Artists for Vieques

 
 

Press Release
December 6, 2017
For Immediate Publication

Contact: Barbara K
Email:  bk@sparrowswheel.com
Voicemail:  512-263-9818

“ARTISTS FOR VIEQUES” 20 SONG COMPILATION DIGITAL ALBUM TO HELP REBUILD PUBLIC RADIO STATION WVQR ON VIEQUES ISLAND, PUERTO RICO

Vieques, PR – Radio Vieques, Artists for Media Diversity, Latino Public Radio Consortium and Media Alliance announce the reissue of “Artists for Vieques” - a 20 song compilation featuring Willie Nelson, Calle 13 and many more to help raise funds to rebuild a public radio station in hurricane-battered Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Radio Vieques (WVQR) provides essential communication and community organizing services for Puerto Rico's two island municipalities — Culebra and Vieques — as well as the eastern half of the main island. Hurricane winds damaged the station’s equipment and facilities, and Radio Vieques has been off the air since September.

“Solidarity from organizations like A4MD, Media Alliance and the Latino Public Radio Consortium (LPRC) is crucial to get Radio Vieques back on the air to help our community rebuild and recover”, said WVQR Director, Roberto Rabin.

Originally released in 2013 to help build WVQR, “Artists for Vieques” is a musical gift from recording artists in Puerto Rico and Austin, Texas who are now joined by artists from Oklahoma, North Carolina and the Navajo Nation. “All of us are deeply moved by the devastating impact of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico” said Barbara K, co-founder of A4MD.

Participating artists include Willie Nelson, Calle 13, Zoraida Santiago, Los Lonely Boys, Rei Ortiz, Antonio Cabán Vale, Sihasin, Jared Tyler, Malcolm Holcombe and Los Bandidos Cósmicos, among many others. “Artists for Vieques” is available online at www.a4md.org

In addition, LPRC member stations across the United States will be promoting the 20-song compilation with links to “Artists for Vieques” on their websites. “We have been working on many fronts to get public media stations in Puerto Rico back up and running,” explained LPRC Executive Director Magaly Rivera. “It is great to see how this project, which played a crucial role in making Radio Vieques a reality, is now also part of the station’s and Puerto Rico’s recovery.”

The 2017-2018 reissue of “Artists for Vieques” is made possible through a collaboration with A4MD, the LPRC and Media Alliance. “We are committed to diversifying voices in the media and we need more outlets like Radio Vieques to stay strong,” said Tracy Rosenberg, MA Executive Director.

Artists for Media Diversity engages recording artists and community organizations in mutual support of community radio and public media. Visit https://a4md.org

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Artists for Media Diversity (A4MD) fosters awareness of the need for independent media voices in America, provides assistance to emerging community based or public media outlets and promotes musical and cultural diversity. A4MD was founded in 2008 to develop alternative funding strategies for public media utilizing the power of music.

Media Alliance (MA) was formed in 1976 by a group of media workers to unite the professional media community with the public interest communities of the Bay Area. MA dedicates itself to fostering a genuine diversity of media voices and perspectives, holding the media accountable for their impact on society and protecting freedom of speech.

The Latino Public Radio Consortium (LPRC) was founded in 2007 with the goal of advancing the agenda of Latinos in public radio. Their mission is to advocate for the inclusion of Latinos in public broadcasting by building partnerships, influencing public and funding policy and providing a clearinghouse of information on relevant and substantive cultural, news and informational Latino programming.

