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Grime Studios Portland, Maine's ONLY 24/7 Artist & Music Rehearsal Space
DO NOT CONTACT VIA FACEBOOK
grimestudios Grime Studios offers affordable band rehearsal space/art studios with 24 hour access.

It exists for bands and artists of any other craft to create whatever they want, as loud as they want, whenever they want. ALL ROOMS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED WITH FIRE ALARM/SPRINKLERS, SELF CLOSING FIRE RATED DOORS AND ARE BUILT FROM 100% NON-COMBUSTIABLE MATERIALS. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT GRIME VIA FACEBOOK. EMAIL: [email protected]
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CALL: (207) 831-3621

Operating as usual

three grime bands stopping by sun tiki to play live this friday 2/18more info below. be there....
02/15/2022

three grime bands stopping by sun tiki to play live this friday 2/18
more info below.
be there....

12/30/2018
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As the year winds down, for those who might be willing and able, please consider a tax deductible donation to Grime. For those who do not know, Grime is a 5o1c3 non-profit and though the majority of it stays a-float via the studios being rented, not quite all ends usually meet. There have been grants here and there, but every little bit helps. •

Anyone with questions, please feel free to ask. Otherwise, there is a link below.
Thanks!
http://bit.ly/2EYe7mu

06/01/2018
BAND REHEARSAL STUDIOS

Daily room openings. More info in link below:

GRIME STUDIOS currently has open slots for the daily room. This is PER USE on a load-in/out basis. Room is 9'x11' and includes PA. $45 gets you 8 hours. There is a secure storage option available for

both the old Grime building on Thompson's Point and the new one on Presumpscot St would have been/would be very differen...
07/02/2017
Five of the Eyes' Debut Album!

both the old Grime building on Thompson's Point and the new one on Presumpscot St would have been/would be very different places without FIVEOFTHEEYES. It has been a huge pleasure to listen to the songs from both of their EP's and now this full length in the link below, take shape from infancy. These guys have been at it an average of four nights a week since early 2014, tirelessly putting this band together and pushing themselves further and further with seemingly endless dedication. Their sound is simultaneously unique yet familiar, technical yet simple, unpredictable yet suddenly catchy as hell; but above all, these songs are really fun. There is something for everyone here. Pre-orders for "the Venus Transit" can be found in the link below:

The Official Pre-Sales page for the new Five of the Eyes LP: The Venus Transit! | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

To whom it may concern:In light of the fire in Oakland, I have a few things to say.First and foremost, my condolences go...
12/05/2016
Click here to support Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghostship Oakland Fire

To whom it may concern:

In light of the fire in Oakland, I have a few things to say.

First and foremost, my condolences go out to those who've died, those who were injured and anyone else affected by it. I am pretty sure that I don't know anyone who was in the building (though not completely sure), but it is a huge loss either way. With all of the depressing current events as well as other recent depressing events, it just sucks.

I have been in a LOT of different places like this one. These spaces are indeed special, and regardless as to where anyone wants to point fingers at as to why, they are very quickly disappearing. In an ever shrinking world, it all hits pretty close to home because this fire could have happened ALMOST anywhere.

That said, regardless of code violations or whatever other issues which many of these spaces are faced with, I know first hand that it isn't rocket science to try and organize priorities when being the one making certain decisions in management. It makes me really sad to see that it appears that the clown who was supposedly managing this place in Oakland didn't even have a fu***ng fire extinguisher (though I could by all means be misinformed, and in this case, it may not have made much of a difference).

Blame, issues of negligence, issues of the bigger picture (the argument that development forces stuff like this, which others have already articulated better than I will here) all aside, the bottom line is that a bunch of people checked out this past Friday night and there are plenty they've left behind who will miss them.

In regards to Grime, during the course of the build-out of the new building, I was constantly approached and asked why it was so expensive to build and why it was taking so long and what if I just cut this corner or that one or whatever. There are a lot of answers to these questions, but the big two were that it was designed to last long term (being that the long term lease had been secured and who would want to repeat this process in a few years?) and that despite how wild and crazy and wonderfully insane as the old building on Thompson's Point was, the safety hazards of that old building were not going to be joining the studio at any new site. Going back to the new building being "built to last," part of what makes "built to last" such an expensive concept is the building code requiring the studios to be built out of non-combustible materials. That also means NOT cutting certain corners which quite a few folks tried to encourage and having sprinklers in every room and the egress being up to par (there are four ways out of Grime, for those who give a s**t) and having commercial grade fire extinguishers where they are required to be. It was not cheap and it was not easy or all that fun and a good chunk of it still hasn't been paid for.

