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Thousands of hours of Afro-jazz and dance music on damaged reel-to-reels are in danger of being lost forever. Help us digitize them.
235 backers pledged $17,040 to help bring this project to life.

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Posted by rebecca corey (Creator)

So we’re nearing the end of our campaign, but starting up on all of the work that needs to be done.  I thought I’d give you guys a run down over what’s happening with Radio Tanzania’s budget.
First off, we will be buying audio recording equipment. We’ve got a talented and devoted team, but they’ve got to have the proper equipment to get the digitization done.


Music reel to digitization machine: $2500 (The more of these we can buy, the faster the digitization happens!). Ideally we'd have about 10, but we'll move as fast as we can with what we have. Currently, music will be transferred in real time. This means that for every one hour of music we have to have the machines running for one hour!  The more machines we can afford to buy, the faster we’ll be digitizing!

Computer to machine audio interface: $500. This is the massive brain that makes the computers and equipment play nice. As you know, good brains don’t come cheap.

Cables and doodads: $300. Lots of fancy audio interface cables will be going into the wiring of all of these machines. These cables and the occasional office supply add up pretty quickly!

Admin: The part everybody loves to hate (we hate it too!). 

Legal incorporation/negotiations: $3000. As bright as our team is, we’re going to need some lawyers. We’ve got some help on this side, but we’re always looking for more!  International copyright entertainment law is somewhat of a specialty. Specialties cost special prices.

And a lot more miscellaneous things in this department.

Hopefully that was interesting for our budget nerds out there! There’s a lot to I want to reaffirm our thanks and we’re excited to keep the ball rolling.


Tyler Webb & The Radio Tanzania Team




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    1. rebecca corey Creator on

      Hi John,

      I would be happy to speak with you about the equipment we use for this project. What we ultimately use will depend on the budget we end up with-- but our research so far shows that there are a lot of great options for digitization, for a range of budgets. I see that you sent a message to us, as well! I will write you back! And thanks so much for your generous support of the project.


    2. rebecca corey Creator on

      Hi Naomi, thanks so much for your comment! I am definitely going to check out the website you mentioned-- we really appreciate the lead. I'm sure you've noticed, but my experiences with Kiva have really influenced me so much. I don't think I'd be here doing what I am now if not for my time as a Kiva Fellow here in Tanzania! Hope you and the rest of the Kiva family are doing great! And thanks for following along in this journey.


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      John Gamble

      I realize that you'll be busy once your funding kicks in, but could you describe the reel-to-digitizing machine and related equipment in more detail when you start things up? I ask because as it happens I'll need to transfer my father's tapes, and the more information I have the better.

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      Naomi Baer on

      Hey Rebecca - this is probably a long shot, but there's an organization in San Francisco that offers heavily discounted legal rates for arts-related projects. They may be able to help you, or point you in the right direction for your entertainment law issues. It's called California Lawyers for the Arts - . I know filmmakers who have worked with them and been pleased - may be worth finding out if you're eligible and if they have lawyers available who specialize in what you need.

      By the way, your post on Nashukuru and the little girl was really inspiring - and beautifully written. This is an amazing project, and I love how you're letting us watch how it unfolds. Keep up the great work!

      -Naomi (from Kiva)