January 24, 2005


I got an email this evening asking for help. A woman working in the indie music industry needs a hand... this is what the email said and how you can help out:

Sarah is our friend and colleague who has worked with us here at spinART for over four years. Recently she was diagnosed with a rare lung condition and has since spent over two months in the hospital. Although Sarah's insurance is covering a lot, there are still other expenses to be taken care of, including keeping her parents here in New York by her side.
In November, Sarah thought she was suffering from a bad cold, but it wouldn't go away and forced her into the hospital. Her condition rapidly deteriorated, and after many tests, the doctors determined that Sarah was suffering from Wegener's Disease - an immune disease where her own white blood cells were attacking her healthy lungs. Radical treatment began immediately, in which she was unconscious for the better part of a month. We are happy to announce that Sarah is progressing faster than anticipated by her doctors, but there are still huge hurdles for her to overcome. Rehabilitation will begin next week, but she may not be able to work or be active for months still. Obviously, even with health insurance, this is an extremely expensive affair for Sarah and her family who has been living in NY hotels and donated apartments since the beginning of December.

There are two aspects to the fund-raising we're conducting--online auctions featuring unique memoribilia from artists from around the world and a benefit show here in New York with performances by Ted Leo and others.

Benefit Show

Tuesday, January 25th @ Rothko

With performances by Ted Leo, Benzos, The Head Set, Apollo Sunshine, Chinese Stars, Countess Zatak featuring The Gill Scott-Heron Band and guest DJ James Murphy (DFA), this show promises to be one for the books.
Tickets are available now through Ticketweb for $15 adv/$20 day of show.

Rotko is located at 116 Suffolk Street (Corner of Rivington), Lower East Side, NYC. For directions and other information, please visit their web site.

Online Auctions
a listing of current auctions

So many wonderful people have risen to the occasion and donated some really great memorabilia for us to auction off. Right now the spinART offices are looking like the coolest Hard Rock Café in the world. There's no way I could ever list every single item here because the list is long. We have everything from an autographed Beastie Boys Chicago Bulls jersey to an autographed guitar from Frank Black. Autographed Pearl Jam records, autographed Trashcan Sinatras guitar, signed Fire Theft stuff and on and on and on.

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