Capital Plan

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Our Vision

Amherst is filled with important stories. We envision a world class community media center where those stories can be told, shared, and amplified. This new hub for creativity and technology in downtown Amherst will keep a spotlight on local government, expand local news, give voice to local organizations, and enable local people to develop new skills for a changing economy. The new Amherst Media will bring the town together around the stories we share.

Right now Amherst is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities with big changes on the horizon for our economy, our schools and even our town government. At a time like this it is more important than ever to make sure that all people have a voice in the decisions shaping our community.

Local news and community media are struggling in Western Massachusetts and around the country. The commercial business model for journalism is eroding, coverage of our communities is dwindling, and the diversity of voices and viewpoints is narrowing dangerously. Nationally, and locally, the media that used to bring us together, is increasingly pulling us apart.  Amherst Media is dedicated to providing access to local government, media and technology for everyone. Amherst Media is your voice.

Our Challenge

We are being forced out of our longtime studio by Eversource, who owns the building. They have given us several extensions on our lease, but are determined that we should leave. Time is ticking.

We have exhaustively searched for a new home the existing locations in Amherst without success. We identified the criteria a new home would require and vetted over 25 properties. Our community partners have been supportive, but there simply isn’t anyplace that can provide the kind of space and continuity that Amherst Media needs. We need to build a new home that will meet Amherst Media’s needs going forward.

Our Plan

Amherst Media has purchased property on Main Street with the goal of building a world-class nonprofit community media center in downtown Amherst. Our vision is to create a new resource for the Amherst community that will be a hub for government transparency, community media and meaningful civic dialogue. Today we are ready to make that vision a reality – but we need your help.

With support from the Amherst Rotary Club and other local leaders and businesses we are on our way to paying off the land and are planning our new building with new studios, top of the line technology and a maker space – all open to the public.

The new Amherst Media will host community storytelling events, after school programs, and innovative workshops. The new Amherst Media will be able to provide more community based programming, provide space for community meetings and gatherings, publish original local reporting, and foster engagement and meaningful dialogue. The new Amherst Media will be an engine for creativity, a bastion for free speech, and a catalyst for economic development. The new Amherst Media will serve community groups, local business and all people in the town.

Call to Action

Amherst Media aims to build our new technology center on Main Street.  Our plan is to launch a capital campaign and raise the rest of the money we need to secure a mortgage on a new building. Payments on this mortgage will be approximately what Amherst Media currently pays in rent.

For more information:

Jim Lescault
Executive Director
director@amherstmedia.org

News

Amherst Media
Jan 24, 2017

Amherst Media's 2016 Annual Report is available online for viewing here...

Nov 18, 2016

The Rotary Club of Amherst has dedicated the funds from its 9th annual auction to support Amherst Media's campaign to build a new facility as it is forced out of its current Eversource-owned space which the community access center has occupied since 1991, as reported by Scott Merzbach in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Steven Brewer, Amherst Media Board President
Oct 20, 2016

Amherst Media has been everywhere in Amherst this year. From the Chamber to the Schools, from Local government to State-wide Office, from Academia to The Bruce Show, from the Holyoke Range to the Survival Center, from Orville to Gertrude Dinglehoffer. Amherst Media gives Amherst residents a voice.