Maine Music Alliance

Money Raised will go to: Blue // Sun Tiki Studios // Geno's // Flask Lounge // The Apohadion // St. Lawrence Arts. 

Thanks to State Theatre // One Longfellow Square // Mayo St. Arts // SPACE Gallery for helping to amplify the message.

Every dollar raised will go directly to the above venues in their fight to keep the doors open.  As an organization we have no administrative costs, so this is a 100% direct donation.  Money will be dispersed based on the specific needs of each venue.  For some it will be used to help offset the cost of rent that many have been paying out of pocket with no performance revenue.  For others it will be used to prepare for reopening and the multitudes of safety protocol that mill need to be implemented.  Still others will need the money to pay their utility bills that haven't slowed down since mid March.  Point being, every donation is one step towards helping this community become whole again.  

Think of some of your fondest memories. Think of where they happened. We’re willing to bet that at least one of them happened at a concert. Our industry is based around the idea of bringing people together for shared communal artistic experiences, and our industry is in real trouble. In March of this year the first cancellations came, and what at the time felt like a weekend of lost revenue has now turned in to a year of lost revenue. This has affected musicians, agents, managers, and fans in ways that are profound and direct, though at the center of it all independent venues have been affected in ways that are almost incalculable.

Independent venues are rooms that don’t have the backing of a national or international conglomerate. They are owned by people that have a stake in the communities that they seek to serve. They come in all shapes and sizes. From Sun Tiki to The Apohadion to Blue, from SPACE Gallery to One Longfellow Square and all the way up to Port City Music Hall, the State Theatre and Thompson’s Point. We are an ecosystem that cannot operate individually and we understand that together we are stronger than one. Over the last ten years our venues have brought thousands of shows, bands, ideas and unique experiences to our city. Collectively, we are one of the biggest employers in Portland. We generate millions of dollars in both direct and indirect revenue and we brought credibility to a city that was once without much credibility in the touring industry. Bands that had never really thought about playing Portland are now automatically including Portland in their touring plans. Throughout the past several years, the biggest beneficiary of all of this was the fans. Portland has some of the best fans in existence. In turn, our venues always try to treat fans with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our fans are recognized as the lifeblood that keeps venues, musicians, and the industry as a whole resilient day after day, year after year. Now our venues need you more than ever.

If you value our venues as much as we value you, our fans, please donate whatever amount is comfortable for you. All donations will be pooled and distributed to Portland’s music venues based on metrics of need, capacity and operating costs. Any amount helps.

We sincerely appreciate all of you.
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Maine Music Alliance
Portland, ME

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