August 12, 2006
After seeing Canadian Kyle McDonald start with a red paper clip and, through a series of trades, land with a set of keys to his new house, Greg Allen decided he'd try that too. Except he's starting with land, and looking for money.
Realtor by day and rocker by night, Greg Allen is looking to make a deal. Allen is hoping to start with the 8.6 acres of land he owns off Old Lynchburg road and eventually trade up to something worth $1.75 million, all to keep his non-profit organization, SongSharing, alive.
"To build an endowment, a 7-year endowment of $250,000 a year would be really cool. That would set the organization free," Allen said.
He created the music organization four years ago to bring live performances to audiences that otherwise would have no access to them and running a non-profit venture like that takes some cash.
"At the level that we should be running a couple $150,000 a year so you can pay some people to do this," he said.
To find someone willing to "play his game" Allen has taken to the Internet posting the barter opportunity online at Craigslist. While he's not quite sure what he considers a worthy trade for the land, he's open to anything.
"I hope to make maybe a series of trades. It's wonderful to think that some really wealthy philanthropist would hear of this and think, that's the coolest thing I've ever heard, give him what he wants," said Allen.
Allen said he's had monetary offers, but that's not what he's looking for, unless you're willing to pay the full 1.75 million. He said the process of seeing what all he can get to end up with the money is what makes this adventure exciting.
The SongSharing organization is responsible for bringing live acts to UVA's Children's Rehab Center, Region Ten's Meadowcreek center, and the Cedars Nursing Home.