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Let there be Light - Raising Money for YSTV's Lighting Rig

Don't keep us in the dark - a year ago our rig was condemned, but the shows must go on!

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This project received pledges on Sun 05 Apr 2015

What we want to do

- We're looking to raise a minimum of £3500 in order to buy and install a new lighting rig for our studio. 

- A rig is one of the most fundamental pieces of kit for our society and following the emergency removal of our previous one, after almost 20 years, we'd love to make our beloved station well-equipped and safe for future members.

Who we are

- YSTV is an award-winning TV station run entirely by students, for students, at the University of York. Put simply, we make telly and have crazy adventures while doing it.

- However, we're not just built on current members. We're a family with an alumni network extending across 48 years. We have an incredibly rich past history, and want to give YSTV the best future we can.

our story

- In December 2013, YSTV’s studio lighting grid was condemned upon the discovery that for the last 20 years it had been attached to the ceiling by wood-screws and prayers. If you're reading this as alumni, feel free to have a panic attack right about now. Whilst it's wonderful that the danger was eliminated, its removal has had a hugely detrimental effect on our society. 

- It is a real struggle to use alternatives without getting them in shot, 'lighting' is currently not available as a crew position or point of training, and we have an area rather depressingly named the 'lighting graveyard' taking up a lot of space in the studio. Given how many members we have recruited this year and the number of productions spawned, it's a huge shame for our lighting (or lack thereof) to let them down.

- As we get increasingly closer to our 50th Anniversary, producing high quality (and sometimes nationally award-winning) material, and having a fantastic time whilst making telly, has never been more important. Please help us enhance our members' student experience for another 50 years.

- By donating money you will be returning studio shows to their former glory, providing training opportunities for new members, keeping us safe and investing in a long-term lighting legacy. Here's to another 20 years of light!

Where will the money go?

We have tendered quotations from several companies to install a new, free-standing lighting grid that will be safe to use, portable enough to move with us if we ever change studio and should last us several decades or more. 

If we reach our full target of £7560 we'll be able to get a grid covering almost all of the studio, professionally installed.

If we raise £3500 we can purchase the pieces for a basic rig and install it ourselves.

If we exceed our target, spare funds will be used to further improve the specifications of the rig, and we'll be able to buy additional lanterns for it. 


We have some exciting rewards to add to that warm fuzzy feeling you'll get for donating - from a signed thank you card or a personalised video, to having your name engraved on a plaque commemorating the rig, to even having a piece of the old one sent to you as a souvenir! 

The highest donor will get to name the rig or have it named after them, and a record of this will take pride of place on the commemorative plaque. We will also be producing a live show to use and celebrate the rig, which you could appear on or help to crew. Check out the rewards for more details.

Find us here

- Check out our website here: ystv.co.uk, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@YSTV) to find out how we're doing!

Help us succeed!

- You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us; on Twitter, Facebook, by email, telephone, in a chat on the tube (you may get an odd look for making human contact) or by any other means you can think of! The more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.

- We did just say that you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.

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Pledge £1 or more

Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.

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Pledge £5 or more

Social High-Five - we'll thank you personally on both Facebook and Twitter!

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Estimated delivery: 1 May 2015

Pledge £10 or more

Receive a personalised thank-you e-card from our team!

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £15 or more

As well as a social media high-five, we'll send you an e-book with photos and info all about YSTV and the rig installation.

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Pledge £25 or more

We'll send you a set of before and after photos of our grateful team in the studio you've helped to improve (the latter with added lighting rig), and signed by us. Perfect for the mantelpiece.

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £50 or more

We'll put our televisual skills to good use and make you your very own personalised thank you video to download! What's more, you can pick the song you'd like in the background (us dancing to it may or may not be involved based on your taste).

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £75 or more

Wow! Following your generosity we'll send you a DVD with YSTV's highlights throughout the years, including our very own thank you message. Who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of yourself!

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £100 or more

That's incredibly kind. For such an amazing donation, you'll receive a DVD, a set of signed before-and-after photos, AND we will get your name engraved on a commemorative plaque. That's a pretty cool topic for conversation right there.

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £200 or more

That's out of this world - thank you so much! For your donation we will give you a social media high-five, a thank-you e-card, a DVD, will have your name engraved on the commemorative plaque AND the first 5 people to donate this amount will also receive their very own limited edition piece of the old rig to keep as a souvenir, signed by our team and sent with love.

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £250 or more

That's it. You've genuinely blown our minds. We'll give you everything. Take it all - all of the above rewards and a very special place in our hearts. The first 10 people to donate this fantastic amount will receive a limited edition piece of the old rig, and after they have run out we'll send you a little something else from the studio.

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £500 or more

For your amazing contribution we'd love to celebrate YSTV's success with you in person, and what better way to do it than live on air? Make your way to York to sit under the bright lights of the new rig as a guest on our commemorative live show. We'll also give you a social media high-five, an e-card, e-book, photos, video, DVD, and get your name engraved on the plaque.

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015

Pledge £1000 or more

Here's a chance to re-visit the old days, or try something new if you never got the chance. You know that commemorative live show we just mentioned? Come rig it, crew it and be a YSTV member for a day! We'd love you to join us behind the scenes, and would give you the chance to operate a camera, vision-mix or even direct, and then we can all go for a well-earned pint after the show, in true YSTV fashion. You'll also get a social media high-five, an e-card, e-book, photos, video, DVD, and have your name engraved on the plaque. The highest overall donor will get to name the lighting rig, or have it named after them.

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2015