Backstage Ball

Backstage Ball is the annual Des Moines Music Coalition fundraiser, where you can mix and mingle with creative movers, shakers, music lovers and makers. Your support at Backstage Ball will benefit the Des Moines Music Coalition and its work to develop, accelerate, and support local music.

Tune in for more information about Backstage Ball 2022. In the meantime, please consider supporting DMMC through becoming a member or making a gift!

2020 Backstage Ball Honorees

Every year at Backstage Ball we take the opportunity to showcase individuals who have helped our local music scene thrive. We thank them for their contributions!

  • xBk – (Tobi Parks, Thomas Kutz, & Franklin Codel)- Amedeo Rossi Innovator of the Year
  • Noah Short – Volunteer of the Year
  • Wells Fargo Foundation– (Micah Kiel)- David Hurd Community Support

The Des Moines music scene is thriving and we plan to support this momentum through our programming. Your support at Backstage Ball will benefit the Des Moines Music Coalition and its work to develop, accelerate and support local music, including…

 – YOUTH MUSIC EDUCATION –

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After school programs and summer rock and hip-hop camps for middle school-age students, encouraging our next generation of artists.

 – 80/35 MUSIC FESTIVAL –

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Our signature event set for July 10-11, 2020 featuring more than 40 bands on multiple stages in the middle of downtown Des Moines.

 – DMMC MUSIC FELLOWSHIP –

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A career-focused education initiative offering select local musicians rigorous training and mentorship.

 – MUSIC UNIVERSITY –

A conference connecting Des Moines musicians with music industry experts, support and resources to help them achieve their professional and artistic goals.

 – ADVOCACY –

Working within central Iowa to highlight important issues affecting the Des Moines music economy and community.