Black Site is a record label cooperative created by Kansas City musicians interested in supporting regional punk and rock bands release their recordings on a physical medium. With the world around us becoming a deluge of digital l’s and 0’s, transient as a trust fund crust punk on a cross country excursion, tangible art is critical to maintaining connections to our past, our sense of place, and who we are as a people. Only WE can create the world we want to live in.
Reciprocity and solidarity are the cornerstones of building long lasting, self-sustaining community power that pushes back against the commodification of culture. Music is not a business; Punk is not a brand, and DIY is not a lifestyle to be consumed. This is a way of life, and if we don’t hang together, we’ll surely hang alone.
The Barker Gee Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 to assist young musicians in the pursuit of their craft and to further the DIY ethic. By lending a timely hand to bands and musicians with recording, production, tour support, and advice, the Barker Gee Memorial Scholarship hopes to foster another DIY minded generation by teaching musicians how to help themselves.