How can we help the Chicago music community?

I've been meaning to start a blog for Soapbox (and actually I have about a year and a half of journal entries never published documenting the drama as we pursued our goals) but I figure here is as good as any to start and hopefully I can move discussions over to a more dedicated blog.

A big reason Brendan and I started Soapbox was because

1) we want to create a rad music space for ourselves and friends
2) we want to build, connect, collaborate, and meet other musicians
3) different communal creative spaces lead to unexpected happenings, inspiration, experimentation

So far we've had a free chiptunes show, a dance party, regular music workshops, and of course we try and cover our costs by renting out the space for music rehearsal and barebones recording. To me the workshops and free shows are the most exciting, and the rehearsals are the most useful (but less exciting). The balance comes from trying to meet our costs but maximizing awesomeness. Doing something exciting. We definitely don't want to be just another rehearsal space...

If you guys had a space like this, what would you do with it? Would you keep it tight-knit or really open it up? What ideas do you guys have for usage of the space? What do musicians in Chicago need the most and how could we have the most positive impact on the music community as a whole?

Zack Rosen (not verified) says:

Farsheed:

First, "I have about a year and a half of journal entries never published documenting the drama as we pursued our goals". Pure gold. You're really going to give yourself a hi five some time later for doing that.

Here are some random things I'd think to try in a space like this:

- Music open house. One song per performance.
- Let your friends party --- Friendly organizations get to use the space in exchange for cross promotion.
- Music lab, modeled after these hacker spaces in SF
- Music workshop modeled after bike kitchens

....