THE SAINT * FUNDRAISER
The Saint's mission is to present and preserve live original music at the Jersey Shore. For 21 years, The Saint has provided a platform for local, national and international artists across all genres. The Saint does not receive tax breaks, is not funded by any corporate source and does not receive grants. The cost of doing business in NJ has significantly increased since we opened our doors. We have constantly re-invented The Saint with great passion and dedication to adjust to these increasing costs, as well as evolving with the ever-changing music scene and constant shifts in the music business.
If The Saint has been even a small part of your life in the last two decades, we ask that you consider a contribution to help keep our historic venue alive and humming. It is with great humility and respect for the music community that we seek your help. By making a donation, you will be helping our independent music venue move forward with a variety of sustainable objectives, security measures, and restorations.
Since we opened our doors on November 18, 1994, The Saint has presented only the finest regional, national, and international touring acts. Our local scene is one of the best in the country and we often present 2-3 local acts each night in support of the touring road show. This intimate venue has hosted over 300 shows a year since its inception. Each year, The Asbury Music Company, parent company of The Saint, presents The Asbury Music Awards. We present over 30 awards to recognize the best talent, music and moments from the local scene.
The Saint is the kind of place for those who believe in the importance of small independent music venues in the creative ecology of New Jersey. With your support, we are confident that THE SAINT will continue to exist and flourish.
We hope to raise $25,000 through this fundraising effort, which will allow us to keep The Saint on track and ensure stability and growth. To the many friends that know and love The Saint, we sincerely appreciate any contribution - no matter how big or small, whether it’s one dollar or one-hundred dollars. We humbly thank you in advance for spreading the word with those whose lives The Saint may have touched.
Note from Scott Stamper (Founder/Owner/Talent Buyer): Asking for help is a difficult thing to do. While some venues withstand the test of time, many of our historic venues haven't fared as well. Many of music's most iconic venues have been lost. It is with great humility and much respect for the music and arts community that I am reaching out for support on behalf of THE SAINT. I have been and remain devoted to providing an intimate stage for local artists and the touring road show, across all ages and genres. We are in the process of developing a sustainable business model for The Saint so that moving forward we can continue to bring live original music to New Jersey while providing a state-of-the-art haven for music and the arts.
Thank you to all of the artists, fans, media, record labels, promoters, agents, managers, and everyone else for supporting The Saint. Through this fundraising effort we are confident we will secure the long-term future of our iconic music venue that has been a major part of the music scene for more than two decades. We look forward to seeing everyone at the shows! Thanks and Gratitude, Sincerely ~ THE SAINT
The Saint is more than a business Mike Barret. It's one of the last standing vestiges of Asbury Park's creative and cultural authenticity. Real music needs real venues to foster and develop emerging musical artists. I've played the Saint many times myself and have also put my heart and soul into playing there and am proud of whatever modest contribution I've made to it's legacy. I suspect most of the other people who have played there feel the same.
On behalf of The Saint, a heartfelt thanks for all the support and kind words. With all the love we have for The Saint, we're gonna do everything we can to keep this historic venue around for years to come. Thanks for spreading the word with those whose lives The Saint may have touched. Much gratitude and appreciation. c/o THE SAINT
Hey Mike Barrett. Kinda funny to me that you will come at the Saint when they ask for a helping hand and at the same time expect the Saint to "Crowd Fund" your stupid music by paying you more than its worth. Who gives a fuck if you "poured your heart out" the fact of the matter is most clubs like the saint run door deals with the band. Put 300 people in there and you would be paid well. The problem is your music sucks and no one comes to see you or your stupid ass band. Dont sing the praises of capitalism when its convenient. How much money do you think you deserve when five people show up to see you and four of them are your family. Hi Mom!! I know you picked out a special shirt and practiced your face peeling solo in front of the mirror for days but the Saint shouldn't be expected to Crowd Fund your bad songs. Fuck you PS I will crowd fund your camaro if you promise to wrap it around a telephone pole. Im sure some people here would kick in. Long live the Saint
I would just like to say that whether the money is for improvements or to simply pay rent to stay open ( which actually go hand in hand) that they deserve it no matter what. Furthermore, many businesses that do close in the same boat as the Saint that don't ask for handouts COULD have if they wished to. Nobody stopped them. Their choice. But a venue and a business like this one...isn't just a store where you go to buy goods. It provides more than just services. It stands for much more and as such deserves handouts. The upstage club, be that it was owned by my grandfather and Margaret....had much help from the community to thrive. The players volunteered to clean, repair, promote, and decorate it. They got tipped by tom but did it out of love. Because they felt the same way about it as folks do about the Saint. That's why I have the upstage funds to them. Because they preserve more than people realize. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a band of brothers to keep a place to play alive. More power to this fundraiser! ....and not only all of the above...but the venue/space plays host to plenty of fundraising for other charities and entities in need. Its definitely time for the favor to be paid back.
