Supporting Our Creative Community

Resonance is not just a radio station.

It is an invaluable cultural resource that directly and indirectly impacts on people and can change lives for the better. Over twenty one years, hundreds of people every week, and thousands each year, have volunteered their time to feature on our airwaves, visit our studios, produce programmes, engineer live bands, create jingles, perform live music and poetry, host and co-host programmes, conduct interviews, appear as guests - and, of course, listen live!  

Support Emerging Broadcasters, Producers and Artists

“I got involved in [Resonance FM programme] Smashing Records because I wanted to try something new out, to learn about my community as well as understanding people's disabilities. When I lost my job, Smashing Records kept me busy and not worrying about what's going to happen next because I know it's going to fall into place. What I learnt from being on the show weekly is to be more confident in myself and it's ok to make mistakes and don't be hard on yourself when you do make mistakes.” - Volunteer Paige Tribe

The Story of Broadcaster Marcus Ako

“Before I had heard of Resonance FM, I was lost at sea. My dreams of becoming a fully-fledged filmmaker were being placed on a raft to be sent to drift out into the beyond, as the doors into the industry slowly closed and responsibilities of fatherhood and husband-hood began to take hold. While I was still happy to focus on providing for my family, a part of me I never thought I showed even to my wife slowly died inside (though she would later go on to tell me she saw it in my sad smile everyday). Then in July 2017, fate intervened. Arriving earlier than usual to catch a flight overseas for my day job led to me having a conversation with a lady who was sat next to me. We talked films, tv shows and everything in between, whereupon she told me she was a volunteer sound engineer at Resonance FM and thought I would ft in as a radio presenter talking about films and tv shows.

Shoot The Breeze is our weekly one-hour talk radio show where we shoot the breeze with personalities from the film and tv world about their projects and their favourite films and tv shows.

Had I not sat next to Laura that day, I wouldn’t have heard of Resonance FM. I wouldn’t have met the wonderful people that run the station and keep the shows running. I wouldn’t have had any of the opportunities afforded to me since which have led to me developing two feature films which will shortly be in production.

A couple of years ago, my wife told me how glad she was that Resonance FM came into my life, because she feared the downward spiral for which I appeared to be heading. I can comfortably say - for me - Resonance FM saved my life, and I will forever be grateful to all involved for doing so.”

Marcus Ako, filmmaker and host of Shoot The Breeze

Resonance FM Is Now On Patreon 🤫

One month on from Resonance’s 21st Birthday, we’re announcing a new way to support Resonance’s award-winning creative broadcasting, through becoming one of the first ever Patrons of Resonance FM on our new Patreon page.

Patrons will receive:

  • A 60 minute monthly selection of exclusive Resonance highlights curated by CEO Ed Baxter.

  • Access to a supporter-only channel on Resonance FM’s new Discord server.

And Superfans will also receive:

  • VIP access to Resonance’s bi-annual Summer and Christmas Parties.

  • Priority guest list at Resonance FM-hosted events.

  • A Zoom or phone call to meet and chat with one of the team.

  • A free T-shirt of your choice from our recently relaunched Bandcamp store.

  • The chance to support our campaign to raise £100,000 before the end of 2023

Click here for full details, or…

Our Plans For 2023 And Beyond

The incredible collective efforts of our community of volunteers meant that our February 2023 fundraiser raised £22,500. Since then, we’ve raised a further £15,000 in donations. However as the cost of living rises, so does the cost of running our charity, particularly at a time when Resonance needs to rapidly relocate its premises and deliver the next three years of activity. If Resonance cannot raise further funds before the end of the 2023, its future is uncertain.

Raising a total of £100,000 before the end of 2023 would secure Resonance’s future for at least another year and enable us to:

  • Complete our planned relocation to new premises in the London Bridge area.

  • Stay ad-free and independent and support the production of 24 hours per day of original “industry-leading” audio content across Resonance FM and Resonance EXTRA - broadcast day and night to our 1.8 million listeners.

  • Keep platforming our broadcasters as well as other emerging producers, musicians, artists, engineers, as well as guests, and - of course - our listeners.

  • Keep rapidly-growing global experimental audio channel Resonance EXTRA on DAB in Brighton & Hove, Cambridge, Norwich and Greater London and online worldwide.

  • Preserve the more than 34,000 broadcasts archived on our Mixcloud pages, a nationally-important historical archive and a vital cultural resource.

  • Help maintain a bastion of independent media and a “thrillingly unpredictable racket” (Robin Ince, The Big Issue), free from Government-interference and commercial influence, on DAB Digital Radio and FM - for many years to come!

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Become one of 100+ regular donors

With three years Arts Council England funding secure until 2026, Resonance plans to hit the ground running and raise £100,000 in 2023 to support our activities over the next three years.

To achieve that, monthly donations will be critical. Not only can monthly giving be more convenient for supporters, it also smooths our cash flow, allows us to budget more accurately and, critically, allows us to do better work overall, over a longer period, to support the Resonance community.

If you haven’t already joined us, please consider becoming a supporter with a monthly donation - starting at just £3 - today.

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