Going Public...

We have completed the Anchor and Earth website. Like many things that I create, I am often nervous or hesitant to share them with the world. Not for fear of rejection or ridicule, but because I struggle with perfectionism and self-competition.

People need the full story at a glance of what Anchor and Earth’s mission is and the steps taken to get here and the steps that we need to take moving forward.

Johnny Cowan

It’s official! We now have our not-for-profit status approved and registered with IRS. This is a grand step forward as it will allow us to engage with our community further and publicly raise necessary funding.  Any donations made may now be written off as tax exempt and we can provide receipts. Construction material donations are also tax exempt. 

This comes at perfect timing as we are in the final stage of the site plan with the building department and will begin construction on infrastructure and utilities early next year. 

The septic system, well, and electrical will all be installed by myself in order to save cost but we are not able to fund the construction ourselves. Combined, with the purchase of the land and the initial site prep and building costs (not including living costs and time), Heidi and I have surrendered more than $80,000 of our own money and will continue to pour everything we have into this labor of love.   

As we continue to tell the story of how Anchor and Earth is serving the underserved of our community, I hope that you will consider donating. The path we have chosen cannot be walked alone. 

thank you. 

johnny and heidi 

For a detailed breakdown of our budget and building expenses, shoot us an email and I will send you a report. 

Donations can be made via check to “anchor and Earth”, via money transfer apps (Venmo, Cash, PayPal, etc...), over the phone at 916-801-0141,  and soon we will have a donation action button on our website. 


Johnny Cowan
The Power of a Stage

In 2015 I built a stage in my detached garage. You read correctly. A stage. At the time I only had a small vision of what having a stage in my garage would mean. I thought maybe someday someone can use it to share a song with me and some friends. I thought maybe it would feel more comfortable for an emerging artist to perform intimately than at a traditional venue.  There is no way I could have foreseen how something as simple as a stage could have brought so many people together in my community. Within the first year of building the stage and small recording studio, Heidi and I hosted so many house shows and events that we had to be careful not to double book. Touring bands, local artists, songwriters,  friends, and pets would gather around and on this stage in full frontal creative nudity (pardon my analogy. Nobody was naked. That I know of).  It gets even better, even the couple that bought or house in SLC were inspired to buy the house in part because of that stage. Ill cover more of that surreal story in a later chapter.

Throughout my time as a musician I have been involved with production or performing in various recording studios.  Too often the engineer or producer would immediately pick up his phone and check facebook as soon as someone started recording. That doesn’t feel very good to have the person who’s responsible for the end listener experience care more about some stupid meme with cats in it than listening and contributing to the culmination of your audible and emotional passion.  Think about that the next time someone is talking to you and you are staring at your phone. I’m guilty of it. I suppose that is one good thing about not having internet out here is that no story or conversation is as long as it takes to load one picture of a stupid cat. All of this to iterate that being involved can have a huge impact. Even if it’s getting involved in a small way.  Invite someone to hear about your dreams or what you’re working on next and then only take up half the time talking about what you want to accomplish and start asking about what they want to accomplish. Being interested and listening to the passions of my peers while remaining passionate is as challenging and important as incorporating grace and compassion in my daily life.  Though it may not seem that creativity is as valuable a human pursuit as the other endeavors, I would beg to differ. Without a person’s desire to build something there is little to restore. 

I know I went a little “Johnny’s Guide to Being Decent” and for that I’m sorry. It may or may not happen again.

Looking back on everything that I’ve faced while putting the dream of Anchor and Earth together; I can link nearly all positive outcomes to the Compassion I’ve given or received, the Grace I’ve given or received, and the Creativity I’ve witnessed or contributed.

Johnny Cowan