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Fire Code/Live Shows Update

More than a month after undergoing a recent fire inspection, we have some promising news to share about the potential to have live shows at Make.Shift again:

For the last month we’ve been patiently working on a solution with our landlord and the City of Bellingham that will get our basement up to fire code. Our landlord, Daylight Properties, has developed a plan to install a new exit in our basement. If the city approves it we could have live, all-ages shows again as soon as August. Check out this Stranger article with more info.

These improvements could still mean a big rent increase for Make.Shift, but we’re optimistic! Keep an ear out toward the end of June for a big online fundraiser that will help Make.Shift stay in our building.

Thanks for all the support,

The Make.Shift crew

Rumor Has It — Cascadia Weekly Jan. 4 2011

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SINCE IT’S A new year, and, in 2011, I’ve yet to mention how you can directly, positively affect all-ages music here in town. While there are several ways you can go about achieving this end, probably the most visible—and pressing— at this point, is by donating to the ongoing WhAAM/Make.Shift Kickstarter campaign. As I’ve previously said, the goal of this particular pledge drive is to reach $8,500, which will go toward renovating and retooling the downtown
space the two nonprofits will soon be sharing. Specifically, it means they’ll be able to transform an old auto shop into a music venue/practice spaces/resource library/office spaces/etc. It will truly be a multipurpose, all-ages space, in the very best sense of what those terms can mean.
However, the need for donations is immediate, as the deadline to reach the pledge goal is rapidly approaching—the cutoff is Jan. 16—and, as of press time, the current amount promised is still about $1,000 shy of where it needs to be. It’s probably worth reminding everyone that, in the Kickstarter world, the only way WhAAM and Make.Shift can collect the funds is if every penny of the goal amount is pledged.

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Saturna Capital Employees Donate to Make.Shift — Bellingham Herald Jan. 5 2011

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Bellingham-based Saturna Capital employees recently donated $107,000 to 37 nonprofit organizations as part of the company’s holiday season Charitable Giving Program.

For 2010, the company changed its holiday donation program, offering employees a chance to direct a charitable donation equal to the amount of their holiday bonus to one nonprofit organization. Employees who chose to forgo a bonus were able to increase their donation by three-and-a-half times.

Since 2008, company employees have directed $284,000 in donations.

Organizations receiving the largest donations during 2010 include: St. Paul’s Academy ($7,000), the Bellingham Food Bank ($5,500), Make.Shift ($4,500), Mt. Baker Scout Foundation ($4,500), Peaceful Communications ($4,500), and UPLIFT Charity ($4,500).

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Le Beat — What’s Up Magazine Dec. 2010

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The big, big, BIG news of the month is the new spot for WhAAM and Make.Shift. It’s over on Unity Street (by Griggs) and looks to be the absolutely perfect spot for the two organizations. They’ve been looking for eight months and have finally, finally found “their place.” But, they can’t open it without some serious donations the two groups are looking to raise at least $8,500 via kickstarter by Jan. 16. Ya know how you always see folks talking about “support your scene” or “support local music?” Supporting doesn’t just mean seeing your friend’s bands and having some drinks (which, on its own, is just fine), it also means ponying up when it’s time to do so and this is one of those times. Both WhAAM and Make.Shift are working hard to make the community a better place. I mean, seriously think about it, Bellingham with its own Vera Project (or 924 Gillman Street Project) a place for people of all ages to get into music. In my estimations, there are few greater causes in the music scene than this one. As of press time, they were nearing $1,000, but they need a bunch more. If everyone reading this paper gave a dollar, they’d have nearly three times enough money to open. SO, donate. Now. Please. Here’s the website: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/makeshift/the-makeshift-music-project

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WhAAM and Make.Shift to Share Space — Bellingham Herald Dec. 2010

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BELLINGHAM – Two music and arts-based nonprofit organizations will move into a shared space near Mount Baker Theatre.

Whatcom All-ages Arts & Music and Make.Shift, which supports local musicians while helping to lessen their impact on the environment, plan to move into 111 Unity St. by early spring.

The new space will be a resource center for local musicians and artists and will include all-ages concerts, workshops and low-cost practice spaces. Both nonprofit organizations are seeking funding to complete renovations and have started a registry at Hardware Sales on James Street for needed supplies.

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There’s No Place Like Home — Cascadia Weekly Dec. 8 2010

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In all likelihood, it started, as these things do, with a casual conversation peppered with “what ifs.” However, semi-idle chitchat soon began to have the unmistakable ring of a Good Idea, maybe even a Really Good Idea, and a partnership was born.

I’m talking about the pairing of two local, music-related nonprofits, Whatcom All-Ages Arts and Music (WhAAM) and Make.Shift. At first glance, the two groups seem to not have all that much in common—WhAAM exists to provide a safe place for people of all ages to see music and Make.Shift is a more general-purpose music resource, providing eco-friendly tour transport, bike-generated power for shows and the like.

However, according to Make.Shift’s Cat Sieh, the differences between the two organizations were not nearly as important as the commonalities. “WhAAM and Make.Shift volunteers have always been overactive participants in the Bellingham music scene, and after a while the work we were both doing just…melded,” Sieh says. “We started talking around the time WhAAM was contemplating its move, and realized that our missions and ideals coincided so well that collaborating not only made sense, it actually would further the goals of both nonprofits.”

This was a little less than eight months ago, months that might’ve seemed like quiet ones for the two nonprofits, but were, in fact, rife with plans and activity.

“WHAAM and Make.Shift had been overeager to find a viable space for more than half a year.” Sieh says “We had checked out virtually any vacant space on the market that even vaguely resembled what we were looking for.”

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