David’s Den is a one-of-a-kind 501 C non-profit resource in Nashville for musicians and the creative community that surrounds them. It is a safe space where they can get support, guidance and friendship if/when they are feeling self-destructive, having suicidal thoughts or experiencing depression or other mental health issues.
David’s Den is led by Alex Chont, a Nashville resident and businessman with a lifelong passion for music and a strong commitment to suicide awareness and prevention. Alex’s brother David committed suicide as a teenager and Alex created David’s Den as a tribute to his struggle. Earlier in his life, Alex also struggled with addiction and suicidal impulses, but fortunately, he found his way to recovery and music has been a major factor in his journey to wellness.
David’s Den is currently housed in Fort Houston - an interdisciplinary workspace for makers that facilitates the enrichment of Nashville’s artistic community. We are raising money to expand our space at Fort Houston to include our own studio. Having our own studio on-site would allow us to serve more musicians in the community by providing additional safe space in a more intimate environment better suited to impromptu jam sessions. This new space would give us a much-needed office and a dedicated area to hold fundraisers and events, as well as provide the ability to continuously raise funds to maintain the daily expenses of running David’s Den by renting the studio space out to supporting musicians. Thanks to the generosity and donations of local musicians and David’s Den supporters, we’ve already collected all necessary studio equipment for this endeavor. Our fundraising efforts are now focused on raising enough money to cover the cost of the building itself ($11,500), as well as the costs associated with getting electricity and central air in the studio. We estimate that at a minimum, we need to raise approximately $15,000 to make this dream a reality.
David’s Den exists because of our supporters, and it depends on your continued support to grow. We are deeply grateful for everyone who believes in our mission enough to donate, share, or volunteer. With your donations, we will keep working to stop the stigma of mental health and provide a safe space for struggling musicians in Nashville.