It was only a month ago that this newspaper published an article about the delightfully weird and macabre Graveface Museum that just opened on Factor’s Walk. The museum, which has the potential to become one of the most unique and popular tourist attractions in Savannah, barely opened its doors before they had to close them again because of the mandatory closure of non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
Owner and curator, Ryan Graveface, not only runs the museum, but also the Graveface Records store and record label, as well as other record labels including his Terror Vision imprint.
With his multiple business all having to shutter at once, Graveface is struggling to pay rent and ensure that he can reopen when the pandemic is over. With a collective rent of $7,800 a month, Graveface’s wife, Chloe Manon, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise enough money to cover two months rent on his museum and shop, with the hope that the businesses can reopen soon after and keep their staff employed.
“Chloe put it very simply that if we don’t do something, this could all go bye-bye, so ‘I’ll ask for help for you’,” said Graveface.
Having lost most of his belongings in a flood in Chicago ten years ago, Graveface has had to ask for help before to keep his record label alive, so now he is admittedly stubborn about asking for financial help. Graveface has also failed to pay himself in years, putting every dime back into his businesses, which seemed like a selfless act on his part at the time, but has made it difficult to obtain federal funding and business loans during this crisis.
“This has shined a light on a lot of things,” said Graveface. “At least it’s a motivator for changing what I now realize I’ve been doing poorly. For example, even if I am just putting the money back into the company, I should be taking a paycheck.”
Graveface Records is still selling records to music lovers from the store. For example, every Saturday, they host a used record drop live on Facebook with viewers calling dibs on amazing and unique vinyl.
GoFundMe is not the only way you can help Graveface save his business.
“We have a linktree at graveface.com that details the zillion ways you can help from buying a gift cards for the record store, or buying a pass to the museum, or a membership to the museum, or buying stuff off the Graveface Bandcamp, t-shirts on ETSY—there are so many different facets to what I do,” said Graveface.
“I run a company called Terror Vison, which is my horror soundtrack label, and there is a Facebook group dedicated to it—not a ton of people, but the people who are into it are super into it. They’ve all joined together to get more people to join the Terror Vision Record Club during this time...they’ve helped significantly. We have ways you can help and still get something out of it.”
“I have such a unique life that the people that are into what I do seem to really be into it, and there are so many subsets of what I do. There’s not a lot of crossover. There are people that subscribe to Terror Vision that have never heard a single Graveface Records release. It’s pretty cool. It’s neat that I have my hands in so much.”