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Popular Noise Foundation To Preserve And Benefit Threatened Local Music Scene

New San Francisco-based nonprofit organization will raise funds and operate charitable programs for the local music community.

October 2, 2000 (SAN FRANCISCO) The San Francisco Bay Area now has a nonprofit arts organization solely designed to preserve and benefit its endangered music culture. Founded by musicians and other key members of the San Francisco music scene, The Popular Noise Foundation today announced its strategy to reverse the decline of local music in the San Francisco Bay Area, with plans to:

  • Assist the music community in finding solutions for sustainable rehearsal and performance space

  • Provide a face for the local music community and validate its credible place within the cultural establishment

  • Award grants to promising music groups or individuals in the community

  • Represent local music to the business community and provide avenues for the business community to assist local musicians

  • Stage public concerts and events to showcase and benefit the music community, and educate the public

PNF principals include: Noise Pop Festival founder Kevin Arnold; Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and garageband.com; Scott Kannberg of Pavement and Amazing Grease Records; Sharky Laguana of Creeper Lagoon; Zeitgeist Artist Management principal Jordan Kurland; Listen.com VP of Content/Editor-in-Chief Nick Tangborn; Chime Interactive music technology consultants principal and IUMA co-founder Jon Luini; and Lycos Music product manager, co-founder of nineup.com and member of pinq Tim Mitchell. Musician Sheetal Singh is PNF's full-time acting Executive Director.

PNF is committed to building an effective fundraising infrastructure to ensure the ongoing preservation of the Bay Area music community, and is working closely with other groups recently mobilized around these issues, including the Save Local Music Coalition and RockOut SF. As an arts foundation, an important part of this effort is to provide a face for the local music community to the larger, traditional arts community as well as the business community in SF.

"The Bay Area business community and dot-coms in particular have been accused of killing the local arts," says Popular Noise founder Kevin Arnold, "but the perceived gap between those communities is not as wide as many think. We're longtime fans and participants in local music and we know that we all have a vested interest in seeing the music scene continue to thrive. We believe that Popular Noise can help individuals and businesses who have benefited from the economic boom contribute back to the music scene they love."

For more information and our mission statement, as well as details about how to donate or volunteer, see our website at http://www.popularnoise.org.

Kevin Arnold, Founder - kevin@popularnoise.org - 415.720.5228
Sheetal Singh, Acting Executive Director - sheetal@popularnoise.org


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