Press Release
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
For Immediate Publication

Contact: Ileana Rivera Santa, Latino Public Radio Consortium
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“Artists for Vieques” 20 Song Digital Album Compilation Reissued
to Help Rebuild Public Radio Station WVQR on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

A4MD - Artists for Media Diversity and Media Alliance announce the reissue of “Artist 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.

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Artists for Media Diversity (A4MD) engages recording artists and community organizations in mutual support of community radio and public media organizations. Founded in 2008, 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.

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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Artists for Vieques
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November 30, 2017
For Immediate Release
For more information, please contact:
Barbara K  Email: bk@sparrowswheel.com, Voicemail: (512) 263-9818

National Re-Issue of Artists For Vieques to Rebuild Puerto Rican Radio


Artists For Media Diversity is pleased to announce the re-issue of Artists for Vieques, a 17-song compilation featuring the music of Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, Zoraida Santiago, Calle 13, Rei Ortiz, Los Bandidos Cosmicos and many more.

Originally put together in 2013 to help build a community radio station in Puerto Rico, the musical gifts of these American and Puerto Rican artists will once again provide crucial support after the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Artists For Vieques will be available online and from community radio stations across the United States.

Robert Rabin, the director of WVQR in Vieques made the following comment: “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. The artists who donated music for this album to help create Radio Vieques more than four years ago, now help us restore our station to continue the process of community communications in this challenging moment in Vieques/Puerto Rico's history. Thanks for your support and solidarity”.

For more on the situation in Vieques and the surrounding region, see this NY Times article.

The 2017-2018 reissue of Artists For Vieques by Artists for Media Diversity with support from the Latino Public Radio Consortium (LPRC) and Media Alliance (MA) will be distributed on a revenue-sharing basis. Community radio stations and other supportive organizations in the US will let their audiences know about Artists for Vieques. Each sale of the 20-song album, which sells for $20, will send 50% of the proceeds directly to Puerto Rico, with 25% remaining with the US partner organization and 25% covering production, administration, sales and distribution costs.

In 2013, Calle 13 said: "Radio Vieques will be an open forum where through dialogue and the exchange of uncensored ideas, it will be possible to generate ideas and actions necessary to improve the quality of life for Vieques, Culebra and the municipalities of the Eastern area of the Island".

No words could be truer in 2017.

Listen to the music on Artists for Vieques

Sign up as a partner organization and promote Artists For Vieques this gift giving season.

Recording artists can sign up here.

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Artists for Media Diversity 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.

The Latino Public Radio Consortium [LPRC] was founded in 2007 with the goal of advancing the agenda of Latinos in public radio. It advocates 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.

Media Alliance 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.
 


 

Artists for Vieques
Community Digital Album

Our Theory is Simple

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

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 from sales tracked to their collaborative promotion of Community Digital Albums.

 
 


For Example: Artists for Vieques

Artists For Vieques sells for $20.00

If an engaged organization’s promotion generates 100 digital album sales, then the engaged organization will receive $500.00.

If 30 engaged organizations generate an average of 100 digital album sales each, then Radio Vieques receives $30,000.00.

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Three Levels of Engagement

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

*Level Two - Promoting on Organization’s Website 
    Place Artists For Vieques information on the organization’s website
    Include links to A4MD, photos or album cover graphics, descriptive text

Level Three - Promoting in Organization’s E-mail Newsletter 
    Write about Artists for Vieques in an E-mail Newsletter Campaign
    Include links to A4MD along with photos or album cover graphics

*Note:  Other social media platforms, such as Twitter, can be utilized to drive traffic to the engaged organization’s FaceBook page and Website. 
 

 

 

(Draft) 
Community Outreach Letter

 

___________________
Co-Founder and Executive Director

November 15, 2017

Dear ________________,

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

“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.

Instead of competition, A4MD’s humanitarian market economic model is based on collaboration. The more we collaborate, 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.

We All Rise Together.

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 Media Diversity
Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director, Media Alliance
Ileana Rivera Santa, Station Services Director, Latino Public Radio Consortium
Robert Rabin, General Manager, WVQR - Radio Vieques
Barbara K and Wolfgang Pracht, Producers, Co-Founders, Artists for Media Diversity