What? Kingston, Jamaica’s legendary Alpha Boys' School, a school for disadvantaged youth that has been a powerhouse in training reggae musicians, is seeking funding for a radio and music studio and media lab to be constructed on the campus of the historic school in the summer of 2014. For more information about the great rewards you could receive for backing this amazing project > click here <.
The $23,000 goal will go towards the construction of a radio on-air/recording facility. This will allow the boys to record audio and "go live" from the campus. They will learn about music and media in a safe and secure environment.
Why Alpha? Without Alpha, reggae as we know it today would not exist. Since 1880, Alpha has cared for the development of children in need in Jamaica. In the 1960s, Sister Mary Ignatious thought it’d be a good idea to teach popular music at the school. Musicians trained at Alpha have appeared on some of the biggest tracks by artists like Bob Marley, Burning Spear, and the Skatalites.
In the words of The Telegraph (UK), Alpha Boys' School "helped release the spirit of one of the most musical islands in the world." Recent Alpha graduates work with award-winning reggae ambassadors Damian Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond and Beenie Man, to name just a few.
Why Kickstarter? Government support covers less than half Alpha’s annual budget. The balance is made up by donations and entrepreneurial self-help initiatives linked to vocational programs. This Kickstarter campaign will create important, real-world training and employment opportunities for students like them interested in media production, promotion or presentation. With your help, hundreds of students will have the opportunity to learn the new skills necessary to join the global marketplace that is today's music industry.
Why now? Alpha has a radio station online. It plays music that has been created with the contribution of Alpha grads. But it’s only automated. With the support of Seton Hall University, and WXGR Radio in the USA, the school has started to acquire the equipment necessary for live broadcasting. This Kickstarter campaign will support the construction of the studio in an existing building. Specifically, this campaign will underwrite the cost of construction, preparing the room for live broadcasting and vocational training, installing the equipment and purchasing the programming to run on them. If we can reach our stretch goals, the campaign will also build workstations for graduating a generation of new musical ambassadors trained audio production.
$35,000 for 2 additional work stations and networking for classes in audio recording and editing, plus the above.
$65,000 for construction of a permanent radio studio space, plus the above.
$100,000 for a professional recording studio, plus the above. This will network a rehearsal space and recording console with the on-air radio station. Students will have access to training on technology necessary to turn original music scores into programming for Alpha Boys' School Radio. A fully integrated broadcast and music production studio for the next generation of students at Alpha Boys' School is the goal of this project.
Risks and challenges
Risk associated with the project revolve around costs running high due to unforeseen tariffs, fees, etc associated with the country of Jamaica. Bringing equipment, for example, into the country can be challenging.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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