Music University 2022 Information

Location Music University takes place on the campus of Drake University in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, with the primary space & check-in at the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center. Parking Free parking is available in the surface lot directly east of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Street parking is also available near Drake… Read more »

Music University 2022 Schedule

We are excited to announce the schedule for Music University 2022! The event takes place on the campus of Drake University and is free and all ages. As a reminder, pre-registration is recommended. All sessions take place in the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center and Fine Arts Center building on Drake’s campus. More information… Read more »

DMMC seeks project manager for 80/35 Music Festival

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is looking for an experienced project manager to handle the planning and execution of the 2022 80/35 Music Festival taking place in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Alongside our staff, Board of Directors, independent contractors, and volunteers, you’ll help oversee everything from festival grounds to ticketing to stage and… Read more »

DMMC Names Mickey Davis Executive Director

The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is excited to announce Mickey Davis as its new Executive Director. Davis will assume the role Nov. 1. Davis has deep ties to central Iowa and its music and arts scene, in his work both as an acclaimed musician (MAIDS) and through his extensive work in the local and… Read more »

“In For Lunch” Spotify Playlists

Here are a few excellent Spotify playlists full of Iowa music put together by members of the DMMC, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Iowa Public Radio.  The playlists originally correlated with the weekly In For Lunch streaming concert series, but the jams can continue! Or head HERE to watch the previous concerts featuring Pianopalooza,… Read more »

DMMC Online Music Classes Now Available!

We think it’s time for some GOOD news!  With having to momentarily shut down our Hip-Hop after-school classes at Meredith Middle School and not being able to launch our new Rock Band after-school class we were planning on starting at the end of March at Merrill Middle School, we are excited to announce our free… Read more »

Music Education Goes Virtual

Des Moines Public Schools originally planned to re-open on April 13th, but now there is still doubt from the community and school administrators that the date will still hold for students to return. While we all wait as patiently as we can, staying home and practicing social distancing, new measures are being taken to engage… Read more »

80/35 Local Band Music Links!

As musicians and bands cancel sets and tours throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic we sure are missing live music in our city! Here’s a list of over 40 great Iowa acts who have graced us with their presence at 80/35 and remain important staples to their own music scenes and proudly represent Iowa… Read more »

Iowa Musicians on Bandcamp: GDP 2019 Edition

Bandcamp, a major online source that countless bands and musicians use for streaming music and selling merchandise, have recently announced they will be waiving their personal fees on Friday to support bands and musicians who use their services. This is currently a devastating time for musicians having to cancel shows, sets, and tours. We thought… Read more »

Wells Fargo Foundation: David Hurd Community Support Award- Backstage Ball 2020

Since 2014, the Wells Fargo Foundation has supported DMMC by sponsoring the Community Village at 80/35 and our Youth Music Program. Wells Fargo Foundation has helped to strengthen the Des Moines creative community through their years of supporting community events and education. The Community Village showcases area artists, non-profit organizations and services providing an opportunity to connect the… Read more »