Help Radio Buena Vida Build Its New Home

by Radio Buena Vida in Glasgow, Glasgow City, United Kingdom

£10,636

£10,000 stretch target 6 hours left
151% 210 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 9th August 2022 at 8:22pm

Help us to turn our new home into a fit-for-purpose soundproofed and fully-accessible radio station and creative community space.

by Radio Buena Vida in Glasgow, Glasgow City, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any additional funds will be used towards: 

- Funding free studio time & training for marginalised communities and beginners 

- Station running costs as we get on our feet

- Upgrading station / studio equipment


REAL QUICK: 

We're asking for your help with the final remaining fit-out costs to get the doors open at Radio Buena Vida's new home.

WHO ARE WE?

Radio Buena Vida is volunteer-run, independent online community radio station based in Govanhill in the south side of Glasgow, Scotland, broadcasting diverse, non-commercial music alongside conversation & community, arts & creative-oriented content 24/7/365 at buenavida.co.uk

Our ethos is to champion emerging as well as established talent across all independent genres of music and the arts from Glasgow, wider Scotland and beyond, and to provide a platform for under-represented voices. Our goal is to create a community where artists, DJ’s and hosts can learn, explore, create, collaborate, connect, experiment and flourish irrespective of race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, religion, experience level or socio-economic status.

Our current home is in the window of local record shop, Some Great Reward, at 520 Victoria Road in Glasgow’s southside, where shop owner and legend, Olly and his team have welcomed us in and given us a temporary residence since the station launched in October 2020.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We didn't want to impose on Some Great Reward for too long and always had our sights on a place of our own, Buena Vida Radio Café, which could one day become a self-sustainable, exciting and unique creative hub and café for the community. 

A year and a half after first going on air, the ideal place - directly across the road at number 535 Victoria Road - came up for rent, so we jumped at the chance.

Work has already begun on ambitious plans to make Buena Vida Radio Café a functioning, welcoming and accessible space for DJs, show hosts and the general public…but after spending much of our limited savings already on rent and works undertaken so far, we really need your help to raise the remaining £7,000 to allow us to get our doors open (£5,000 minimum for the fit-out costs and £2,000 for the Crowdfunder fees and the production costs on the rewards you'll receive in return).

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO:

Your generous donation will help us build our new home by contributing to: 

  • A purpose-built, soundproofed radio booth (in window) with a height adjustable deck stand for universal accessibility. This will be used for live radio broadcasts and as a studio space to practice & record mixes, podcasts or radio shows and host workshops. 
  • Building a Fully Accessible toilet including Plumbing & Sanitary ware (timber frame, plasterboard, plaster, paint, accessible toilet, sink, alarm, handrails...)
  • New electrics to booth/window area & rewiring of main space. 
  • Soundproofing the ceiling in the entire unit (rockwool, timber, plasterboard, acoustic plasterboard, green glue, plaster, paint) 
  • Acoustic panelling in main space to maximise listening quality and further noise cancelling. This will enable us to create a community café/events space where people can come together to continue celebrating our local creative talent. 
  • Fit Out of Kitchen/Food Prep Area (timber frame, plasterboard, plaster, paint, countertop/work surface, shelving)
  • Kitchenware & appliances (glassware, sink, crockery, fridges, dishwasher, other small appliances)
  • Rent whilst works are carried out. (We've covered it since obtaining the keys in February but we're looking for help towards the £1,600 remaining before our doors can open).

 

EXCLUSIVE REWARDS

You may not be looking for anything in return for donating to our Crowdfunder, but we do have some exclusive rewards in the form of new t-shirts, tote bags, artwork, stickers (see pics below) and an incredible 35 track digital album featuring new music from our beat-making residents such as Alex Smoke, KTAB, Artex Scar, Praize 4G, OOFT!, Han, The Primevals, Anna Gram, T-Kidd, Ten Years Lost and many, many more.

MORE ABOUT US

We passionately believe in equality and diversity, which is reflected in our programming each week. We have now broadcast in excess of 2,000 shows worldwide, have over 100 resident DJs with more than 300 other individuals having hosted one-off or semi-regular shows. Our public-facing radio booth, together with our audio-visual online stream has created a buzz in the south side of Glasgow and sent ripples further afield.

