To help address the plight of Washington DC’s residents hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, local music photographer John Shore is launching Fund by Photo, a nonprofit online photography site featuring photographs from past live music shows.
The purpose is two-fold: to provide visibility to artists and keep fans engaged (#SaveOurStages) and to raise funds for three local charities providing food, clothing, shelter, and other services to DC citizens who need additional help because of COVID-19. Participating photographers will donate the use of their archival concert photos, and Fund by Photo will donate 100% of the net proceeds to the local nonprofit partners. The three non-profit partners are We Are Family, DC Central Kitchen, and Bread for the City
The inaugural on-line show is a tribute to iconic Eighteenth Street Lounge, forced to close by COVID-19 on its 25th-year anniversary. The Eighteenth Street Lounge drew legions of fans to its quirky vibe, retro décor, and the feeling of having stumbled into DC’s best kept secret night spot.
Former owner Farid Nouri remarked, “I’m honored that Fund by Photo selected Eighteenth Street Lounge for its first online show…Looking at these pictures reminds me how much joy live music brings to our lives and how important it is to #SaveOurStages.”
In addition to announcing its first photo show, Fund by Photo is announcing today (Sep 30, 2020) that that a generous donor has issued a challenge grant to match all donation to Fund by Photo, dollar for dollar, up to $2,500 total over the next two weeks.
The organization plans to spotlight other music venues in the DC area in the coming months and will offer a host of archival music photographs of major musical acts who have played the Washington DC region in the last several years.
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