Radio Free Americana

    twang meets pop

    2018 'Pay The Artists' Fundraiser

    Support Radio Free Americana so that we can continue to support artists! Your donation will help offset licensing and music acquisition costs which are sources of income for artists.

     Charlottesville, VA, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Summary

    Radio Free Americana delivers 24×7 independent free-form internet radio from our studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Our mission is to entertain, inform and educate our audience; to create and nurture a community of open-minded music lovers; and to support the artists featured on our broadcast.  Most of our featured artists receive little or no airplay anywhere else.  We also support artists by providing exposure (including reviews and links to artists) on our website, weekly airplay chart, social media, and newsletters.  Further, we provide financial support to artists through music licensing and acquisition.  Indeed, the goal of this fundraising campaign (our first ever) is to raise funds to help offset (1) licensing costs which we pay so that songwriters and performers can receive royalties and (2) music acquisition costs which also provide income to artists.  As a token of our appreciation, we have compiled 18 different rewards packages for you to select from based on the level of your donation -- from the $25 Donor I level to the $450 Benefactor level.  To be clear, we will gratefully accept donations of any amount.  Whether you can afford $5 or $1000, your support is greatly appreciated.

    Donations & Rewards

    Radio Free Americana is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Radio Free Americana must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. The value of goods received by donors is specified in the description of each reward package.  Any contribution above that amount is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  See the right sidebar (footer on mobile displays) for a description of all rewards packages.

    Each reward package includes a minimum donation amount for eligibility; however, you may donate more than the minimum if you choose.  Upon receipt of your donation, RFA will contact you to make arrangements for redeeming your reward.  Please note that RFA's inventory of reward items is not unlimited.  If, by chance, we deplete our inventory of a given reward item before fulfilling your reward, we will attempt to re-stock the item from our vendor so that we can deliver the item you requested.  In this event, we will inform you if the item is no longer available from our vendor, or if a back-order results in a delay.  We will also work with you on a suitable replacement reward if desired.

    Reward Items

    Following are images (re-sized for display purposes) and descriptions of the items included in reward packages:

    Bumper Sticker
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    • Dimensions: 3" length x 11" width
    • Made from durable vinyl with a strong adhesive back that will hold up under the most severe of conditions
    • 100% weatherproof
    • Printed with water-resistant ink that won’t fade or run
    • Made by Zazzle

    Round Vinyl Record Logo Sticker

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    • Dimensions:  3" diameter
    • Printed on white acid-free paper
    • Vibrant full-color, full-bleed printing
    • Scratch-resistant front, easy peel-and-stick back
    • Glossy finish
    • Made by Zazzle

    Pilsner Glass

    Note:  The image below is an illustrative example provided by the vendor.  The engraving will be "Radio Free Americana" (not "Rusty's Pub").  Beer not included.

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    • Stands at just over 8 inches high
    • 16 ounce capacity
    • Dishwasher safe
    • Design is permanently etched into the surface of the glass
    • Beautiful and elegant frosted engraving
    • Made by Glass With a Twist

    • 11-ounce
    • Dimensions:  3.8” h x 3.2” diameter
    • Microwave and dishwasher safe
    • Strong, ceramic construction
    • Meets or exceeds FDA requirements for food and beverage safety
    • Made by Zazzle

    Men's Raglan Baseball T-Shirt (white/black)

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    • Model is 6’2.5” and wearing size L
    • Contrast color raglan sleeves, double-needle hemmed sleeves
    • Serged fishtail bottom, rib knit collar
    • Runs true to size
    • Available sizes:  M, L, X, 2X in RFA inventory;  S and 3X available on order
    • 50% cotton/50% polyester jersey knit
    • Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low
    • Made by Zazzle

    Women's Football T-Shirt (heather gray)

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    • Model is 5’9” and wearing size S
    • V-neck with standard fit
    • Runs true to size
    • Available sizes:  S, M, L in RFA inventory;  XL and 2XL available on order
    • Two white stripes on sleeves
    • Heathered for a vintage look and feel
    • 60% combed ringspun cotton/40% polyester
    • Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low
    • Made by Zazzle

    Giveaway CDs

    Giveaway CDs are provided as a 'bonus' item to supplement reward packages.  Depending on your donation level, you'll receive one or two giveaway CDs selected by RFA from our physical library.  You are welcome to give us a general idea of the type of music you like to help guide our selection.  However, if you want to choose specific recordings from among our favorites, we suggest that you consider a donation and associated reward package that includes CDs from Cat's 'Best of 2017-2018' list.

