I’m writing today to ask for your support for Indexical—and for the over 100 artists we present and fund every year. Our project is about creating context for work that is speculative and risk-taking, and that pushes disciplinary boundaries. We cannot do this without the support of individuals like you.
Over a third of our funding—nearly $80,000 a year—comes directly from over a hundred individuals. This year, individuals supported 65 performances, workshops, and artist talks at Indexical. Individuals support exhibitions by artists Raven Chacon, Paul Walde, and Victoria Shen. The support of individuals like you allows us to be truly responsive to our community, providing space and scaffolding for important community programs without the barriers of a large institution.
I believe that individuals support this work because they see what happens when artistic freedom is a priority. To me, this encompasses freedom from aesthetic hang-ups, freedom from capitalist models of artistic valuation, freedom from (at least most) logistical constraints.
The direct support of individuals like you provides this freedom. Donations by individuals pay for the space, the time, the staff, and the gear that enables Indexical to support artists completely and unequivocally. Everything else—the necessity of selling tickets, applying for grants a year or more in advance—creates constraints that we seek to remove.
Individual support allows us to take risks on new ideas without asking for permission. It allows for new, experimental programs like our micro-residency series for local artists. It allows us to guarantee fair wages to artists totaling over $75,000 in 2022 alone.
We’re aiming to raise $25,000 by December 31, and we need you to get there. Your support—whether from $10 to $1,000—gets us closer to our goal. Share why you support Indexical on social media with the hashtags #supportindependentspaces and #indexical2023, tag @anindexofmusic, and amplify your donation.
Donate today and help ensure that independent artistic spaces thrive in 2023.
Andrew C. Smith