Category: DMMC News

DMMC seeks project manager for 80/35 Music Festival

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is looking for an experienced project manager to handle the planning and execution of the 2022 80/35 Music Festival taking place in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Alongside our staff, Board of Directors, independent contractors, and volunteers, you’ll help oversee everything from festival grounds to ticketing to stage and… Read more »

DMMC Names Mickey Davis Executive Director

The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is excited to announce Mickey Davis as its new Executive Director. Davis will assume the role Nov. 1. Davis has deep ties to central Iowa and its music and arts scene, in his work both as an acclaimed musician (MAIDS) and through his extensive work in the local and… Read more »

Music Education Goes Virtual

Des Moines Public Schools originally planned to re-open on April 13th, but now there is still doubt from the community and school administrators that the date will still hold for students to return. While we all wait as patiently as we can, staying home and practicing social distancing, new measures are being taken to engage… Read more »

Welcoming the first DMMC Executive Director, Jarin Hart!

I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to advance DMMC’s mission to build a stronger and more diverse music community in greater Des Moines. It is an absolute dream to be in a position to inspire social, economic and environmental change in this great city through music and the arts. As an experienced… Read more »

MU Series to debut at DMMC Festivals in 2017

DMMC ANNOUNCES A NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR MUSICIANS AT 2017 DMMC FESTIVALS Previously a full-day conference, in 2017 the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is launching the redesigned Music University (MU) Series to incorporate new and diverse ways to engage local musicians in professional development opportunities. Participants benefit from engaging with national and local industry… Read more »

Now accepting nominations for Backstage Ball 2017!

Every year at the annual Backstage Ball, the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a meaningful contribution to the improvement of Des Moines’ music scene. Do you know someone who has had a positive impact on the Greater Des Moines music community in 2016? This could be a musician/band,… Read more »

80/35 sets the standard for Midwest music festivals

As a co-chair of the inaugural Middle Waves Music Festival, Alison Gerardot plays a key role in the marketing and business development efforts for a multi-day festival featuring 20+ acts from the indie rock, hip hop, and electronic worlds including The Flaming Lips, Best Coast, Doomtree, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Sidewalk Chalk. Taking place on… Read more »

Growth of the Des Moines Music Scene

  Des Moines’ music scene may not be on a top ten list, but we’re vying for a spot. We know our music scene is great and we’ve seen it grow significantly over the past ten years with music festivals like 80/35, 515 Alive, Hinterland, and more. We also know our musicians are some of… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: DJ Eight Ten

There’s a real art to DJing. Between curating playlists, playing to the crowd, and seamlessly mixing between often disparate music, there is an undeniable amount of artistic ability required in order to DJ. It’s a form of music-making rooted in as much history as any other style of musical performance. Not to mention all the… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Nostromo

In the TMT preview of their debut 5cm Recordings-released cassette, Entropy, Nostromo was described as an answer to what-if questions like, what if “Ozzy had joined Rush and crashed CBGB’s in 1975?” It’s hard to write better hype than that.       After all, Nostromo shreds through those late 70’s and early 80’s downtuned hard… Read more »

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