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FUND-RAISERS: An Indiana label joins in on Chicago artist community building

Logan Square bar the Burlington hosts a benefit show on Sat 10/13 for Indiana indie label Captcha and a Chicago nonprofit called Artists' Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions, aka ACRE. The bill includes three local acts—metal band the Swan King, electro-prog project Night Terror (aka Tyson Torstensen of Magical Beautiful), and Cleared guitarist and electronicist Michael Vallera—plus Seattle doom group Bell Witch.

Captcha honcho Benjamin Funke starting working with ACRE founders Emily Green and Nick Wylie in 2009, when they were involved with a similar organization called Harold Arts. In 2010 they founded ACRE, a volunteer-run organization that aims to support and nurture community among aspiring artists in a variety of mediums, including music. ACRE offers a residency program every summer outside Steuben, Wisconsin, where artists from around the country (and Canada), some on scholarship, spend 12 days working on projects using ACRE's facilities—including a fully functioning studio.

About a year ago Funke became more involved in ACRE's sound program. ACRE residents who are visual artists get a show at a Chicago gallery (the organization has its own), and Funke wants Captcha to function as a similar resource for ACRE musicians. "I will give them the platform to release their music and promote them and do what I can in that regard," he says. Each resident can work with the label on a physical release.

Two weeks ago Captcha's site started posting weekly pay-what-you-want downloads (minimum $1), each one of a couple tracks by a musician who's performed or done a residency at ACRE. Proceeds from those downloads and from Saturday's benefit go to ACRE's sound program.

Leor Galil


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