SPARC is a growing community of Christian Media & Arts Australia and the annual National Gathering is is an opportunity to participate in a growing conversation with Christians in the Creative Industries, at the intersection of Spirituality, Art and Culture.
Details and registration at http://2016.sparc.org.au
by Nikki Fletcher – Worship Leader & Regional Director for Australia, Worship Central
Worship Central has a vision to Encounter God, Equip the Worshipper and Empower the Church.
Over the last few years we have been gathering as a diverse collective of Worship leaders and Songwriters from all over AU & NZ, we have also hosted a number of writers retreats, gathering a house full passionate and talented songwriters to create new songs.
Our last retreat at Avoca Beach landed us with 7 new songs which we are now recording and releasing as SONG SERIES #3 (check out this video). First out is the pop anthem “Coming Alive”…
1. Keep the main thing the main thing.
You’re fundraising, so don’t get distracted. And don’t distract donors with other fundraising asks like bequests or crowdfunding side-projects. They need you to show them why your big EOFY campaign is so important RIGHT NOW.
2. Keep your eyes on the data so you can drive to the goal.
Donors like to know how much of your EOFY goal has come in to-date. Your accurate reporting generates trust, and is also an opportunity for your donor to see the real difference their gift can make.
With more and more donors fulfilling their giving online it is vital to have a robust giving portal.
Anthony Eden from Hope Media shares his top 5 key questions to ask to ensure your online giving systems are most effective:
A number of CBF grants are currently open until July 4th.
CBF is now accepting applications for grants in the following categories:
Open Doors serve and strengthen persecuted Christians around the world.
During June Open Doors is running a series of local events in Queensland where you and your viewers and listeners can discover what God is doing in the world’s three most difficult countries to be a Christian.
The minutes from Christian Media Australia’s 2016 Annual General Meeting are now available.
Our friends at Bond University have made a simple web tool that takes the live feed from the AEC and shows the count and swings in each electorate. They are offering this tool as a FREE application for your website.
This is an opportunity to point people and drive traffic to your website on election night!
Date Change – Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th May 2017 – QT Hotel Gold Coast.
Speakers: Australian Born Social Commentator and Futurist from London: Mal Fletcher, Australian Author, Radio Host and International Communicator: Sheridan Voysey, Radio Coach and Strategist from San Diego, California: Tracy Johnson with more speakers
A modern day re-telling of the book of Job will be filmed in Sydney soon.
Filming of the a new Christian feature film ‘Trust’ will begin June 13 in Sydney’s northern beaches and inner city area.
Written and Directed by Angus Benfield and Produced by Lyle Carey, ‘Trust’ is inspired by the Biblical story of Job centred around a typical everyday Australian family.
More than 200 delegates joined us at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise April 19-22, for CONNECT16:Significance. We’ve received some great feedback from this year’s conference. Here’s what some of the delegates had to say:
Community radio suffered badly in the budget.
The Federal Budget will see a decrease in funding support for the sector of $1.4 million p.a. – funding that keeps community radio stations broadcasting on digital in 5 capital cities.
Community radio’s standing alongside public and commercial broadcasters is at risk.
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has launched a campaign to Keep the Community in Your Radio, seeking signatures on a petition calling on both the Coalition and Labor to restore funding to keep community radio on digital.
A professional broadcast training series is now available to CMA Members at a discounted rate.
‘Media – A Power for Good’ is a professional development training system for radio broadcasters that is world best practice, easy to
implement and extremely cost effective.
Christian singer/songwriter Darlene Zschech and former Chairman of Melbourne’s Light FM George Morgan were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards during the gala dinner on April 22 at CONNECT16 Conference.
CMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution as a Christian leader
in the fields of Media and/or the Arts.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Most Engaging Radio Prize, awarded to two outstanding CMA member radio station programs.
The prizes were presented during CMA’s gala dinner on April 22, at CONNECT16 Conference on the Gold Coast. The winners are:
Tweens2teen.com has just been launched by Rachel Doherty, a social worker with more than 20 years experience. Rachel has worked as a school chaplain with Scripture Union Qld for the past decade, and is also a teacher and mother of three teenagers.
At the recent Annual General Meeting, members unanimously voted to change the name of our organisation to Christian Media & Arts Australia. This is a significant decision to formally recognise the relationship between creative arts and media, and more formally aligns our name with our current activities, growing communities and our vision to see Jesus made known through media and the arts.
sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting
A snapshot survey conducted just a few weeks before 2015 came to a close highlighted that many of us did not achieve all we set out to achieve in 2015. Remarkably, only 36% of leaders, managers and employees surveyed felt they achieved ‘all or almost all’ of what they wanted to achieve at work.
“It’s time to bring your radio station’s contests into the 21st century.” writes Seth Resler of Jacobs Media.
“The longing for purpose and belonging is among our most fundamental human characteristics. So, how do we create a society that channels that longing toward love rather than violence? How do we harness these impulses to connect rather than to exclude, to create rather than to destroy?” writes Adam Horowitz in this article on www.good.is
Reach Beyond is a Christian not-for-profit ministry broadcasting the gospel to the Asia Pacific region in 29 languages. Our vision is to make the gospel more accessible to unreached people groups and those that have limited or restricted access to the gospel.
Based at our Broadcast facility in the beautiful Kimberley region of Western Australia, this unique and exciting ministry opportunity is ideally suited to a person seeking to be fulfilled in a ‘second-half’ career with a passion for kingdom impact and a sense of adventure.
Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for managing our Kununurra facility (far North Western Australia).
from Nick Ingram Consulting
Have you ever put off a piece of work because every time you think about it you just get more stressed?
