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Community Media Association

Soundart Radio is an active member of the Community Media Association (CMA).

The CMA is is recognised by Government, Ofcom and industry as the voice of the UK community media sector and it regularly contributes to consultations on media and communications policy. CMA members work throughout the UK in radio, television and new media. 

The CMA's mission is to enable people to establish and develop communications media for cultural and creative expression, community development and entertainment. The CMA membership consists of 250 community media organisations plus more than 300 individuals and associate organisations. 

The CMA’s office is located in Sheffield and the organisation was founded in 1983. The CMA is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It has a governing Council of 15 people elected by the membership, including our artistic director, Lucinda Guy.

THE COMMUNITY MEDIA CHARTER – adopted
by CMA 16 July 2012

Recognising that Community Media is rooted in an ethos of inclusivity and universal access to opportunity, and that it is sourced and produced by organisations, by individuals and by informal groups, whether characterised by geography, interest, ethnicity, age, gender or social background;

Recognising that the production, practice and content of Community Media foster greater understanding among communities, including those most marginalised and support peace, tolerance, democracy and development;

 Community Media organisations, groups and networks should

  • Promote the right to communicate, foster freedom of expression and freedom to form and confront opinions, assist the free flow of information and opinions, encourage creative expression, contribute to the democratic process and to a pluralist society.

  • Provide access to training, production and distribution facilities, encourage creative talent and foster local traditions and culture, provide services for the benefit, entertainment, education, engagement and development of the wider community.

  • Seek to have their ownership representative of local geographically recognisable communities or of communities of common interest.

  • Be editorially independent of government, commercial interests, religious institutions and political parties.

  • Honestly inform an audience on the basis of information drawn from various sources, and provide a right of reply to any person or organisation who is or may be subject to serious misrepresentation.

  • Ensure a right of access to production facilities and platforms for minority and marginalised groups, in order to promote and protect cultural diversity.

  • Be established as not-for-profit organisations, which reinvest any surplus and ensure their independence by being financed from a variety of sources.

  • Recognise and respect the contribution of volunteers, affirm the right of paid workers to join appropriate trade unions and provide equally satisfactory working conditions for all.

  • Operate management, programming and employment practices that oppose discrimination, promote equality, and are open and accountable to all.

  • Promote and foster improved communication and partnership working in the community media sector, building networks at all levels to further develop good practice and strengthen communities.

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