The Vinyl Record Donation and Recycling Program is a charitable initiative to raise money for music-related non-profits in Vancouver and reduce waste by recycling records back into the community.
The vinyl record donation and recycling program accepts vinyl records and audio equipment from the community year-round.
Records are then sold at the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair by donation.
Money raised goes to support CiTR Student Radio, the Safe Amplification Society and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.
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Vancouver's vinyl record donation and recycling program began accepting donations of vinyl records and stereo equipment in the Spring of 2013.
Since then, the program has recycled over 15,000 vinyl records and raised approximately $4500 for charity. (Updated July 2014)
Donations are gathered from the community throughout the year and are sold at the fair by donation.
Money raised from the program goes to support community organizations such as CiTR 101.9 FM (UBC Student Radio), the Safe Amplification Society and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.
Records that are damaged or otherwise unsellable get upcycled or recycled.
Robert Privett, organizer of the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair, started the donation program as a means to raise money for music-related non-profits in Vancouver and to provide an affordable way for young people to start their collections.
In March of 2014, The Main Street Vinyl Record Fair and the Vancouver Vinyl Donation Program became members of the Recycling Council of British Columbia.
"Have you ever wondered what happens to old vinyl? Most times it sits in dusty old milk crates for years before a parent or grandparent eventually passes it on after getting sick of carting it through life year after year. Robert Privett has found a brighter future for those forgotten records. He is the organizer of the Main Street Record Fair, a biannual mecca for vinylheads in the city. He is also the founder of Vancouver’s first record donation program."
"One of the greatest environmental problems facing us today is Barbra Streisand.
Having introduced a vinyl-donation program to last year’s Main Street Record Fair, designed to help people rid themselves of unwanted albums in a way other than by sticking them in a Dumpster, organizer Robert Privett found himself with an awful lot of overstock—with Babs apparently taking up more space than most..."
“Our mandate is to serve, instruct and inform the UBC and Greater Vancouver Community through radio broadcasting by supplying alternative, progressive, informative and community-oriented programming.”
CiTR 101.9 FM is the broadcasting voice of the University of British Columbia (UBC), bringing alternative programming to over two million listeners from Bellingham to Squamish, Point Grey to Langley.
Produced by campus and community volunteers, CiTR provides a unique listening experience:
A campus-based community station, CiTR encourages student involvement. CiTR Student Executives make management decisions alongside a team of dedicated staff.
Community support allows us to promote diverse cultural coverage at less than four minutes of advertising per hour. Besides musical genres of all kinds, we broadcast news, comedy, issues programming, Thunderbird Sports, and more.
Officially licensed, we are fully regulated by the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and are active members of the National Community Radio Association (NCRA), a body dedicated to lobbying support on behalf of community radio in Canada.
CiTR was created in 1937, when the Alma Mater Society of UBC started weekly half-hour radio broadcasts on a local radio station (directed by a new club, the Radio Society). The Radio Society later began broadcasting as CYVR (and became CiTR in 1974). They began broadcasting off-campus on cable in 1975 and on FM in 1982.
CiTR launched a podcast service in September 2006, allowing listeners to access past shows online. The station also publishes a monthly magazine, Discorder, which focuses on local and independent music and arts in Vancouver.
Notable or long-running programmers include Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Steve Edge, Gavin Walker of the Jazz Show, Kliph Nesteroff, "Long" John Tanner, DJ Ebony, DJ Avi Shack, Val Cormier, Luke Meat, Chris-a-riffic, Ska-T, Zena Sharman, Bryce Dunn, Jonathon Brown, Spike Chilton of the Northern Wish and the Canadian Way, Bleek Swinney of Exquisite Corpse and Breakfast With The Browns, Pyra Draculea of the Vampire's Ball, Marie Benard of Synchronicity, Caroline of Sexy In VanCity, and many others.
CITR hosted the National Campus and Community Radio Conference in 1984 and again in 2007. The NCRC is an annual national gathering of community-oriented radio broadcasters who provide alternative radio to a diverse audience. It has been offered every summer since 1981, and it is one of the core activities of the NCRA/ANREC.
The Safe Amplification Site Society is a non-profit dedicated to music for people of all ages in Vancouver, BC.
We are working towards the establishment of a permanent, legal, sustainable, affordable and accessible all-ages venue, and are currently operating a temporary space at Astorino's, 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver BC.
Safe Amp also does lots of other rad stuff like lobbying, workshops, communications, and fundraising, and we work hard to make sure everything is done in a democratic and accessible manner.
If you would like to get involved, please don't be shy! Become a member, follow us on social media, donate money, volunteer, and tell everyone you know about this project and why it's so urgently needed.
Girls Rock Camp Vancouver is a project for female youth aged 8-18 years. We give young women the opportunity to explore, access and play music with positive mentors. As our society continues to push unattainable body image values, we want to reassure the leaders of tomorrow that there is more to being included in the music industry than a microphone and size 0 waistline. At Girls Rock Camp Vancouver we teach young women to pick up their instruments and make noise.
We also run programming throughout the year, including Ladies Rock Camp Vancouver , a rock camp in a Women’s Prison, a Downtown Eastside Rock Camp, various workshops for young women, and all-ages music shows featuring bands who formed inside and outside camp.
The first Vancouver Rock Camp For Girls was held from Monday, August 17th through August 21st, 2009, with a final showcase at the newly renovated historical theatre, The Cultch, in East Vancouver. The camp’s space was graciously donated by the Urban Native Youth Association at 1618 Hastings St.
We are currently planning our fourth year of camp, which will be held in July 2012. We’d like to thank the Urban native Youth Association for graciously partnering with our organization once again, and providing a space for camp to happen. We are an entirely volunteer-run organization that relies on community donations and partnerships, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to get more involved.
The objective of our camp is to provide space 30 female youth to build self-esteem through music creation and performance. Throughout the week, campers learn a key instrument and are coached through the experience of playing within a band setting. Campers also attend workshops with talented female mentors in subjects such as Songwriting, Self-Defense, Image and Identity, Zine-making, Screen-printing. The week finishes with the ultimate experience of playing a live show in front of an audience of family, friends and screaming fans. The week includes performances from experienced female musicians, on-site conflict management for bands, and one on one sessions with the youth. Professional support included teachers, nurses and registered councilors was provided in both the planning stages as well as during the camp.
As firm believers in this project and the impact it will have, we are committed to building self-esteem and developing life skills in young women while cultivating a supportive community of peers and mentors.
GRCV is a registered not-for-profit in British Columbia, and is part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance – an established community of camps that are spread all around North America.
The Girls Rock Camp originated in Portland, Oregon over 8 years ago and is now a well-established camp and organization that has inspired and influenced hundreds of young rocking ladies. The camp itself has now expanded into 3 sessional camps with various program options as well as a showcase performance at the end of camp with more than 700 attendees.
If you would like to hear some sounds from the 2009 camp, you can hear a podcast produced by Rock Camp Volunteer and Organizer Sarah Buchanan, here: Life After Radio.ca
GRCV would like to thank Mint Records and The Vancouver Foundation for their generous Financial Support.