Community radio is a platform that creates opportunities for all those involved – be that in the form of gigs, bookings, skills development, training and collaborations. It also builds confidence, creates a sense of belonging and has a positive effect on mental health, with no greater example of the latter than the feelings experienced by all involved when we launched at the height of the COVID pandemic with DJs and show hosts escaping the confines of their homes for a brief socially-distanced moment of "normality". 

It is important to continue shining a light on the talent within the Govanhill community and Glasgow – both on & off air - and to make a safe, non-judgemental space where people can come together, connect, collaborate and create.

We also work with local charities and community groups such as The Sound Lab, Greater Govanhill Magazine, Ando Glaso & Scottish Refugee Council to shine a spotlight on their people and projects and help to empower people through skills and training.

Despite being a full-time endeavour, the station in its current form runs as a not-for-profit social enterprise. We do not charge any of our DJs/hosts subs and are free of advertisements. We, David & Suz, as co-founders, have worked on an unpaid, voluntary basis and have poured our own savings into the day-to-day running costs, supported by the generosity of a handful of Patreon supporters and donors and a small amount of funding, in order to grow the station to the point it is at now.

We cannot thank owner, Olly, and his team at Some Great Reward enough for being absolute legends by giving us a temporary home & physical presence in the community while we got things up & running over the last 1.5 years. It has very much been a match made in heaven, but our new space will allow us to do so much more.

It isn't easy for us to ask for help like this... but if you've got love for RBV already or like the sound of our project enough to say you helped get its doors open and realise its potential then we would be hugely grateful for your support.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for your help.

Radio Buena Vida is a registered Community Interest Company (Companies House No. SC633630).

Below, in order, are the full colour, high quality gsm A2 poster (same as the sticker version), t-shirts and tote bag designed by Waldemar Stepien, the Molly Hankinson sticker and the super-limited prints of "Seamus" & "Zain" by Simon Murphy, taken on the streets of Govanhill.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

A SHOUT OUT LIVE ON AIR

For a £5 or more donation, get a shout out live on air from Speedy RBV on the Rise Up show or from Suz on her All Over The Shop show + your name on the "Thanks To" section of the website.

£8 or more

RBV EXCLUSIVE STICKER PACK (incl. P&P)

For an £8 or more donation we will send you a cool full colour laminated sticker pack (1 x Molly Hankinson sticker designed exclusively for Radio Buena Vida crowdfund donors, 1 x Waldemar Stepien Sound of Collective Action exclusive design) and 1 x RBV logo design. 3 cool stickers in total + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *UK Postage and packaging is included in the price. If outside the UK, please add £5 above minimum cost

£15 or more

EXCLUSIVE RBV DIGITAL COMPILATION ALBUM

For a £15 or more donation - you can exclusively own RBV's first ever digital compilation album "The Sound Of Collective Action Vol. 1" (Check it here: https://soundcloud.com/radiobuenavida/sets/the-sound-of-collective-action) featuring 35 high quality tracks by RBV's resident beat-makers such as Alex Smoke, OOFT!, Praize 4G, Artex Scar, KTAB, Han, Anna Gram, The Shen, T-Kidd and many more.+ your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website.

£23 or more

A2 COLOUR PRINT BY WALDEMAR STEPIEN (inc. P&P)

For a £23 or more donation - we will send you THE cool full colour A2 print on 180 gsm paper, designed exclusively for Radio Buena Vida crowdfund donors by local artist Waldemar Stepien, containing the message "This poster helped build RBV's new home" + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *UK Postage and packaging is included in the price. If outside the UK, please add £5 above minimum cost.

£25 or more

HEAVYWEIGHT BLACK SHOPPER/TOTE BAG (incl. P&P)

For a £25 or more donation we will send you a black 100% cotton, heavy-duty 340g large (35cm x 42cm) SHOPPER/TOTE BAG with internal pocket (w/ neon yellow Waldemar Stepien' The Sound of Collective Action' design on one side containing the message "This bag helped build RBV's new home") + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *UK Postage and packaging is included in the price. If outside the UK, please add £5 above minimum cost.

£29 or more

T-SHIRT (incl. P&P) (Pale Pink & Orange)

For a £29 or more donation - we will send you a cool pale pink organic soft jersey cotton T-SHIRT with Waldemar Stepien exclusive monochrome design in striking bright orange on the back, (including message "This t-shirt helped build RBV's new home" and small "Radio Buena Vida" text on chest - see image below) + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *If outside the UK, please add £5 above minimum cost.

