Backstage Ball is the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s annual local music awards ceremony and fundraiser. It’s also a party! Join the DMMC to honor this year’s award recipients and to help raise funds to support local music!

Backstage Ball 2014 is on Friday, February 28th at The Kirkwood in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Tickets are available through Midwestix for $75. All proceeds go to support the nonprofit Greater Des Moines Music Coalition.



  • Music from Party Gras Classic Jazz Band
  • Emcee Jay Byers (CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership and local musician)
  • Video presentations recognizing awardees Andrew Smith (Music Fan of the Year), Iowa Concert Photographers, Bonita Crowe & Keith Crowe (The GrapeVine), Hurd Award for Community Support Recipient Art Slusark (Meredith Corp.), and Angela Rauch (Volunteer of the Year and local musician)
  • Silent Auction
  • Food, drinks, and dancing!

Music, dancing, the auction, and the awards ceremony will take place in The Gramercy Ballroom at The Kirkwood.

Backstage Ball is sponsored by:
David & Trudy Hurd
Business Record
Harry & Pam Bookey
Meredith Corporation
Orchestrate Hospitality
Blind Photography
Nyemaster Goode PC
Taste! To Go Catering
The Gramercy Tap
Don & Maddie Schoen
Jim Cushing
Mark Movic & Susan Skinner

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s mission is to aggressively advocate, sponsor, and develop an independent, progressive live music community in greater Des Moines for the purpose of urban revitalization, regional economic development, and the retention of our region’s youth.

Click here to learn more about the work of the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition.

Can’t attend? Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to show your support!

Watch the video from last year’s Backstage Ball award ceremony below: