While our offices are closed this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ve still got our minds on Fall Fund Drive! As we enter into the season of giving, Liz Pfriem of The Recording Academy shares some awesome Vera memories and reasons to give & support to all-ages venues like Vera. Enjoy this week’s T&SF (and check out that sweet pic of her with DJ/rapper Diplo!).
How have you been involved with The Vera Project?
I started going to shows at the 4th Ave space when I was in high school, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I spent a yearlong stint as the outreach intern and became a member. More recently I have helped in the planning of A Drink for the Kids and am looking forward to working on yearlong development as part of the fundraising committee.
How has Vera impacted you, or helped you with your future?
The experience I gained volunteering and the people I met along the way are not only what inspired me to want a career in music, but also gave me the skills to make that a reality. I’m pretty grateful for the opportunity Vera gave me to experience community building through music and arts first hand. Today I get to work alongside Shannon Roach, former managing Director of Vera at The Recording Academy PNW Chapter where we support the local music industry with educational and networking programs. My passion for growing and expanding our music community definitely stemmed from my experiences at Vera.
If you had access to unlimited money, name one way you would improve Vera.
If I had unlimited $$$$ I would want to expand the depth and scope of educational programs available at Vera (classes, internship opportunities and the staff support needed to accommodate).
Do you have a favorite show or memory at Vera?
I have seen too many shows at Vera to name just one favorite, but things that stand out are hopping a fence with Shannon Roach during Vera outreach at Sasquatch!, moving the silk screen dryer into the new space (worse than moving any piano), I heart Nick Turner shirts, and all the amazing people I met throughout the years. “True and Sincere Friends” is no joke.
In less than 5 words, describe The Vera Project.
Why is it important for the community to support Vera?
I continue to support Vera because it embodies the support and innovation in the Seattle music community that I love. The opportunities Vera provides for youth to explore and experience music and art is unparalleled.
Starting October 15th and lasting through the end of the year, The Vera Project is asking for donations to our Fall Fund Drive! Donations of any amount are a crucial part of what makes Vera work. We rely on your (monetary!) support to keep our doors open to the thousands of individuals that come here each year. Please take a moment out of your day to donate a buck or two to help Seattle’s premiere all-ages music & arts venue continue to thrive and give everyone a safe, low-priced, fun space to dance, learn, & rock! http://theveraproject.org/donate/