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We are faced with the fact that we will not have a local music scene without musicians living locally.


Music has become synonymous with the Emerald City, but can we truly call ourselves a “city of music” if we do not create a city where they can thrive? 


Despite the music industry generating billions in the local economy, musicians see little return. They make less than minimum wage while living in one of the most expensive cities in the nation. 

As musicians hustle to make ends meet, healthcare takes a backseat to expenses like rent and food. Seeing a doctor when it isn’t an emergency feels like a luxury, but it shouldn’t be. Musicians deserve access to high-quality healthcare services and shouldn’t have to be rich or an insurance expert to access it, either. 

While it's easy to get lost in the magic of music, the reality is that a musician's life can be incredibly demanding, expensive, and, at times, isolating. The pressures of performance, financial instability, and the industry's unpredictability can take a toll on a musician’s well-being.

When you support SMASH, you help provide a foundation of health that allows our local musicians to feel cared for and focus their resources on other key living expenses, including their musical craft. In turn, they enrich our local culture, economy, and lives. 


Together, we can create a music community where every member feels supported, understood, and empowered to seek help when needed. 

P.S. Please consider joining Sound Society, SMASH's recurring giving program, because when you give regularly, you play a critical role in helping us plan, budget, and make decisions, expand programs, and reach more musicians. Learn more about Sound Society here.


When you make a tax-deductible gift to SMASH, you directly impact our capacity to serve current members, expand programs and services, and support even more musicians in our area. 

All charitable donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of IRS guidelines. Contact your financial advisor for details. Tax ID Number 81-1717061. Donations are not designated for a specific program or initiative, and funds will be used to support SMASH's overall mission. No personal information collected by SMASH is ever shared with a third party. Learn more about our Terms & Privacy Policy. For questions contact SMASH via Email at by phone at 206.495.1285 or snail mail at PO Box 60204 Seattle, WA 98160. 

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