A San Francisco Musician’s Solution to Cultural Displacement Via The Art Itself
San Francisco, CA - Bay Area native and musician, Robin Applewood releases his new music video Resonator, a poetically positive response to the extreme disparity and gentrification in one of America’s favorite cities, San Francisco, and the modern artist's collective struggle to make a living. Resonator imagines a world where music thrives in a culturally rich community of people working together to find solutions to collective hardships. There is a current housing struggle which is shared not only by artists, but also by long-standing residents and small business owners who cannot compete with the rising inflation.
According to a recent National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) report, a person in San Francisco needs to make more than $31 an hour to afford a one-bedroom apartment in the city. As a result, cities like SF are seeing their diverse and artistically-rich culture move out of town seeking more affordable areas and being replaced with big business and expensive condominiums..
Holding true to his collaborative nature, Robin Applewood teamed up with producer Valentino Pellizzer, singer/songwriter Kenny Crowley and other local talent to bring his vibrant creation to fruition. An active San Francisco resident of over 15 years, Applewood founded the music organization Bay Vibes and co-founded ULUV Music, which produced a combined 400+ local shows and six large festivals. He currently manages AV and production for the 111 Minna Gallery while continuing his pursuit of enriching the local music community and his own original music, in spite of the current financial and cultural obstacles.
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