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Is there really support among artists in Seattle?

I find myself listening to music outside of seattle passionatly and not taking just as much time to listen to my fellow local artists. I think it has a lot to do with easy accesibility. What can we do to come together? Swift Tongues

Jen Sjolund
Jen Sjolund  (about 7 years ago)

It does seem a lot harder for some reason to get a sense of independent Seattle area artists as a 'scene' ... though this seems to be changing. Slowly!

I think it would really help if people focused more on what they have to give, not only on what is done for them. I mean, we HAVE to look out for ourselves, that's a full time job in itself... but it's when we support each other that we can all get what we need. And isn't that really at the core of artistic ambitions, that we have something to give through our work as artists, through our art in itself? It seems that reconnecting with that core motivation, not only in our art, but in all aspects of our work as artists, will bring a renewed vitality to the game.

I started a column at Examiner.com with that idea in mind, as a way to provide press to independent and emerging local artists, as a way to give back and support the scene. I've neglected the column for a long time, but I'm trying to motivate myself to revive it, because I really do think it is important to try and give in someway. And that's one way I came up with for myself! I just have to figure out a way to write quality articles without spending WAY too much time on it!!


Anyway, this is an important question, thanks for bringing it up. I'll probably repost this in my blog as well, link to your blog or something. Thanks!