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Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Studio at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

149 West Hastings St

Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4

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Listen Up!

A Conversation Series on Sustainable Models and Strategies

for a Vancouver Music Centre

Volume 2: Splendor Amsterdam: a model that works

Featuring two of Splendor’s founding members, David Dramm and Anne Laberge

plus business manager, Norman van Dartel from Amsterdam

Free admission, reception to follow

The second conversation of Listen Up! dives into artist driven spaces to tell the story of Splendor Amsterdam, presented by co-founders David Dramm and Anne la Berge, and business manager Norman van Dartel. Founded in 2010 by 50 musicians and their public, Splendor now has over 1200 registered audience members, presents over 300 events annually, and is considered an alternative central-nervous-system for Dutch music. The evening promises to open doors and minds to the possibilities for live music now and in the future.

In response to the loss of grassroots venues worldwide, a trend is underway to explore new ways to make arts and cultural organizations more resilient by improving their business models and developing their long-term strategic and innovation capacities. One of the most unique initiatives for the live music industry is Splendor Amsterdam (splendoramsterdam.com). Reclaiming the territory between maker, performer and the public, Splendor is a meeting place, club, laboratory and venue. Vancouver’s music visionaries and supporters are invited to take an inside look at the space and its organizational structure through an interactive presentation and lively conversation. Moderated by Vancouver-based writer, musician and organizer Barbara Adler, audiences will explore Splendor’s innovative approaches to sustainability, financial models, collective thinking, and the challenge of running a musician-run venue without “programmers”. After four years, what has worked and what hasn’t?

The Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society (VIM House) was created in July 2011 by a coalition of musicians, music presenters and managers who support the planning and development of a purpose built, culturally diverse, affordable and accessible music centre. This not-for-profit, charitable organization has undertaken a series of studies to determine the need for and feasibility of a new state-of-the art venue that will suit the needs of the local music community.

The vision for VIM House is to showcase the incredible diversity and wealth of music in Vancouver, as well as to host performers from around the world; to create a place where musicians and artists from different genres and cultures will meet one another, share ideas and experiences and develop new musical collaborations.

Vancouver has produced some of the best musicians in the world and is home to a growing population eager for music of all kinds, yet is lacking the creative hub for music that can be found in many cities. As plans move forward to include a music presentation/creation venue in the vision for Northeast False Creek, VIM House is looking to engage the music community in a series of discussions exploring sustainable models and strategies for this future venue.

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