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Comunicado de Prensa
6 de diciembre de 2017
Para publicación inmediata

Contact: Diana Ramos-Gutiérrez
diana.ramos.gutierrez@gmail.com
787-236-3227

RELANZAMIENTO DE ÁLBUM MUSICAL “ARTISTAS POR VIEQUES” PARA AYUDAR A RECONSTRUIR LA ESTACIÓN DE RADIO PÚBLICA WVQR EN LA ISLA DE VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO

Vieques, PR – Radio Vieques, Artists for Media Diversity, Latino Public Radio Consortium y Media Alliance anuncian el relanzamiento de "Artists for Vieques"-una compilación de 20 canciones compuestas por Willie Nelson, Calle 13 y muchos más-para recaudar fondos para la reconstrucción de una emisora de radio pública víctima de huracanes en Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Radio Vieques (WVQR) proporciona servicios esenciales de comunicación y organización comunitaria para las dos islas municipio de Puerto Rico, Culebra y Vieques, así como como el área este de la isla principal. Los vientos del huracán dañaron el equipo y las instalaciones de la estación, y Radio Vieques ha estado fuera del aire desde septiembre.

"La solidaridad de organizaciones como A4MD, Media Alliance y el consorcio de radio pública latina (LPRC) es crucial para que Radio Vieques vuelva al aire para ayudar a nuestra comunidad a reconstruir y recuperarse", dijo el director de WVQR, Roberto Rabin.

Originalmente lanzado en 2013 para ayudar a construir WVQR, "Artistas por Vieques" es un regalo musical de artistas en Puerto Rico y Austin, Texas, a quienes ahora se unen artistas de Oklahoma, Carolina del Norte y la Nación Navajo. "Estamos profundamente conmovidos por el impacto devastador del huracán María en Puerto Rico", dijo Barbara K, co-fundadora de A4MD.

Entre los artistas participantes se encuentran Willie Nelson, Calle 13, Zoraida Santiago, Los Lonely Boys, Rei Ortiz, Antonio Cabán Vale (El Topo), Sihasin, Jared Tyler, Malcolm Holcombe y Los Bandidos Cósmicos, entre muchos otros. "Artistas por Vieques" está disponible en línea en www.a4md.org.

Además, a través de los Estados Unidos, las estaciones miembros de LPRC estarán promoviendo el álbum digital a través de enlaces a "Artistas por Vieques" en sus páginas Web. "Hemos estado trabajando en muchos frentes para conseguir que las estaciones de medios públicos en Puerto Rico vuelvan a funcionar a total capacidad", explicó la Directora Ejecutiva de LPRC, Magaly Rivera. "Es grandioso ver cómo este proyecto, que jugó un papel crucial en la creación de Radio Vieques, es ahora también parte de la recuperación de la estación y de Puerto Rico".

La reedición 2017-2018 de "Artistas por Vieques" es posible gracias a una colaboración entre A4MD, LPRC y Media Alliance. Estamos comprometidos a diversificar las voces en los medios de comunicación y necesitamos más emisoras como Radio Vieques para mantenernos fuertes", dijo Tracy Rosenberg, Directora Ejecutiva de MA.

Artists for Media Diversity vincula a artistas y organizaciones comunitarias en apoyo mutuo de la radio comunitaria y los medios públicos. Visite https://a4md.org

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Artists for Media Diversity (A4MD) fomenta la toma de conciencia de la necesidad de voces independientes en los medios de comunicación en los Estados Unidos, brinda asistencia a los nuevos medios de comunicación comunitarios o públicos y promueve la diversidad musical y cultural. A4MD fue fundada en 2008 para desarrollar estrategias alternativas de financiamiento para los medios públicos utilizando el poder de la música.

Media Alliance (MA) fue creada en 1976 por un grupo de trabajadores de los medios de comunicación para unir a la comunidad de medios profesionales con las comunidades de interés público del área de la bahía en San Francisco. MA se dedica a fomentar una verdadera diversidad de voces y perspectivas mediáticas, responsabilizando a los medios de comunicación por su impacto en la sociedad y protegiendo la libertad de expresión.

The Latino Public Radio Consortium (LPRC) fue fundada en 2007 con el objetivo de avanzar la agenda de los Latinos en la radio pública. Su misión es abogar por la inclusión de los latinos en la difusión pública mediante la creación de alianzas, influir en la política pública y de financiación y proporcionar un centro de intercambio de información sobre programación cultural, noticias e información Latina valiosa y relevante. 

