Dear community,

We sincerely apologize for the dead air that has lingered on since our fundraiser back in the Spring. We are still very thankful for your support during this time, as it’s helped us weather the stresses and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot has transpired since then, both locally and nationally, and we want to let you know what’s going on with us.

Over the last 6 months, S1 Staff attempted a transition of leadership from the predominantly white staff to QTBIPOC centered leadership. A combination of our staff needing to do more personal and collective anti-racism work, as well as personal and organizational stresses related to the pandemic created an environment that could not support a successful leadership transition. We still desire to shift leadership from a white dominated culture to one that feels safer and more inclusive for BIPOC members of our community.

In November, our team had a very difficult decision to make about whether or not keeping our space was a sustainable endeavor. Given the state of the pandemic, incredibly high costs of maintaining a space that the organization cannot utilize due to public health concerns, and an increasingly waning staff capacity, we decided it was the best solution to terminate our lease agreement and move out of our space.

We did not make this decision lightly. This choice was fueled by an interest in preserving the organization and the Synth Library resources for the community. With a bare minimum of operational costs, we aim to give the organization more time to work with our community in establishing a new leadership team to steward the Synth Library and S1 programming. During this time we are focused on restructuring the leadership team before we resume programming or workshops. 

Since 2014, we’ve been dedicated to supporting artists, both in our own community and from all over the world. It has meant a lot to all of us to create this space for people to come and experiment, learn, and participate in experimental music, electronic synthesis, and Portland’s artistic scenes. From all-night parties to lush dronescapes, synthesis workshops and visual art exhibitions, we are so proud of the collective experiences we’ve created together. 

We are incredibly thankful for you all for coming to events and supporting us over the years. We look forward to coming out the other side of this pandemic and seeing how we can all dance and play together again.

For any questions, please reach out to info@s1portland.com.


Sincerely,

S1

Today we are excited to launch a new membership drive. S1 is fundraising for emergency operating support and support for artists whose events in our space were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Becoming a member is one of the most direct ways to support our mission and continued existence.

S1 relies on the contributions of its members to operate. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, all proceeds from monthly membership fees pay for our facility rent, utilities, artist and educator’s fees, infrastructure and required maintenance. This is what makes it possible for us to develop the programs and events that have established S1 as a vital resource in our community. 

In 2020, we are fulfilling our aim for equity in both our programming choices and our membership program. Like many other arts organizations, we had previously offered a tiered membership structure that provided greater levels of benefits and access for those able to contribute at higher amounts. We now recognize that this is at odds with our mission, and have developed a new concept for membership with S1.

All S1 members now receive the same level of access to all of the benefits of S1. This provides a wider opportunity for engagement, belonging and support. Our minimum membership contribution is $5, and we provide 6-month membership grants for folks whose situation prevents them from making that financial commitment. All S1 members have access to the synth library (upon completion of requisite classes), and we have some new benefit concepts we aim to roll out this year (that may include gear rental). 

The suggested contribution levels of $30, and $50+ dollars per month make it possible for us to offer lower-cost memberships and membership grants, support our operating budget, and help provide the foundation for future sustainability of our programming. 

Thanks for your continued interest and support. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon, and hearing from those afar. 

Love,
S1

Oscillator - $5 / month

OSCILLATOR
$5 / month

Filter - $15 / month

FILTER
$15 / month

Amplifier - $30 / month

AMPLIFIER
$30 / month

Wavefolder - $50 / month

WAVEFOLDER
$50 / month