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Austin Nonprofits Have Opportunity to Own New Radio Stations, Public
Funding Available

Brown Paper Tickets Announces National Low-Power FM (LPFM) Campaign and
Challenge to Nonprofits in Live Music Capital of the World

March 7, 2013 (Austin) Brown Paper Tickets, the Not-Just-For-Profit event registration and ticketing company, is producing a free information session for Austin nonprofits who have the opportunity to own a radio station in Austin when the FCC opens an application window for free broadcast licenses this October. Brown Paper Tickets has identified Austin public funding available to nonprofits who apply for LPFM licensing, and will be sharing information on this and other resources as part of its 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 licensing in the nation's large cities. 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 assistance at no charge to any organization needing direction in their LPFM application, producing a series of public LPFM information sessions, an LPFM Toolkit and more, to inspire and assist nonprofits in applying for their own radio license.

The national LPFM campaign launch party and free information session for Austin's nonprofit communities will be held 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.

WHAT: A kick-off party and educational event in SXSW-style, with
breakfast tacos and Bloody Marys, produced by Brown Paper Tickets
to help local community groups to learn about the opportunity to be
granted an
LPFM radio license in Austin, as part of a national campaign to
challenge nonprofits to fill every available LPFM frequency 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,

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, so not many nonprofits and
communities who are eligible to apply for these broadcast licenses
are 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 has identified public funds available for LPFM
applicants to compete for in Austin. There company is putting a
spotlight on the opportunity and resources available for nonprofits
to fill every available LPFM frequency in Austin with a qualified
applicant, and launching a national campaign to help communities
across the country to achieve the same goal.

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 oreducation 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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