DJ-U 2020!!

A brief introduction, if you don’t already know us!

DJ-U is workshop series and mentorship program, by and for Women and Non-Binary, Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC), that teaches participants the basics of vinyl & digital DJing.  DJ-U expands the network of high-quality, diverse local DJs through workshops & 1:1 coaching.

After several successful seasons, our program has helped to transform the culture and sound of Twin Cities night life, and has made a lasting impact on both our students and mentors. It’s been an amazing ride, but along the way we have had to fight for our physical presence in our city. After finding our home in the Robert’s Shoes building, we lost nearly everything when the space burnt down, as did many other artists and musicians. Community helped us rebuild. We are deeply grateful and ecstatic to be able to continue our work.

We now want to share some good news! We just signed a lease!! We are excited to transition from a studio only space into a larger, more flexible, historic warehouse space that is ideal not just for classes but for events as well. We will have a space that centers artists of color, DJ-U participants, queer people, and ultimately will leave this city floored. We need your help to see it through!

Now is the time to financially support DJ-U. We are asking community to support our programatic work and our building fund. We will have an outstanding 20 participants in our next DJ-U season, which begins March 1, 2020. We are asking for resources for our scholarship fund, so that we can expand our capacity beyond what is covered by grants. It takes $300 to scholarship a student through the entirety of the program. We are asking for $2800 from community for scholarship purposes to keep DJ-U’s books balanced, and our movement expanding. In light of our large class this year and our new warehouse space, we will be offering free classes to the public including DJ-U workshops and Narcan training.

We are additionally asking for help to get our new space up and running. You will love it, this is without question. The events, will be…iconic. Truly. We are excited to debut our new space yet we need money to take care of some very basic things! We need to install an accessible bathroom stall. We need to build a small stage, and we need some furniture. We have knowledge and muscle to get these projects done, we need money mostly for materials. Our financial need here is $4200. 

We appreciate all of the love and support. DJ-U lifts up the voices and showcase the talent of Women and Non-Binary, BIPOC. We adhere to a reparations model in our work and our events are grounded in transformative justice. The future is bright for DJ-U, and we will undoubtedly provide the soundtrack for the revolution!!

If you would like to get involved beyond donating, we have both clerical and organizing volunteer positions available this year, so just email us if you’re interested.

Please contribute as much as you can, your resources will be used efficiently and with great purpose. We love you and look forward to showing community what we got in 2020!!

Much Love,

DJ-U Mentors, Students, and Alumni

  • Hannah Porter 
    • $25 
    • 17 mos
  • Teygaen Luna 
    • $50 
    • 18 mos
  • Erin Horvath 
    • $30 
    • 18 mos
  • Kara Hanson 
    • $40 
    • 18 mos
  • Phi Khalar-Gibson 
    • $150 
    • 18 mos
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Rosa Garcia 
Minneapolis, MN
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