Alice Springs Writer Wins MovieGuide Award

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Birgit Myaard receives 2nd runner up Kairos prize at 2016 MovieGuide Awards_300x150Congratulations to Australian-based screenwriter Birgit Myaard on winning a $10,000 prize at the 2016 MovieGuide Awards.

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.

‘Risen’ now showing

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Risen_ACC_300x169Resurrection film ‘Risen’ is now showing in Australian cinemas (opening Thurs 18th Feb).

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.

Faith on Film in 2016

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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.

Pulse 94.1′s young comedians go national

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Kidding Around Studio 1 Tim Dylan ElliotA radio program created by junior volunteers at Pulse94.1 has been selected for CBAA’s CRN Segments.

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.

Inaugural Radio Benchmarking Survey

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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.

Planning Assistance Grants now open

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Applications for a new grant opportunity are now open to assist community broadcasting organisations to plan for the future.

Depending on the requirements of your organisation, this might include developing strategic, operational, business and/or marketing plans.

Grants of up to $8,000 can be used towards facilitators, resources, meeting venues, software – whatever you need to help put your plan together.

Special Grant for CMA Radio Station Members Chairman and Board Directors

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We have five full registrations to CONNECT16 including the gala dinner plus the Link Symposium and one nights accommodation to give away to new-to-attend board Chairs of CMA Member Radio Stations.

This special grant is available to the first five stations to apply.

We also have a further five free registrations to the LINK Symposium plus overnight accommodation to any Chairman of CMA member radio stations.

New CBF Planning Assistance Grants

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The CBF will launch the new Planning Assistance Grants in early February.

Thanks to the CBF consulting CMA, the grant has been extended to stations with up to $300,000 annual turnover. The grant provides up to $8,000 to assist stations develop and implement a new 2016 strategic plan. Funds sildenafil online have been increased from the initial offer enabling stations to hire professional help and coaching for plan development and implementation.

A dozen ways to grow your business

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CONNECT16 Link Symposium

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Link Symposium – day before CONNECT16 – Tuesday April 19, 2016. Just $99!

If you have a role at a Christian Radio Station – be it CEO, Program Director, Announcer, Volunteer, Director or in Sales or Fundraising – then the LINK Symposium is a not to be missed event looking at Radio in 2025. The day will focus on investigating disruption and technology implications for future radio business models.

The Hope Prize opportunity for writers

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The Hope Prize is a new national short story competition launched by The Brotherhood of St Laurence to encourage writing that transcends stereotypes of ‘the poor’.

“We want to encourage Australian writers to tackle a subject that is all too often hidden from public view or reduced to cliches,” say organisers. “We want to see perceptive prose and nuanced storytelling that reflects the resilience we know that people show in the face of poverty and testing times.”

Aussies watching Everytown Downunder this Christmas

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Everytown Downunder_300x226More viewers will be watching an award-winning Australian Christian TV series this Christmas after a nation-wide promotion this month.

Winner of this year’s Graham Wade Pilgrim Media Prize and CMA Award for Best Film/TV/Documentary, Everytown Downunder, is being promoted on radio stations across the country in the lead-up to Christmas.

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Introducing ultra106five’s new CEO

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Peter-Krause-300x150Tasmania’s Christian radio stations have welcomed a new CEO. Peter Krause has been appointed to the newly created role of CEO overseeing both ultra106five in Hobart and Launceston’s WayFM, and began in the job last week.

After nearly 10 years as ultra106five General Manager Nathaniel Garvin stepped down from the job this month to launch his own ventures. He remains involved in the Christian media sector as CMA’s Policy & Compliance Officer and on the Board of ultra106five.

New Grant Opportunity

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The Community Broadcasting Foundation has developed a new grant to help stations and sector bodies plan for the future.

The new Planning Assistance Grants will open on Feb 10th, with $10,000 available in the first round. Organisations can apply for up to $8000 to pay for consultants and facilitators, meeting venues, software, references and resources, project management.

CONNECT16 Registration NOW OPEN!

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C16 Significance 300x250Early bird registration is now open for CONNECT16 Significance, April 20-22, Gold Coastl.

You will get three amazing days, including the all new Digital Media Summit and Gala Dinner for $530 when you register today.

We have secured a some amazing speakers for CONNECT16, including:
Eric Metaxas: author, radio host and involved in the success of VeggieTales.
Lorna Dueck: executive producer, host and journalist with her own current affairs show.
Tracy Johnson: experienced broadcast executive, specializing in programming, marketing, talent coaching and management.

Register before December 31 and receive the Digital Media Summit absolutely free!

2016 CMA Awards Entries Now open

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CMA is now accepting applications for three exciting awards:

  • Connect Radio Awards: Most Engaging Radio Prize
  • Screen Media Scholarship
  • The Pilgrim Graham Wade Media Prize 2016

Entries for the Screen Media Scholarship and the Pilgrim Graham Wade Media Prize close on 22nd January 2016.

Entries for the Connect Radio Awards: Most Engaging Radio Prize close on 1st Feb 2016.

Growth Indicators for Radio

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Not everyone can conduct 8 listener surveys a year, along with perceptual and habitual research along with an OMT or two as well as ongoing monthly music tests to stay in touch with the target and have confidence that we are growing or heading in the right direction.

Many radio stations, especially in the community sector use a wide range of INDICATORS OF GROWTH.

