After Hours Alliance

Strengthening nightlife through the arts

Best Santa Fe Albums of 2013

Posted By on Dec 4, 2013 has released their poll for the best Santa Fe albums of 2013.


You can vote here. Their process is structured as both a submission and voting process–that is, you can submit any album, and your submission will count as a vote. They use a combined approach where they factor both the community’s votes and their own critical opinions. I like this process, because it keeps the awards from being a simple popularity contest, while still honoring the opinions of the community and level of motivation of the artists’ respective fan bases.

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Lessons in Crowdfunding

Posted By on Nov 22, 2013

Kickstarter and its flood of competitors have been major game-changers for the arts and innovation sectors of our economies. But after the initial burst of excitement about this new platform, a lot of people started to feel cynical about crowdfunding, as we entered what Gawker called the age of online panhandling. Since then, we have seen a lot of innovation in how to crowdfund better and give your contributors real value. In Santa Fe, 2013 has been an amazing year for successful local crowdfunding campaigns–As In We’s new record, Luke Carr’s Storming The Beaches with Logos in Hand, and Santa Fe Clay’s new building expansion all met their very ambitious goals ($10,000, $7,000, and $50,000 respectively) with plenty of room to spare. Image by Rocío Lara At first glance, these campaigns followed all the textbook crowdfunding advice: Make a killer video (seriously, As In We’s video was like the best thing I’ve ever seen), use the ‘preorder’ model to transform feel-good donations into get-good investments,  take updates seriously, h-u-s-t-l-e. However, in an era where the Kickstarter campaign has become an art unto itself, and in a community where there is a lot of competition for arts dollars, I think it’s worth looking more closely at some of the really innovative things that these guys did–things that I haven’t seen done before, at least not in Santa Fe.

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Update on The Nightlife Lobby

Posted By on Nov 12, 2013

Thanks to everyone that came out to the Business and Quality of Life Committee meeting today! There were approximately 30 people there, plenty to make a statement. Through our presence and the words of those that volunteered to speak, we represented ourselves as being a motivated, dignified, and focused group–not an angry mob, but an intelligent group of community-minded citizens. In other words, exactly what was needed.

The committee was receptive, and actually thanked us for coming to follow up after last year’s OTAB meeting.

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Lobby for Nightlife on Nov. 12

Posted By on Nov 9, 2013

In Friday night’s The Future of Music in Santa Fe panel discussion at The Business of Music Summit we co-produced with NMLA, we discussed the urgent need for a real, consistent, and vocal lobby for music and nightlife—one that matches the strength of the downtown merchants, hotels, and galleries.

The challenges facing nightlife and the music scene are so deeply systemic that they require a whole-systems approach. Existing and potential efforts on the ground and in the private sector are critical and must continue and even expand. However, we must also come together to lobby for a few sensible, well-considered actions from city government. To paraphrase one of the panelists, every time systemic change on this level has occurred historically it was because the effort became focused, powerful, and strategic in the political domain.

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2014 AHA Festival

Posted By on Oct 1, 2013

The call to artists for next year’s AHA Festival will be released in March of 2014! We will be accepting applications for artist booths, stage performances, and everything in between. Check the AHA Festival website for updates, or sign up for our mailing list.

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