Reform Radio needs help building a new studio

by [email protected] in Manchester

We did it
On 9th July 2015 we successfully raised £5,500 with 150 supporters in 35 days

We need your support to fill our new studio with some more equipment so we can fill it with more fantastic opportunities.

by [email protected] in Manchester

New stretch target


Thank you to everyone for helping us reach our target two days ahead of schedule, we are honestly so touched by your generosity, support and kindness during this process.

We still have two days left and have decided to stretch the target to £6,000. This extra money will allow us to refurbish some computers, kindly donated to us by Steve at Insurend (for all your Rendering needs) and further, better equip our secondary studio with a full computer, DJ and music-making suite. This means there is always a space open for people to create, communicate and ultimately have the tools to get into sustainable future employment.

We'd also like to hold a small event to thank all our amazing artists, DJs, friends and volunteers who have helped us so much to get to this point: we couldn't have done this without you!

So please keep sharing and donating, remember there are still some great rewards on offer including cheap tickets to our launch event on 3rd October, with a cracking line up featuring loads of our show DJs as well as corporate packages, song requests, merchandise and much much more

So thank you once again, your support really will make a massive difference to this community and beyond.

Sam, Rach and Jemma

We need your support to buy extra studio equipment to help us deliver more live radio shows, community projects and continue to support young people across Greater Manchester into sustainable employment.

Our current equipment originates from the beginning of Reform's story and is not only becoming exhausted but there is not enough to meet demand and action all of the ideas our vibrant new home, the historic Old Granada Studios, will allow us to deliver.

Yes this is a truly great opportunity to become part of one of the most exciting new artistic brands in recent years, an artistic brand that not only produces great content but also has it roots firmly grounded in positive social change. Oh and what other radio statio offers to take you to the zoo?

Cute Panda that probably won't be a the zoo we go to.

Ultimately our world class radio content will provide more opportunities for young people to learn and practice digital skills that we hope will help address the issue of youth employment by responding to the demand for skilled workers in the digital sector. 

The equipment we need includes things like specialist broadcast mixers, broadcast microphones, monitor speakers, new computers, soundproofing, new doors, miles of wiring and all the complex back end streaming infrastructure so you can listen to the live shows you helped support.

Having piloted our radio project over the last two years, we have proved our successful creative method of working with young people pastorally to better support them into work. 

Over this time we have delivered 24 successful projects across the city, engaging directly with 29 partners, and supported 28 people back into permanent working positions. We are currently delivering 2 projects engaging with 30 young people. All participants are guaranteed continued support even, after employment as well as access to free creative sessions, studio time and one on one support meetings.

The move to Hello Work at the Old Granada Studios provides a safe meeting place where young people can come in for extra support or work independently on projects in the space. It will also allow us to develop our own in house skills accreditation course which we hope will be recognised by potential future employers within the local area. 

The new Digs 

Old Granada StudiosOld Granada Studios


The Science Bit

Reform Radio Impact Report  Reform Radio Impact Report Reform Radio Creative Session  Reform Radio Creative Session


Further, after consulting with our service users, volunteers and DJs we've made the decision to begin broadcasting live 24/7 to spread our message, as well as provide more live shows and therefore opportunities to train, practice and develop the digital skills required by the modern employer. 

So we need your support more than ever. We now have two studios (one for live and one for prerecording) that need filling with the best possible equipment to ensure the longevity of this project and relevance of training.

This equipment, in this location will enable us to host more incredible, industry standard live shows from some of Manchester's most relevant popular artists. Our current roster includes Jenna G, T.Dot, Mica Millar, Fallacy and Darka to name but a few and the new schedule is looking truly world class, proving Manchester is truly competitive on the global artistic scene.

Jenna G - singer/songwriter & Ex BBC 1Xtra Presenter   Jenna G - singer/songwriter, Radio 1 DJ & Ex BBC 1Xtra Presenter

We thank you in advance for your help, love and support and hope the rewards on offer add extra incentive to getting involved.

