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Growing Community Media

There is no such thing as an ordinary person or an ordinary community. Every one of us, every city and every town has a story to share.  Community media is a living expression of this reality and NFCB is the place where locally based media organizations can find the support, tools, and inspiration they need to provide the essential services they are committed to providing.

Community media organizations are intricately connected to communities from coast to coast and around the world. Such geographic, cultural and historical diversity is our strength. Joining NFCB gives you an opportunity to deepen your organization’s success, and to be part of a wider group of stations.

Why be a member of NFCB?

  • The power of unity. You gain a team of experienced leaders on your side, to help you through the challenges, to advocate for you from the halls of Congress to the control room, to share your story and to land you discounts on a host of necessities that keep your costs down.
  • Shared learning community. Since 1978, NFCB has helped community media organizations do what they do even better. From our webinars, conferences, Solutions Center and listserve, NFCB provides opportunities for staff and volunteers to build stronger media and effective organizations that can sustain those efforts.
  • Station accelerator hub. When your community media organization needs bigger help, NFCB provides customized and targeted support for you to tackle things like accounting, strategic planning, board development, membership database guidance, programming support and other guidance to get you into high gear.

In short, NFCB empowers this unique network across the nation for the health of our democracy. Whether it is local journalism, driving awareness of the arts, or exploring the nooks and crannies of our cultural life, community media organizations play a valuable role in building strong communities and NFCB is a go-to source of support for sustaining and expanding those efforts.


Our Circle of Engagement

NFCB believes great content drives engagement; engagement drives revenue development and increased revenue allows greater innovation and creativity in content. Our services are geared to that end.

  • One-on-one support: Member stations receive phone, email and online support for all those big and small issues as part of membership.

  • Expertise: Member stations get access to up-to-date and reliable guidance and resources vetted through legal and media professionals.

  • Fundraising help: NFCB’s fundraising tools are part of membership, boosting your development goals.

  • Programming support: From streaming to playlists to key programming, NFCB members have access to a range of big discounts that help you grow.

  • Training and engagement: Online learning, webinars, email lists and member chats help you learn from your peers and great minds nationwide.

Membership is an investment in your organization. Many stations have very limited training and staff development budgets. Paying for legal compliance information (or paying fines for being out of compliance), manuals, advice and online learning are expensive. NFCB offers the most affordable option for community media. No complicated math — membership is based on your annual budget.

NFCB helps member stations engage audiences, from small urban markets, rural areas, Native American, Latino, and African American populations. NFCB can even help with your budget development, financial statements and preparing for an audit, as well as strategic planning, running capital campaigns and human resource management.

Since 1978, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters has been an essential nexus. Our knowledgeable staff has served as both as a friend and mentor to veteran media makers and first-timers. Membership in NFCB helps you realize the full potential of community media by providing a peer network and customized professional services. NFCB helps you improve your capacity for raising revenue, creating compelling content, and strengthening active engagement with your listeners.

Your Annual Budget Annual Dues
Less than $50,000 $500
$50,000-99,000 $1,000
$100,000-149,000 $1,500
$150,000-199,000 $2,000
$200,000-299,000 $2,500
$300,000-499,000 $3,500
More than $500,000 $4,000

Please note: The SoundExchange agreement or the Gargoyle flagging service are additional costs beyond your membership dues. If you are interested in either of these services, please let us know.

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