FUND $40,000 IN 40 DAYS TO PRESERVE OLS:
A jewel in the crown of fine listening rooms across the country.
In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whose statue keeps watch over OLS in the thriving city square we call home:
"Music is the universal language of mankind."
ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE PROVIDES A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR PERFORMERS OF ALL GENRES AND AUDIENCES OF ALL AGES
We are not a crowded bar or a formal concert hall. We are a 200-seat neighborhood listening room in the culturally rich city of Portland, Maine. OLS is an intimate space where people of all walks of life come together and become part of the performance.
While we search out the finest national and international talent to bring to Maine, we also support our vibrant local music scene, from the state's most established artists to young regional musicians at the beginning of their careers. Music legends like Tom Rush and Ronnie Earl return to our stage year after year, yet we are equally proud to have presented artists like The Punch Brothers, Brown Bird, and Aoife O'Donovan early on in their now thriving careers.
The OLS nonprofit mission, established in 2011, also underscores our commitment to bringing music and art into the daily lives of children in the greater Portland area. Through a shared commitment and partnerships with other Portland nonprofits and community organizations, we are able to reach out to underserved youth and engage them with exciting, hands-on programming. School groups use our flexible space during the day and a great number of Portland kids have performed on our stage, presenting their own original work in music, dance, and theater.
PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY ARE AT THE HEART OF WHAT MAKES OLS TICK, AND WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE NEWS OF TWO NEW PARTNERSHIPS IN THE WORKS FOR THIS FALL:
MAINE ACADEMY OF MODERN MUSIC: MAMM will expand our monthly Kids Open Mic program from welcoming singer-songerwriters on the first Sunday of the month, to expanding musical genres to include rock on the second Sunday and jazz, bluegrass or hip-hop on the third Sunday of each month. In addition, with support from the Davis Family Foundation, MAMM will utilize our "urban classroom" to provide music lessons for underserved kids in the community several days a week.
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC MONTHLY STUDENT SHOWCASE: Joe Walsh, OLS Board Member and instructor in the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music, piloted this showcase last year with great reception from Portland music fans. Beginning in January, we will bring some of the most talented young musicians in the country to the OLS stage once again.
Other recent arts and music programming for youth have included:
- Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine: theatre and dance performances
- LearningWorks and Reiche School: claymation workshop with Oak Street Studio
- Center for Grieving Children: songwriting workshops and CD release party with immigrant youth
- Monthly Kids Open Mic: hosted by teens for kids and teens
- The Real School: hands-on sound technician short course for teens
OLS IS AT A CROSSROADS AND WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW TO CONTINUE.
We are asking our community to make One Longfellow Square a permanent part of the cultural fabric of Portland, Maine as a community-supported nonprofit. Our $40,000 IndieGoGo campaign will provide the seed funding that will sustain us this year as we launch the other facets of our development program including new community partnerships and our corporate sponsorship program.
A $10 gift - and a $10 challenge to 10 of your live music loving friends goes a long way to meeting our goal - one live music fan at a time. Or maybe you are able to make a gift of $200 to support the purchase of one of 200 new, comfy chairs for the venue (one with YOUR name on it!). Have a look at our perks in the righthand column and decide which giving level suits your budget.
Keep the stage lights on and the doors open at One Longfellow Square!
The success of this campaign lies in the hands of many live music fans in Maine, and in neighborhoods around the country and the world who value the experience of live music in small venues. Please share this message with many.
Thanks for listening. Thanks for giving. Thanks for spreading the word.
WHAT MEMBERS OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY ARE SAYING ABOUT ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE:
“As a professional touring musician since 1977, I can say that One Longfellow is on a short list of the best listening rooms in the U.S. My criteria include location, sound, good layout, staff professionalism and friendliness, and perfect size for serious acoustic music. I put it in a class with the great acoustic venues: Ann Arbor’s The Ark, Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, Boston’s Club Passim, and Chicago’s Old Town School Of Music - all of which, by the way, are now nonprofits. One Longfellow is an essential lynchpin of the Northeast touring music circuit, meaning: We really need and love this place!”
- Darol Anger, Fiddler, Composer, Producer, Berklee professor
“One Longfellow serves as an integral and unique piece of the music community in the Greater Portland area. There's no other venue in the area that provides such intimacy (while seating two hundred) with ambiance, professionalism, and impeccable sound. One Longfellow is an asset to Portland, and has fostered a culture of listening and appreciation with a relaxed and playful vibe. Thank you!!”
- Emilia Dahlin, Singer-Songwriter
Voted Portland's Best Local Female Vocalist, 2005, 2006, 2007
“One Longfellow Square is a vibrant contributor to the Portland music scene. Their diverse programming and intimate setting offers a unique experience to the city's cultural calendar. They have a great location at the entrance to the downtown arts district. We are delighted to see their programming expanding. The trolley stops right at their door on First Fridays — check them out!"
- Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director, Creative Portland
ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE WOULD LIKE TO THANK:
The talented artists who appear in this video:
Lauren Rioux and Joe Walsh
The Aoife O'Donovan Band
The Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet
Kids & Teens Open Mic Hosts Liam Swift and Sadie Grant
The Portland Jazz Orchestra
Lake Street Dive
Patrick Corrigan, for his drawing of OLS, and his talented design work and hand painting outside and in One Longfellow Square.
One Longfellow Square: A Listening Room in Portland, Maine
Board of Directors