Let’s talk about unprofessionalism for a moment.
I never spoke with Chris Shott about the grant I was awarded from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (Show & Tell, 4/29). We only left phone messages for each other. Yet he somehow managed to write a full-page story on the topic.
Maybe Shott wrote this article out of desperation to write something—anything—to keep a job. Maybe it was the thrill of a fabricated “scoop.” I’m not sure what his motivations were. Nor do I care. What I do care about, however, is that the Washington City Paper printed pointless gossip as if it were news, reducing your paper to fluff and drivel and—worse yet—misrepresenting me, my friends, Dischord Records, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in a grotesque fiction.
To set the record straight: I applied for and won the commission’s Young Artists Program grant as an independent artist. At the time, I proposed utilizing the grant toward the making of a record for Beauty Pill. The idea to apply for a grant never came out of frustration with Dischord. Dischord has only ever given to Beauty Pill. The grant proposal was written more in the light of a collaboration between Dischord and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, two entities that support the arts. In the past, our band has had the tendency to go over budget. Seeking a grant seemed to be a logical step. After all, isn’t that what grants are for? Some scoop.
Recently, however, I have decided (along with bassist Basla Andolsun) to leave the band. These things happen. My relationship with my ex-bandmates is still good, though quite ruffled by Shott’s sad attempt at journalism. Had Shott waited until he had spoken with me before he wrote his article, he would have discovered that although I’ve left the band, I am still a Washington, D.C., musician and graphic artist, and that I am submitting a project modification on my grant proposal. The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will review my request and accept it or reject it.
Because of Chris Shott’s impatience, the Washington City Paper printed an article about Beauty Pill’s new recording plans without the grant and without its most recent rhythm section—but failing to mention either point.
So, to this incredibly wet-behind-the-ears journalist, Chris Shott: I recommend that you exercise patience in future articles before you cause unnecessary damage that the rest of us have to solve while you lick your lips hovering over your next “scoop.”