Miracles Day is back!
On Thursday 27 August, 24 CMA radio stations throughout Australia will be partnering with CBM Australia to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.
Thanks to our radio partners, last year, Miracles Day raised 18,500 ‘Miracle’ gifts of sight. It was an outcome that far surpassed our expectations, so in 2015 we’re aiming for 20,000 Miracles!
- Flickerfest call for entries
- Micro Budget Film Conference
CBF’s Transmission Equipment & Training Grants are now open until early September.
Facebook is changing how it ranks videos, to focus more on views than engagement.
The site will now take into account how many times a video is unmuted or expanded to full size, when deciding how many newsfeeds to include the video in.
These measurements of how interactively people watch a video will be more important than the number of likes, shares and comments.
The latest QLD town to receive Vision radio takes the network to just two stations away from having 200 in that state.
Vision Cecil Plains 88.0 FM was launched on August 6th, becoming Vision’s 198th station in Queensland and the 622nd installation nationwide.
The movie, directed by CMA member Josh Reid, has been selected for placement at Walmart stores across the USA and is also available in Christian bookstores in the USA and online. The DVD will be on Walmart shelves from Oct 6th.
The film is being distributed by Bridgestone Media Group.
Christiancinema.com published this review: “1500 Steps”: Run With Perseverance
The radio station held a blanket drive for Homeless Persons week, August 1-7. Listeners donated hundreds of new blankets and pillows for Parramatta Mission.
As part of the promotion the breakfast team planned to try and break the world record for the most blankets piled on a person, with Dan to co- host the show from underneath.
Parachute Music have announced a new grant for young songwriters.
The new Song Grant is open to Christian musicians younger than 25.
Vision Christian Radio is nearing another milestone with the latest new relay station to join the network.
After almost seven weeks of broadcasting in test mode Vision Jensen 88.0 FM in Townsville was officially launched on Tuesday 4th August, meaning Vision is now just three installations away from reaching 200 stations in QLD.
The license was obtained after an exclusion zone for TV in the Townsville area was lifted.
Perth’s 98five is collecting sleeping bags for the homeless this week.
During Homelessness Prevention Week August 3-9, the station is asking listeners to donate new or clean used sleeping bags and basic hygiene essentials.
Vision Radio has launched three new stations in WA and extended its coverage in Melbourne.
Supporters of Christian radio have donated more than $5.1million to CMA stations in end of financial year appeals. The result is double what was donated to the sector two years ago and $1.2m more than was given to June appeals last year. Here’s a summary of some of the radiothons held:
There is a key vacancy at a leading community radio station in Bendigo central Victoria.
105.1 Life FM seeks applications from suitable experienced professionals to take on the role of General Manager. This role is responsible for carrying out strategic objectives outlined by its Governance Board. Life FM is also developing a future Central Victoria Connection Hub that will see us collaborate and assist other Christian community radio stations in the area. The General Manager will play a vital role in the success of the Connection Hub.
Her work featuring artist David Hart, son of world-renowned artist Pro Hart, has been selected for Australia’s favourite portraiture competition and exhibition.
“The Hart family history and David’s personal story have always fascinated me,” says Jessica. “They are from a small farming community like myself and grew up on the land. Yet they still encouraged art and expression in way that has affected our country deeply.”
With national partnerships and opportunities continuing to tadalafil citrate grow, CMA is investing in some changes that will better serve members and the needs of our sector in the exciting season ahead.
The SPARC National Gathering is an opportunity to participate in a growing conversation with Christians in the Creative Industries, at the intersection of Spirituality, Art and Culture. The National Gathering covers Film, Media, Music, Arts, Design, Technology, Entertainment, Business, Faith, Community and Culture, with great speakers and guests.
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The Community Broadcasting Foundation is looking at making big changes to its set-up and the way it operates.
The consultation period for the CBF Structure and Governance Review ends next Thursday 23rd July.
When Christian readers walk into a Christian book shop in Australia it’s usually filled wall to wall with American authors, with a sprinkle of British writers and barely a handful of books by Aussies.
