After 3 ½ years and nearly 50 house shows with 28 different artists, on December 13th the Town of Herndon cited The Crib house concert
for a zoning violation for what we do here, by deeming it a “Commercial Indoor Entertainment” activity. Included in the violation notice was a 15-day cease and desist order to avoid incurring fines
(see photo below).
We firmly believe that as a house concert (where 100% of donations go straight to the artists) we are not a commercial operation, as defined here by the CODE OF ORDINANCES - TOWN OF HERNDON
It will take a while to work through the appeals process – possibly as long as 3 months – and we don’t know at this point what the outcome will be. During this time we have 5 fantastic artists already scheduled to perform and we will incur fines for each event we choose to hold, but we want to continue with the events in order to keep our commitments to both the artists and our guests who have made advance donations.
During normal times, each house show we hold costs The Crib between $100-$200; we do this because we have a passion for connecting incredible artists with deserving and appreciative guests.But we can’t absorb the fines on top of the costs we already incur as part of our mission to the arts and the community.
Our fundraising goal will allow us to pay the fines over the next several months ($200 for the first event and $500 per subsequent event). We are also seeking a small amount to cover any legal fees we may incur during the appeals process.
Any residual funds will be used to create an even better experience for artists and audiences and/or donated to our non-profit partner, The Warrior Music Foundation.
We are firmly committed to continuing our support for the Arts by bringing amazing musical artists to the music lovers of Northern Virginia.
Please help us survive this setback – thanks so much!