Coming Soon: CONNECT16 – Significance

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Registrations open early December with special super earlybird member only rates.

CONNECT:16 Media Conference plans are coming together and will feature a special pre conference LINK Symposium on Tuesday 19th April followed by a Digital Summit on Wednesday 20th and the Main Conference on the 21st and 22nd April.

More about the LINK Symposium below.

We’re also pleased to announce Eric Metaxas as CONNECT:16 Keynote and Gala Dinner speaker.

Was 2015 a winner of a year for your radio station?

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These below 5 P’s are essential cornerstones every media outlet should focus on… these are all provided for within our Accelerate Program that has grown every one of our clients capacity and operation. This has seen them all experience remarkable growth year on year with our partnership.

Phil Randall elected CBAA President

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Phil Randall_Adrian Basso_CBAA2015_300x150Hope Media CEO Phillip Randall is the new President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. Phil was elected to the role at the CBAA’s AGM & Conference on Sat 14th Nov.

Phil has served on the CBAA Board since 2008, including as Vice President for the past three years. He replaces Adrian Basso who has been CBAA President for the past five years.

New Media Leadership Development Prize

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Arrow Leadership logo_300x163CMA is excited to announce the launch of The Arrow Leadership Executive Media Leader Scholarship. This development award is designed to empower the next generation of leaders in our sector.

In partnership with Arrow Leadership, CMA is offering a $6000 scholarship for this inaugural award. CMA will sponsor one eligible leader from our sector to participate in Arrow Leadership’s Not-For-Profit Executive Leaders Program in 2016.


What We Can Learn From The Best Year for Aussie Film

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2015 has been a big year at the box office for Australian films, with locally-made movies bringing in more than $64million already this year, surpassing the previous record set in 2001.

So what can we learn from this? According to Melbourne writer Glenn Dunks, there are five lessons to learn from the most successful year for home-made films in Australia’s history.

yesHEis short film competition winners

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Congratulations to the winners of the short film competition launched at the 2015 SPARC National Gathering in August.

Film makers were invited to apply to create a short film with yesHEis on the theme ‘Forgiven’, with a prize of $5000 Production Funding (plus Marketing & Distribution Support). Entries closed on Sept 4th, with yesHEis announcing the winners later that month.

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Your invitation to Australia Presents 2016

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Australia Presents_300x105CMA invites you to join us for Australia Presents 2016.

Australia Presents is a unique opportunity to be part of the world’s largest gathering of Christian Communicators, the International Christian Media Convention, in Nashville USA. In February 2016, CMA will present the very best of Australian Christian Media to the world. It will be our sixth year at the event hosted by the USA’s National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).

New in 2016:

  • Special “First Timers” deal
  • Suite Access to daily morning tea with special guests
  • Prominent Expo Kiosk Stand in a more strategic location

Take advantage of CMA’s Grants Review Service

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Maximise your chances of succeeding in your next grant application by taking advantage of CMA’s Grants Review Service.

Christian Media Australia longs to see the redemption and transformation of Australian lives and culture. Financial Grants play an important part in enabling our members to advance their vision and ministry of national redemption and transformation. In order to help guide, co-ordinate and improve outcomes for our members CMA has created a Grant Review Group.

Why do you do it? What’s the motivation?

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Why do you do what you do? What is your motivation? What drives you? Important to know yourself let along so as to share your vision and inspire people to ‘buy in’ or ‘take up’, or ‘be a part of’ what you are doing, what you are involved in… So ask yourself what motivates me…

Call for scripts: New Family Film Initiative

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screen australiaScreen Australia are calling for scripts for family movies. The new Family Film Initiative will provide funding for three screen writers to develop polished drafts for live action family films.

In launching the initiative Screen Australia acknowledged the dearth of family-friendly films despite their popularity and success at the box office, and says this new funding opportunity hopes to rectify that by bringing more movies for that market to our screens.

CM Law Notes thanks to Emil Ford Lawyers – Helping you help others

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New Digital Sustainability Opportunity

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Community Broadcasting Foundation Grant set to help CMA members build new or upgrade existing websites

Expressions of interest are open for CMA Radio Station Members to access a new best practise website or website plug in options – thanks to a generous CBF grant.

#goeverywhere Thunderclap set for Sept 30

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What would happen if every Christian shared their faith at once? We have an opportunity to unite every Christian voice and make the gospel go viral. #goeverywhere is a global campaign running during September, and is designed to flood social media with the Gospel message in a single day.

By signing up to #goeverywhere on the page, Christians schedule the gospel video, ‘Why I believe’, to be posted on their Facebook or Twitter accounts on September 30.

The benefits of a holistic approach

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In this article we will review the wide range of areas of consultation we provide for our ongoing monthly Accelerate Program clients, specifically built for radio station consultation:

Christian radio listeners give sight to thousands

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CBM_Nepal OB team_2015_300x150Miracles Day 2015 results

More than 24,500 of the world’s poorest people will receive life-changing eye surgery thanks to generous listeners of Christian radio across Australia.

24 Christian radio stations around the country partnered with CBM Australia on August 27th to take part in this year’s Miracles Day.

Double nod for Hope in CBAA awards

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Hope 103.2 are finalists in two categories for this year’s National Community Radio Awards.

The Sydney station is in the running for two CBAA awards: Excellence in Digital Media; and Best Station Promotion, Sponsorship or Fundraising Campaign.