Riverview Church is seeking an experienced and highly creative Senior Filmmaker to join our Media team. If you are passionate about God and sharing stories about who He is and what He has done in the lives of people all around the world, then we want to hear from you!
Under the supervision of the Ministry Area Leader, this role is responsible creatively and technically for all aspects of Riverview’s video production, including: stories, films, Riverview TV (or weekly television programme), as well as communications videos.
The role is also responsible for ensuring delivery of all video and graphics content at weekend services and events.
This is a permanent, full-time (37.5 hours per week) position.
Faith-based films need more ambiguity, writes Jesse Carey in this article for Relevant Magazine.
In the piece entitled “Can we ever fix Christian movies?” he says the way to improve the quality of faith-based films is to follow Jesus’ lead in story telling – and that means asking difficult questions rather than trying to provide easy answers.
However, the star of ‘Last Days in the Desert‘ and the film’s Writer and Director Rodrigo Garcia both say the movie is not a biblical epic.
Micah Australia’s Voices for Justice National Gathering will take place in Canberra this June 18-20.
An audio spot promoting the event is available in Wav and MP3 formats.
Micah Australia is asking Christian radio stations to air the CSA until May 22nd.
18-20 May 2016
Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne
from Jon Bisset, Connecting Up Board Member & CBAA CEO
The Connecting Up Conference is a three-day interactive event aimed at not-for-profit organisations, interested in technology innovation and finding new solutions to further engage the community.
- Be part of a dynamic and growing organization
- Wollongong location with free parking
- The Illawarra and Shoalhaven’s only Christian Radio Station
Pulse 94.1 FM is the only Christian Radio Station in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions on the South Coast of NSW. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Sales Executive to join our team. This rare opportunity is ideal for self-starter with experience in sales, and or marketing related areas.
Last years CONNECT MEDIA CONFERENCE had many great moments. We’ve made the keynote sessions available on SoundCloud to give you a way to refresh before coming to CONNECT16.
Enjoy – and register for CONNECT16
What are the ingredients for a successful family film?
Filmmakers are invited to hear from a panel of experts this Saturday March 19th, on what makes much-loved movies like Babe and Oddball so popular.
Screen Australia’s Family Film Forum aims to stimulate the development of great films and mainstream market hits.
- Be part of a fun and dynamic environment
- Western Sydney location with free parking
- Sydney’s largest Christian Radio Station
We’re looking for an outstanding individual to join our team in a Sales Executive role. This rare opportunity is ideal for a self-starter with experience in sales, and or marketing related areas.
The Community Broadcasting Foundation is seeking nominations for several volunteer roles under the funding body’s new structure.
This is the sixth year CMA has taken a delegation to the event, which is hosted by the USA’s National Religious Broadcasters.
Organisations who attended the convention under the Australia Presents banner this year were:
Olive Tree Media
Wealth With Purpose
The Catholic Guy
Sydney Breakfast Gig Up for Grabs!
A breakfast gig in Sydney!
Sure, Sydney is home to some pretty big breakfast shows, but our Hope 103.2 breakfast guy is about to leave a free seat for you! (We’ll have it
reupholstered before you get here)
sponsored article from Emil Ford Lawyers
In this month’s edition of Christian Media Law Notes: ACNC to stay; transitional reporting arrangements extended for incorporated associations; and changes to the Fair Work Act regarding extended unpaid parental leave.
The newly announced Short Cuts Film Festival is calling for entries.
Run by the City of Greater Dandenong, the new festival is seeking films between two and 15 minutes long in three categories determined by the film-maker’s level of experience:
from Nick Ingram Consulting
On the 30th anniversary of The Challenger space shuttle disaster recently, Nick Ingram took a look at what went wrong in the thinking and conversations leading up to the failed launch, and what we can learn from it.
Entries for this year’s Australian Christian Book of the Year awards close on March 31.
Are you a skilled all-rounder who can pretty much do everything? Then this could be the job for you!
If you’re passionate about radio and about connecting with an audience; expert in what makes radio work behind the scenes; have an appetite for challenges and changes, and ‘get’ Christian radio, then we want to hear from you.
FOCUS ON COMMUNITY BROADCASTING PHOTO COMPETITION
Win $1,000 cash!
The Community Broadcasting Foundation’s Focus on Community Broadcasting photo competition is awarding $3,000 in cash prizes to photographers, amateur and professional, to capture the essence of community broadcasting.
Birgit’s script ‘The Hand of a Woman’ won the 2016 Kairos Prize 2nd Runner Up award.
The Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays aims to encourage screenwriting newcomers by awarding a total of $50,000 to the top three entries.
Birgit was presented with the award at the annual MovieGuide Awards in LA on February 5th.
The movie stars Joseph Fiennes as Roman soldier Clavius who is ordered to find out what happened to Jesus after he was crucified, to disprove rumours that the Messiah had risen from death, and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Hollywood’s interest in faith-based content continues with a number of biblical blockbusters due for release this year in a variety of formats.
Along with several box office films, a TV drama about King David, and a televised Passion play musical, are all planned to hit screens in 2016.
Three 12-year old boys host a weekly comedy segment called “Kidding Around” at the Wollongong station. Their three-minute show, produced by Katie Staples, has been chosen in round 2 of the CBAA program, to be content supplied to community radio stations around Australia via the Community Radio Network.
CMA will this month launch the inaugural benchmarking survey for member radio stations.
To be launched in the next two weeks, this survey will be the first annual benchmarking survey for the sector, assisting Christian Media Australia plan how to serve members in greater ways into the future. It will also help develop annual benchmarks for the sector that will be valuable in the years to come.