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Give the gift of a membership to the MMC and show the musician in your life that you truly care about their success! From now until the end of the year, all MMC memberships and renewals are $5 offA membership to the MMC will give that musician the tools and resources they need to continue to take their music career to the next level. For more information about memberships, check out our membership page or email Ryan: membership@mnmusiccoalition.org


Give to the Max for MN Music!
Thursday, November 17
Give to the Max Day is just around the corner but you can donate to support our artist programs today. Celebrate Minnesota music with us on Thursday, November 17 as we Give to the Max for MN Music! Our goal is to raise $5,000 so that we can expand upon our programming that has already impacted over 10,000 artists across the state. And we are excited to announce that friends of local music have gotten together to offer up to $2,000 in matching gifts! Donate today and see your gift double thanks to these generous supporters of Minnesota music! We've also planned a full day of exciting music related events on Thursday, November 17. Attend one of these GIG to the MAX events to support both the MMC and our fantastic MN music scene: 

MN Music Coalition Lunch Show featuring Pushing Chain
Thrivent Financial 
625 4th Ave S, Mpls / 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Free door prizes & live music!

Orkestar Bez Ime
Black Dog Cafe
308 Prince St, St Paul / 7:30 pm

Jim Walsh - Book Release Party
Driftwood Char Bar
4415 Nicollet Ave S, Mpls / 7:00 pm

The Lowest Pair
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
720 NW Conifer Dr, Grand Rapids / 7:30 pm

Mother Banjo & Ben Cook-Feltz 
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave S, Mpls / 8:00 pm

Tim Cheesebrow
LiftBridge Taproom
1900 Tower Drive W, Stillwater / 7:00 pm

Pushing Chain
Dulono's
607 W Lake St, Mpls / 7:00 pm

Liam Gerard
Troubadour Wine Bar
2827 Hennepin Ave, Mpls / 8:00 pm


2016 Caravan du Nord

The MMC is thrilled to present the 6th Annual Caravan du Nord. A traveling showcase of Minnesota music, the Caravan du Nord will travel across the state this fall and present free artist workshops, industry networking events, classroom performances and all-ages concerts presented at theater venues in Winona, Red Wing, Austin, Ely, Faribault and Detroit Lakes. See below for the full list of dates and concert ticket links and share with your friends!

Winona, MN - feat. Haley Bonar, LOTTSleeping Jesus
Saturday, October 1:

Okooch Mountain Music (164 E. 3rd St.)
3-5 pm: Free Artist Workshops, hosted by The Current's Andrea Swensson

Ed's No-Name Bar (252 E. 3rd St.)
5:30-6:30 pm: Meet the performers and network with DJs and other music industry professionals over drinks!

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (1164 W. Howard St.)
7-10 pm: Concert feat. Haley Bonar (singer/songwriter), LOTT (experimental violin/vocals), Sleeping Jesus (indie/rock)
Tickets $8 (students/advance) / $10 door

Get Concert Tickets / More Info

 

Red Wing, MN - feat. Rogue ValleyJoey Ryan & The InksBrooke Elizabeth
Friday, October 7:

Mandy's Coffee & Cafe (419 W. 3rd St.)
2-4 pm: Free Artist Workshops, hosted by The Current's Jade

Sheldon Theatre (443 W. 3rd St.)
4:30-5:30 pm - Meet the performers and network with DJs and other music industry professionals over drinks and complimentary snacks!

7-10 pm: Concert feat. Rogue Valley (indie/rock), Joey Ryan & The Inks (pop), Brooke Elizabeth (singer/songwriter)
Tickets: $10-$20

Get Concert Tickets / More Info

 

Austin, MN - feat. Bad Bad HatsErik KoskinenSevere Logic
Saturday, October 22: 
Austin ArtWorks Center (300 N. Main St.)
2:30-4:30 pm: Free Artist Workshops, hosted by The Current's Kelsey Brannan

Dusty's Bar & Lounge (422 N. Main St.)
5-6 pm: Meet the performers and network with DJs and other music industry professionals over drinks!

