MMC Calendar

posted on Mon, Aug 22 2016 8:11 pm by MN Music Coalition

Houds of Finn (Celtic/folk)
Wednesday, August 24, 12-1 pm
Landmark Center
75 W. 5th Street
St. Paul, MN
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We're proud to sponsor this summer's Music in the Cafe series downstairs from our offices at Landmark Center! Bring your own lunch or enjoy eats from Anita's Cafe or one of the awesome food trucks lined up outside the building on Market Street. Free and good for all ages, this series features a wide variety of Minnesota musical talent! Full schedule here.

Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold (folk, Americana)
Thursday, August 25, 8 pm
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
All ages / Tickets: $20
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The MMC is proud to sponsor this intimate listening room show with Mark Olson of The Jayhawks and Norwegian singer and multi-instrumentalist Ingunn Ringvold.

Summit's 30th Anniversary Backyard Bash (rock, hip hop, pop)
Saturday, September 1012-8 pm
Summit Brewing Backyard
910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, MN
Tickets: $30 advance / $40 gate
21+ / Kids under 12 get in free with adults
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Summit Brewing Company will celebrate three decades of creativity, consistency and community with an all-day music event benefiting the MMC. Minnesota alt-rock legend Bob Mould headlines a diverse lineup of artists with local ties, including BullydeM atlaSBad Bad HatsApollo Cobra and Nooky JonesHotpants DJs will spin vinyl between sets. More information here.


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.


All events take place in St. Paul, MN.


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.


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.

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)
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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"

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:
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
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

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.