Beats for Benefits
Raising Funds to teach Audio Story Telling to Youth
March 26th 2013, Portland, OR. On April 16th Slabtown, located 1033 NW 16th Ave, is hosting an all-ages fundraising event to benefit a local journalist’s initiative to organize audio story telling workshops for at-risk youth. Slabtown will donate 10% of that night’s proceeds which will be used to purchase recording equipment, such as field recorders, microphones, editing software and computers.
The event is free and starts at 8 pm. It features a range of local artists performing live electronic music and folk rock followed by a DJ set until close. All ages are welcome to the event with full bar for 21 and over. In between sets you will hear testimonies from young adults whose lives have been impacted by their connections with the world of radio.
The proceeds from the event will help buy recording equipment which will be used to train young people in the art of audio story telling. “Community radio offers opportunities for our youth to learn radio skills and feel empowered but some young people are unable to get to the studios!” says Delphine Criscenzo. Delphine is a local journalist who has worked as a life skills coach for several mental health and treatment facilities in the Portland area. She has also been a volunteer with community radio for years and she wants to bring the magic of radio to youth who are unable to travel. Delphine is organizing an audio story telling workshop for teenage girls starting in April and has partnered with KBOO community radio to play the audio pieces produced during the workshop on the air.
“Radio has changed my life,” Delphine says. “I am from France and we do not have anything like community radio there where members of the community get to be trained in radio broadcast and production.” Since she started being involved with community radio in Bloomington, Indiana, Delphine has decided to become a journalist. She is a host and producer for Bread and Roses, a feminist show on KBOO community radio, and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Multimedia journalism from the University of Oregon, Portland.
“When I talk with the young people I work with about my involvement with radio, I often hear excitement in their voice. They want to know when they can listen to me and if they can be on my show!” Because of the restrictions these young people face with limited traveling outside of the facilities where they reside, Delphine has had the idea to bring the radio to them. “It doesn’t take much, a field recorder, editing software, but all these expenses add up.” With the proceeds from the forthcoming event at Slabtown, Delphine plans to acquire gear she can allot specifically to this audio storytelling project.
“I found my voice on the radio,” she says. “I never knew I could have a platform to express my opinions and share my ideas with the world. I hope the young people who join my workshops experience the same feeling of empowerment!” Doug Rogers, the owner and manager of Slabtown felt compelled to help Delphine’s endeavor: “I am always interested in helping out our youth, and I am a big fan of community radio!”
This event is free with donations accepted throughout the night. Slabtown is located at the corner of NW 16th Ave and Marshall St. If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to Delphine’s initiative, you may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.