STATE OF THE MAGAZINE ADDRESS - JULY 2018

So I personally haven’t really done a playlist in two weeks! And I hate that.

Over the past couple weeks I’ve had to take a step or two back and kind of re-evaluate what’s going on. Right now, I work a customer service job at a venue in New Jersey, but not full time. I spend 5-ish hours a day commuting (I don’t drive). There’s been a lot of taxing stuff going on in my personal life. I generally do not have a lot of time, and spreading myself too thin is highkey fucking with my mental health and keeping me from doing the things that I want to do—which includes MELTT, and now LEAD DIY.

In the past 72 hours, LEAD has fundraised over $1000—money that will go to epilepsy awareness in DIY (and other spaces) by sending out signs to whoever wants them. (Fill out this form to get them!)  To keep encouraging people to be aware of invisible illness and light effects at shows and in general. With that influx of a ton of money, I’ve spent these past days trying to figure out the legal-whatever of becoming an organization, the best way to spend the money and make LEAD a sustainable non-profit that still meets its goals, and laminating and mailing stuff. Which is awesome! But I don’t have time to keep up with MELTT or try new things along with this project. So we’re going to test out making some changes:

CHANGE 1: I personally am not going to be making a playlist every day—but rather Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The rest of the days will be dedicated to guest playlists or reviews or other fun stuff.

CHANGE 2: I’m getting help! The wonderful Hannah Feldman has agreed to come on and help with day-to-day building playlists and things of that nature! I’m still going to be managing communication with guests (mainly!) 

So I'm just going to take a baby step back for a second and test the waters. MELTT is always trying to expand with the help of all of you & your creative ideas. If you ever (in any way) want to be involved please feel free to DM me or shoot me an email!

-Ellie 

LEAD DIY - PART 2

Hi! A few days ago, I posted about why it's important to me to have more light warning signage in live music, and now we're going to make it obtainable, reusable, and easy. And free.

Check out this description for the Go Fund Me for more info

In the live music scene, one of the factors that often gets overlooked is the effect of lighting on show-goers. For people with light-sensitive disorders (whether it be epilepsy or something else) attending a show with intense flashing lights like strobes is extremely dangerous. The goal of LEAD DIY (Lighting and Epilepsy Awareness Development in DIY)  is to bring light (ha) to the fact that this is an issue. 

The overall goal of LEAD is awareness, but on a more practical level, we want to have the music community hang signs (like the ones at melttmagazine.com/caution-flyers) to make people aware of what “level” of lights are being used at that show. Even if there aren’t any lights at all, hanging a “safe” sign might make show-goers more conscious of the issue! 

Our next project is sending laminated packets of these signs to artists or venues who want them, at no cost. We highly encourage people to print out these flyers from our website, but sending laminated copies would keep the project more sustainable. Not only would they be easy to have on hand for a band that might want to take the signs on tour, or a house that doesn’t have regular access to a printer, but they also wouldn’t get ruined when they inevitably get PBR spilled on them!! (And eco-friendly!) 

Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever had to pay to have something laminated, but it is an expensive service to say the least. In order to get our “first pressing” of 50 packets underway, the minimum cost would be $835.29. This includes printing 450 color flyers (150 of each type), laminating 300 of them (the rest will stay loose-leaf as free handouts at shows), and purchasing envelopes. This go-around, each packet will contain 6 total laminated signs (2 of each type).  The rest of the money I’m requesting (the other $164.71) will go towards shipping when necessary, potentially printing more loose-leaf flyers, and any other unexpected cost. 

If you are an actual angel and know someone who would be willing to throw some flyers in a lamination machine for discounted rate, feel free to send us an email.  If we didn’t have to pay for printing or lamination, we’d be able to send out over 200 packets with the same amount of money. 

To apply for the first pressing of LEAD DIY signs, fill out the form at the melttmagazine.com/apply. There will also be packets and more LEAD merch available for purchase soon! 

If you can donate, please do. If you can't, please share! Hanging signs is such an easy, manageable, and responsible step to keeping people safe at any show.

Thanks in advance, 
Ellie

For more info, seizure first aid, epilepsy FAQ, and PDF and JPG versions of the flyers, please visit melttmagazine.com/leaddiy. Feel free to email lead.diy.nj@gmail.com with any further questions.


LEAD DIY - Lighting and Epilepsy Awareness Development in DIY

I didn't get to see The Incredibles 2, and this I am very upset about. 

The reason for such a travesty is simple: the lighting in the movie is dangerous for people with epilepsy (yours truly) and other photosensitive disorders (flashing lights hurt them). 

This baffled me. Surely, the Walt Disney Company that has a PR team of roughly a bazillion people should have seen through what I understand to be a MAJOR PLOT POINT as a legitimately harmful trigger for a very serious illness, especially one most common in children. How is there not an industry standard in policy regarding triggering an illness that so many people suffer from? Did they just not realize this could happen? Or was it just a side note that wasn't worth spoiling the plot of the movie over? 

There is no motivator such as frustration, and I am frustrated. 

While I can't tell the entire entertainment industry how to, you know, warn people that they might have a seizure, I can at least attempt to help in my own community. Hence the launch of LEAD DIY, an initiative to help bring awareness to the music community I like to think I'm becoming a part of. 

Here's what we can do: make ourselves more conscious of lighting at shows. Hang signs (I made some ~nifty~ examples here) and post in Facebook events ahead of time to say it's safe for people with epilepsy or those who are sensitive to light, or that there's intense lighting, like strobes.  Learn what to do if a person has a seizure. Educate yourselves. Ask questions! Hell, ask me questions! 

As usual, I have no idea where this initiative is going to go, or how it's going to go. I expect it to evolve over time into whatever it needs to be. In the meantime, I've thrown together some resources over at melttmagazine.com/LEADDIY, a page that's also in the navigation bar above. 

Feel free to check it out, participate if you want, but most importantly, talk about it! Be curious.

Thanks already for the support, y'all. 

-Ellie