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Our Theory is Simple

A4MD’s Community Digital Albums provide the foundation to generate financial benefit for noncommercial radio stations and engaged community organizations.

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Our theory is simple: Instead of competition, our humanitarian market economic model is based on collaboration. The more we collaborate, the more we receive.

The more we collaborate in the promotion of Community Digital Albums, the more we receive in financial benefit for our engaged organizations. We all rise together.

Engaged organizations receive 25% of the proceeds tracked to their collaborative promotion of Community Digital Albums.

FOR EXAMPLE: ARTISTS FOR VIEQUES

Artists For Vieques community digital albums featuring 20 recording artists for a $20.00 contribution.

When an engaged organization’s promotion generates contributions for 100 digital albums, then the engaged organization receives $500.00.

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When 30 engaged organizations generate contributions of an average of 100 digital albums each, then Radio Vieques receives $30,000.00.

Ways to ENGAGE

Posting on FaceBook
    Write a FaceBook Post that includes a link to A4MD
    Click the ‘Share’ link on the Artists for Vieques album page in A4MD
    Click the ‘Share ‘ link in a News post in A4MD. 

Promoting on Organization’s Website 
     Place Artists For Vieques graphics and information on your organization’s website. Include links to A4MD, photos or album cover graphics, descriptive text

 

Community Organization Engagement

In the wake of category 5 Hurricane Maria’s devastation of the islands of Vieques, Culebra and Puerto Rico, Artists for Media Diversity, (A4MD) is re-releasing “Artists for Vieques” to help get Radio Vieques get back on the air.

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Radio Vieques (WVQR) is a public radio station for environmental justice and sustainable development. “Artists for Vieques”, a community digital album produced by Artists for Media Diversity, provides the foundation to generate financial support not only for WVQR - Radio Vieques, a public radio station for environmental justice and sustainable development, but also for any community organization who will assist us in spreading the word.

“Artists for Vieques” is a song compilation first launched in 2012 to raise funds and help make the station a reality. This time we are adding three more songs to help restore WVQR’s signal. It includes artists Willie Nelson and Calle 13 and many more.

A4MD’s humanitarian market economic model is based on collaboration. The more we work together, the more our organizations receive, and the more we benefit the people of Vieques, Culebra and Eastern Puerto Rico who rely on vital broadcasts from WVQR.

Organizations receive 25% of the proceeds from sales tracked to their collaborative promotion of the power of music to support public media.

All you have to do is tell people about it!  A4MD provides an online packet of marketing materials for you to use, including sample website and e-newsletter text, FaceBook posts and images.

Earthday Networks Board Chair Gerald Torres puts it; “A4MD is a way in which the people themselves can not only take control over one aspect of the media onslaught to which we are all subject, but through which we can actively change the conversation and provide support for the alternative voices that are out there and that continually speak truth to power. We can be the amplifier and the power.”

Please join us by signing up as an engaged community organization here And onwards to future projects!


Yours in collaboration for peace and justice,

Gerald Torres, Executive Producer, Artists for Vieques
Barbara K and Wolfgang Pracht, Co-Founders, Artists for Media Diversity
Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director, Media Alliance
Robert Rabin, General Manager, WVQR - Radio Vieques

 
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Our Vision of Collaboration

Our vision of the power of music to heal communities will be realized through the collaborative engagement of recording artists and nonprofit organizations working together for environmental justice, human rights, freedom of speech and culture for the common good.

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As recording artists contribute music downloads in solidarity with engaged organizations, Artists for Media Diversity produces Community Digital Albums.

“Artists for Vieques”, produced in 2013 and re-released in the wake of Hurricane Maria, serves as our first Community Digital Album.

“The eyewall of category 5 Hurricane Maria passed over Vieques at 4am on 20 September, attacking the facilities of Radio Vieques and all of Puerto Rico with winds over 150mph. Damage from winds, water, lack of electricity are some of the challenges we face in Maria’s aftermath.  

