Category: Music University

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 »

MU 2016 Showcase THIS SATURDAY!

Music University 2016 and the Des Moines Music Coalition are proud to present this year’s MU Showcase featuring performances by featured guests and talented Iowa artists. The MU Showcase is designed to highlight forward-thinking musical artists based in central Iowa and beyond.   All Ages Tickets: $15 adv/$20 dos Attend the MU Conference and the MU Showcase is… Read more »

MU 2016: Call for Art!

In conjunction with Music University, our annual fall music industry conference, the Des Moines Music Coalition is hosting a curated pop-up art exhibition at Hill Vintage & Knits on Oct. 1 from 5-7pm!   If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please read the submission guidelines below:   Requirements: – The art must… Read more »

David Hurd 1930-2016

David Hurd was a true friend of the Des Moines Music Coalition. His advocacy for DMMC attracted support from community leaders for the first 80/35 music festival. His vision guided DMMC through our early years and his leadership inspired us when times were tough. His generosity ensured programs like Music University and the soon-to-be-launched Artist… Read more »

Special Delivery: Andrew W.K. Brings Energy to Des Moines

By Angela Ufheil Andrew W.K. has a grin that takes over his entire face. It’s a face that is hard to forget, and not just because it beams from various Music University promotions. Andrew W.K.’s face sticks in your head because it perfectly represents the man himself: enthusiastic, uninhibited and over-the-top. This “multi-faceted musician and… Read more »

Talking Music with Tobi Parks of Sony Music and Station 1 Records

By Jordan German   A self-proclaimed Midwesterner at heart, Tobi Parks left her life in New York, to move to Iowa’s capital with her wife and children. A music industry veteran, Parks knows the ins and outs of the business and has worked her way up the ranks at Sony over the past 10 years…. Read more »

Greg Kot wants you to make it in the music business

By Katie Bandurski The hobby started as a way to get free records. Greg Kot, music critic for the Chicago Tribune, began covering the music beat in college and it’s a love affair that has lasted over two decades. Kot’s work has been featured in Rolling Stone among others, he is the author of several… Read more »

From R. Kelly to the Beatles: Journalist Jim DeRogatis Talks Music

By Hannah Little   Jim DeRogatis is more than just a musician. Though he is the drummer for Vortis, an indie-rock band, his true calling is journalism. His work has been featured in the Chicago Sun Times, Rolling Stone, Request and Spin. He also co-hosts the weekly music-review gone radio show, “Sound Opinions,” with Chicago… Read more »

MU 2015 to feature Andrew W.K. and more!

MU: A Conference and Showcase for Musicians returns to Des Moines for it’s third year on October 17, 2015 at the State Historical Building! MU 2015 is proud to present a keynote and performance by Andrew W.K., a rock and roll workshop with legendary rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions fame, and more. See… Read more »

Q&A With Colin Sullivan from John June Year

Colin Sullivan, lead guitarist, talks about the band’s journey to success. Colin Sullivan doesn’t look like the stereotypical farm-town Iowan. And he’s not. The Clinton, IA, native looks more like a British boy band outcast, except that he’s permanently swathed himself in band t-shirts—mostly representing influences like British rockers Arctic Monkeys. And his group, John… Read more »

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