Don't let a world without BAE become the new normal.
The Bangor Arts Exchange is fighting for its long term survival in the face of closures and restrictions due to COVID-19.
BAE is more than just a venue. It has become a central part of our community and the heart of Bangor's cultural landscape. Our 5-month closure due to COVD-19 and the current restrictions around public gathering have endangered the venue's survival. The venue is facing revenue shortages of over 75% for 2020. We employee over half a dozen full time and part time employees, and contribute to the livelihoods of hundreds of performing artists. In 2019 we donated over $10,000 in free rental and rehearsal time to arts organizations and artists.
BAE is home to not only live music performances but is also an artistic hub for the Greater Bangor region and serves as the only independent music venue in our community. It is a home to local choral, dance, and improv groups, provides rehearsal spaces, studio spaces for creatives, and is home to OpenMic: Bangor, an all-ages event that encourages performance from emerging performing artists.
Please help the Bangor Arts Exchange maintain through this extended COVID-19 period of uncertainty for music and performance arts venues. We know that this year has been hard for so many, and we realize that we are just one more mouth asking for support in these times.
"These entertainment hubs are critical to their local economies and tax bases as employers, tourism destinations, and revenue generators for neighboring businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and retail. Independent venues exist in every state across the country; they were the first to be closed, they will be the last to open. The economic recovery process will extend past just reopening the front doors, requiring solutions unique to the industry." - National Indepednent Venue Association
The Bangor Arts Exchange is a project of Launchpad in collaboration with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Launchpad is a 501(c)(3) arts incubator that focuses collaborating with artists and arts organizations to develop creative communities in Maine.