Virtual Reality Venue for Music Arts Accessibility

The music industry has been unexpectedly impacted by the pandemic and has still not recovered. Lacking the tools and spaces the community needs has left many in the industry forced to leave their careers along with many fans and artists feeling stagnant. Our aim is to provide interactive experiences through means that are covid-19 safe. With your support, we hope to revitalize the community with a virtual reality venue hosting alt pop concerts, a variety of digital art to experience, and opportunities for aspiring artists.

Placebo Records formed as a group of multifaceted artists who desired to strengthen and rebuild the Minnesota pop music scene through innovative events and sustainable community. Lead by pop artist and promoter Symone Wilson and music industry expert Kelsey Jo Geiger, Placebo Records curated monthly events before Covid-19 changed the music industry, providing a platform to a variety of recording artists from multiple backgrounds and genres, from early career to nationally renowned. 

With the help of the MN-based VR laboratory REM5, we will introduce an interactive digital venue and gathering space that is 100% Covid-19 free. This immersive experience will be the first of its kind as it will create access to anyone with internet via phone, computer, and/or VR headset.

Participants will be able to:

-Communicate with others using voice and text chat

-Explore multiple, thoughtfully crafted areas within the venue and interact with objects and worlds unable to exist in real life

-Have the ability to self-express by customizing avatars, display names, and designing ways to represent their appearances, like that of a video game

-Utilize the venue for community engagement beyond live performances, such as for hosting seminars/classes/mentoring sessions

With the funds we receive we will have the ability to pay artists who perform and/or display works within our space,  pay the staff who promote and coordinate our shows, and support community leaders who will directly communicate with and influence our audiences.

Our vision for this space is continually developing and we hope to create a gathering space for artists of all disciplines and the communities that support them to connect and collaborate without the burden of social media algorithms.

***More information to come about the nature of our events and the people that will make it possible!


Symone Wilson
Minneapolis, MN

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