    CDs from Cat's 'Best of 2017-2018' List

    RFA's General Manager, Cat, will share a list of his favorite (regularly priced) CDs released in 2017 through 2018 to date.  To accommodate your personal tastes, you'll have the option of selecting 5 or 10 (depending on your donation level) CDs as your reward.  Here's what Cat has to say about his #1 pick...

    JD McPherson – Undivided Heart and Soul (New West) ***** Best album of the year! Rock ‘n roll and R&B that flat out cooks; every song could be a hit single. If this doesn’t move you, check your pulse ‘cause, Jack, you dead.
     
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    You will not not be disappointed with this reward choice!

    Funding Need

    Running an internet radio station specializing in new releases with limited mass market appeal is not inexpensive.  Yet, RFA has been doing just that since 2005, on a commercial-free basis, with the financial support of a sole benefactor.  Fiercely independent, RFA revels in the freedom, unbeholden to commercial interests, to play what we want when we want -- the very definition of "free-form" radio.  This fierce independence is one of the reasons that, until now, we've never solicited funding from any outside source.  The time has come, however, to acknowledge that outside funding support from our audience may, in fact, be the key to remaining independent, free-form and commercial-free.

    What has changed?

    So, what has changed to trigger our first-ever fundraiser?  Among the most notable changes are the following:

    • Listeners - Our community of listeners has grown and it continues to grow steadily.  With each new listener, our operating and licensing costs increase.
      
    • Licensing - Sweeping industry changes have resulted in exponential increases to the so-called "performance royalties" paid by small internet radio stations.  

    Did you know?  Performance royalties are collected by SoundExchange for the purpose of compensating artists for actual performances.  (A "performance" equates to one song listened to by a single listener.)  Unlike terrestrial stations, who pay no performance royalties for their over-the-air AM/FM transmissions, internet radio stations do pay performance royalties.  You read that right:  mega-corporations do not pay performers for playing songs over the air; performers are only paid for digital transmissions.  (To be clear, RFA is in favor of paying performers, regardless of the medium.) 

    • Improvements - In 2018, we've made substantial improvements, at significant cost, to enhance the RFA listening and online experience.  These include:  (1) replacing our "old" website with a completely re-designed, secure (https), mobile-responsive, interactive website with many new features; (2) introducing new music players; (3) introducing new mobile apps for Android, iOS and Amazon devices; and (4) introducing a new 64kbps AAC+ stream (perfect for mobile) to go along with our existing 128kbps MP3 stream.  More improvements are on the way.

    Fundraising Goal

    We've set a goal of $2000 for our 2018 'Pay The Artists' Fundraiser, representing only a fraction of our total operating costs.  (Note:  if we meet 100% of this goal, our net proceeds from the fundraiser will be substantially less than $2000 due to our cost of acquiring and fulfilling reward packages.)  However, for our first-ever fundraiser, we decided it would be best to make a modest request from our audience, while prioritizing our use of funds to directly benefit artists.  Since the beginning of recorded music history, artists have often been the last to get paid.  At RFA, we want to turn that paradigm upside down, prioritizing, with your help, the support of artists.

    Keep This Love Going

    At Radio Free Americana, our success has not been measured by dollars and cents but, rather, by how much joy has been derived by being part of a wonderful community of listeners, artists and volunteers sharing music.  Indeed, our longevity (and our view of "success") speaks to our love for what we do.  Radio Free Americana is truly a labor of love.  Thank you so very much for your support and for being a part of this community.  Keep this love going...

    Want More Info?

    Vist our website (and give us a listen) at https://RadioFreeAmericana.com.  And, feel free to email DJ@RadioFreeAmericana.com if you would like more information.

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    Rewards

    Donor I - Sticker & CD

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount over $5.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 1 RFA sticker of your choice:  bumper sticker, or round vinyl record logo sticker; 
    • 1 giveaway CD from our library.

    Donor II - 2 Stickers & CD

    Donate $40.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 1 giveaway CD from our library.

    Donor III - Drinking Vessel & CD

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $19.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 1 RFA drinking vessel of your choice:  pilsner glass (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”), or coffee mug (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 giveaway CD from our library.

    Donor IV - Drinking Vessel, Sticker & CD

    Donate $65.00 or more

    Amount over $24.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 1 RFA drinking vessel of your choice:  pilsner glass (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”), or coffee mug (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA sticker of your choice:  bumper sticker, or round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 1 giveaway CD from our library. 