Here’s your opportunity to help create an appetite for Australian Christian writing, by helping promote the nine shortlisted books for the 2015 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards.
Each shortlisted author is available for interview by phone or skype in the lead up to the awards, which will be presented in Melbourne on Thursday 13 August 2015.
A new Australian film project is gaining attention in the U.S. as a different way of making Christian movies.
After 11 years of distributing and promoting faith-based flicks, Heritage Films is embarking on their first ever production; and the story isn’t exactly typical Christian content.
We were all amazed to see many Christian radio stations in Australia receive record amounts of donations last month. These below are some of the keys we put in place to deliver a successful on air appeal for our client stations.
1. We as radio station leadership need to be prepared to challenge listeners and supporters alike to they should be supporting Godly activity, especially that from your radio station. Have a read of some of the headlines that stood out to me from one of the best books of fundraising (a biblical perspective). The book is titled “If God Will Provide Why Do We Have To Ask For Money”. Read this summary here.
2. Must have developed a ‘no ask’ relationship with all $1000+ donors between appeals.
Given some recent political debate and the accompanying articles on how Christian should respond, we thought this piece by Eric Metaxas for BreakPoint radio was pertinent, especially to those of us with the responsibility and honour of broadcasting to and on behalf of the Christian community.
Controversial Christian novel The Shack is being turned into a major Hollywood movie.
Filming is currently underway on the screen adaptation of William P. Young’s New York Times best seller.
“Let your testimonials speak for you and be the strongest asset to your organization’s success.” says Infinity Concepts’ Kirstie Ansell.
She says many organisations fail to use their best marketing tool – their clients (or in our case, our audience), or fail to use testimonials correctly.
“Like most everything in marketing, that content [testimonials] will only be a positive influence on your organization if it is put in the right place in front of the right people.”
Wide Angle Tasmania recently promoted a few online resources for beginner film makers.
The issue of larger Christian community radio stations who have significant donor income making donations to support smaller stations has come up for discussion in recent weeks. It is worth noting the views of the ACMA and ROCO on this.
‘Everyday Stories with Naomi Reed’ are 60 second pre-recorded radio segments that aim to connect with the human heart via everyday stories.
Each segment addresses a human longing or question (such as fear, friendship, guidance, patience, suffering etc) and tells a story of faith or Christian belief in response to that longing. The listener is encouraged at the identify cialis pill end to keep going with God in their circumstance.
Naomi Reed is the well-known, best-selling author of ‘My Seventh Monsoon’ as well as five other books.
With end of financial year appeals taking place around the country this month, CMA’s Social Media Strategist Haylie Price has put together an updated guide for social media posts during your radiothon.
The guide explains how to maximise the reach of your posts to potential donors through various Facebook tips, and includes a valuable reminder outlining what your social media goals should be during the appeal.
Haylie has also provided an updated list* of the latest Do’s and Don’ts to get your content seen on Facebook’s Newsfeed, according to the site’s current algorithm.
Entries are now open for the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.
The awards aim to encourage new and beginning screenwriters worldwide who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting, with the ultimate goal of bringing scripts to Hollywood that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.
Prizes of $25000, $15000, and $10000 are awarded to the top three entries.
Entries are open until Nov 2, with discounts on entry fees available for submissions made before August 15 and October 7.
Another bible-based Hollywood movie is in development, with A-list stars reported to be behind a project about the apostle Paul.
Deadline reports that Hugh Jackman will star as Saul of Tarsus in a film that he will also produce alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
A free webinar covering legal issues for film-makers will be held 6pm June 22nd.
The webinar will be hosted by not-for-profit company Arts Law, Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts.
It will explain the copyright basics all filmmakers need to know and how to clear rights and obtain licenses to establish a strong chain of title for your film.
The TV series ‘Everytown Downunder’ featuring gospel musician Steve Grace’s trip around Australia has been nominated for Best Series and Best TV Format at the International Christian Visual Media Conference in Florida later this month.
