Membership & Support
✭ MEMBER PORTAL ✭
ESS was conceived in 1986 as a safe space for experimentation and exploration. 33 years later we remain dedicated to that mission as we continue to facilitate, present, and document some of the most dynamic work being made today. This work, and the artists who make it, are essential to the progression of contemporary culture. ESS looks to you, our community, to support us in this endeavor.
YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUPPORTS OVER 300 ARTISTS CREATING & PRESENTING NEW WORK EACH YEAR.
Your contribution impacts ESS on a daily basis. For example:
CAA database hosting for one quarter
Supplies for every attendee to one workshop
Transcription of one interview for publication
72 La Croixs for artists in the Green Room
Keeping the lights on and equipment powered up for 1 month
Half the funding for one commission of new work for Florasonic
Production of one full-length video + excerpt for the public, artist use, and archive
Travel for one US-based artist to Chicago for a residency
30 hours of recording time, provided free to artists-in-residence developing new work
One Audible exhibition
Two Creative Audio Archive Listening Session playlists, which are each used in a public event, submitted to DRAM, released as podcasts, and included in select issues of Sound American
Fair W.A.G.E. certified artist fees for two OPTION performances. Each performance is open to the public, live streamed online, archived on YouTube and in CAA, and professionally recorded for use by the artist in whatever way they see fit.
Employee Matching Gifts
Double your support by securing a matching contribution from your employer. Corporations that provide matching support will be recognized on ESS’s website.
As a Corporate Donor, you have the opportunity to reach out and become involved with an international audience through your support of OPTION. Your support is more than a donation—it is an investment in the legacy and future of improvised music.
ESS is happy to work with its Corporate Sponsors to tailor a benefits package that best suits their community goals and directives.
Corporate Sponsor benefits vary depending on level of support, and may include:
Logo listing on the ESS OPTION streaming channel
Discounted admission for up to 5 employees
Preferred seating for up to 5 employees
Unlimited Benefit Compilation downloads
Access to the OPTION Video Archive
Logo listing on ESS's webpage, with a hyperlink to your corporation’s home page
Opportunity to host a private event at ESS with room rental fee waived*
Opportunity to host a catered dinner party for 10 in the space*
*Catering and related costs to be assumed by sponsor; events are scheduled based on availability.
ESS gladly accepts support in the form of donated services, products, and promotions that help supplement our programming.
Please contact Olivia Junell with questions or for more information regarding Corporate Sponsorship, Matching Gifts, or In-Kind Contributions.