The Boreal will be a collectively run all-ages DIY music venue and community space. This sort of space is important because it provides a safe, drug and alcohol free environment where people of any age can enjoy and participate in music and art.
Touring bands often pass through Eugene but are unable to find a reliable venue for a show. This is especially true for underground bands on a shoestring budget that cannot afford to rent out the larger venues in Eugene. Currently, most of the smaller scale shows that do take place in Eugene occur in bars which enforce a 21+ age restriction. In this scenario, the music often seems to function as background for drinking, and does not foster the type of community we would like to see in Eugene.
The Boreal aims to put music at the forefront. We believe that music, when approached from this vantage point has a transformative effect on the people involved. The Boreal, at the very least would give underground / independent musicians a place to share their art. On a grander scale, the Boreal would create a thriving social community that brings music, in a meaningful way, to people of any age.
The model for this venue is not for-profit by nature. All revenue (in excess of monthly rent, utilities and other expenses) will be given to the touring bands for gas money and other expenses they incur while on tour. We never want to put musicians in a situation where they have to pay to play. In addition, our ticket prices will usually be $7 or less to encourage people from all socioeconomic backgrounds to attend shows.
The funds raised through this kickstarter campaign will be applied to all of the move-in costs associated with leasing the commercial property where we intend to run the venue.
Once we are open for business, we run the risk of being shut down due to noise complaints, a lack of turnout for shows, and property damage. We hope that by fostering a sense of community and working with the surrounding businesses this will be avoided. In order to help with the cost of rent, and to insulate us from low-turnout we will rent the space during the day as a community space for group classes and workshops.