Technical Manager, British Library National Sound Archive; Ilia Rogatchevski, Editor, Google Play Music; Veronica Zubic-Nahvi, assistant manager, Roundhouse Radio; Faizal Salauroo, producer, World Service; and Maria Papadomanolaki, Course Leader, Digital Music and Sound Arts, University of Brighton.

 
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THE FUTURE

We’ve exciting plans for 2018 and beyond.

Developments mean that we are now forced to move our studio from its current base. This provides us with a golden opportunity to relocate to a new purpose built space, allowing for a substantial increase in even better quality broadcast content.

And we've ambitous plans to extend our reach. In Spring 2018 we’re not only improving the broadcast signal of Resonance FM, we're also going to double the amount of our content by bringing our experimental platform Resonance Extra to Greater London on DAB digital radio.

As well as looking forward, we're looking back too - through our extensive Archive - with a view to making thousands more hours of original Resonance programmes available to posterity.

 

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IMPACT

Our impact is nationally significant and our influence is globally acknowledged.

We realise over 6000 new radio programmes each year, made in five different languages by people aged 15 to 85.

Ours is an ever-hungry and palpably engaged audience base. Over 550,000 on-line visitors in 176 countries listened to our broadcasts in 2017, and half a million more on FM and DAB in London.

46% of our listeners (71% of whom are under the age of 45) have been with us for five years or more. Many have been fans since the day our pioneering service launched, back in 2002.

They have supported and sustained Resonance - and have crucially contributed to our development - and it's their generosity that has enabled us to thrive.

 

 
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SUPPORT

Ours is a user-friendly resource that is in constant use. Every week over 200 people are involved hands-on in the creation of our 24/7 broadcasts. Inevitably, demand far outstrips our available resources.

We seek funding for core costs, training, replacing worn out equipment, production, commissions, archiving and growth.

£250,000 – our basic costs and overheads for a year.
£100,000 – would allow us to build our new broadcast studio, increasing our capacity by a third.
£30,000 – would allow us to employ a new member of staff for a year.
£350 – provides a day of training in broadcast and production skills to six new volunteers.

Why not donate any amount you wish on-line at resonancefm.com now?

 

How You Can Help

 
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Set-up a regular donation today

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.

Remember that as a registered charity (London Musicians' Collective Limited, reg. charity number 290236) we can claim 25p back in Gift Aid for every £1.00 that you donate, taking the value of your donations even further. £1 becomes £1.25, £40 becomes £50! Do opt for Gift Aid.

 
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Bid on cultural curiosities in our ebay charity auction

Our amazing on-line auction goes live on Thursday 1st February at 4pm. 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 Ninja Tune), 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!  

 
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Come along to one of our fundraising events

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. Mind-blowing film from William English. And themed evenings from regular Resonance programmes, including The Other Woman, The News Agents, EastCast and Tin Can Review. See the EVENTS page for regularly updated details.