WHY DONATE TO CKUT?
CKUT receives no corporate funding, which is great, because it means the station is not controlled or influenced by commercial interests in any way. Station revenue comes from membership fees, from our annual funding drive, and from advertising that we do for local and grassroots initiatives.
CKUT broadcasts radio that is by and for the communities of Montreal. One of the station’s goals is to balance out the media landscape through coverage of news, music, and culture that is not adequately covered in the mainstream media.
CKUT also avidly supports social justice and a spirit of community building by centring the voices and issues that are misrepresented or underrepresented in mainstream media. One of the main functions of the station is to provide access to the skills, techniques, and equipment necessary to radio broadcasting. By offering these skills to the general public for a membership fee of only $10 per year, CKUT ensures a place for democratic participation in the media.
CKUT is a place of experimentation. Programmers and contributors create an eclectic and wildly creative mix of programming. Listening to and creating programming on CKUT will take your imagination to new places.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
1. Building rent and bills (electricity, Internet, telephone, etc.)
2. Renting the broadcast tower and transmitter
3. New equipment and equipment repairs: Our gear is in heavy-use, meaning faster wear-outs and more chances of weird errors, plus in need of constant updating and maintenance. We have production equipment and we have office equipment. And then there’s all the gear we wish we had!
4. Miscellaneous expenses like CDRs, turntable needles, office supplies, and on and on…..
5. Not to mention the salaries of our five full-time staff, three part-time staff, and work study staff. Without these folks the station would likely be in complete disarray.
WHAT ABOUT MY GIFT?
Your gift will be available as soon as you pay your pledge. There are a few ways to go about receiving your gift:
1. If you pay online, you can reserve your gift online. If you pay by credit card over the phone, simply let the operator know which gift it is that you would like. You can then choose to pick up your gift or have it mailed to you. We do charge shipping and handling for gifts that we mail out.
2. Come into the station and select your gift when you pay your pledge.
3. Mail us a check, your gift choices, and let us know your address to send the gift to you. Again, shipping and handling is extra so be sure to include the extra cost if you choose to have your gift mailed. We cannot make any guarantees about gift availability so the best way to guarantee a particular gift is to pay your pledge immediately by credit card.
WHAT KIND OF GIFTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Check out “Gifts and Prizes” for an explanation of all that is available to you.
DOES CKUT OFFER CHARITABLE-TAX RECEIPTS?
The majority of community radio stations are not considered as having charitable status, because of strict legal definitions of what is charitable. While the community radio station association is lobbying on a national level, we currently cannot offer charitable-tax receipts.
WHY DOES CKUT NEED MY CONTACT INFORMATION?
To remind you to pay your pledge, to send you a thank-you note for your pledge, and to keep you up-to-date with what’s going on through our annual physical newsletter, SOUNDBITES. If you prefer that we not send you stuff, please let us know and we will take you off of our mailing list. If you prefer email updates, send us your email address and we will keep you informed electronically.
WHAT ARE CKUT’S OTHER SOURCES OF INCOME?
CKUT has three basic sources of income:
1. The annual funding drive
2. A levy from the students of McGill University
Although advertising is a source of revenue for CKUT, it is important to note that we only air a limited number of ads per hour. We provide advertising to local artists, promoters, businesses, and events on a sliding scale. However, because our advertising is so limited, this also means that we have to find other sources of funding to keep the station running. This is where the annual funding drive becomes such an important event for us. It is a time for listeners and programmers alike to show their support and appreciation for CKUT’s commitment to creating diverse, grassroots, and accessible media, which is especially important in the current landscape of mainstream media where the majority of media outlets are controlled by a small number of corporations. A pledge to CKUT is a small price to pay for the benefits it offers to our city and our society.
IS IT TOO LATE TO PLEDGE?
Never, we welcome pledges year round. You can always pledge online, call the station at 514-907-9424 or drop by to make your pledge.