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Do You Lack Direction? There’s An Instrument For That


We source a resource. Actually, this here monthly rag provides many resources, ones that are still being realized in our 6th year. It was created as an events listing, but it’s more of a complete cultural resource now; not just listing events from music, art, and film communities here, but also reporting on news and issues that affect the culture at large. We brought back horoscopes, we’re debuting missed connections this month…you get the idea. But beyond the content we offer, there is another way we can act as a resource for the independent artist — through volunteerism.

Although we talk about it often, especially since getting our 501 (c) (3) status, volunteerism has never really been thought of in the same way (FREE and FOR YOU) as the news and events listings are. Volunteerism is known to be the way the paper is produced and distributed, and we try to be very clear that NO ONE makes money in our organization, but I realize now that as a result of that transparency, volunteerism is more often considered a BURDEN than an OPPORTUNITY. Yet it’s an incredible resource — a wealth of resources, even — for artists near and far to take advantage of.

Just 3 hidden wonders of volunteerism: Freedom, Experience, and Flexibility. Freedom to do a good thing, without the burden or responsibility of making money, or needing money to do it, is literally invaluable. Speaking of which… Experience. Invaluable experience. The opportunities to volunteer with our organization are nearly inexhaustible and all of which provide experience that is difficult to get anywhere else. Lastly, the flexibility of it all; Unlike an internship or JOB, you can volunteer in any capacity your time allows. Get on board, and get off any time you want, with skills and experiences that will carry you far away from here.

Do some good in this perverted world. Take advantage of the myriad opportunities a started-from-scratch, entirely volunteer-run, and multifaceted org like ours can provide. If you lack direction, use the compass to find your way — it could point you towards the path you’ve been looking for.

-Sam Potrykus

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