Animal House is a DIY venue, rehearsal room, and community space servicing the independent music community in Adelaide, South Australia since 2010!
We've provided accommodation for touring bands, rehearsals for all kinds of locals acts, been a set for films, a backdrop for photoshoots, hosted community events, put on gigs for bands from all over the world and just about everything else you can think of! Over 60 people have been involved in the collective over the past 7 years. It’s been a truly wild ride and we hope it’s not time to end yet!
Whilst we have many exciting plans for 2018, it's time to face facts that the preceding couple of years (2016/17) were incredible difficult for us. Challenges within the collective including unemployment and illness, security issues in the space, and a general quiet period in the local music scene put considerable financial pressure on the Animal House. Almost all gigs were put on hold during 2017 after outsider negligence jeopardized the security of the space, and this combined with a lack of bands rehearsing (our 2 main forms of income) resulted in us slipping deeper and deeper into debt.
Specifically we have struggled to cover our costs as a commercial property. Whilst rent is paid by the collective, council rates, building insurance, emergency services, and maintenance costs are all covered from money from gigs and rehearsals with the remaining costs split between the collective. 2017 saw almost no additional income coming in beyond what the collective could afford, and during that time the collective was down to 5 or 6 people rather than the 8 people needed to run the space almost doubling the basic costs on each person. Faced with this situation our decision was to either close the doors and walk away, or borrow money in an attempt to outlast and overcome the obstacles we faced.
The good news is that yes, we HAVE managed to outlast many of these obstacles! We have a stronger collective at this time with currently 9 people in the space, lots of bands regularly jamming and using the space again, gigs have resumed, and generally spirits are a great deal more positive! We have changed the ways finances are managed to ensure a more positive cash flow in the future. (All income from gigs, rehearsals and the money the collective contributes is being put towards the debt. please refer to updates at the bottom of this page regarding these contributions and fundraising activities.) With that being said, the time has come to pay back the money we borrowed. This loan combined with our outgoing costs to keep the doors open in 2018 is approximately $17,000, but we are asking for a flat $20,000 to help continue the space into the future.
that breaks down to $12,000 as outstanding debt from the past 2 years, $5,000 as current debt owing for 2018, and we are aiming for $3,000 more to put towards the future. This is a lot of money. There is no denying it. We have a couple of fundraiser gigs organised in Adelaide and Melbourne in the coming months, but we are asking the wider community to help us out in any way possible.
A lot of people have passed through Animal House over the past 7 years, from across the globe. Any donation to the space will be so greatly appreciated, and if you’re not in a position to aid financially, perhaps consider hosting a fundraiser gig in your city, or if you live locally coming down and giving us a hand with upcoming events.
This debt has put considerable pressure on the lives of those in the collective! We have done our best during the past 7 years to stay as self sufficient as possible, but at this point asking for help seems unavoidable. Animal House is an amazing resource for a small city like Adelaide. One of the Australia’s longest running DIY spaces, there is still so much potential within these walls.
Please give what you can afford and thanks again to the entire underground, punk, hardcore, and metal community for your support and encouragement!
$894 raised from the AH karaoke night taking the total goal down to $15,766. WOW! Such a good night! thanks to everyone that came and sang!
$340 raised from sales of compilation tapes at Dark Day fest in Tasmania bringing the total goal down to $16,660!
Amazing!! thank you all involved!!
1 week in and an amazing response so far!! just over $3,000 donated - thank you so much! Incredible! As the campaign continues we will be doing some fundraising of our own, but rather than adding to the total (and having to pay fees associated etc) we will be LOWERING the goal.
We have so far raised $3,000 to match the $3,000 donated to the space, and as such have lowered the goal to $17,000!
Please continue to share this donation page, and we will keep you updated with fundraisers and events and progress along the way.
Thank you so much everyone involved so far!!!
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