In bringing this up, I am not trying to gloat or looking for anyone's praise or compliments or whatever. In fact I would personally prefer that the comments section of this post remain silent. But for those wondering, yes Grime is 100% up to city code and in full compliance with fire requirements. And in that, it is there for Portland to utilize.

For those willing and able, the Oakland relief fund can be found in the link below.

Hang in there everyone.

-j

Friday, December 2nd, at approximately 11:30 PM, a tragic fire erupted in an artist collective workspace in the Fruitvale district of Oakland. Within the space many artists and attendees of our community were present. To date, the exact number of injuries and fatalities are unconfirmed but have...

Timeline Photos
11/30/2016

Timeline Photos

11/30/2016
BAND REHEARSAL STUDIOS

Slots for the DAILY room available. Includes drum shells, bass cab (8x10) and PA. More info below:

Grime Studios currently has sessions open for the DAILY ROOM. This is a load-in/out per use basis (though secure onsite storage is available). The room is approximately 300sf and includes a PA. Drum...

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09/29/2016

Grime Studios's cover photo

Grime Studios's cover photo
09/29/2016

Grime Studios's cover photo

Grime Studios's cover photo
09/29/2016

Grime Studios's cover photo

ZUD
09/09/2016

ZUD

for those who've asked and others who may have wondered, zud plays last in the hall stage. this will probably be the last "public" show for a very long time
tix here: http://shadowwoods2016.bpt.me
do it

Grime Studios's cover photo
08/10/2016

Grime Studios's cover photo

Timeline Photos
08/07/2016

Timeline Photos

thanks Tom Faunce for the coverage on the studio. Interesting note: if you look at a physical copy of this, the word "fo...
06/09/2016
Portland rock is far from dead: New Grime Studios fosters a hotbed of musical creativity - The...

thanks Tom Faunce for the coverage on the studio.

Interesting note: if you look at a physical copy of this, the word "fosters" is located directly above where Darrell Foster is standing in the photo below........................ ponder that.

http://portlandphoenix.me/music/item/5735-portland-rock-is-far-from-dead-new-grime-studios-fosters-a-hotbed-of-musical-creativity

When the new Grime Studios opened in April of 2016 at 299 Presumpscot St., it was the culmination of hard work, stress and an overall deep passion exh...

05/06/2016
Grime Studios

Grime Studios

and for those who might be wondering:

04/29/2016
BAND REHEARSAL STUDIOS

and for those who might be wondering:

Grime Studios currently has THREE, fairly SMALL, monthly lockout rehearsal ROOMS available. These are ideal for projects which are just starting out and plan on playing often, but will eventually be...

To all friends and supporters of Grime Studios,It is my great pleasure to announce that on Monday, April 25th, Grime pas...
04/29/2016

To all friends and supporters of Grime Studios,

It is my great pleasure to announce that on Monday, April 25th, Grime passed it’s final inspection for all city code and fire safety requirements. As in: it’s done.
There is a huge list of people I would like to acknowledge, a list WAY too big to fit in this email.
I do, however, want to directly acknowledge the support and efforts of Tom Blackburn. I would have given up on this whole thing two years ago without his encouragement and guidance.
I would also like to thank David McClees, the owner of the building, for his continued support, patiance and willingness to work with Grime.
A huge salute goes to the roster of bands at Grime, many of which have been along for this wild ride for over three years (some for four), for patiently hanging in there through so many times of uncertainty. Through hell and high water, this ship has landed.
Otherwise for now, I would like to say thanks to anyone who has contributed to this project over the past four years in any way what so ever; from here in town or from far away, be it in ways that were good, bad or ugly. You have all played a part in Grime getting to “here” from “there.”
In other news, though some already know; back in March after a year and a half back and forth with the IRS, Grime was awarded it’s 5o1c3 non-profit status. This means that any and all future donations made directly to Grime (as opposed to being through the fiscal sponsor) are immediately tax deductible. Over three times as much debt was racked up than was originally budgeted for and as long as it is there, the fundraising (annoyingly) will have to continue.
Regardless, Grime is happening and as Portland continues to grow (again, for better or worse), one thing we can all rest assured will not be getting squeezed out of town will be an affordable place for bands to be able to rehearse at full volume, 24-7, without having to worry about noise complaints… ever. Without a place to rehearse, there is nothing to bring to a stage or to record later and now that it is finished, Grime is going to provide that place for Portland until the year 2035.
There will be an open house/opening party at some point in May or June but in the meantime, anyone interested in stopping by to see the place is welcome to get in touch.