Special thanks to Anne Strachan for all her Crowd Funding support, Jack Egan & Jenna G for such a funny video and Henry Napier - Brown at Boogaloofilms for filming and cutting it all together so beautifully. [email protected], tell him we sent you. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Get a massive thank you from all of our team AND exclusive entry in to 'Guess the weight of Henry' comp. Email your answer to [email protected] with subject title 'Henry' after your pledge to be entered and chance to win a very special mystery prize.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Motivational text messages from Jack (who you appears in the film), every day for one week. Email [email protected] with your mobile number following your pledge.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Get your song played on the radio! Pledge £10 and as a thank you we will play your track with a special shout out in the very first week of our relaunch!

£15 or more

36 of 100 claimed

£15 Reward

1x ticket to Reform Radio launch Festival event at Old Granada Studios on 3rd October 2015. Line up below Reform Radio Launch Festival Streaming live from Old Granada Studios 3rd October 2015, 2pm - 10pm feat station DJs Jenna & The Gs Live, Fallacy, Rüf Dug (Rüf Kutz), Jonny Dub (Hoya:Hoya), Danuka (So Flute), T.Dot (BPM), Mica & Kardanski, Andrea Trout, Kelvin Brown (Electric Chair/Eyes Down), Ema Nosurak (Bite The Apple), Picko-D (BAOL), Young Identity hosting a live poetry slam, Horace James, Milk & One Sugar (Beat Boutique), Eastern Block DJs, Thick Richard & Jack Galereux, Witch*unt DJs, Wayne Parkes, Liam McClair, AllAboutGoodMusic DJs. Also on the day we'll have plenty of interactive installations as well as a new artist showcase, bringing you some of the finest new talent Manchester has to offer. There will be plenty of decent food available from a host of independent local providers, as well as a fully stocked bar with a variety of fine ales, ciders and wine.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Motivational videos from Jack (who you appears in the film), every day for one week. Email [email protected] with your mobile number following your pledge.

£25 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£25 Reward

Be the talk of the town with your very own EXCLUSIVE Reform Radio record bag! Limited number available so make sure you get your order in before it's too late. Plus our eternal thanks and shouts on social media

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Your name etched permanently into the fabric of our acoustic panelling within the main studio for all to see forever more. You also get a huge thank you on our website and social media.

£75 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

Jack (who appears in the film) will come to your office (or via a video link if outside the Manchester area) to deliver a three minute bespoke performance to colleagues and/ or friends of your choice

£83 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£83 Reward

Jack will take you to the zoo.

£250 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£250 Reward

An introduction to podcasting, radio and media training for your business. Reform Radio will come to your business and provide your team with basic media training to ensure they represent your organisation properly and also learn the skills to create their own podcast as well as blogs for general business & project promotion.

£500 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£500 Reward

Create a radio show for your business. Spend the day in our studio learning how to put together a radio show and subtly promote your business through the medium of a radio show, to be aired on Reform Radio.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Jack will recreate the naked photo of Jack that you see in the film in YOUR very own living room. You will receive this photo in a beautiful frame and it will be signed by Jack.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Bespoke creative corporate training day for your staff - this could include; team building exercises, blogging, creating a company radio show and much more...

£2,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£2,000 Reward

Name That Studio. You can name one of our studios for the year of this relaunch, including ribbon cutting ceremony, exclusive tour and widely publicised recognition for your amazing pledge.

£30 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£30 Reward

2 x VIP tickets to Reform's Relaunch One-Day Festival event at Old Granada Studios on 3rd October 2015. Line-up to follow.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

We have two tickets for the fully sold out Bjork gig at Castlefield Arena, Sunday 5th July 6.45pm, this will be a truly unbelievable opportunity to see one of the most electrifying performers in popular music. Please email your name and number if you pledge as we'll have to meet you to hand over the tickets.

£100 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

Jack and a Reform Radio Director of your choice will take you to the Bengal Balti for an Early Bird: 5 Course Meal

£150 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£150 Reward

An EXCLUSIVE tour for 2 people around the current working set of Coronation Street! This is something unlike the official tour as it is not open to the public and you'll get to see the brand new site at its new home in Trafford and go behind the scenes on the nation's favourite street.

Got an idea like this?

Over £200 million has been raised from our crowd to support the projects they love! Plus tens of millions more unlocked by our partners.