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To construct a radio and production studio for vocational and classroom training for this historic music school in Kingston, Jamaica.

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.

Stretch Goals

$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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

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    AN ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK SHOWING THE WORLD YOUR SUPPORT "I helped build the Alpha Boys' Radio Studio!" These custom graphics for your social media include: 1) Facebook cover-sized photo, 2) Square Facebook profile pic and/or Instagram photo and 3) Phone Wallpaper graphic, delivered electronically as a "thank you" for your support. Show your Alpha pride!

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    DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "ALPHA BOYS BAND - COME DANCE WITH ME" - Recorded in 2001 by the Alpha School Boys Band (with Johnny Dizzy Moore, Tony Greene, Bo Pee and others sitting in). High quality production produced by legendary Jamaican producer Coxsone Dodd and Dizzy Moore. You will also receive the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    ALPHA BOYS' SCHOOL RADIO POSTER - An 11"x17" full-color print designed by award winning Jamaican artist Matthew McCarthy. Preview the poster in our "Story" section. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    ALPHA BOYS' SCHOOL POSTER - Your choice of 11"x17" Alpha Reggae (two options), Ska, Rocksteady, and Dub. These posters commemorate the history of Alpha's music from award winning Jamaican artists Michael Thompson, and would make a fine addition to any home or studio. SEE ALL THE POSTERS IN THE DESCRIPTIONS SECTION. Choose any one of the five posters and please specify which poster you would like. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    COMPLIMENTARY ALPHA LIVE! TOUR OF ALPHA BOYS' SCHOOL INCLUDING PERFORMANCE BY THE ALPHA BOYS BAND - Would you like to experience where the founding members of the Skatalites spent their childhood or walk the grounds where Jo Harriott and Dizzy Reece first learned to play? Alpha Live! is a special one-hour tour held at Alpha Boys School on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Led by past Alpha students, the tour includes stops at all the vocations and special performance by the Alpha Boys Band. PLEASE NOTE: TRANSPORTATION TO THE SCHOOL IS NOT PROVIDED. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    EXCLUSIVE AUDIO SAMPLES RECORDED BY YELLOWMAN FOR YOUR SMART PHONE - Grammy nominee, dancehall pioneer and past Alpha student, Winston "Yellowman" Foster, is known for clever lyrics and this is the only way to get exclusive audio for your ringtone, voicemail and phone alerts. With this reward your phone will sound like no other! This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    ALPHA WEAR JA T-SHIRT - Please specify size (Jr, Sm, Me, Lg, Xl). Preview the shirt in our "Story" section. Alpha Wear JA shirts are 100% cotton and screen printed by hand by current Alpha boys. In addition to learning about the vocation of screen printing, Alpha's screen printing students also learn entrepreneurial skills including: accounting, customer service, promotion and order fulfillment. Alpha Wear JA products directly support the educational and vocational needs of Alpha students. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    5 POSTER SET - 11"x17" Alpha Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae (two versions) and Dub. Preview the posters in our "Story" section. This gorgeous set of posters commemorating Alpha by award-winning Jamaican artist Michael Thompson would make a fine addition to any home or studio. The posters were created as part of Thompson's special contribution to the First International Reggae Poster Contest, an initiative Thompson co-founded. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    FOR BUSINESSES OR INDIVIDUALS - An ON-AIR ANNOUNCEMENT package with Name and/or Website included in a thank you promotional announcement to be aired on www.alphaboysschoolradio.com. These announcements will run for 2 months ON AIR. (Listen to example in the "story section") PLEASE CONTACT ALPHABOYSSCHOOLRADIO@GMAIL.COM FOR DETAILS. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    POSTER ART PRINT (50 cm x 70 cm) by Maria Papaefstathiou entitled "ALPHA CELEBRATING 100 YEARS" - Preview the poster in our "Story" section. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    POSTER ART PRINT (50 cm x 70 cm) by Michael Thompson. AKA Freestylee: Artist Without Border entitled "ALPHA - A GREAT JAMAICAN SUCCESS STORY" - Preview the poster in our "Story" section. This reward also includes the DIGITAL CD DOWNLOAD "COME DANCE WITH ME" and the ONLINE SOCIAL MEDIA DIGI-PAK. Show the world your support!

