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SLAM looking for new president, board of directors

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 10:43 am

Current SLAM President Jay Stoudt (left) with Mayor Peter Brown at a SLAM event in 2012. Stoudt will be stepping down from his role as president with SLAM and the group will be looking for a new person to fill the role along with other director positions at their Annual General Meeting and Director Election on May 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at WAVES Coffee House.
Current SLAM President Jay Stoudt (left) with Mayor Peter Brown at a SLAM event in 2012. Stoudt will be stepping down from his role as president with SLAM and the group will be looking for a new person to fill the role along with other director positions at their Annual General Meeting and Director Election on May 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at WAVES Coffee House.
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The non-profit organization, Supporting Local Area Musicians (SLAM) in Airdrie will be making some big changes May 14, as their current president and founder Jay Stoudt is stepping down.

“I am very proud to be one of the founding members and overjoyed with what we have accomplished in such a short time,” Stoudt said in a press release.

“We have taken an idea developed by a few local musicians and transformed SLAM into a brand that is recognized in the community. We are now an important piece of the puzzle contributing to the success of many community events.”

“Jay has provided SLAM in Airdrie with exceptional leadership as the founder and outgoing president of SLAM in Airdrie,” said Michael McAllister, community development officer with the City of Airdrie.

“The group’s list of accomplishments is outstanding, and moving forward. It is my hope the group will continue to thrive in our community for many years to come.”

SLAM members will be selecting a new president at their Annual General Meeting and Director Election on May 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at WAVES Coffee House located at 105 Main Street.

SLAM, a non-profit society that supports local musicians and performing arts, was founded in 2011 with the mission of uniting musicians in the community by organizing local events that provide opportunities to perform and promote talent in Airdrie, according to the organization’s website.

“I am not leaving SLAM completely,” Stoudt said in an email to Airdrie City View.

“I am stepping down as president but will still be an active member.

“Being one of the founders, I have put a lot of time into building SLAM into what it has become today. It’s now time for someone else to take over and make it even better.”

Stoudt isn’t the only change the organization will see as several other board members are also stepping down. SLAM is currently accepting nominations for all director positions.

“The board of directors doesn’t necessarily need to be made to only include musicians,” Stoudt said.

“We are looking for visionary community-minded people that want to help build a culture of music in our growing community.”

He said as president of SLAM he put in a lot of evenings with the organization and is looking forward to spending more time with friends and family.

His advice for the new president is to get out there and be an active part of the community.

“SLAM in Airdrie is one piece of a bigger picture that represents the culture of the arts in our community. Build and maintain the relationships you make with the other community groups and grow together,” he said.

SLAM won the first Awesome Airdrie Award in 2011, partnered with Good Earth Coffee House and Bakery to provide live entertainment, partnered with the Airdrie Food Bank supporting the Empty Bowls Festival, partnered with Creative Airdrie supporting ARTember and the Culture in the Creek, presented Music on Main and Lunch on the Lawn performances and more.

“The music industry is a tough place,” Stoudt said. “SLAM provides the opportunity to bring musicians and supporters together to share experiences and make connections so we all can help each other.”

For more information on SLAM, visit www.slaminairdrie.com


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