SAVE THE SPACE
The Space , Connecticut's, long standing All Ages Music and Arts venue is seeking financial help from the music & arts community & beyond to help us keep our doors open as well as make a few necessary upgrades and improvements to both technical and visual components of the venue. The Space which opened in 2003 has provided a creative platform & “safe haven” for so many young people in our 12 years of business. It is with great humility that we are asking for your help. If the Space has been even a small part of your life at some point in the last decade please consider a donation of any size to help keep this community venue afloat. We are holding 2 fundraisers on August 21st & 28th , which will both be multi band multi genre concerts. These concerts will happen at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. If you can't attend the fundraiser concert please consider donating here on go fund me
We are looking for bands who believe in the mission of The Space to perform at The fundraisers on August “21st & 28th” The Space is more than just a business, it is a community hub that caters to teens and young adults, which is a age group that is radically under served here in the state of CT. The Space gives young musicians and artists a platform in which to create and share their art. To be clear The Space is not a teen center but has served the community as such. The Space is not funded by any corporate source and does not receive grants.
The winter of 2015 was a challenging financial time for The Space as many of our concerts here were cancelled due to inclement weather. This left The space with out the needed income to cover our costs of operation. Additionally a promoter from out of state who held events at The Space went out of business and didn't pay us for various events, which put us in an even tougher financial spot. The cost of doing business in the state of CT has greatly increased since we opened our doors in 2003 and we have constantly re-invented The Space with great passion and dedication, to adjust to these increasing costs as well as evolving with the ever changing music scene as well as adjusting to the constant shifts in what young people listen to and engage with. The Outer Space which is a separate business has been subsidizing the financial shortfalls that The Space has experienced, however The Outer Space cannot sustain subsidizing The Space as it will put The Outer Space in a compromised financial position. Our goal is to raise $25,000 through this fundraising effort, which will allow us to get The Space back on track and ensure the financial stability of our sister business The Outer Space.
A personal note from Steve Rodgers (Founder / Director for The Space)
Asking for help is a difficult thing for me to do and it is with a humble heart and great respect for this music scene that I am personally reaching out for help. I have been and remain devoted to providing a “safe haven” for people of all ages in our community. I have personally invested 80+ work hours a week and My family and I have made difficult sacrifices in order to keep the doors open at The Space. My Family and I are not in the financial position to self fund The Space and this is why we are seeking community help to help us keep the doors open. My Team and I are currently in the process of developing a much more sustainable business model for The Space so that going forward we can continue to bring great music to the Hamden / New Haven as well as continuing to provide a safe haven for the arts for people of all ages.
What an amazing venue...six years ago I played with my old bandmates there a few times, great experience and great crowd show for every show. Such a key spot that deserves to exist!! I was happy to help the cause!
I can think of no other person who has done more for local music and the arts, then Steve rodgers. From influencing artists and connecting with fans, to providing safe, wholesome environment for young people of all ages to have great experiences. We all owe it to our community and ourselves to pony up and save the space. Long live the space!