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    FOR BUSINESSES - An introductory ON-AIR ANNOUNCEMENT PACKAGE AND BANNER PLACEMENT ON RADIO WEBSITE - Preview the audio and website placement in our "Story" section. Includes a professionally produced 60-second advertisement for your business, or you can use a pre-produced spot that you may already have. In addition to the on-air studio sponsorship underwriting announcement on Alpha Boys' School Radio, the donors' click-through logo will be featured on the studio section of the Alpha Boys School Radio website. This sponsorship is similar to a traditional radio advertising package. Alpha Boys' School Radio is heard by over 60,000 people each month around the world. Although listeners are in many countries, the top listenership is from USA, UK and Japan as well as Jamaica. PLEASE CONTACT ALPHABOYSSCHOOLRADIO@GMAIL.COM FOR DETAILS.

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    FOR MUSIC MAKERS - ADD A HORN SECTION RECORDED AT TUFF GONG INTERNATIONAL STUDIO - Add a horn section recorded at the legendary Tuff Gong Recording Studio for your next song crafted by members of the Alpha All Stars, a touring group of professional musicians who are past Alpha Boys' School students. Alpha is known for its horns and 2014 is no different. Add a sax, trumpet and trombone to your next track. Send your hornless track and let the Alpha All Stars horn section do the rest!

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    FOR BUSINESSES - ON-AIR COMMERCIAL ANNOUNCEMENT SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE on Alpha Boys School Radio and click-through logo on studio section of the website. Preview the audio and website placement in our "Story" section. This sponsorship is similar to a traditional radio advertising package. Alpha Boys' School Radio is heard by over 60,000 people each month around the world. Although listeners are in many countries, the top listenership is from USA, UK and Japan as well as Jamaica. This INCLUDES a professionally produced 60-second advertisement for your business, or you can use a pre-produced spot that you may already have. PLEASE CONTACT ALPHABOYSSCHOOLRADIO@GMAIL.COM FOR DETAILS.

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    FOR BUSINESSES - LOGO ON HOME SCREEN of ALPHA BOYS' SCHOOL RADIO MOBILE APPLICATION. AND an introductory ON-AIR Advertising Package. Preview the audio and mobile application placement in our "Story" section. The iPhone and Android mobile application app is available for free in app stores. In the first month of its release, this application was downloaded over 1,000 times. Your click-through logo will appear on the home screen for 6 months (every other month for one year). This reward includes and Introductory ON-AIR Package on alphaboysschoolradio.com. PLEASE CONTACT ALPHABOYSSCHOOLRADIO@GMAIL.COM FOR DETAILS

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    FOR BUSINESSES - LOGO ON ALPHA MEDIA PLAYER FOR SIX MONTHS & AN INTRODUCTORY ON AIR ADVERTISING PACKAGE. Preview the audio and web placement in our "Story" section. The media player is how people listen to the radio station online which is heard by over 60,000 people per month from around the world. The media player is distributed throughout the web and is on every page of alphaboysschoolradio.com. It is also featured on alphaboysschool.org and alphawearja.com. PLEASE CONTACT ALPHABOYSSCHOOLRADIO@GMAIL.COM FOR DETAILS.

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    NAMING RIGHTS TO THE MEDIA LAB AT ALPHA BOYS' SCHOOL RADIO. Media production is essential in today's radio environment. Audio editing and graphic design are part of every radio promotion. With your pledge Alpha Boys School Radio will purchase media editing software and sound cards necessary for learning production skills in the [Donor Name Here] Media Lab. Donor will also receive a Digi Thank You Pack, Come Dance With Me download, Yellowman audio clips for smart phones and an Alpha Wear JA tshirt. PLEASE CONTACT ALPHABOYSSCHOOLRADIO@GMAIL.COM FOR DETAILS

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    NAMING RIGHTS TO THE ALPHA BOYS' SCHOOL RADIO STUDIO FOR ONE YEAR AND A TOP OF THE HOUR ADVERTISING PACKAGE PLUS VISIBILITY ON THE RADIO WEBSITE AND PROMOTIONAL CONSIDERATION. Preview the audio and website placement in our "Story" section. On-air announcements will be in the "top of the hour ID" format (i.e. You are listening to Alpha Boys School Radio where programming is made possible by [Donor + Donor tag line]. Donor will also receive click through logo placement in the "Studio" and "Music" sections of the Alpha Boys School Radio website. A commemorative plaque inside Alpha Boys' Radio Studio will recognize the donor for years to come. Donor will also receive promotional consideration and mentions in worldwide media. PLEASE CONTACT ALPHABOYSSCHOOLRADIO@GMAIL.COM FOR DETAILS.

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