Both organizations are doing great things, and 2011 looks to bring even bigger and better things.
If you haven’t heard me talk about them before, FAA is an all-ages music and arts organization based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. For the past 4+ years, FAA has been holding great all-ages music performances featuring bands like Ra Ra Riot, Jukebox the Ghost, Maps and Atlases and more. FAA’s goal is to give local Virginia youth a safe, drug- and alcohol-free place to become exposed to great music, and to help them gain valuable experience in the arts and community leadership. In 2010, FAA became a formal 501(c)(3) non-profit, and it has big things planned for 2011, including adding educational programs, finding a permanent space, and starting a youth-run record label.
In the case of CHIRP, you may have heard that Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act a couple of weeks ago. That means that, once new regulations are put in place, many low-power radio stations will suddenly be able to broadcast on the same airwaves that are currently saturated by Clear Channel and the like. AND, the hope is that CHIRP will be able to add a terrestrial signal to its current online-only broadcast. Exciting, eh? And don’t forget about CHIRP’s new partnership with Coach House Sounds to record great live music performances. And all this while providing great radio 24(ish) hours a day.
So if you have a few dollars to spare, do yourself — and the cause of great music — a favor and contribute to one or both of these organizations. (Disclosure: I’m a director and officer of FAA, and a volunteer at CHIRP – but all the above sentiments are mine alone!)