Building resilience in the not-for-profit media sector and supporting organisations with similar charitable goals.
Our Sound Academy and Sound Music services have always been about building opportunities for individuals, but as an ambitious team, we want to broaden our impact. This aspiration led to the development of Sound Support.
We believe in supporting organisations which are already achieving incredible impact rather than replicating services. For example, we help facilitate workshops crafted to empower women with the skills and confidence to make audio. Through Sound Support we have also aided the recognition process for those going above and beyond in the not-for-profit media sector.
In 2019, recognising the powerful impact radio has on its communities Sound Support became organisers of Local Radio Day. We strive to amplify the social value local radio and not-for-profit broadcast media brings to communities and society. By strengthening this industry sector, we also hope to provide more future pathways and opportunities for our trainees.
We help individuals and organisations within the industry with similar charitable goals.
Local Radio Day shines a light on professionals, volunteers, radio stations and their communities to build industry resilience.
Sound Vision is the team behind Local Radio Day. The annual celebration was created in 2015 by UKRD and brings together local stations on a national level. We manage a collaboration that includes BBC Local Radio, The Radio Academy, and the Community Media Association.
Local Radio Day celebrates audio and radio with a social purpose, as well as the impact local radio has on community life.
During the pandemic, local radio combatted loneliness during periods of isolation, united communities and disseminated critical information. Now as we look towards future challenges, local radio remains a friendly, familiar and reassuring voice as we move forward. Our work on Local Radio Day strives to highlight this public benefit and to celebrate the work of industry professionals and volunteers for a more resilient sector.
Here are a few examples of projects we have enabled:
The Community Media Association (CMA). is the UK representative body for community broadcasting and is committed to safeguarding the future of not-for-profit media and promoting access to media for all. Their mission is to enable people to establish media for cultural and creative expression, community development and entertainment.
We support the CMAs Community Media Champions Award, which recognises those outstanding individuals who have made a special and significant contribution to community media.
Sound Vision and BBC Radio Somerset have helped develop a network of leaders across ten community radio stations in Somerset. The Somerset Local Radio Leaders come together to share best practices and explore collaborative working for the benefit of their volunteers and audiences. As part of Sound Vision's aim to build resilience in the not-for-profit media sector, we facilitate development days with themes such as training in audio and broadcasting legal and compliance.
We support Sound Women South West to deliver workshops delivered by women, for women and girls looking to improve their wellbeing, skills or work prospects. Miranda Rae, Founder of Sound Women South West delivers one-off workshops customised to trainees' individual needs.
We help build the capacity and reach of the training by enabling workshops to be offered at a low cost or for free. This is particularly advantageous to those on benefits or low income. However, all women who want to build confidence through developing media skills gain from this experience and are encouraged to get involved.