STORYBOARD MEDIA PARTNERS, in partnership with local music venues, musicians, artists, storytellers and filmmakers, presents:

OUR LIVE MUSIC SCENE IS IN TROUBLE – WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW

– SAVING MEMPHIS’ LIVE MUSIC SCENE – 
thru Advocacy / with New Opportunities / by Supporting Local Efforts

THUMBNAIL —

PURPOSE & VISION:

Plugged>iN Memphis is building a coalition of local venues, musicians, studios and artists in support of our culturally and economically vital live music scene. Their music and stories will be captured in photographs, original artwork, interviews, podcasts, HD music videos and hi-fidelity sound, and at project completion, a feature-length documentary film and a printed publication.

This series of projects and programs will create paid opportunities for musicians and music makers, help to raise aid dollars, advocate for support of the local chapter of NIVA (*National Independent Venue Association of Save Our Stages), and energize our local music ecosystem. 

FEATURING:

  • Live performances captured in empty venues (or for private audiences) in high-definition video and hi-fidelity sound to bring some of that live experience back into consciousceness. 
  • Photographs, articles, podcasts with local musicians and venue owners/managers
  • HD video shorts and half-hour segments aired on WYPL, YouTube, IGTV and in 2021, coming to a new streaming service

RECORDING HISTORY:

Plugged>iN Memphis will also capture history, exporing lost venues of the recent and distant past in addition to this unique moment in our history, in how local musicians adapted to a virtual 2020 audience, how artists and venues have struggled, and they how we as a city are rallying around Memphis’ musical soul and most influential contribution to American culture. 

— FULL STORY —

2020 has been unimaginable for all of us, with too many small businesses, restaurants, fellow Americans, friends and family members paying the ultimate price. The year has also devastated our local live music scene:

Midtown Crossing Grill & The Lounge at 3rd & Court: Closed. Bar DKDC: Now a deli. The P&H: Moving. The Hi-Tone: Endangered. Who’s Next? 

If we don’t do something, and NOW, this list will grow each month, each week. A survey of venue owners by the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) indicated that up to 90% of our independent music venues across the country won’t last past 2021. 

If you are new to this topic, you might be thinking “Didn’t our small businesses, including our music venues, get relief from the CARES ACT, small business loans, Payroll Protections, etc.?” Many did, some did not, but most are still struggling. 

Despite the good news of vaccines coming soon and Congress’ efforts at extensions of economic relief, cash-strapped live music venues continue to face insurmountable challenges. And unfortunately for those that survive the next few months – even once venues are permitted to reopen – it will take months for the industry to return to usual schedules.

It’s important to understand that live music revenue doesn’t just support the venue owners, employees and musicians that make the music happen. It represents an entire music ecosystem. National economic estimates say that for every $1 spent at a live music event, another $12 is spent in the local economy on food and beverages sales, transportation, hotels, etc. And in a city like Memphis, live music is a primary draw for attracting a developing workforce, for generating millions of dollars in tourism and in contributing to the tax base. And it plays an obvious and critical role in our city’s cultural economy. Memphis IS its music. 

You may also wonder, “Didn’t our Shelby County Commission or Memphis City Council provide relief aid to our vital Memphis live music scene?” No. No yet. Cities with strong live music scenes, including Houston, Austin, Seattle and Nashville all have received millions in aid from their city’s CARES ACT allocations – similar relief here in Memphis has not happened, and won’t without our coordinated advocacy.

Save Our Stages and NIVA, MusiCares, Music Export Memphis and others are all engaging in momental efforts to support Memphis music and musicians, and we fully and actively support their efforts. With Plugged>iN Memphis we need even more coordinated help to more broadly engage public awareness and direct support for our independent Memphis venues. Our efforts will also provide a lobbying platform to encourage City Council and the County Commission to include independent venue relief aid in the next CARES ACT deal currently being discussed in Congress.

PURPOSE & VISION

In short, Plugged>iN Memphis aims to further the efforts to save Memphis’ live music scene before it’s too late, and support policy changes that provide future opportunities to the live music and recording industry.

