Historic all-ages punk venue 924 Gilman may be forced to close its doors in light of an upcoming rent increase of about $3,000 a month. According to a blog post on the volunteer-run venue's web site today, its landlord has been increasing its rent every year for the last 23 years, but this year's raise is the equivalent of about twenty years' worth — an extra $31,000 — starting July 1. The venue is seeking donations to help cover the cost, and is offering T-shirts and tote bags to those that donate more than $25. The full post after the jump:
"On July 1, 2010 our rent will increase by nearly $3000.00 a month, jeopardizing the future of 924 Gilman.
A little background…
The club’s rent has been increasing every year for the last twenty three years, and up until now we’ve been able to make the adjustments needed to compensate for those increases, but what we are facing now is the equivalent of having twenty years of rent increases condensed into one, and once it goes into effect the clock will begin to tick away as we struggle to generate the extra $31,000.00 a year needed to cover this massive increase.
We need your support!
Please use the donate button below and give whatever you can to help 924 Gilman face this latest challenge to our existence. If you make a donation of $25.00 or more, then we will send you a Gilman t-shirt or tote bag as a token of our appreciation. Please add special instructions when you make a donation indicating your t-shirt size.
Thank you in advance for all of your help."