Kulak's Woodshed in Trouble

Paul Kulak, a supporter of many of our clients and the head of an innovative acoustic club in Los Angeles, is in trouble. Although he's never had a single complaint from a neighbor or a patron, the City rolled in and shut down his venue because he doesn't have the required number of parking spaces for a performance venue.

It's a frustrating situation, but the City has told Paul that they'll be flexible if he can show that his venue positively affects his community. They've specifically asked for calls and letters of support. If you've ever played at the Woodshed, mobilize your street team and your resources to show Los Angeles why Paul's work is so essential. In a city where it's near-impossible to get booked, Paul has given lots of folks a helping hand.

Hi Everyone it's Paul Kulak with some bad news. As of Wednesday 5/5/04 the Woodshed was forced to close by the City of LA and remain that way until further notice. I need support from ALL of you everywhere to call on our Council Woman Wendy Greuel to help us re-open the Woodshed, especially those of you who live in North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village, and Sherman Oaks. I visited Wendy Greuel's office yesterday and it was clear that phone calls along with a letter work best to get their attention. Here is the contact info once again.

Council Member Wendy Greuel 6350 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Suite 201 North Hollywood, Ca. 91606818-755-7676 greuel@council.lacity.org

Please send the Woodshed a copy of your letters as well.

Kulak's Woodshed 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91602

I am operating with the belief (based on what city officials have told me) that we can get approved for the parking variance. However, we need to raise a LOT of money to pay for it. As of now I have an empty bank account. Also, it looks like we're gonna get slammed for some other surprise violations as well, such as the Health Department for making self serve coffee and soft drinks available to all of you. I haven't a clue why but I'm gonna find out. Fines and fees are piling up fast. I am told that including the variance fee they could approach $10,000 or more.

By the way, ASCAP has recently sent me a bill for cumulative fees totaling about $2,200 over the last 3 years. BMI has been calling me as well. Can anyone out their help me work it out with them? It seems the best path to raising the money for all this is to put together a series of fundraisers, bring in some big name headline performers and get it done. Can a few of you help me with this? We will need a venue/s as well.

For those of you who can help by making an additional financial contribution please do so now. Details are on the website. (www.kulakswoodshed.com) A wonderful organization called the North Hollywood Community Forum, has partnered with us (as of June 2003) to act as our 501(c)(3) Fiscal Agent. If you'd like to make your contribution Tax Deductable please contact me and I can provide all the details. I may not know what is gonna happen next and how we're gonna get there but I gaurantee you all that I'm gonna re-open the Woodshed by doing whatever it takes as quickly as as possible !!! But I can't do it alone. I need your help !!!

When I first opened the Woodshed four years ago I never could have imagined my dusty lil' hole in the wall becoming what it has to so many people in L.A. and around the world. The Woodshed has exceeded my wildest dreams and there's no end in sight with the webcast. I've got a feelin' we're on the verge of something really BIG. The talent that performs here on a daily basis continues to blow my mind. The world is gonna find out about it one day and I'm gonna do my best to make sure it does as soon as possible. Look what we've all done. We've come together and created an incredible singer/songwriter labor of love community !!! I will never let this die. Please help me. Thank YouPaul Kulak