This in from Artsound:
Prizes worth approximately $10,000 – including a five night holiday for two to Vanuatu – will reward donors to ArtSound FM’s annual Radiothon, set to run from November 4 to 13 on FM 92.7 and FM 90.3.
This year’s Radiothon with the theme “Save Our Sound”, will help to raise funds to preserve thousands of hours of audio recordings of Canberra performances and interviews going back almost three decades.
Chris Deacon OAM, General Manager of ArtSound FM, said that the collection is arguably the largest record ever assembled of local artistic achievement and a valuable social and oral history resource. The recordings are in danger of being lost forever because the ageing tapes are deteriorating.
“This is a huge project that will extend over several years during which we aim to restore and conserve for posterity rare and culturally significant interviews, poetry, radio drama, documentaries and concerts that are part of the ACT region’s rich arts and music heritage. We plan to broadcast the best of these in 2013 as part of ArtSound FM’s contribution to Canberra’s centenary celebrations, ” Mr Deacon said.
ArtSound FM relies on listener memberships, private donors, sponsors and other fundraising activities to help meet its annual running costs.
Apart from providing the opportunity for listeners to show their support for ArtSound FM, the Radiothon gives listeners the chance to win a number of valuable prizes. This includes a five night trip for two to Vanuatu donated by major sponsors Warwick Le Lagon Resort and Spa Vanuatu and Air Vanuatu, camping and season tickets to the National Folk Festival, and Canberra Theatre tickets for 2012.
The Radiothon will be launched on Friday 4 November at 6pm by ArtSound’s Patron, His Excellency Mr Micheal Bryce AM AE.
It will culminate in a family-friendly Open Day on Sunday 13 November from 10am to 4pm, at the ArtSound FM studios at Manuka Arts Centre, Cnr New South Wales Crescent and Manuka Circle.
“Highlights include the popular annual music and book fair, food and beverage stalls, a barbeque, live music and tours of the studios,” said Miriam Miley-Read, ArtSound FM’s Radiothon Co-ordinator.
ArtSound FM features award-winning jazz, blues, folk, world and classical music, and helps to foster Canberra’s distinctive musical and cultural lifestyle by covering local theatre, film, art exhibitions, concerts and food and wine events. It is part of Australia’s vibrant volunteer-powered community broadcasting sector and operates as an independent not-for-profit organisation.
For more information, visit artsound.fm or call 6295 7444.