Support Local Music

$2,700 of $15k goal

Raised by 63 people in 33 months
Darcie Roy  PROVO, UT

Over the last two years, Muse Music has made some incredible changes: new lighting and a great new 16-channel sound system, as a couple of examples. We've got a re-branding in process, and have converted the recording studio to a 24-hour rehearsal space - a much needed asset to the community (especially considering how many great recording studios already exist in Utah).

Debby and I took over ownership of Muse in June of 2012, starting the summer with a near-broke business that had suffered years of apathy. We've struggled through the intimidating challenges faced as a result of well-intended changes. We've poured every ounce of ourselves (and our finances) into this venue. Despite volunteer labor and discounted equipment, owning a venue isn't cheap. 

But we're determined to thrive, because Provo needs a venue like Muse. Muse supports and encourages all genres of music and forms of creative expression. We have big plans to help grow a stronger artistic community, but we need to make sure we've got a solid foundation laid before we can take on those new challenges. As many of you know, our overhead expenses are very high (rent on 100 Block isn't cheap, and neither are the utilities). To continue to offer inexpensive entertainment (and food), to continue to provide a place for musicians and artists can not only get their start but learn how to sustain themselves with their passion, we need our beloved community to offer its assistance in turn.

Your support of local music, art, comedy, poetry, and storytelling is what keeps the artistic community alive. Please consider making a donation. Anything helps.

(Photo credit: Daren Smith)

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Update 13
Posted by Darcie Roy
5 months ago
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We've reactivated this to allow for some equipment upgrades: we need a new 32 channel sound board, preferably digital our monitors are in life support, the landlord is going to raise the rent $500, who is our entire profit, the utilities are crazy high, and of course the aesthetics could use some handiwork. We're blessed to have volunteers to help implement many of these things, but we also need the materials, and we're still trying to recoup the remaining $5000 in construction costs. Every dollar helps.
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Update 12
Posted by Darcie Roy
32 months ago
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Just wanted to let everyone know we're keeping this open in case people want to further contribute. We made our goal, so we covered our critical expenses last month, but we're exploring nonprofit status, we have a few items on our equipment wish list, and we're still planning to do some wonderful things to help the music community.

Also, check out Chad Richards of Paper Guns on KSL-TV today! He's been a HUGE supporter of Muse and set up this interview all on his own so he can plug our fundraiser.

Thank you again to everyone who's donated or even shared the link to this. You are the reason we care so much, and the reason we keep at it!
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Update 11
Posted by Darcie Roy
32 months ago
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While we have reached our goal, we will continue to leave this campaign open for anyone who still wishes to donate. We are currently working on possibly making Muse Music a nonprofit organization so that we can continue to serve the community. There are approx $1500 in fees associated with doing so, we will use future donations towards this possible goal or towards continuing to upgrade Muse for both our musicians and our audiences.
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Update 10
Posted by Darcie Roy
32 months ago
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We have hit our goal!!! Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us emotionally during this stressful time. We love being a part of the Provo music community and are thrilled to be able to continue to support it through Muse.
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$2,700 of $15k goal

Raised by 63 people in 33 months
Created August 1, 2014
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31 months ago

Best Venue in Town!

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Yay! Let's not stop there!

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