“Radio Vieques provides key communications for Puerto Rico's two island municipalities - Culebra and Vieques - as well as the Eastern half of the main island.  Support from solidarity organizations like Artists for Media Diversity is crucial to get Radio Vieques back on the air.  

“With the re-release of the digital album “Artists for Vieques”, the artists who donated music to help create Radio Vieques more than four years ago now help us restore our community station to continue the process of community communications in this challenging moment in Vieques/Puerto Rico's history.  

“Thanks for your support and solidarity.”
Robert Rabin, General Manager
WVQR 90.1 FM - Radio Vieques

 
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Nonprofit organizations and radio stations promoting “Artists for Vieques” receive financial benefit from contributions generated through their collaborative promotional campaigns to help us help Radio Vieques get back on the air and provide life saving communication services to the people of Vieques, Culebra and Puerto Rico.  

Organizations will be able to utilize their portion of funds generated from their collaborative promotional campaign for their own organization or they may choose to 'pay it forward' and support any of the many organizations providing relief to the people of Puerto Rico.

We all rise together.

The Power of Music

Having recognized the need for a diversity of opinion in the public airwaves, when Wolfgang and I started out on our journey - fostering freedom of speech through the power of music - we thought the trip would be rather short. 

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We were wrong.

It turns out that people working in nonprofit organizations, united in the common good and thus indicating a spirit of collaboration, may actually become highly competitive when contemplating the concept of money.

Fundraising for a nonprofit organization is hard work. Work that takes time away from fulfilling the mission of the organization. 

Fundraising for a corporation, on the other hand, appears to be the mission of the corporation.

Working in a nonprofit can be like driving an electric car across a beautiful yet challenging landscape with not enough charging stations to arrive at our destination. 

It's really hard to get to where we want to go.

If Capitalism, a corporation driven market economic model based on competition,  doesn’t serve the common good, then how will we ever arrive at our destination?

So our journey - fostering freedom of speech through the power of music - took us well beyond the horizon of our intended destination as the only possible way to get there was by dreaming.

Dreaming can be fine and good, but we wake up at the same place where we fell asleep. Unless, of course, we fell asleep on, as Buckminster Fuller fondly referred to it, Spaceship Earth.

As some ‘creatives’ might know, there’s a special time between the point of deep sleeping and the point of wide awakening where mysterious answers to universal questions appear to the journeyer in the between like clouds upon a dawning day.

One morning, shortly before the dawn, while surfing the metaphysical waves, we awoke on the shores of Collaboration, a borderless nation where people exchange goods and services through a humanitarian driven market economic model based on creativity, collaboration and the common good.

The fostering and enjoyment of the fruits of creativity, for example the purchasing of a digital album and listening to the music, can simultaneously supply the financial means for care-taking of our fellow living beings when these fruits of creativity are exchanged in a humanitarian based market economy. The fostering of creativity thus replaces the exhausting of natural resources in pursuit of manufacturing products composed of not-so-healthy-particles in order to generate a cash flow from an exchange of not-so-goods and services.

And there, in the dawn’s early light, was the city limits sign of our final destination:

Freedom of Speech through the Power of Music

Freedom of speech in the public airwaves can be truly free when it is not bound by constraints to ensure survival of the broadcast organization via monetary gain.

When we free noncommercial broadcasters of the struggle for money, we relieve the broadcast administrator’s constraints placed upon free expression of public opinion that may run contrary to the socio-political opinions of a small number of wealthy sponsors who contribute large donations, grants or endowments as a method of influencing public opinion of the listeners/viewers of public media.

We All Rise Together, A4MD, The Nature of Truth, etc are ways in which the people themselves can not only take control over one aspect of the media onslaught to which we are all subject, but through which we can actively change the conversation and provide support for the alternative voice that are out there and that continually speak truth to power. We can be the amplifier and the power.”  Gerald Torres, Board Chairman, Earthday Networks

Artists for Media Diversity fosters freedom of speech through the power of music with The Nature of Truth and We All Rise Together.

Barbara K