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is an all-ages alcohol-free independent music venue, started in 1991 to give area young adults the opportunity to create their own music-centric community of young musicians, young artists, and young music fans.
Warehouse Alliance 501(c)(3)
formed in 2014 to oversee operations of The Warehouse, as that year we transitioned into a non-profit organization.
Mar 2020 was our 29th Anniversary month, and we had a wide variety of shows coming up in March and April, plus Game Nights and food distribution.
But fate had different plans.
We chose to shut down the Warehouse
in mid-March, before the order from the State, because it was obvious to us that the world was dealing with something too big to ignore. The last thing we wanted was a "Warehouse Kid" to catch the virus just from enjoying themselves at a concert. The enemy was too stealth for us to risk lives just for concerts. So we closed before required to, and canceled all the shows we had booked and the events we had planned.
But those musical gatherings are so much more to kids than just concerts.
They are events where local youth can socially interact in person, seeing friends from nearby and far away, getting those kids away from their screens and into a face to face with friends, old and new.
Right now, getting together for a concert like that is just not possible. And it could be a very long time before concerts are "allowed"; perhaps even longer until they are "safe".
We are erring, and WILL BE erring, on the side of caution.
The life of one Warehouse Kid is
worth more than all the concerts in the world, and although it is very hard for all of us volunteers, we must tell you that because of our committment to a safe concert environment, it will be awhile before we see you again.
Kids are messaging us, day and night,
whether they are local bands or just local music fans, hoping that we will tell them a date when they can get together with their friends and burn up some pent up energy dancing and moshing to some great bands.
But our answer to them is "please hang in there", and we don't lie to them about a timetable, and then change it the following week.
We monitor all of the press, and the music industry trade journals, statements from medical professionals, we consult with agents who book bands of all sizes, and talk with professional concert crew members who are no longer on the world tours they were hired to work on.
In reality it looks very grim.
Before groups of people can once again gather in close quarters to watch a great show, whether in a basement, a small venue, large venue, arena, or stadium, this virus needs to be gone.
Some sources are saying there will be no shows until a vaccine is not only discovered/created, but mass produced for the population, because insurance companies will refuse to insure close gatherings for reasonable cost until the virus is completely under control.
Realistically, that could be 6 months, 12 months, even 18 months or more.
To respond to a kid with that real of an answer is tough. Kids want to get things back the way they were, RIGHT NOW.
And we understand. This virus has ripped them out of their usual routine, and taken away their community of friends.
But first, retail, bars, restaurants have to open,
probably with modified seating and a whole host of other regulations.
Theaters and concert venues are a whole different ball game (as are ball games!).
During this time while we are waiting for the medical professionals to create a solution, the complications of our existence remain.
For Warehouse Alliance, keeping the Warehouse funded so it can be here for those kids when we get the "all clear!" is becoming a real challenge.
Without having carry out food and drinks like restaurants do, Warehouse has nothing to sell on a regular basis. Warehouse Alliance applied for but did not receive any of the SBA PPE funding -- we're all volunteers, so there is no "payroll". So no money from the government like bars can get.
But we've still got to pay the monthly building payment, property insurance, liability insurance, internet/phone (we're still here working), electric, maintenance, trash removal, etc., as well as the bills from March that remain unpaid due to the cessation of concerts. So we are already behind.
SO WE'VE GOT TO DO A FUNDRAISER
We're a non-profit, so getting donations is always part of our effort to stay funded,
But this particular fundraiser has some really cool perks for donors.
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This was going to be a straight-up fundraiser, but one of the Warehouse volunteer staff, Liz, bought a sewing machine and has been producing handmade punk-rock style Warehouse patches. They were just going to be for the staff, but she offered to keep making them so that they could be part of an "incentive" to donate.
The patch features what some of you might recognize as the original old school Warehouse logo.
They are black with white thread, with either a
• black border, or
• white border.
They're really cool, made by hand one by one, not bulk manufactured in Vietnam in some sweatshop.
Each one is a little different because of the hand construction. These unique patches on your jacket, shirt, vest, pants, hat will look cool and identify you as a Warehouse Kid, young OR old.
We also made 3 Warehouse stickers, for further proof that you are a Warehouse supporter.
•a 3.5 inch circular sticker with the classic logo, "La Crosse WI" as well as "Est 1991" on it.
•an 8.5 x 2.75 inch sticker with a newer Warehouse logo featuring the State of Wisconsin as the "O" in Warehouse, plus the test "All Ages Since 1991" and "La Crosse WI".
•an 8.5x1.38 inch sticker that reads in large print "WAREHOUSE KID FOR LIFE" and also reads in small print "Independent All Ages Shows since 1991".
$1-14 elbow bump from Warehouse staffer of your choice, when we re-open
$15-25 your choice of sticker
$36-50 Patch and sticker
$51-74 Patch and 2 stickers
$75-100 Patch and "Long way to the top" shirt
$101 and up, Patch, Shirt, 3 stickers
We will be adding higher incentive levels -- for Personal or Business inquires, check with email@example.com
PLEASE INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF THE WAREHOUSE and HELP WAREHOUSE ALLIANCE 501c3 with a Tax-deductible contribution.