Boise Hive is in danger of losing its building, and we’re looking to you to help The Record Exchange help #SavetheBoiseHive.
The non-profit musicians resource center has until Oct. 10 to raise $75,000 to match an offer on the building it’s currently leasing and occupying. Boise Hive has invested significant time and money into the space and hopes to avoid relocating. A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE; you also can donate in person at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702).
Boise Hive is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded to provide a safe, sober, all-ages, affordable rehearsal and recording place for local musicians and artists. This donor-funded, volunteer-run community space aims to provide a facility where artists come to practice and hone their craft. Boise Hive empowers musicians and artists to thrive, through access to rehearsal space, business tools, access to mental health services and other holistic health resources.
The building once housed Cedarstrom Custom Recording and then Custom Recording and Sound, one of Idaho’s oldest recording studios. As it fights to save its home, Boise Hive was just named “Best Local Recording Studio” by Boise Weekly.
The building owner notified Boise Hive that an offer for purchase had been made on the property located where such greats as Paul Revere and the Raiders and Curtis Stigers when he was a Commonaut recorded. 3907 Custer Drive behind Rockies Diner on Overland has been home to Boise Hive for over a year. The terms of Boise Hive’s lease state that they have first right of refusal, but the clock is ticking on the time left for Boise Hive to come up with the $75,000 for the deposit needed to secure a loan and match the offer.
“I came to the Boise Hive as a volunteer because I saw the opportunity to contribute in a positive and healthy way to an industry that had negatively fueled my history with addiction and depression,” says Juta Geurtsen, Executive Director. “Music and art have been an important part of my own recovery and the idea of a safe and sober space where artists can support each other and their work is essential. Since then I have been touched daily by the healing that happens in community. Isolation and stigma are the killers for creatives who struggle with issues of mental health and well being. We aim to break that down, one day at a time. With the community’s help we will save the Boise Hive, one day at a time.”