Paramount Theatre (125 4th Ave. NE)
7-10 pm: Bad Bad Hats (indie/rock), Erik Koskinen (Americana), Severe Logic (rock/country).
Tickets: $10

Get Concert Tickets / More Info

 

Ely, MN - feat. Martin ZellarGermaine Gemberling & Rich MattsonThe Christopher David Hanson Band
Friday, October 28:

Amici's Event Center (10 W. Pattison St.)
3-5 pm: Free Artist Workshops, hosted by The Current's Mike Novitski

Kwazy Wabbit (11 N. Central Ave.)
5:30-6:30 pm: Meet the performers and network with DJs and other music industry professionals over drinks!

7-10:30 pm: Concert feat. Martin Zellar (of Gear Daddies)Germaine Gemberling & Rich Mattson (Americana), The Christopher David Hanson Band (rock/blues)
Tickets: $15 door / $10 in advance at Ely Design Works (9 E. Chapman St.)

More Info

 

Faribault, MN - feat. Frankie Lee, The CounterfactualsSarah Morris & Vicky Emerson
Friday, November 11:

F-Town Brewing Co. (22 4th St. NE)
3 pm: "Promoting Your Music" workshop w/publicist Krista Villinskis and radio-charting artists Sarah Morris & Vicky Emerson
4 pm: "Songwriting with Frankie Lee" workshop hosted by The Current's Bill DeVille
5-6 pm: Meet the performers and network with DJs and other music industry professionals over local brews!

Shattuck-St. Mary's School - Newhall Auditorium (1000 Shumway Ave.)
7-10 pm: Concert feat. Frankie Lee (roots/rock), Sarah Morris & Vicky Emerson (Americana), The Counterfactuals (indie/rock)

Get Concert Tickets / More Info

 

Detroit Lakes, MN - feat. Davina & The VagabondsJack KlattMorydian
Friday, November 18:

Historic Holmes Theatre (826 Summit Ave.)
Hosted by The Current's Sean McPherson
7-10 pm: Concert feat. Davina & The Vagabonds (blues/jazz), Jack Klatt (folk/blues), Morydian (folk)

Get Concert Tickets / More Info


2016 MN Music Summit

April 7-9 / St. Paul, MN

Weekend passes on sale now!

The Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) presents a 3-day music conference and festival in St. Paul, MN, bringing together artists, fans and music industry professionals from across the Upper Midwest. Featuring a keynote address by rocker, producer and artist advocate David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven) and performances by jam band heroes The Big Wu, soulful hip hop outfit Toki Wright & Big Cats, guitar legend Dean Magraw and more. In addition look for workshops, films, industry panels, parties and a chance to meet with artists, producers, videographers and representatives from the The GRAMMYs. Weekend passes are on sale now with discounts available to MMC members. Click here for more info.

 

2016 MN MUSIC SUMMIT SCHEDULE
All events take place in St. Paul, MN.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7:

Summit Brewing Company - 910 Montreal Circle
6:00-8:00 pm: Kickoff Party
Register, pick up your passes, enjoy free beer and mingle with artists, music VIPs and keynote speaker David Lowery.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8:

McNally Smith College of Music - 19 E. Exchange Street
11:30 am: Coffee/Check-in (Atrium)

12:00 pm: Keynote Address by David Lowery (Auditorium)
The frontman for Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven talks about his work as a rocker, producer and teacher fighting for artist rights in the digital age.

1:30 pm: Sign up for Mentoring Sessions (Room 70)

2:00 pm: "How to Make Your Music a Business: Artist as Entrepreneur" (Room 70)
with Jim McGuinn (Program Director at The Current), David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), Susan Campion (Giant Steps), Tom Loftus (Modern Radio Record Label)

3:00 pm: One-on-One Mentoring Sessions (Atrium)
Sign up for 15-minute speed mentoring sessions with Angie Carlson (publicist for Red House Records/Propeller Publicity), Grace Evenson (Booking Coordinator at The Cedar Cultural Center), Kelsey Brannan (DJ at The Current), Paul Peterson (artist/producer for Prince, Fdeluxe)

3:00 pm: "Dissecting Digital Services" (Room 70)
with Scott LeGere (producer, engineer & music business professor at McNally Smith College of Music), Andrew Sims (Doomtree), Chuck Hermes (Clockwork)

4:00 pm: "Networking For Shy People" (Room 70)
with Brian Turner (DJ, radio actor), Andrea Swensson (writer/producer/host for Local Current/The Local Show)

Amsterdam Bar & Hall - 6 W. 6th Street
6:30-7:30 pm: Reception with The GRAMMYs (back hall)
Meet representatives from the Chicago Chapter of The GRAMMYs and enjoy light eats. Summit badge/wristband required.

