JUNK! is a queer-nonbinary-founded organization, providing artists with an outlet to create, and working to build a safer, more inclusive music scene.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
- black lives matter
- defund the police
- abolish ICE
- protect our communities
- love is love
- my body my choice
therefore, at all JUNK! shows there is no room for:
- sexual ass*ulters
WHAT IS JUNK!?
JUNK! involves is a multitude of things. it's a publication, show promotion, photography, an art magazine, and more. overall, though, JUNK! is meant to be a community, especially for musicians and artists within the los angeles county music scene. here's how it works:
Every month, JUNK! puts together 1-2 shows with local musicians across LA county. JUNK! handles everything; from booking the venue to securing volunteers to even making sure there will be a photographer on site for each band (sometimes JUNK! takes the photos, too!) we also work to secure a backline for the show. JUNK! makes every show flyer and promotes it on social media for at least one week before each show.
the money made from a show at the door will be split up between JUNK! and the bands as such:
50% of funds go to JUNK!*
50% is split up amongst the bands who play
The minimum that a band will be paid for a JUNK! show is $40. If the 50% calculation is greater than $40, the bands will receive more. If the 50% calculation is less than $40, bands will still receive $40.
if there is a venue fee, 50% is calculated after this fee is subtracted
in the case that a show is a benefit/fundraiser show, bands may receive less payment, which will be communicated prior to booking. JUNK! takes 0% from benefit/fundraiser shows.
all the funds that JUNK! generates from shows goes straight back into JUNK! so we can put together more events and continue to keep our platform up and running. our funds are utilized to purchase sound equipment (our mixer, PA speakers, microphones, cables, etc.), pay venue fees, rent generators for underground shows, etc.**
The PA system JUNK! uses is also available for anyone to rent for shows! See PA System rental information here.
*Quynn, JUNK! founder, is also in a band (Princess Cut). For JUNK! shows that Princess Cut is playing, door funds will be split equally between all bands
**money that JUNK! generates from shows is never pocketed by the founder. JUNK! funds are kept in a separate checking account and kept track of via accounting sheets.
JUNK! is also an online and printed publication. we interview bands, visual artists, venue owners, etc. from across LA county in order to provide a platform for them to share their work, which deserves all the recognition it can get. JUNK! also publishes opinion and news pieces, which can be submitted at firstname.lastname@example.org or our contact page. we want to publish your work!
JUNK! has a large team of writers who contribute articles to the webzine each month. If you would like to join our team, sign up here!
the printed publication is released randomly throughout the year (as often as possible).
Overall, JUNK! is a community. our goal is to provide a safe space for everyone, coming together to experience art and music. we want to build a music scene that supports each other, that uplifts musicians and artists, and that brings people together.
MEET THE FOUNDER!
my name is quynn lubs (they/them) (ig: @quynnlubs)
i created JUNK! in 2019 when i was 17. finding the punk scene genuinely gave me a home. middle/high school was rough, especially being from a mainly conservative town as someone who identifies as nonbinary and queer. i never felt like i fit in anywhere. when i started going to shows, i was able to find a place where people accepted me. i created JUNK! because i wanted to provide this home to other people like me, who don't really feel like they have a place they belong.
JUNK! is my passion; throwing shows, writing articles, filming interviews, and overall providing people with an outlet to create within an accepting, safe community.
WHAT DOES "JUNK!" MEAN?
i always see those ads everywhere for those junk removal businesses. there's a billboard near my house that says "we'll help you get rid of junk!" to me, this kind of makes me think about how punk in general is looked down upon by society. we're a pain in their ass. we expose injustices and flaws in their system, and we go as far as to sort of remove ourselves from society because that's the biggest "fuck you" to their bullshit. society can try to get rid of us all they want, but we're here to stay.
the logo for JUNK! represents the individuality behind every member of our community. the logo is a non-gendered, Picasso-esque face meant to show that JUNK! is for everyone, from every background. the swirly eyeballs are meant to depict the creative ways in which artists view, interpret and interact with the world around them.
SHOW RULES and REGULATIONS
- if you are at a JUNK! show and experience any sort of harassment (sexual assault, racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.) come and find quynn or one of our other volunteers. people who create a toxic environment will be removed and banned from attending future JUNK! shows. JUNK! keeps a list of individuals banned from future JUNK! shows.
- all JUNK! shows are $10 and under to ensure that everyone who wants to can attend. no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. pay what you can! (if a show is out of your budget, message the JUNK! Instagram or send JUNK! an email! we will work out an accessible option for you.)
- if you volunteer, you get in free!
- mosh at your own risk! if you get hurt in the pit, JUNK! is not liable!
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
JUNK! needs volunteers! people to work the ticket booth at the entrance*, people to sell merchandise/food, people to work the sound equipment, etc.! this is how we are able to continue putting on events! if you would like to volunteer, contact us through social media or through email.
- free entrance to the show you are working AND to the next JUNK! show you attend
- priority when it comes to playing the next JUNK! show, vending, or putting your art in a volume of our magazine
you can also help us out by purchasing items through our depop! all money made through depop sales goes right back into improving the business :)
*if you work the ticket booth, JUNK! will compensate you financially for your time!