The Fingersnaps DJ & Art Collective was founded in 2002 for the sole purpose of creating community around the art, technology and philosophy of DJ culture.
Since 2008, 350 individual DJ lessons have been taught in the founder, DJ Lamont Young’s home music studio, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. The Fingersnaps experience has reached beyond the studio, teaching DJ courses and Media Skills to youth and adults at various community and educational centers, such as the SF YMCA, The San Francisco and Oakland Unified School Districts, The City of Richmond Police Activities League (PAL), The Hamilton Family Center, Bayview Hunters Family and the Bayview Opera House.
From 2005 to 2007, Fingersnaps has operated in a pop art gallery named Red Ink Studios, a non-profit organization which hosts a diverse array of emerging multi-media artists. It is here that Fingersnaps conducts DJ lessons, produces social events, art shows, open mics, workshops and seminars.
One of our signature events is Synchronize, an annual event produced by Fingersnaps, and is designed to bring members of the DJ community together, allowing them to tap into the potential of what they do with panel discussions, networking and interactive DJ workshops. Hosting the annual workshop/symposium, Synchronize is also a great way to connect and inspire members of Fingersnaps to visualize based on dialogue, as well as the exchanging of ideas and information in order to ensure success in the world of entertainment.
How the Money Will Be Used
Your contributions would allow Fingersnaps the opportunity to expand beyond the home music studio by creating a full-time, accessible community space and venue centered for DJ culture. The funding will be invested in the following line items:
-Deposit/Lease Commercial Venue
-Lease hold improvements: décor
-Equipment, such as DJ gear, computers, audio software
In return you will receive a handsome Fingersnaps embroidered Patch, DJ Lessons, and Membership based on your pledge amount. The point is, we want you to get the full Fingersnaps experience!
Our core mission is to bring people together with common interests and ideas. We believe that music, education and technology are ever-changing mediums, and creating a center point is a means of providing opportunity. The DJ community changed dramatically once the majority of small local DJ record shops and chain stores such as Virgin and Tower went of business due to the advent of digital downloading.
The community is surviving, but the creative core where people once gathered to share ideas has since been scattered throughout the community. There is no one centralized place where DJs can meet on neutral ground to network and learn from one another.
Having an established full-time, accessible space and venue would allow for an on-going dialogue and fulfill the need for a social network of creativity, mentoring opportunities, education and inspiration. That also correlates with core message of Fingersnaps DJ & Art Collective, which is to create, educate and inspire its DJ’s, members and the general community by providing opportunity.
Through his interaction with his students, founder DJ Lamont teaches a unique and practical worldview, incorporated with language and culture that he thinks resonates with his students. He also feels that the most important aspect of teaching is communication, which is personalized to fit the needs of each student; “I take the time to understand who I am working with before I apply my standard of teaching.”
It is though the application of these ideals that expansion of our commercial space would further suit the needs of our clients and in terms of our goals, expediting our directives in retail, events hosting and production, seminars and teaching. The ultimate goal is to represent the DJ culture by providing a place where people can learn, connect and play music.
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