Make.Shift Receives LPFM Radio License

Make.Shift is excited to announce that we recently received an FCC license to build a low-power FM community radio station in Bellingham.

We’re in the early feasibility and budgeting stages of this project, and are seeking community input in addition to monetary and equipment donations. Please join us for a public visioning meeting on Oct. 11 at the downtown Bellingham Co-Op Connections Building, 1220 N Forest St. There we’ll outline the next steps in moving forward with this new project, including projected budget, fundraising goals, and equipment needed. We will also be accepting tax-deductible monetary donations. We want to hear from residents on what you’d like to see in a new community radio station, talk about how to get involved, and brainstorm with others who love radio.

Low Power FM stations (LPFM) are community-based, non-commercial radio stations that operate at 100 watts or less and reach a radius of 3 to 7 miles. With the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency, Make.Shift applied for an LPFM license in 2013, during what may have been the last application window ever for LPFM stations across the nation. We received our licence earlier this year.

Please join us on Sat. Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Co-Op Community Connections Building to learn more.

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. Current ED Cat Sieh will remain at Make.Shift through January 2015.

The ideal applicant for this position will have skills in management, community organizing, fundraising, and budgeting. Make.Shift has worked hard to build lasting community ties and create a strong organizational foundation for the new Executive Director to build upon. We provide a solid infrastructure and passionate staff, while leaving room for new ideas and management styles. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about the vibrant, young art and music subculture we foster, and who is eager to build on our success.

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 art and music studios. Make.Shift is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide low-cost programs that help emerging artists and musicians succeed.

The Executive Director manages the staff, including the gallery director, studio manager, operations manager, booking team, and interns. Key skills include good time management, the ability to delegate, and excellent written and verbal communication. Experience working with a board of directors and an understanding of Bellingham’s art and music community are a plus.

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.
Budgeting: 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.
Staff Management: Facilitate staff meetings. Work closely with staff to oversee projects and hold them accountable to deadlines. Assist studio manager in ensuring art and music studios are occupied.
Public Relations: Act as the organization’s voice, oversee PR, and act as the organization’s community representative. Behave professionally on and off the clock.

Education/Experience: Minimum one year non-profit experience or equivalent, including budgeting, and fundraising. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

Salary: Part-time salary starting between $15,000-$17,000/year. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience of the applicant. This part-time position has the potential for growth within the organization and an increase in compensation as funding increases.

Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2014
Start Date: December 8, 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!

HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
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.

The Third Annual Make.Shift Block Party!

 

Get pumped for our favorite annual wet-and-weird fundraiser: The Make.Shift Block Party on Saturday Aug. 2 from noon-9 p.m.

Is it totally crazy to only charge $5 for…

*All-day live local music
*Inflatable gladiator joust (yes, you too can bash your friends in the head)
*Climbing wall by Vital Climbing Gym – Bellingham
*New, improved, and relocated Slip ‘N Slide of Doom
*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
*Mysterious and thrilling kinetic sculpture!
*Duke of Bellingham gender-neutral pageant-style competition
*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 CampZAPPSigned MagazineThe Good Time Girls – sin, gin, gore & loreBellingham Books to PrisonersInky Spokes, and more.
*Killer raffle!

…? We think so.

Come on down. Wear something weird. Bring a shirt to get screen printed.

Check out the Block Party on Facebook.

New Stage Sound Dampening!

 

Check out the awesome DIY sound dampening we did for our stage area!

We used 2’x4′ Owens Corning 703 sound insulation panels, cut those in half, and covered them in the cheapest duck cloth we could find. We used upholstery spray adhesive to wrap the canvas around the panels, and then stuffed them into the 2×2 framing using a putty knife.

Thanks to Board Member Russ Fish and Sound Crew Manager Gabe Seavello for convincing us it was finally time to find the cash to make this happen, and for their help sourcing and designing this solution. Thanks to Make.Shift tenant Devin Champlin for donating his time to help with framing, and tenant Andrew Nickerson for the wrapping help.

It sounds so much better!

Remembering Gunther: Bellingham Music Photography

Gunther Jose Frank was a photographer in Bellingham between 1996 and 2009. During those years, he photographed performances by hundreds of musicians and bands. The subjects and settings varied widely, but they all contained a sense of spontaneity, excitement, and raw emotion.

This show will feature Gunther’s photographs of live music in Bellingham. This is a chance for people who miss Gunther to remember him together, and a chance for musicians, photographers, and those who didn’t know Gunther to be inspired by his photography.

Check out Gunther’s Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/guntherjosefrank/sets/