Crybaby Studios is home to 260 artists and our survey data shows that this community has been dramatically affected. A local nonprofit that supports small businesses has sponsored our grant, making your donation tax deductible.
Many of our tenants work in the areas most immediately devastated by the current crisis: they are performing musicians and artists with jobs in restaurant, gig, and contract work. These are creative people who were, even before the crisis, already feeling the pinch of an economy in Seattle that made it difficult to survive as a musician. They also frequently lack the (even minimal) institutional support of nonprofits and foundations. Nevertheless, some of the most creative and culture-defining work in our city has come from the music incubated at Crybaby Studios.
Our goal with the The Solarium - Creative Works Northwest is to create a lifeline for these artists, to show a light at the end of the tunnel when we can joyfully return to community spaces and celebrate music and art again.
- Crybaby serves as a critical infrastructure for the music community, all donations will go directly to supporting rent relief. Crybaby was able to extend 2 months rent free for April and May during the shelter in place in Seattle.
- If The Solarium grant is able to fundraise beyond the immediate rent relief needs of the Crybaby tenants, we will create additional opportunities to provide direct support for the musicians in our community. We will use these funds to address the immediate critical survival of these artists.
- As we come together in mutual aid to provide crisis support, we also will continue to look long-term: The Solarium will work to create substantial changes in our region to support sustainability for artists, and help to build an infrastructure to make us thrive, not merely survive.
Your contribution will make a huge impact on saving this vital music community. Keep an eye out for your tax receipt in an email from the secure donation portal. Click DONATE below. Thank you so much for your generosity.