Yes, it’s true. Influential reggae rapper, Matisyahu will perform a short selection of songs from his latest album Akeda, and lead a question and answer session at the 2014 Music University conference on October 4-5 at Drake University (Harmon Fine Arts Center and Meredith Hall, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines).

Plus, we’ve got iconic singer-songwriter, Bob Mould leading a songwriting workshop and panel and performing at the showcase. And, Dee Dee and Jules of the Dum Dum Girls are heading up a musicians workshop and will perform an acoustic duo set at the conference.

Our second annual music industry conference will feature panels, forums, workshops, and presentations by nearly 40 national, regional, and local music industry experts. Music University provides musicians and industry professionals with resources to grow their careers, while creating an environment to make connections and network with individuals from all across the country.

Basically, there’s a lot of stuff happening at Music University this year! Register now!



+ Many more speakers to be announced.
Matisyahu: Musician, Talk + Unplugged Mini Set, plus catch his Wooly’s show on 10/5
Bob Mould: Musician (Husker Du, Sugar), Songwriting Workshop and Panel, Performing at Showcase
Dum Dum Girls: Dee Dee and Jules, Musicians Workshop and Panel + Acoustic Duo Set at Conference
Adam Hill: Ardent Studios, Recording
Alyssa DeHayes: Riot Act Media (formerly of Team Clermont), Publicity
Joe Vent: A to Z Media, Distribution
Craig Grossman: Green Room Music Source, Artist Management and Booking
David Priebe: Green Room Music Source, Marketing and Event Production
Brandon Darner: Musician, Producer, Recording
Brian Campos: PantsOff Podcast, Podcasting
Chad Taylor: Cityview, Band Bombshell, Radio
Amedeo Rossi: Entrepreneur, Vaudeville Mews, Nitefall on the River, 80/35, Production
Joe Lawler: Juice, Des Moines Register
Veronica O’Hern: Iowa Arts Council, Funding
Mary McAdams: Musician, Funding
Jill Haverkamp – On Pitch, Marketing
Sam Summers: First Fleet Concerts, Show Production
Nate Cook: Producer, Music in Film
Chance Solem-Pfeifer and Jacob Zlomke: Hear Nebraska, Supporting Musicians
Iowa Public Radio Studio One: Radio


The full schedule of panels, sessions, workshops, & more will be announced soon.

Saturday, October 4
Conference: 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Drake University
Music Showcase 1: 5:30 p.m. – Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar
Music Showcase 2: 8:30 p.m. – Vaudeville Mews

Sunday, October 5
Music Video Screening: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Varsity Theatre
Conference: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Drake University


Music Showcase 1: Free music showcase at the Des Moines Social Club’s Basement Bar on Saturday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. All Ages. The River Monks, Land of Blood and Sunshine, Dylan Sires & Neighbors, and MR NASTI.

Music Showcase 2: Bob Mould will headline the Music University Showcase at Vaudeville Mews on Saturday, October 4. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Additional acts TBA. $10 with Music University registration pass (on sale now), $20 without Music University registration pass (on sale Tuesday 8/26), or $25 day of (if available).

Music Video Screening: A special screening of locally produced music videos will be shown at the Varsity Theatre on Sunday, October 5, from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Free with Music University conference pass.


Advance: $35
Musicians & Students: $20
Day of: $40
Drake Students: Free
Lunch: $10 (optional)
Music Showcase at Vaudeville Mews with Bob Mould: $10 w/ advance Music University registration (optional)

Registration is now open! Get your conference pass now at


Contact or 515.657.7620.

Music University is presented by the Des Moines Music Coalition with support from David and Trudy Hurd, BravoGreater Des Moines PartnershipBankers TrustIowa Public RadioTiklyDrake University, and On Pitch.