The DEMO Center For Music will provide contemporary music education & community programming for students and fans of all ages.

Our current total is almost $40,000, with a goal of $100,000

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Diverse Emerging Music Organization
PO Box 50252
Minneapolis, MN 55405


The Diverse Emerging Music Organization is thrilled to officially launch the fundraising campaign for our biggest project ever, The DEMO Center For Music. This innovative facility, supervised by DEMO Artistic Director and former First Avenue manager Steve McClellan, will aim to become a central hub for the contemporary music community by offering a wide variety of educational services and other programming:

  • Individual music lessons will be taught by experienced instructors who are also working musicians, and utilize recording technology to enrich the experience for students of all ages.
  • Ensemble music lessons will allow students of comparable skill levels to learn how to play with other musicians (and write original songs) in variety of musical genres.
  • Camps for students will be offered most weekends, and for full weeks during the summer months. Subjects will include everything from songwriting to hip-hop to musical theater.
  • Community education classes will serve adult students with offerings such as: financial management for musicians, DIY booking, Minnesota music history, and instrument repair.
  • Our own soundstage will enable DEMO to produce a full slate of original programming related to the arts in Minnesota, such as our ’Naked Songwriter’ series and an upcoming long-form interview show hosted by Steve McClellan. The soundstage will also host regular student recitals, artist showcases, workshops, and other community events.

The DEMO Center For Music will be housed in a nearly 3,000 SF space in Minneapolis (currently being negotiated), and could open early next year if our fundraising goal of $100,000 is met. The crowdfunding campaign for the project has begun, and includes a variety of reward levels for donors.

DEMO has reached a point where it must adapt in order to stay competitive and relevant in a changing industry. The organization needs the security of a proper home where we can continue creating innovative new opportunities for diverse musical artists and their audiences. As a friend of DEMO and supporter of the Minneapolis music community, we’re counting on your donation to help us establish this exciting new facility.

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The DEMO Center For Music will provide contemporary music education & community programming for students and fans of all ages.

EIN: 411955210

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