Dear Vera Community,
It’s with a little sadness, much gratitude, and a lot of optimism that I announce that I’ll be stepping down as Executive Director at the turn of the year. Leading The Vera Project these last two and half years has been the most challenging and rewarding adventure of my professional life. I feel so blessed to be a part of this community, and I know that now we are ready for me to pass the baton.
Together we—Vera’s volunteers & members, staff & board, and each and every one of you!—have brought this organization so far. Our finances are stable; we’ve negotiated a new lease and are making critical improvements to the venue and operations; we’ve reestablished old relationships and build new ones both internally and with external funding, programming and community partners; we’ve welcomed some great new staff and board members; and we’ll soon launch a new website and new branding.
I’m so proud of the work we’ve done and the community we’ve sustained and strengthened. Now that we’ve gotten Vera back on firm footing, it’s time for the organization to leap into the next exciting era. This leadership transition is a part of that, and I’m confident that this community will emerge from it ready to take on the world.
Though I’m transiting out of my current role, please know that I’ll always be a loud booster and proud donor, and you’ll still spot me at shows. In the meantime, I will be spending next few months working hard to ensure The Vera Project is set up for success on all fronts.
I would like to invite you to help here, too, by donating to The Vera Project’s Fall Fund Drive. Investing in our community now is a critical to ensuring the next Vera era will be the best one yet.
Thank you, truly and sincerely, for everything these last few years and Viva Vera!!
To apply for the Executive Director job, visit our Job Listings page or click here to access the posting directly!
If you are younger and you are questioning things like sexuality or gender, those things are constantly being questioned outside in the world. But Vera is a space where your identity will not be questioned, where you simply can be.
Connection to Vera: Current Marketing Intern, Current Admin/Archival Intern, Co-chair of the Booking Committee, Steering Committee Member, and Show Volunteer
How did you find Vera?
I went to a show. I saved up for two weeks just so I could go to that one show. A friend at the show told me if I wanted to see more shows, I should just volunteer at the Vera Project. And that’s how I got involved!
What is your favorite Vera memory?
My favorite show, weirdly enough, was Why Don’t We, a boy band. I loved the unfiltered passion of the people at that show (who were all under 18 except two people). Just to see that enthusiasm for something– and it’s not being judged, and it’s not being shamed. You just couldn’t help but smile. I know I went through the same thing when I saw Courtney Love when I was 15 or 16.
How would your life be different without Vera?
I don’t think I would be involved in the music industry or want to go into the career that I want to go into. I want to be a publicist at a label. It sounds like a hyperbole, but I genuinely don’t think I would be on track to do what I want to do right now without Vera.
We’ve currently raised $2,500 of our $15,000 Fall Fund Drive goal. Let’s double that TODAY to get us 1/3 of the way there! Every donations counts. Any amount counts. Donate today to support all-ages music and DIY art in Seattle. Click the above image, or go to our donate
Foundry10 Presents: Shiver and Scream, a Scary Sound Effect Design Workshop
Monday October 23rd 5-9PM
The Vera Project Recording Studio
Corner of Warren Ave N & Republican St
REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/Y43a8vGmQUpc6bbC3
About the Workshop:
Just in time for the Halloween holiday, Shiver and Scream is a free four hour workshop that will teach you how to take (or make) sounds, either those that they record or from a library, and manipulate into a spooky soundscape. You will then work to restore a scene from a campy horror flick, applying the same professional sound design techniques used in gaming and movies. This is a free workshop!
About the Instructor:
Joshua Du Chene is a composer, sound designer, Foley artist, musician, and educator in the Seattle indie games community. He has been a maker of sounds ever since he discovered he could hum whilst consuming Gerber applesauce in his He-Man high-chair. Now he just does it with more expensive equipment. Joshua holds a Master of Education degree from Oregon State University and has presented on audio at the PAX Developer’s Conference, Seattle Startup Week, the SIXR Cinematic VR Challenge, and at Shoreline College.
Foundry10 is a philanthropic research organization dedicated to finding new and interesting ways to create value for youth today. We partner with communities and schools to try new approaches to learning, across a broad range of subjects and environments.
Contact: Jeffery McNulty at email@example.com
The Viva Vera Fall Fund Drive Has Begun!
The annual Fall Fund Drive raises important money needed to keep the lights on and the music playing for another year at the Vera Project. From today until December 31st we will collect donations to fund all of the programs and events you love here at Vera.
A huge thank you to Barsuk Records for being the very first donor to Fall Fund Drive 2017 and getting us started with a $1,500 donation! Barsuk Records is a beloved independent record label here in Seattle since 1998, and they have always been staunch supporters of the Seattle DIY music scene.
Because of Barsuk Records we have already raised $1,500 out of our $15,000 goal, and YOU can help us get the rest of the way before December 31st!
Simply visit www.theveraproject.org/donate to support The Vera Project. Every donations counts. Any amount counts. Donate today to support all-ages music and DIY art in Seattle.
