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.
BACKSTAGE BALL HELPS POWER DMMC
Money raised at Backstage Ball powers the DMMC’s mission to create a stronger and more diverse music ecosystem in central Iowa. Programs supported by Backstage Ball include:
YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMS
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
The DMMC’s flagship event, 80/35 draws over 25,000 people to downtown Des Moines for a diverse lineup of music, with 80% of the music taking place on free stages. 80/35 also provides hands-on opportunities for youth to get involved in event and festival production, perform on stage, and join our photography team to help empower the next generation of music industry professionals and creatives.
A free conference connecting Des Moines musicians with music industry experts, support and resources to help them achieve their professional and artistic goals.
Working within central Iowa to highlight important issues aﬀecting the Des Moines music economy and community. Learn more about our recent Music Economy Assessment & Strategy Report and how it impacts the work of DMMC.