East Leeds FM was created back in 2003 as a pilot project run with students from John Smeaton High School. Since then over 7000 people have been involved in our broadcasting – ranging in age from 3 to 87. As of this year ELFM can boast an annual listenership of 30,000 people.
ELFM has a strong sense of purpose and a proven desire to be truly creative in its output. We achieve this with regular and varied broadcasts that celebrate and promote the many positive things that happen in East Leeds. We have a music output that is made up of 90% local artists. We also offer the opportunity for musicians, writers, groups and choirs to perform live on radio. Everything we broadcast is preserved as a permanent legacy on our website.
East Leeds FM also runs a number projects that engage a wide range of people of different ages and backgrounds. These include:
Next Generation – training young people in all aspects of radio, from research and technical through to presenting.
Writing On Air, encouraging people of any age to create original creative writing for broadcast.
The Associate Band programme, supporting and mentoring young and emerging Leeds-based musicians.
ELFM also runs a number of education projects in many East Leeds schools, both primary and secondary, that give young people the skills and opportunities to explore and question the world around them.
ELFM promotes and contributes to many live events within Leeds. The centre piece of our work is Live@Chapel, a bumper week- long broadcast festival of words and music. The event takes place in the Old Seacroft Chapel which we are currently converting into the first designated arts and performance space within East Leeds.
East Leeds FM was set up with the following aims. These aims have remained constant throughout our history.
1) To encourage active communication between people of all ages in the communities of East Leeds.
2) To encourage debate about the key issues in the communities of East Leeds, and stimulate discussion about how to make the area a better place to live.
3) To give a voice to, and tell the stories of, all those people and organisations making a difference in the area.
4) To showcase local talent in writing and music.
5) To help affirm a positive identity for the area.
And 6) To have some fun!
East Leeds FM is managed by community arts company Heads Together, a not-for-profit organisation with 25 years of creating and running excellent community projects.
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