7:30 pm (doors): Concert featuring Toki Wright & Big Cats, Ashley DuBose and Katy Vernon Band
A multi-genre concert featuring top MN acts and a presentation of the MN Music Champion Award featuring special guest appearances by David Lowery and others. Admission is $10 at the door or free with Summit badge/wristband.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9:
Sponsored by Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival

McNally Smith College of Music - 19 E. Exchange Street
12:30-2:30 pm: Young Artist Panel Discussion & Booking a Show at THE GARAGE  (Auditorium)
A panel discussion on "What It's Like to Be Young In the Music Scene," talking about the opportunities and gaps in the Twin Cities all-ages music scene. The Executive Director of the all-ages music venue THE GARAGE will also be booking slots for some of their summer shows for young musicians/bands in attendance.

12:30 pm: Coffee/Sign up for Free Legal Help & Mentoring Sessions (Room 70)

1:00 pm: "Legal Issues for Musicians" (Room 70)
Lawyers Anthony Mendoza, Max Felsheim and Dan DeVoe talk about contracts, intellectual property & other important topics affecting artists.

1:45 pm: Free Legal Assistance (Room 70)
Minnesota Justice Foundation sponsors this free legal clinic where you can get free legal help from law students and attorneys familiar with entertainment law.

3:00 pm: One-on-One Mentoring Sessions (Atrium)
Sign up for 15-minute speed mentoring sessions with Barb Abney (DJ at Go963MN), Craig Grossman (agent/manager at Green Room Music Source), Youa Vang (freelance publicist, writer at City Pages Minneapolis), David Priebe (agent/manager at Green Room Music Source)

3:00 pm: "Most Views Ever: Creating Buzz For Your Videos" (Room 70)
with Jay Gabler (Writer/Digital Producer at The Current)

4:30 pm: Official Screening of Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival's best MN Made Music Videos followed by Q&A with directors & musicians (Auditorium)

5:30-6:30 pm: Music & Film Social Hour (Atrium)
Meet local filmmakers and videographers over light eats & refreshments.

7:00 pm: Debut of new documentary "The Big Wu Way" with band Q&A (Auditorium)
Premium Summit badge required.

Amsterdam Bar & Hall - 6 W. 6th Street
9:00 pm (doors): Concert featuring The Big Wu & special guest Dean Magraw
Admission is $15 at the door or free with Premium Summit badge.



2015 Caravan du Nord

The MMC is thrilled to present the 5th Annual Caravan du Nord. A traveling showcase of Minnesota music, the Caravan du Nord will travel across the state this fall and present free artist workshops, industry networking events, classroom performances and all-ages concerts presented at historic theaters in Northfield, Red Wing, Austin and Detroit Lakes. See below for the full list of dates and concert ticket links and share with your friends!

Northfield, MN - Featuring Solid GoldVan SteeHelen Forsythe
Saturday, October 3:

FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS w/Current DJ Mark Wheat (Weitz Center)
2:30 pm - "How to Get Your Music on the Radio"
3:30 pm - "Building a Twin Cities Audience"

SOCIAL HOUR (Rueb 'n' Stein)
5-6:30 pm - Meet the artists & network with industry professionals

CONCERT (Carleton College Concert Hall)
7:00 pm - Doors open
7:30 pm - Helen Forsythe (singer/songwriter)
8:00 pm - Van Stee (indie/rock)
9:00 pm - Solid Gold (electronic/pop)
Get Tickets

Red Wing, MN - Featuring Caroline SmithBlack Diet, Andy Hartin
Saturday, October 17:

FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS w/Current DJ Jade (Sheldon Theater-Mezzanine)
2:00-4:00 pm

SOCIAL HOUR (Staghead Gastro Pub)
4:30-5:30 pm - Meet the artists & network with industry professionals

CONCERT (Sheldon Theater)
6:00 pm - Doors open
6:30 pm - Andy Hartin (singer/songwriter)
7:00 pm - Black Diet (soul)
8:00 pm - Caroline Smith (pop/R&B vocalist)
Get Tickets 

Ely, MN - Featuring The PinesBrian Laidlaw, Three Man Strings & Stuff Band
Saturday, November 7: 
FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS w/Current DJ Bill DeVille (Amici's Event Center)
3:00-5:00 pm

SOCIAL HOUR (Amici's Event Center)
5:00-6:00 pm - Meet the artists & network with industry professionals

CONCERT (Amici's Event Center)
6:30 pm - Three Man Strings & Stuff Band (folk)
7:15 pm - Brian Laidlaw (poet/songwriter)
8:15 pm - The Pines (indie/roots)

Faribault, MN - Featuring Farewell MilwaukeeBarbara Jean,  Sasha Mercedes
Friday, November 13:

FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS (Paradise Center for the Arts)
2:30 pm - "Inside the Studio: The Ins & Outs of Recording" w/Erik Koskinen, Farewell Milwaukee
3:30 pm - "Standing Out on Social Media" w/DJ Mac Wilson

SOCIAL HOUR (F-Town Brewing Co. Taproom)
5:00-6:00 pm - Meet the Artists & Current DJ Mac Wilson

CONCERT (Shattuck-St. Mary's School-Newhall Auditorium)
7:00 pm - Doors open
7:30 pm - Sasha Mercedes (singer/songwriter)
8:00 pm - Barbara Jean (folk/Americana)
9:00 pm - Farewell Milwaukee (indie/rock)
Get Tickets

Austin, MN - Featuring Har Mar SuperstarReina del CidPeter Jacobs Jazz Combo
Saturday, November 14:

FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS w/Current DJ Sean McPherson (ArtWorks Center)
2:00 pm - "The Do's and Don'ts of DIY Booking"
3:00 pm - "Promoting Your Music"

SOCIAL HOUR (Dusty's)
4:30-5:30 pm - Meet the artists & network with industry professionals

CONCERT (Paramount Theatre)
6:30 pm - Doors open
7:00 pm - Peter Jacobs Jazz Combo (jazz)
7:30 pm - Reina del Cid (Americana)
8:30 pm - Har Mar Superstar (pop)
Get Tickets

Detroit Lakes, MN - Featuring Keri Noble, Molly Dean, Patrick Murphy
Friday, November 20:

CONCERT (Historic Holmes Theatre)
7:00 pm - Patrick Murphy
7:30 pm - Molly Dean
8:15 pm - Keri Noble
Get Tickets

Saturday, November 21:
COFFEE SOCIAL (La Barista)
9:00-10:00 am - Meet the artists & network with music industry professionals

FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS w/Current DJ Lindsay Kimball (La Barista)
10:00 am-12:00 pm


Musician Survey - Fill out here!

The MMC is teaming up with University of St. Thomas School for Entrepreneurship to put together the first comprehensive survey on Minnesota musicians to learn more about your musical work, how you make your money and what we and the government can do to better serve you. If you identify as a musician in any capacity, please take 10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey so we can better advocate for what you need. Click here.


2015 April Newsletter

posted on Wed, Apr 29 2015 4:53 pm by Ellen Stanley

Rock 'n' Roll Potluck

Thursday, May 7, 6 pm
Clockwork
1501 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Make your reservation today!

Join Minnesota's finest musicians as they serve up their own favorite dishes along with a tasty acoustic set for an exclusive dinner party you won't want to miss! Taking place on Thursday, May 7 at 6 pm at Clockwork, the event will feature special guests including Haley Bonar, Chris Koza, Munson & Wilson, Undlin & Wolfe and Alan Sparhawk of Low! This will be a great opportunity to network with the region's top musical talent so reserve your spot today and get your limited edition t-shirt. All proceeds benefit our artist programs, and MMC members get discounted tickets!