£29 or more

T-SHIRT (incl. P&P) (Black & White)

For a £29 or more donation - we will send you a cool black organic soft jersey cotton T-SHIRT with Waldemar Stepien exclusive monochrome design in white on the back, (including message "This t-shirt helped build RBV's new home" and small "Radio Buena Vida" text on chest - see image below) + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *If outside the UK, please add £5 above minimum cost.

£30 or more

2 HRS IN NEW DJ BOOTH

For a £30 or more donation - you will be able to book the new DJ booth for 2 hours of studio/practice time *subject to terms sent by email + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website.

£100 or more

RBV ANGEL

You don't need any rewards except for the rewarding feeling of helping us out? Then you are an RBV angel and we will love you forever. By donating £100 or more and expecting nothing in return but your name on the "Thanks to" section of the website and our eternal gratitude, you will help us reach our minimum target and even exceed it (as it is very possible we'll need to).

£106 or more

MERCH LEGEND (Includes P&P)

You want all the merch? OK, OK WE SEE YOU. For a £106 or more donation we will send you all of our exclusive crowdfund merch - Sticker pack, Compilation album, Poster, Shopper, T-shirt + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website...you absolute Merch Legend! *UK Postage and packaging is included in the price. If outside the UK, please add £10 above minimum cost.

£150 or more

A COFFEE A DAY FOR A YEAR

For a £150 or more donation - you will be able to enjoy a coffee a day for a year in our new cafe! That's potentially A LOT of flat whites or lattes! + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website...and on your cup!

£150 or more

RADIO STAR (Incl. P&P)

With a £150 or more donation, you will receive all of our exclusive crowdfund merch & 4 hours studio time/practice in the new DJ booth - Sticker pack, Compilation album, poster, tote bag, t-shirt, 4 hrs DJ booth time to be used in a oner or split however you like + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *UK Postage and packaging is included in the price. If outside the UK, please add £10 above minimum cost.

£400 or more

RADIO STAR WITH COFFEE (Incl. P&P)

For a £400 or more donation, you'll help pay half a month's rent and will receive all of our exclusive crowdfund donor merch, 10 hours studio time/practice in the new DJ booth & a coffee a day for a year in the new cafe! Sticker pack, Compilation album, Poster, T-shirt, Tote bag, 10 hrs DJ booth & a coffee and day for a year + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *If outside the UK, please add £10 above minimum cost.

£30 or more

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A4 SIMON MURPHY PRINT ("SEAMUS") (Incl. P&P)

For a £30 or more donation - we will send you a striking limited A4 print of "Seamus" from Govanhill photographer Simon Murphy (donated to fundraise for Radio Buena Vida's new home) + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *UK Postage and packaging is included in the price. If outside the UK, please add £5 above minimum cost.

£40 or more

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10 X VINYL LUCKY DIP (PICK UP LOCALLY ONLY)

For a £40 or more donation, own a random selection of 10 records lovingly owned by co-founder and resident, Speedy RBV. Some could be awful, some could be great - that's the lucky dip aspect. But they'll be balanced out fairly across the 6 packs available. You also get your name on the "Thanks to" section of the website.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A3 SIMON MURPHY PRINT ("ZAIN") (Incl. P&P)

For a £45 or more donation - we will send you a striking and super-limited A3 print of "Zain" from Govanhill photographer Simon Murphy (donated to fundraise for Radio Buena Vida's new home) *limited to 1 copy* + your name on the "Thanks To" section of our website. *UK Postage and packaging is included in the price. If outside the UK, please add £5 above minimum cost.

£300 or more

1 of 1 claimed

THE ORIGINAL BESPOKE RBV DJ TURNTABLE STAND

Own a piece of RBV history! For £300 or more you can have the original, bespoke, 1 of a kind turntable/deck stand designed by local craftsman, Altronix, complete with bespoke CDJ stands which were added later by other local craftsman, Peter Byrne. Sturdy, beautiful, functional, stylish and graced by some mighty fine DJs, selectors and hosts. On lockable wheels. *MUST BE ABLE TO PICK UP LOCALLY IN A VAN

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