Current location on Broadway in San Francisco’s North Beach, just down the street from City Lights Book Store on Kerouac Alley.
There are four ways you can help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.
And none of them will cost you a penny.
Recently I wrote to you about how difficult things are for so many these days in San Francisco. Like many small organizations and non-profits, The Beat Museum is feeling the squeeze as rents continue to skyrocket and corporate interests take over.
The brutal truth is this: while you’re renting in San Francisco, you’re at the mercy of others. The only way to know you are truly safe is to own the property you occupy.
So, to safeguard the future of The Beat Museum, and to keep The Beat Generation and its values as the beating heart of North Beach, we intend to buy our own building.
Yes this is a large undertaking, but I feel we really have no other option. And if we don’t do it soon I believe it is likely we will wake up one day – possibly sooner rather than later – and find that we’re homeless.
Obviously, buying a building is going to be expensive. But, I am not asking you for cash you don’t have. Instead, there are four things that anyone and everyone can do to help us secure The Beat Museum’s future.
Click here to see sketches of a new Beat Museum:
FOUR WAYS YOU CAN HELP US KEEP THE BEAT MUSEUM OPEN.
1). WRITE TO US.
We need to show that the North Beach community, as well as Beat fans around the world, are behind this campaign. So please write in to let us know a bit about you – and why you care about the survival of the Beat Museum. You can either drop us an email or use the form in the link above.
2). TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW IN THE MEDIA.
We’re pitching this endeavor as “Good for North Beach, Good for San Francisco and Good for Beat Generation fans around the world.” I’d love for our campaign to go viral. So if you are on Facebook or Twitter please tell your followers about our fight to stay in North Beach. We’re using the hashtag #SaveTheBeatMuseum.
Also please contact TV people, radio, print and blogs. Maybe they’re here in San Francisco or somewhere else in the country or even around the world. I’m available for interviews as to why this is vital for the soul of our great city.
3). TELL FRIENDS – AND IF YOU KNOW ANYONE FAMOUS, TELL THEM, TOO.
Please forward to your friends and any celebrities you might know who dig the Beats. Please ask them for a testimonial as well. I’m firmly convinced this dream can become a reality if we can get some momentum behind us – and celebrities can help us get the word out to a much larger audience.
4). IF YOU KNOW ANY RICH FOLKS, TELL THEM!
Please forward to anyone you know who can write a big check. We have a few philanthropists lined up but we still need more. Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a public announcement soon that we have secured some major pledges? Imagine the additional support we could garner if we saw a headline like this:
“BEAT MUSEUM SECURES $1 MILLION DOLLARS IN PLEDGES FOR BUILDING CAMPAIGN.”
Imagine how big that announcement would be!
The Friends of The Beat Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 so all donations are eligible for a tax deduction to the fullest extent of the law. I know there are a lot of extremely wealthy individuals who love The Beats. We need your help in ensuring these folks know there is a Beat Museum in San Francisco that celebrates the spirit of The Beat Generation and we’re trying to buy a permanent home to cement that legacy.
Donors can remain anonymous, of course, and I welcome a phone call or email from people in this regard. I truly believe we can build a coalition of extremely wealthy supporters, but these folks need to know what we’re trying to accomplish in order to make that happen.
IF YOU CAN HELP – PLEASE DO IT NOW.
Please don’t put this off until tomorrow or next week. The perfect building for the future of The Beat Museum is currently on the market right now two blocks away at the corner of Stockton & Green and if we miss this chance, we may not find another.
Believe me, since my last email, the buzz about our intention for a new building in North Beach has been palpable. I know what we’re trying to accomplish is an outrageous undertaking. And our friends and neighbors in North Beach are telling us they love the sheer audacity of our plan. Can you now help us spread the buzz and make it even louder?
With your help I really do believe we can not only save the Beat Museum – but help save the soul of San Francisco.
And, if you DO want to make a donation, you may do so here:
Thank you very much for your consideration.
The Beat Museum
San Francisco, CA 94133
Please Note: If any of the above links are broken, please visit kerouac.com.
Beat News You Can Use!
