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The Vera Project is on a mission to save DIY art scenes in Seattle amid the coronavirus. The nonprofit, all-ages venue recently hosted a benefit show called Live from Our Living Rooms to support Washington's DIY Community Relief Fund. It was a telethon of sorts, streamed live, and raising money for a coalition of DIY venues that have been struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We figured we should lean into our DIY ethics the only way we know how, we just do it all ourselves and raise that money with our community,” says Ricky Graboski of the Vera Project. “So, we built up a little coalition of about twenty-five spaces, set a pretty modest fundraising goal of $25,000, to begin with, and held this big sort of DIY telethon stream.”
The event raised $37,000 and more live streams are planned,
Sound & Vision host Emily Fox spoke with Graboski and James Clackey, also of the Vera Project, about how nonprofit and community-focused venues are vulnerable to long term closures but also important for the future of music scenes in Seattle.
You can listen to the full interview on the KEXP archive.
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