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 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.

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