Thursday, January 18, 2007

Bad News

The following email from Metrognome Collective's James Watkins just appeared in my inbox, and the same message has been posted on Metrognome's website. This really sucks. 1518 was a great space, and I hope these guys can bring their intelligence, energy and enthusiasm to a better location in the near future.

After much discussion and debate, Mission Co-op/Metrognome Collective is going to discontinue operations and efforts at 1518 East Lancaster. Please, rest assured this is not the end of the Metrognome Collective. Unfortunately we just don't have the resources to make the current location work for us. We will be moving everything out of the building and into storage by Feb. 1.
Thank you all for attending our most recent fundraiser at the Wreck Room earlier this month. We raised almost a thousand dollars, the bulk of which has been sent as a cashiers check to the IRS as part of our application for federal tax exemption. The rest will go toward paying off our final bills. We expect to receive confirmation of our 501(c)3 status in the next few months. Once we have our legal ducks in a row, and have settled all of the details of moving out of our current building, we will be putting together a series of exciting fundraiser events at various sites around the Metroplex in the spring.

We will also be pursuing additional grants and other funding sources, to meet our goal of finding a new space somewhere in Fort Worth to continue operations some time in the summer. I continue to believe that we have shown ourselves to be a vital and viable force for promoting and assisting all types of artists over the last year, and I believe this is an opportunity for us to regroup and find a new location in a building and neighborhood better suited for our goal of providing a true community arts space.

Our special thanks go out to the men and women of the city of Fort Worth's Development Department who were so gracious in instructing us in the details and nuances of the International Building Code, ANSI standards, and Fort Worth's amended building codes. Key support has also come from our landlord Flora Brewer, whose assistance in launching the Metrognome was indispensible, and who has proven herself to be a devoted patron of the arts in her own right.

And finally, thanks to the Metrognome's vital and growing artists community, the residents who have assisted and poured their energy into making the collective what it is. Thank you all for your help and consideration, I know everyone did their very best to make this possible and we all deeply appreciate it. I look forward to working with each of you in the future.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it says a lot when a venue that we all praised and maybe even went to a few times to see some good shows gets less comments (ie: none) than some psycho bitches personal litigious blog spree. thanks for being a cool venue metrognome! sorry you didn't blow guys at haileys so more people would talk about you.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank god i may not have to go to east fw anymore.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a shame.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:15 AM : And still you bring her up in a different thread. Nice going, idiot.

10:22 AM  
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10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it sounded like the old place was a total money pit, so I'm glad to hear they are moving on to another place instead of losing their asses on upgrades to code.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you Metrognome, you have the heart to do more good things so I look forward to hearing that you're up and running soon.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i look forward to new endeavors from the metrognome collective. i will never forget the amazing insanity that was the metrognome popfest, probably one of the best live experiences DFWd has ever seen in a single evening.

12:35 PM  
Blogger kidko said...

Best of luck to them finding a better space

4:00 PM  

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