If you’re just finding out about Groove Cafe from the Hurricane Maria benefit compilation Aftermaths, you might be kinda curious about what this whole thing is.
Simply, Groove Cafe is an online project dedicated to supporting the community aspect of underground music, and helping underground music scenes get involved with community causes.
As far as supporting the community aspect, if you click around here you’ll find guides for mental health and safety in DIY, a growing database of female spectrum sound engineers, video documentation of performance from around the country, and a Chicago show calendar. The idea here is to build needed resources that can live on the internet and be helpful for a long time. If you have any ideas for resources, please get in touch using the contact form.
And as far as benefitting communities, well, I’m trying to figure it out. One proven way of supporting community causes is using music to raise money for them. Aftermaths is the first release on the Groove Cafe label. Like Aftermaths, every release will be raising money for a specific organization doing crucial work.
Groove Cafe will always be candid about the finances in an effort to encourage the idea that this website is really just a facilitator for community efforts. The project a little different than a conventional music publicatio or label, so it will take a second to figure everything out and make it perfect. Therefore, please always feel free to get in touch with feedback.
On a last note, this is kind of a second launch for Groove Cafe. I lost some steam and dropped some balls after getting a concussion a few months back. Originally this site was conceived as a more of a publication that focused on live music instead of recorded music, but it’s looking like it will serve a slightly different purpose moving forward.
Want to be involved in helping Groove Cafe develop as a community enterprise? I’d encourage you to back Groove Cafe on Patreon, or PayPal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org. With one very kind donation earlier this year, Groove Cafe was able to run a WordPress without ads, secure some behind-the-scenes infrastructure, and compensate the people who mastered and provided cover art for Aftermaths.
More money will go to paying people to do things and securing the minimal capital needed to launch really cool projects. If there’s ever a point when I need to discontinue this Groove Cafe project, I’ll donate whatever excess money is sitting around.