Stay tuned, cheers and rock’n’roll…

-justin
Grime Studios
Portland, Maine

www.grimestudios.com

very little left to say other than that it's $3000 to go and Grime will be finished. When this happens, rest assured tha...
02/24/2016

very little left to say other than that it's $3000 to go and Grime will be finished. When this happens, rest assured that one thing which will not be bullied out of Portland by this "wave" of gentrification that we hear so much about, for at least the next 20 years, will be a place for bands to be able to practice whenever they want and as loud as they want. Laugh at that if you like, but it is a fact.
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and of course (need I say it again?): without a place to practice, there is nothing to record or bring to a stage later. Think about that.
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Whats left to pay for is: the final electrical work (devicing/labor for the last 6 rooms, plus overhead lights for the bathrooms), 9 more doors/hardware (for 6 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a closet), the last of the sheetrock/soundboard/mud/tape, a few more buckets of that un-godly expensive fire-proof paint (every bit of building material in this thing HAS to be fire proof to meet code), one last box of self tapping sheetrock screws, a few more joists to finish the ceilings in the bathrooms and some labor/food money for the guys I've got helping me. That's it.

$3000 to go. The goal was $150k. Let's get this s**t done Portland....

(for those who would like to help, but are broke, PLEASE "SHARE" THIS POST)

www.grimestudios.com

(please and thank you)

Grime Studios's cover photo
01/31/2016

Grime Studios's cover photo

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01/28/2016

Grime Studios's cover photo

Thanks to Evan Joseph Richard /foul mouth for the kind words. Down to the wire, last push. ANYTHING HELPS WWW.GRIMESTUDI...
01/28/2016

Thanks to Evan Joseph Richard /foul mouth for the kind words.

Down to the wire, last push. ANYTHING HELPS

WWW.GRIMESTUDIOS.COM

01/27/2016
Grime Studios on Instagram: “they say that videos tell a thousand pictures worth of words and...

for those obsessed with instagramified stuff (like me).......
PLEASE SHARE THIS POST (thanks)

they say that videos tell a thousand pictures worth of words and they also say that sending out stuff like this (things that are at their root, begging other people for money), can be more effective on Tuesdays.
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I don't know who researched either of those or who backed them up, but I do know that when this thing started being kind of "public" in fall 2014, the goal was expected to be over $150k. I also know that what remains is less than $10k. .
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Maybe someday, when there is less chance of offending people (or doing so mattering), I may put up something like an unedited version of a "frequently asked questions from the relocation/construction era." For now, I will say that, yes the banks have been begged, no Grime does not qualify for SBA, yes there have been benefit shows (I lost count), yes there was a loan (which is already being paid back), yes there were grants through a fiscal sponsor, yes Grime is still in an over a year long "back and forth" with the IRS in attempt to gain non-profit status, no there will not be any more grants awarded to Grime until (if and when) the nonprofit status is gained, yes there has been volunteer labor (thousands of hours)... I could go on, but I'll save it for another time.
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I will say, even though I've said it before, that Grime is NOT about me as a person or my band or any one person or any one band. It is something WAY bigger than that. There are about 30 or so bands in there now. It has the capacity when finished for about 60, plus the daily room. You do the math, or if you think you can do a better job at such a business, let me know how it goes. .
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In the meantime, Grime can still sink. It is REALLY CLOSE, but it needs help.
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WWW.GRIMESTUDIOS.COM
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please and thank you

“they say that videos tell a thousand pictures worth of words and they also say that sending out stuff like this (things that are at their root, begging…”

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01/09/2016

Grime Studios's cover photo

Happy Birthday NUCLEAR BRUCE MERSON!!!!! ROCK'N'ROLL FOREVER!!!!!!
12/14/2015

Happy Birthday NUCLEAR BRUCE MERSON!!!!! ROCK'N'ROLL FOREVER!!!!!!

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three grime bands stopping by sun tiki to play live this friday 2/18 more info below. be there....