1). Over 30 Supporters Joined Our Advisory Board This Week
2). The Beat Museum Presents: “The Living Theatre” in San Francisco – 8/25/16
3). One Way to Support The Beat Museum – Become a Member
4). A Second Way to Support The Beat Museum – Make a Tax Deductible Donation
5). A Third Way to Support The Beat Museum – Donate Your Collections
6). Big Sur Fire Rages – Ferlinghetti’s Cabin OK
1). THE NEW BEAT MUSEUM: LOOK WHO JOINED OUR ADVISORY BOARD!
I believe if we are going to be successful at raising the large sum of money necessary to buy our own building for the new permanent Beat Museum we need to show that this idea has broad support. Our motto for this Building Campaign is “Good for North Beach, Good for San Francisco, Good for Beat Fans Around the World.” To that end I feel it is important to demonstrate the wide variety of people who believe we should “Go For It!” This last week we’ve reached out to three different constituencies of supporters: 1). Community and business leaders in both North Beach and San Francisco, 2). Beat Generation scholars and authors and 3). Celebrities and other famous people who really dig the Beats.
Happily, over 30 people have quickly joined our cause just this week! You’ve read their books. You’ve seen their movies. You’ve patronized their businesses in North Beach and San Francisco.
Please click below to view over 30 supporters of The New Beat Museum.
I think you’ll be impressed!
See Advisory Board Here:
2). THE BEAT MUSEUM PRESENTS: THE LIVING THEATRE – AUGUST 25th at 7PM
The Living Theatre was founded by Judith Malina and Julian Beck in 1947, making it the longest running experimental theater troupe in the United States. In 1971, while touring Brazil to expose corruption and injustice, members of The Living Theatre were arrested and incarcerated for three months during which time allegations of torture emerged. In response to this injustice there were protests in various cities around the US and the protest in San Francisco was joined by none other than Allen Ginsberg.
WHAT: The Living Theatre Play: Seven Meditations on Political Sadomasochism
WHEN: Thursday, August 25th at 7pm
WHERE: The Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson, SF (Chinatown) – 2 blocks from The Beat Museum
If you’ve never seen the Living Theatre you owe it to yourself to take in this event. Described as “a visceral examination of the social contract between the governed and the government,” the play explores Sacher-Masoch’s Six Houses of Bondage: Love, Money, Property, State, War and Death, with a seventh meditation on Revolutionary Change.
Tickets for Beat Museum members are $10. Login at Kerouac (dot) com.
Tickets for non-members are $15.
Non-members can get a 20% discount through Saturday, August 6th by ordering tickets via Eventbrite using code (julianbeck).
Please tell your friends and share. This event is not to be missed.
3). JOIN OUR EVER GROWING LIST OF MEMBERS
Since we announced our building fund, many people have been asking how they can support us financially. One way is to become a member of The Beat Museum. Members receive discounts to events and 10% off everything they buy, either in our giftshop or online.
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4).MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO OUR BUILDING FUND
You can help us raise the cash to achieve our goal of buying a building for the new Beat Museum. This will allow you to know you contributed to preserving the history and the memory of The Beat Generation in North Beach.
5).YOU CAN DONATE BOOKS, RECORDS AND OTHER COLLECTIBLES
Even if you’re short on cash you can still assist us with our mission. One person donated a large collection of vinyl records (LPs) which we were able to sell in our gift shop with the proceeds going to the non-profit 501(c)3. Someone else donated their entire collection of Beat Generation books that had served them well for decades but would no longer fit in their home when they retired and moved to a smaller place. A third person just last week donated some very rare Gregory Corso letters which we will be exhibiting at some point in the future. All these donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You can do the same!
6). FIRE IN BIG SUR – HENRY MILLER LIBRARY & BIXBY CANYON OK
You may have seen on news reports there is yet another fire in Big Sur. Latest reports indicate at least 25,000 acres have burned and more than 20 homes are destroyed. To the north the fire is approaching Carmel, Carmel Valley and Carmel Highlands but authorities believe they will be able to protect those neighborhoods. To the southwest, while much of Highway 1 is blanketed in smoke, the Henry Miller Library as well as Bixby Canyon (where Jack Kerouac stayed at Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin) are reported to be safe for now.
Thanks for supporting The Beat Museum as we endeavor to preserve the spirit of The Beat Generation in the world class neighborhood of North Beach in the great city of San Francisco!