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By way of my friend Jon... a message from Downtown Music Gallery...
"Last week, our ten year lease for our basement space on 13 Monroe St. in Chinatown, came to an end. We are now paying month-to-month, so are future is precarious although the landlord does like us. It is hard to believe that we’ve been here for nearly 10 years, especially when folks finally find their way here and say it is their first time at our “new” location. We moved here from the Bowery due to a large rent increase and during a recession. Since then, my former partner, Manny Maris, has retired, plus employees Chuck Bettis and Chris Pitsiokos also moved on. Last week, longtime DMG Manager, Dave Miller left for better opportunities, he will be missed. Our mail-order, which was pretty strong on the Bowery, has slowly decreased ever since being here, as compact discs sell less than ever. Our Used vinyl sales have increased since we’ve acquired a few collections and we sell more on Discogs, which does take time and effort but helps us to survive, barely. Thanks to the help of some of our friends, our presence on social media (twitter & Instagram) has increased our visibility. So, we do get some new customers from time to time. The problem is that we have built up a substantial debt, we are paying off slowly. We are currently in the hole for around 50 grand. Jeeez. The good news is that attendance at our weekly Free concert series has increased over time. Check us out on Instagram.
Hence we need your help. Around 6,300 folks subscribe to our weekly newsletter, which is great, I am glad to provide info & opinion on creative music from around the world. The problem is that only around a hundred or so actually purchase things from us, making it increasingly harder to survive. If nearly everyone who got the DMG newsletter would just donate $10-$20, we could pay off our debts and concentrate on the future. We still get a lot of good response from customers, subscribers and musicians who love the DMG newsletter so we must be doing something right. Our goal at this point is continue until for around 2 years until our 30th anniversary. So, please help us to continue serve all serious listeners. You can contribute via credit card, Paypal ([email protected]) or with checks.
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