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There is a key vacancy at a leading community radio station in South East Queensland. This is your chance to live and work on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
sponsored article from Emil Ford Lawyers
This issue of Christian Media Law notes includes a case study on generous donations for a specific purpose; the Federal Budget’s impact on not-for-profits; a reminder for trustees of Public Ancillary Funds; and two new measures to boost philanthropy in Australia.
CV Asia Pacific is seeking a Content Specialist, specialising in commissioning and outsourcing content production. The Content Specialist must be passionate about online evangelism with the experience of coordinating and collaborating with external resources to execute a creative brief. Whilst operating within the sphere of Christian ministry, CV has the feel of a start-up based organisation. With it’s rapidly growing software development team and innovative approach to evangelism, CV is looking for called, energetic, ambitious, creative individuals who are good at working in teams and love to share the good news of Jesus.
from Pursuant’s ‘The Digital Drip’
Most people are afraid to ask for money. Pursuant’s Rachel Muir says Board members often fail at fundraising because expectations aren’t clearly spelled out in recruitment. She says a thorough board contract should detail every possible way your board member can support the organization, including these five ways board members can support fundraising without ever making an ask:
98five Sonshine FM has appointed a new breakfast co-host. Kirste Oates will join Paul ‘Morro’ Morrison in the studio this week, after winning a phone audition competition to find a replacement for former presenter Polly.
More from 98five’s Content Director Beth Rivers:WA’s number one family radio station is preparing to add a new breakfast host to its bowl on June 2. Professional singer and mother-of-three Kirste Oates will join country man and musician Paul “Morro” Morrison for the Breakfast show on 98five Sonshine FM. 98five launched its ‘Are you the one?’ search between Easter and Anzac Day, receiving more than 140 phone auditions to replace former co-host Polly.
Crikey’s film critic Luke Buckmaster says this is a great year for Australian film but questions why big bucks at the box office is viewed as the primary measure of success.
Read his article at Crikey’s Daily Review: Why 2015 will be a huge year for Australian films at the Australian box office – and why it doesn’t matter
Another interesting read on the upcoming Hillsong United film ‘Let Hope Rise’ – Relevant magazine spoke to Director Michael John Warren and band members Taya Smith and Joel Houston. Read the article: Hillsong Goes to Hollywood.
The documentary was to be released on May 29 but is now scheduled to hit cinemas on September 30. For more see hillsongmovie.com
You can be part of changing the lives of children living in poverty through education this June.
According to the United Nations, 200 million young people in developing countries do not have the skills they need for employment and prosperity. The reasons are varied and many: overcrowded classrooms, impractical curriculums, a lack of school resources, poor attendance. But the impact is huge: one in eight young people are unemployed; over a quarter are trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line.
Education is a powerful way to reduce poverty. But when a family’s focus is on simply surviving, education can’t be a priority. Compassion Australia’s Education Appeal 2015 will help to provide a solution.
Video will account for 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2018*. Video is a great way to engage viewers, but is it legal to grab videos from the internet and put them on your site?
TechSoup looks at the rules for video-sharing sites YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and Vine.
Authors of “The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity”, Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel, shared with TechSoup the secret to managing a values-based brand.
They say that when managed well, your brand can help you achieve your mission, support collaboration with partners, and build unity in your organisation.
They list seven things to remember when managing your brand:
“Are You Ready to Lead Your Nonprofit into the Future?” asks fundraising group Pursuant‘s CEO Trent Ricker.
Writing for Pursuant’s blog The Digital Drip about why the nonprofit sector needs more entrepreneurial leaders, he says:“It is important for nonprofit leaders to embrace the entrepreneurial mindset, because what works today will not necessarily work tomorrow. Nonprofits need to be constantly breaking new ground to inspire donors and make a greater impact.
The Perth radio station is inviting listeners to share their best photo of Western Australia on the 98five Facebook page. The picture that gains the most ‘likes’ will win an all expenses paid three night holiday at Esperance.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 CMA Awards, which were presented during the special Gala Dinner at our CONNECT:15 Media Conference on the Gold Coast last month. The winners are: