Local artists Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight and DJ Keezy have launched a fundraiser to establish a new music venue dedicated to supporting underrepresented artists.
More than $27,000 has been raised since the artists announced their plans Wednesday afternoon. The venue, called Auntie’s, would be Minneapolis’ only music venue owned by women of color.
The announcement comes as women and non-binary people involved with the Minneapolis music scene describe patterns of misogyny and emotional and sexual abuse on social media.
Discussions have centered on accountability and ideas for ways to increase safety.
“The need for a safe space is evident and urgent,” the artists wrote on GoFundMe. “Auntie’s values are respect, safety, supporting the most unheard voices, fostering self-discovery, loving accountability, delivering quality presentation, and inspiring equitable change while centering womxn of color and those who identify as non-binary.”
In addition to covering all the typical costs of opening a business, some of the funding will go towards bringing in entertainment industry professionals, mental health and sexual abuse advocacy workers, and other community members "to help us create a business model reflective of our values and mission," the GoFundMe says.