Thank you for all of the ways you support the Vera Project. We wouldn’t be here without you!
The Vera Project Presents
Vera Workshop #3: In The Studio
REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/JBUxmRYxl7mON3QY2
Learn what it takes to succesfully record an EP or an album from the experts who do it for a living! From DIY recording to professional studios, from recording to mastering, this workshop will teach you what it takes to create a great release for your band or project.
12:10 – 12:20PM
Opening & Ice Breaker
12:20 – 12:50PM
Keynote: Critical Listening
This opening portion of the event features an industry professional playing 5-8 recognizable songs and relaying their recording information. In this session attendees may hear something that sounds like their own music.
1:00PM – 1:30PM
Conversation One: What is a Recording Studio?
Who do you encounter in the studio? What is a studio? Role of the producer – why would you need this? Role of the engineer. What are my options in Seattle?
1:45PM – 2:30PM
Conversation Two: Pre-Production Panel
What do I need to do before I start recording? Artists, a studio owner, and an engineer discuss balancing budget vs comfort vs quality, how much time preparation takes, what exactly a producer is, and why recording is so different from artist to artist and studio to studio. Also features some discussion of DIY vs Professional and everything in between.
2:45PM – 3:45PM
Break Out One: DIY vs Professional – I’ve never been in a studio! Help!
2:45PM – 3:45PM
Break Out Two: Recording A-Z (step by step guide) —– Recording to Mastering
3:50PM – 4:15PM
Wrap-Up: A Brief Look at How to Leverage your Recordings
This workshop features the wise words and expertise of…
Ernie Ashwood (The Complex Dialect)
Maria-Elena Juarez (Acapulco Lips)
Paul Morgan (WisCon)
Ian Kurtis Crist (Health Problems / Bat / Bosnia)
Eric Lilavois (London Bridge Studio)
Jeffery M. McNulty (The Vera Project / The Killroom Studio)
Lilian Davis (The Vera Project / London Bridge Studio)
Ben Jenkins (The Killroom Studio / Killroom Records)
REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/JBUxmRYxl7mON3QY2
Please join us for a drink (or many!) in support of Vera’s all-ages music & arts programming! All proceeds from select drink specials will go directly to Vera. Thank you to our sponsors, Tito’s Vodka, Montucky Cold Snacks, and The Stranger!
SEPTEMBER 20 at Screwdriver
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SEPTEMBER 27 at Central Saloon
featuring performances by Vacationeer & more!
RSVP on Facebook
Happy Birthday Vera!
We’re turning 16 this year, and we’re celebrating with a sweet 16 party! 16 bands, two stages, beer, cupcakes, a raffle, and all to benefit your favorite all-ages art and music space!!
Emma Lee Toyoda
Hoop (Caitlin Solo)
Taylar Elizza Beth
RAFFLE WITH COOL PRIZES (LIKE A DRUM KIT! WOW! ALSO A GUITAR!)
Sliding Scale $5-$20
12pm – 11:30pm
The Vera Project Presents: The Art of the Tour
Saturday July 8, 12-5:30pm
A FREE workshop designed to help up & coming bands learn the skills necessary to plan and complete a successful tour!
Featuring panels and talks with Lisa Prank, IVVY, Emma Lee Toyoda, Ryan Nails Leyva, Votiv, Jason Clackley, Jodi Ecklund, and Shenandoah Davis!
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/2B49fkfJYT85EM7A3
More info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/175955669606096/
Summer is finally here, so we’re raising our glasses in support of The Vera Project! Join us at one (or more!) of the following nights. All proceeds from Montucky Cold Snacks and specialty cocktails made with Tito’s Voka go directly to Vera!
Thursday June 8: Linda’s (with DJs Sharlese & Calico)
Friday June 9: Redwood (with live music from Pleather)
Saturday June 11: Saint John’s (with DJs)
Are you in a band? Join us at this workshop to learn the best ways to market yourself–from social media, to press kits, to licensing your music.
Register here: http://bit.ly/VeraWorkshop1
RSVP on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/449353985456871/
12:30-1:00PM Keynote Conversation with Sassyblack
1:00PM – 2:30PM Panel: Marketing Yourself: Using social media to build a strong brand with:
Megan Ternes (Suicide Squeeze Records, SASQUATCH! Music Festival)
Tristan Carosino (The Billions Corporation)
Reed Juenger (Beat Connection, The Capitol Hill Block Party)
Gwendolyn McKenzie (The Crocodile, Night Shift)
Taylar White (aka Taylar Elizza Beth)
3:00 – 4:30PM Workshop: Publicity + Analytics: Building a press packet, Tracking Progress, and Gaining Traction with:
Jason Baxter (Hardly Art)
Emily Cripe (Filson, Youryoungbody)
3:00 – 4:30PM Monetizing 101: Licensing, Streaming, and Platforms for Music Distribution with:
Erik Metzger (Washington Lawyers for the Arts (WLA))
4:45-5:30PM Networking Mixer