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Nonprofits Across Nation Have Opportunity to Own One of Hundreds of New
Radio Stations

Brown Paper Tickets Announces National Low-Power FM (LPFM) Campaign from SXSW To Inspire Application, Provide Assistance and a Model for Success

March 7, 2013 (Austin) Brown Paper Tickets, the Not-Just-For-Profit event registration and ticketing company, is producing a SXSW-style kick-off to its "National Make Radio Challenge" to proliferate low-power FM (LPFM) radio stations in communities across the nation, on March 12.

Oct. 15, the FCC will open the only application window for LPFM licenses for nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions and tribal governments to apply for free licensing in the nation's large cities. Hundreds of licenses are expected to be awarded. Brown Paper Tickets has committed to ensuring that there is a qualified LPFM applicant for every available frequency in Seattle, and is challenging communities across the nation to meet the same goal. The Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company has committed resources in support of this goal, such as offering free assistance to any organization needing direction in their LPFM application, a series of free information sessions, an LPFM Toolkit and more.

The LPFM Toolkit and a panel to share information about how nonprofits can own their own radio station will be released at the National Make Radio Challenge launch party in Austin at the Gibson Guitar Showroom, 3601 S Congress Ave, Suite G400, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12. The event is free and open to the public who sign-up at, or call Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 customer service line at 1-800-838-3006. If you are in Austin and need a ride to the event, call the press contact to arrange.

WHAT?: A SXSW-style kick-off party to a national challenge to nonprofits
in Austin and across the country to fill every available LPFM
frequency in their town with a qualified applicant.

WHEN?: Tues., March. 12, 2013, 11a-2p. Panel begins at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE?: Gibson Guitar Showroom, 3601 S. Congress, Austin, 78704

WHO?: dj100proof will be providing a specially crafted blend of music as
the soundtrack to our brunch.

Brunch will be followed by a panel featuring local and national
media policy advocates and music industry professionals, including:

Sabrina Roach, Doer specializing in public interest media and
director of Brown Paper Tickets' national campaign to proliferate

Michael Bracy, Policy Director, Future of Music Coalition

Alissa McCain, Program Manager, Austin Creative Alliance

Garlin Gilchrist II, National Campaign Director,

Billy Geoghegan, Doer specializing in Music, Brown Paper Tickets

Hollis Wong-Wear, Singer in The Flavr Blue and Youth Speaks Seattle

Topics will include:

*How LPFM can help foster arts and culture communities in Austin
and beyond, close the gap on the low number of media outlets owned
by people of color and women, partner with neighborhood blogs and
other forms of hyper-local media to develop sustainable business
models, innovate programming and incubate talent because of low-
barriers to participation, and help train and provide networking
for the next generation of media professionals.

*Assessing infrastructure in your area and identifying sources of
funding due to research, planning, and engineering studies

The public is invited and welcome to attend!

WHY? The FCC announced that it will grant licenses for nonprofits to
create and control broadcast content on public airwaves in major
urban centers for the first time in history, yet no national or
daily newspaper, national broadcast outlet or local broadcast
outlet in Austin has covered the story. Many nonprofits and
communities who are eligible to apply for these broadcast licenses
are not aware of this powerful opportunity that literally may never
be offered again. The application is expected to take about 3
months to complete, due to research and planning required.

Brown Paper Tickets is putting a spotlight on the opportunity and
resources available for nonprofits to fill every available LPFM
frequency in across the nation with a qualified applicant.

An average of 70% of events in Seattle on Brown Paper Tickets
benefit a nonprofit organization. As social entrepreneurs with a
strong, 12-year relationship with the nation's nonprofits and those
who support them, the company feels a responsibility to do what is
within its' power to make sure they know that this once in a
lifetime opportunity exists.

Brown Paper Tickets commits 5 percent of all profits to building
healthy communities, as part of it's Not-Just-For-Profit business
model, and firmly believes that LPFM is an important and powerful
tool in that mission.

Even in the digital age, radio reaches the widest audience
worldwide, and is able to connect better with communities
regardless of economics or education levels, reach listeners who
are engaged in other activities and tell stories in a way that
resonates in a different way than other
forms of media are able to.

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