 


MN Music Summit Photos

Music Summit

Thanks to all of you who made this year's MN Music Summit our biggest and best yet with over 700 artists and music supporters attending from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa! We'll be sharing videos of Dar Williams' keynote address and some of the workshops, but for now we wanted to share some photos from our Saturday night event at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, courtesy of photographer Jenna Klein. Check them out here.

The 2015 MN Music Summit was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The MN Music Summit is also supported by the St. Paul Cultural STAR with ongoing support of the McKnight Foundation and our sponsors: Summit Brewing, McNally Smith College of Music, 89.3 The Current, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, KFAI Radio, American Composers Forum and the Cedar Cultural Center.


Musician Survey

The MMC is teaming up with University of St. Thomas School for Entrepreneurship to put together the first comprehensive survey on Minnesota musicians to learn more about your musical work, how you make your money and what we and the government can do to better serve you. If you identify as a musician in any capacity, please take 10 minutes to fill out this anonymous survey so we can better advocate for what you need. Click here.


Longhorn Reunion Show at First Ave.

Saturday, May 16, 7 pm
First Avenue
701 N. First Ave. (Minneapolis)
 
The MMC is proud to sponsor this special reunion show featuring The Sub-Commandos, a super group including members of The Suburbs, Suicide Commandos and Wallets. Also performing will be seminal rock and pop acts like Curtiss A, Hypstrz, Flamingo and Yipes! The show is 18+ and tickets are just $15. More info here.
 

MMC Helps Artists Like Terry Walsh

MMC artist member Terry Walsh is a veteran of the Minnesota music scene and has led the popular Belfast Cowboys and St. Dominic's Trio for the last 13 years.

"The MMC is a fun, welcoming organization," says Walsh. "In the short time that I've officially been a member I've already directly recouped the small membership fee multiple times through shows booked and swag received."

The Belfast Cowboys just released their new CD The Upside to the Downslide and can be heard playing every Tuesday at Nye's.

For more information about how you can become a member and to learn about special performance opportunities, please visit our website.



We would like to thank Rulien's Lost Muse for being a business sponsor of the Minnesota Music Coalition and supporting its musician programs across the state! Rulien’s Lost Muse Custom Guitar Straps, more easily remembered as ‘Buffalo Straps’ is the place to get just the strap you have in mind for your guitar or other instrument. Each strap is made by owner Kimberlie Gilbertson and handmade of the highest quality materials. Specializing in Buffalo & gemstones, Buffalo Straps have been seen on SNL, Good Morning America, The Grammys, Ellen & Jimmy Kimmel to name a few. They also crafted our Minnesota Music Champion belt presented at the 2015 MN Music Summit (pictured below). Check them out here!

To learn more about how your business can support local artists and about the benefits to becoming a sponsor of the MMC, please contact Ellen Stanley at ellen@mnmusiccoalition.org.


2015 MN Music Champion

As part of the 2015 MN Music Summit, the MMC presented the inaugural Minnesota Champion Award to David Campbell of 89.3 The Current on Saturday, April 11 as part of a special event at Amsterdam Bar & Hall, featuring special guest appearances by local talent Lucy Michelle and David's Blackberry Brandy Boys bandmate Brian Just. The champion belt (handcrafted by Rulien's Lost Muse) was presented by Doomtree rapper Sims and The New Standards' John Munson.

"Because the MMC is dedicated to serving Minnesota's independent musicians, we thought it would be important to start recognizing people from the community that have championed the cause of these artists," says Executive Director Ellen Stanley. "As someone who has spent almost two decades spinning local artists on the Twin Cities airwaves, David was an easy choice to be the first Minnesota Music Champion."

In addition to hosting The Local Show on 89.3 The Current for the last several years, Campbell also hosted local radio shows on KQRS and Drive 105 and has promoted local artists, working at labels and playing in several bands. As the 2015 Minnesota Music Champion, David will keep the belt until the 2016 MN Music Summit, when he will pass it on to next year's award winner.


Check out the April newsletter for the latest news and info.