    Donor V - T-Shirt & CD

    Donate $75.00 or more

    Amount over $30.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 1 RFA T-shirt of your choice:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 1 giveaway CD from our library.

    Donor VI - T-Shirt, Sticker & CD

    Donate $90.00 or more

    Amount over $35.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 1 RFA T-shirt of your choice:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 1 RFA sticker of your choice:  bumper sticker, or round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 1 giveaway CD from our library.

    Sustainer I - 2 Drinking Vessels & 2 CDs

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $38.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 2 RFA drinking vessels, with the option to choose any combination of:  pilsner glass (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”), and/or coffee mug (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.

    Sustainer II - 2 Drinking Vessels, 2 Stickers & 2 CDs

    Donate $125.00 or more

    Amount over $48.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 2 RFA drinking vessels, with the option to choose any combination of:  pilsner glass (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”), and/or coffee mug (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.

    Sustainer III - Shirt, Drinking Vessel, Sticker & 2 CDs

    Donate $125.00 or more

    Amount over $54.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 1 RFA T-shirt of your choice:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 1 RFA drinking vessel of your choice:  pilsner glass (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”), or coffee mug (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA sticker of your choice:  bumper sticker, or round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.  

    Sustainer IV - 2 T-Shirts & 2 CDs

    Donate $125.00 or more

    Amount over $60.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 2 RFA T-shirts with the option to choose any combination of:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), and/or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library. 

    Sponsor I - 2 T-Shirts, 2 Stickers & 2 CDs

    Donate $150.00 or more

    Amount over $70.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 2 RFA T-shirts with the option to choose any combination of:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), and/or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.

    Sponsor II - 5 "Best Of" CDs

    Donate $150.00 or more

    Amount over $75.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 5 new, unused CDs from Cat’s ‘Best of 2017-2018’ list.

    Sponsor III - 2 Shirts, 2 Drinking Vessels, 2 Stickers & 2 CDs

    Donate $200.00 or more

    Amount over $108.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 2 RFA T-shirts with the option to choose any combination of:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), and/or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 2 RFA drinking vessels, with the option to choose any combination of:  pilsner glass (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”), and/or coffee mug (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.

    Patron II - Couples Schwag Kit

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $146.00 is tax-deductible.

    For the couple that loves RFA!  You will receive:
    • 2 RFA T-shirts, with the option to choose any combination of:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), and/or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 2 RFA pilsner glasses (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”);
    • 2 RFA coffee mugs (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.

    Patron I - 10 "Best Of" CDs

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $150.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive:
    • 10 new, unused CDs from Cat’s ‘Best of 2017-2018’ list.

    Patron III - Paradise of Bachelors

    Donate $300.00 or more

    Amount over $153.00 is tax-deductible.

    Perfect for individual listeners who love RFA!  You will receive:
    • 5 new, unused CDs from Cat’s ‘Best of 2017-2018’ list;
    • 1 RFA T-shirt of your choice:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 1 RFA pilsner glass (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”);
    • 1 RFA coffee mug (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker.

    Of course, you don't have to be a swingin' single to enjoy the Paradise of Bachelors rewards.  But, with one of everything (except CDs), we couldn't resist naming this package after one of our fave record labels. 

    Patron IV - Couples Premium Schwag Kit

    Donate $375.00 or more

    Amount over $221.00 is tax-deductible.

    For the couple that loves RFA!  You will receive:
    • 5 new, unused CDs from Cat's 'Best Of 2017-2018' list;
    • 2 RFA T-shirts, with the option to choose any combination of:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), and/or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 2 RFA pilsner glasses (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”);
    • 2 RFA coffee mugs (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.

    Benefactor - Couples Platinum Schwag Kit

    Donate $450.00 or more

    Amount over $296.00 is tax-deductible.

    For the couple that loves RFA!  You will receive:
    • 10 new, unused CDs from Cat's 'Best Of 2017-2018' list;
    • 2 RFA T-shirts, with the option to choose any combination of:  men’s raglan baseball T-shirt (white/black with logo), and/or women’s football T-shirt (heather gray with logo);
    • 2 RFA pilsner glasses (engraved with “Radio Free Americana”);
    • 2 RFA coffee mugs (white with RFA vinyl record logo);
    • 1 RFA bumper sticker;
    • 1 RFA round vinyl record logo sticker;
    • 2 giveaway CDs from our library.