With your support and donations, PLUGGED>IN MEMPHIS will: 

  • help bring the Memphis live music scene together to further educate and empower venues, musicians, fans and local leadership
  • assist with efforts to lobby city and county government for more relief aid for our venues and musicians
  • contribute to the Covid Relief Fund of Music Export Memphis
  • create paid opportunities to the live music, arts and filmmaking communities with filmed live music production, public service videos, podcasts, written features and a feature-length documentary
  • support the goals of the Memphis chapter of NIVA and Music Export Memphis

COLLABORATING

Plugged>iN Memphis is building a coalition of industry creators, a collaboration of local music organizations, musicians, studios, artists, and venues. Their music and stories will be captured in photographs, original artwork, interviews, podcasts, music videos, and at project completion, a feature-length documentary film and a printed publication.



RAISING NEEDED AID

Plugged>iN Memphis will help raise funds for venues and the musical workforce that sustains them and contribute to the Covid Relief Fund of Music Export Memphis. In addition, supporting storytelling will activate artists from a variety of local arts groups. 

Visit our GoFundMe Plugged-iN Memphis starter campaign to make a pledge to help us in these early stages.

RECORDING HISTORY

Plugged>iN Memphis will also capture this unique moment in our history, in how local musicians adapted to a virtual 2020 audience, how artists and venues have struggled, and they how we as a city are rallying around Memphis’ musical soul and most influential contribution to American culture. 

How Plugged-iN Memphis Works

“This town is about the art and about making the work that will survive.” ~Robert Gordon, in 2018

As we have noted, this year has been unimaginable for all of us. Our music scene, its ecosystem of artists and workers, has suffered equally. Our venues are sadly empty and most of our musicians are barely working or playing solo sets on social media from their living rooms or front porches. The Plugged-iN team of creatives from the local film and music community is breathing a little life and light into these Memphis places, working with local venues large and small, from polished to divey, and working with musicians to put place and artist together, asking them to play a set or two, and capturing it all on film and audio. Throughout the process we are interviewing the musicians, venue owners and managers about this year’s struggles, about the sounds and spirits missing from these only-in-Memphis places.

With your support we aim to capture these moments on film and audio, in articles and photos, putting local artists and storytellers to work on sharing the stories of Memphis in 2020 and of Memphis’ history in its lost venues.

  • Various related articles
  • Photography and artwork
  • Dozens or more short videos and interviews on IGTV, FB, YouTube and other local channels
  • Lost venues filmed shorts
  • A feature length documentary film

Of this work, how much we can deliver is up to you. We know it’s tough out there, but even a small purchase or sponsorship can make a difference. And remember, portions of your purchase goes toward replenishing the Covid Relief Fund of Music Export Memphis, toward a new fund we are working on to support our independent venues, and toward this program. Your dollars also help us sustain this program to further our fundraising efforts throughout the life of program.


Please give today to our GoFundMe Plugged-iN Memphis starter campaign


Or, pre-order a Plugged-iN mask or Comfort Colors Plugged-iN T-shirt


Or, get involved with the program and become a Program Supporter:

VIP – $250

Your entry point past the velvet ropes into the club. Your VIP status means that:

  • Your name or business will appear in the final film’s closing credits
  • You will receive two ticket reservations to a private, filmed performance by a local band or all-star band at one select venue (including but not limited to: the Orpheum; the Levitt Shell; Circuit Playhouse; others as determined, as Covid restrictions allow) 
  • You will receive 2 Plugged>iN masks & 2 T-shirts

Band Promoter – $500

  • All VIP perks, plus
  • Your name, business and logo on one Plugged-iN video short

Producer – $1500

  • All Band Promotor perks, plus
  • Your name, business and logo on two (2) Plugged-iN video shorts
  • Name or business in ‘below the title’ opening credits (listed with other producers)

Executive Producer – $2500

  • All Producer perks, plus
  • Your name, business and logo on three (3) Plugged-iN video shorts
  • Your personal voice-over or appearance on three (3) above video shorts discussing your love for Memphis’ live music or specific artist
  • Name or business in ‘below the title’ opening credits (listed individually)

Production Partner – $5000

  • All Executive Producer perks, plus
  • Your name, business and logo on four (4) Plugged-iN video shorts
  • Your personal voice-over or appearance on four (4) above video shorts discussing your love for Memphis’ live music or specific artist
  • Name or business in the ‘a production of’ in opening credits

Title, Presenting Sponsor – Cost to be discussed

  • All Production Partner perks, plus
  • Above the title in opening credits as “an ‘XYZ’ Production”
  • Other perks for discussion

Please submit your contact information and we will provide details on what sponsorship looks like.


What type of sponsorship are you interested in?