Rad Job Alert: Make.Shift Seeks New Director

Make.Shift is looking for a new Executive Director during an exciting, dynamic time in our organization’s history. Co-founder and current Executive Director Cat Sieh will continue working for Make.Shift until the end of January.

The ideal applicant for this position will have skills in fundraising, grant development, budgeting and organizational operations applicable to this music and art non-profit organization. The Executive Director will be joining the organization in a time of great momentum for growth while maintaining the organization’s foundation and infrastructure. Other key skills include excellent written and verbal communication, management skills and experience working with a Board of Directors.

Make.Shift Art Space is a DIY art and music venue dedicated to innovative, alternative and unusual art and music. The 8,000-square-foot space includes an art gallery, live all-ages music venue and 18 individual art and music studios. Make.Shift provides a home for painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, and whoever else needs an affordable place to make a mess and show it off. Make.Shift is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide low-cost programs that help emerging artists and musicians succeed.

This part-time position has the potential for growth within the organization and an increase in compensation as funding increases. The Executive Director will be the major driving force behind fundraising and grant development.

Knowledge of Make.Shift and its mission and programs is a plus, along with an understanding of Bellingham’s art and music community. The Executive Director manages the staff (currently including the booking team, gallery director, studio manager, and operations manager) and the intern team.

Make.Shift Executive Director Duties:

  • Fundraising: Event planning and execution, online fundraising/crowdfunding, and direct ask.
  • Sponsorships: Seek new sponsors, maintain existing relationships with business sponsors, and renew sponsorships annually.
  • Grant Development: Seek new grant opportunities, maintain the organization’s current grants, and write grants.
  • Budget: Assist Board President with annual budgeting and maintain knowledge of the budget throughout the year.
  • Board Relations: Report to Board of Directors and attend monthly Board meetings.
  • Project Management: Manage all in-house and outside construction. Act as liaison between Make.Shift and landlord.
  • Staff Management: Facilitate staff meetings. Deal with staff issues. Work closely with staff to oversee projects and hold them accountable to deadlines.
  • Assist studio manager in resolving tenant issues and ensuring art and music studios are occupied.
  • Public Relations: Act as the organization’s voice, manage all PR, and act as the organization’s representative in the community and with the city. Behave professionally on and off the clock.
  • Attend all major Make.Shift events. Optional: attend live shows, and gallery and booking committee meetings.

Minimum one year non-profit experience or equivalent,  including budgeting, and fundraising. Bachelor’s Degree required.

Salary: Part-time salary starting between $15,000-$17,000/year. Salary dependant on qualifications and experience of the applicant.

Start Date: December 1, 2014

Email resume to info@makeshiftproject.com to apply.

The Big Fat Benefit Breakfast

You have to eat anyway, so why not join us in the beer garden for delicious breakfast and live music starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 27? All proceeds benefit Make.Shift’s awesome art and music programs.

Breakfast is $10, no additional cover for the music. This event is all ages, and families with children are welcome.

This is a traditional meat-and-potatoes type of breakfast, but some gluten-free and vegetarian options are available.

Breakfast runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP on facebook here.


Challenging All Artists!

An Open Call Art Show for 2014′s December Art Walk:

The Show:
For the last show of 2014 Make.Shift is inviting artists to submit original miniature artwork. Please submit up to ten tiny things no larger than three inches in any direction. We want NEW pieces, made specifically for this show. All 2D and 3D pieces must be free standing, we will not be hanging this show on the wall. Subject matter is open, we hope you have fun with this challenge.

click here for more details.

Get Ready for The Block Party!

Holy crap, the Make.Shift Block Party is less than a week away! We’re so excited for:
















*All-day live local music
*Inflatable gladiator joust (yes, you too can bash your friends in the head)
*New, improved, and relocated Slip ‘N Slide of Doom
*Climbing wall by Vital Climbing Gym – Bellingham
*Punk Rock haircuts by Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy – Bellingham, WA
*Skate Jam by Unknown Board Shop
*Beer garden featuring beer by PBR, Aslan Brewing CompanyKulshan Brewing CompanyWander Brewing, and Boundary Bay Brewery and cider by Seattle Cider Company
*Mysterious and thrilling kinetic sculpture!
*Food trucks!
*Bike and water shenanigans
*Kid Zone + bounce house
*Dunk Tank
*Live screen printing by Iron Street Printing
*Info tables by awesome orgs like Bellingham Girls Rock CampSigned Magazine, The Good Time Girls – sin, gin, gore & lore, The RE Store’s Revision Division, Bellingham Books to Prisoners, Inky Spokes, and more!
*Killer raffle!
*Plus: The unveiling of our new local music listening library!

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Aslan Brewing Co., Realtor Jeff Braimes, Sean McKee Law Firm, Blue Collar Skateboards, Brandywine Kitchen, Cascadia Weekly, What’s Up! Magazine, and Z Recyclers.

Look! Our New Local Music Library

We are pleased as all heck to announce that the Bellingham Local Music Library is live and streaming in the gallery at Make.Shift Art Space.

Bellingham resident Eric Holl spent a year compiling over 1000 albums by more than 500 Bellingham bands — now available to stream for free at Make.Shift.

The library is an effort to preserve and archive the sounds and recordings of the Bellingham music community past and present. Genres included in the library span early 60′s 7 inches, 70′s Christian folk records, 80′s local cassette comps, and plenty of present-day local bands.

To compile the library, Eric pulled from his old KUGS archive and friends’ collections, sifted through every record store between Bellingham and Portland (and even Spokane), and relentlessly scoured Ebay. He also digitized tons of cassettes and records that weren’t previously available in a digital format.

We are so stinkin’ proud of the crazy amount of work that’s gone into this library so far! You can check out the list of bands included so far here.

Do you have music that isn’t included yet? Please contact eric@makeshiftproject.com.

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