WHAT IS KEEP MUSIC LIVE?

Music lovers around the state have come together to create Keep Music Live, a COVID-19 relief fund for small, independently owned venues across Washington state.

Keep Music Live is a fundraising campaign with a goal to raise more than $10 million to provide venues with critical financial support.

Grants will provide independent venues with funding to support expenses such as rent, insurance, staffing, PPE, and safety modifications.

WHY DO INDEPENDENT MUSIC VENUES NEED OUR SUPPORT?

Washington State’s music venues were the first businesses to close due to COVID-19. They will be the last to re-open. These venues are sitting empty, but the rent is still due.

If these venues close, they will be repurposed and gone forever. Their buildings will be replaced with condominiums, other businesses, or mixed land use projects.

Losing these community gathering spaces and stages for artists would have a devastating effect on the greater music ecosystem: from the loss of artist, touring crew, and venue staff livelihoods to the economic multiplier effect on area business.

WHO IS ON THE KEEP MUSIC LIVE BOARD?

Keep Music Live Board Members come from across the state, and include:

  • President: Manny Cawaling, Executive Director at Inspire Washington
  • Vice-President: Holly Hinton, Director of Music and Artist Partnerships at Starbucks
  • Secretary: Karen Loria, Operations Manager for Pearl Jam
  • Treasurer: Mary Cadera, former Chief of Staff at Vulcan Inc.
  • Ginger Ewing, co-founder of Spokane-based Terrain
  • Craig Jewell, owner of Wild Buffalo House of Music in Bellingham
  • Cedric Walker, founding musician in The Black Tones
  • Eva Walker, founding musician in The Black Tones

HOW CAN I HELP?

There are three ways you can support Washington’s independent music venues:

IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes. The Whatcom Community Foundation is the 501c3 fiscal sponsor for Keep Music Live and donations made to Keep Music Live are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

WILL DONATIONS BE MATCHED THROUGH MY EMPLOYER?

Donations may be eligible for corporate matching funds. Check with your employer to see if they will match your donation.

HOW CAN A VENUE APPLY FOR A GRANT?

Grant applications and additional details will be provided on the Keep Music Live website this fall. To receive updates when the grant applications are available, sign up for the Keep Music Live newsletter.

WHAT VENUES WILL QUALITY FOR GRANT ASSISTANCE?

To be eligible for grants venues must be small to medium sized music venues, operating at 1,000 person capacity or less, and offer music programming at least three days a week. Specific grant guidelines will be released before granting begins.

HOW MUCH WILL VENUES RECEIVE IN GRANT FUNDING?

This will largely depend on how much money we are able to raise and over what period of time. Grant amounts will vary based on need.

WILL VENUES BE REQUIRED TO PAY BACK GRANT FUNDING?

No. Funding will be provided as a grant and is not a loan.

WILL VENUES WHO HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED FUNDING QUALIFY FOR SUPPORT?

Yes. All small, independently owned venues across Washington state are eligible for funding support from Keep Music Live, regardless if they have already received private, local, state or federal funding.

IS THIS THE SAME OR DIFFERENT FROM “ALL IN WA: A CONCERT FOR COVID-19 RELIEF”?

Keep Music Live is different from All In WA and the Concert for COVID-19 relief the organization held in summer 2020.

  • Keep Music Live is a COVID-19 relief fund to support small, independently owned venues across Washington state.
  • All In WA is a fundraising effort to support Washington State workers and families impacted by COVID-19.

IS KEEP MUSIC LIVE ALSO SUPPORTING ARTISTS?

In the last decade as physical music sales dropped, touring and live performance became the primary means of income for musicians. Because of this, artists need these venues and their stages.

Keep Music Live is raising funds to ensure that these beloved independent music venues will be able to open their doors when it is safe to do so. We believe supporting artists and bands is also critical and have provided a list of several organizations that are providing resources and support to artists and industry workers.