Coleman , yes I know what you think it is. I know it means a lot to you , and others.....but it is a business. Many businesses in this world are important to people. Many are family businesses that have operated for generations. Many do close. They are no less important but they don't ask for handouts. It is a kick in the ass that originally the saint said, not matter if they raise the money or not, they wont close, and this money is to make improvements. info that has since been removed. So this is not even a matter of the place going away.....and now they are trying to hide that fact. anybody that gives money is a sucker. patrons should not be the ones to pay for improvements at a place of business. problem today is every wants something for nothing and there is a fund me for everything. these campaigns should be saved for something important...like people who are dying and cant pay medical bills. not a bar that is not going to close, but wants to buy a new pa and maybe paint a wall.
Chris Fitz you are really butt hurt on this one. It must hit pretty close to home, the playing for 5 people and all....but you do play a sax so that would explain it. Funny how the Saint is supposed to be part of a tight knit music community. One where musicians are considered family and support each other. One where it is ok to go up, try your best, give your heart and soul....doesn't matter where it is you play, doesn't matter how good your music is, doesn't matter how good a musician you are or are not, and certainly not how many people you play in front of. And ironically you "say" you support a venue that is supposed to hold these values high, yet personally you are clearly opposed to them (obviously based on your opinion of me and the band that you know nothing about). Pretty hypocritical . You have stooped to my level. you should be ashamed of yourself, now everyone knows what you really think about all the musicians that go out, try their best and many times play in front of only a few people including the family that supports them. Pretty shameful. Aside from proving the point of your true intentions, you have missed mine. I have played many times, and the place has always been pretty packed. Like I said, it is not the Saint specifically that does not really pay the bands as much they should be, it is standard procedure. Again, not the point, has nothing to do with the capitalism of our society. keep on point.
This is pathetic. It is not our responsibility to bail out a bar or give them money for improvements. It is a business and the owners sole responsibility. As a musician who has played there many times I can tell you that money is not being used to compensate bands who pour their heart and sole into playing there. This for the most part is how it is, not specific to the saint. I know people that due to hard times have had to close the doors on a family business. It is devastating. But a, furniture company for example, is not going to start a GoFundMe page and say, hit by hard economic times. Please donate 25K so we can continue to do business. If you lose money in business thats your problem. Because it is a bar that people like going to , because we saw bands their that we loved, as customers we have to bail out the bar???. Do you people hear yourselves talk? It is ridiculous. I am starting a GoFundMe because I want to buy a new camaro. I am a nice guy, I deserve it, people like me,.....not much different then what the Saint is asking for...so what the hell. The fundme originally said that the bar WILL NOT go out of business without the money ....so why even ask for it. That has since been changed. The greed is amazing !!!!The owner wants to make some nice renovations, lets let people donate and pay for it??. I guess next time the Home Depot wants to renovate their stores they should make their customers donate money so they don't have to pay. ridicuous. !! Cool bar sure, but take the profit out of your pocket and pay for your own improvements. And if there is no profit, then close. Of course it does not receive grants!! Really? Grants for what? The Saint wants a state or federal bailout?? C'mon. It is a bar that has bands....many of them , Lamour, Limelight have all closed.....and there are many many more that are gone. Get over it.