Live From Memphis says goodbye

Live From Memphis is saying goodbye.

The volunteer arts organization is ending a 12-year run with a note on its website. Visitors to the site are greeted by this: (the note in its entirety) –

“You may have noticed that livefrommemphis.com has been having some issues lately. The bottom line is that our site has far out grown our resources to run it. Over the last two years I’ve been juggling content between servers to keep costs down. It’ s finally come to that point where we just can’t do it anymore. We had the passion, just not the financial support.

Live From Memphis was and is about people, about growing community. It was never about tools or technology. At this point this may or may not be the last you hear of LFM, but it is most certainly the end of this site as it has been for the last 12 years.

I would like to thank the LFM staff members (Sarah Fleming, Edward Valibus Philips, Brad Phelan, Chris McCoy, Tommy Kha) who gave it their all for little or no pay. Thanks to Sam Lee who helped me build the first versions of the site. To all the interns, volunteers, and supporters, we could not have accomplished so much without you. To the creatives and people of Memphis, I can only hope that we had a positive impact on your lives. I will certainly miss telling your stories.

To Memphis, demand more from your leadership. Stop celebrating mediocrity. Stop funding crappy advocacy groups and meaningless brand campaigns. The creatives of Memphis need more than just cheerleaders. Filling out the check box is no way to make change.

Christopher Reyes

Live From Memphis 2001-2013”

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