The Campaign For KEXP's New Home

Breaking New Ground Together

Hundreds of new artists like Macklemore were heard first on KEXP. More people will discover more music in KEXP’s New Home.

Frequently Asked Questions



When will you move in to the New Home?

We plan to start construction in early 2015, and move into the new space in late 2015/early 2016. We will host a grand opening soon thereafter.

Why is KEXP moving?

We have to move. Our lease ends in 2015 and the existing space will be developed by the landowner Vulcan in the coming years. The current building is cramped and we can’t do our best work here anymore.

Why does KEXP need so much space?

The additional space will allow us to build a greater connection to the community, artists, and most importantly, give our curators, staff, and volunteers a place to continue to do the amazing work that they do. Our new home will allow KEXP to continue to develop cutting-edge services and programs in ways we currently cannot.

What’s the building going to look like?

It will be open and accessible to the public, with mixing spaces for music lovers to connect with one another and with artists.

Why Seattle Center?

Having KEXP as part of the Seattle Center community as well as a rejuvenated lower Queen Anne will benefit everyone. KEXP is a cultural institution with ties to SIFF, the VERA Project, EMP and others.

What will happen to the other activities (such as Bumbershoot’s visual arts exhibits) that are hosted in the Northwest Rooms?

The Seattle Center’s plan is to build additional event and meeting space in other locations on campus. The Bumbershoot exhibits were held in another location in 2011 & 2012.

What is your strategy around subleasing? What is the market like for attracting tenants? What restrictions are built into the Seattle Center lease?

Our primary goal will be find a sublessee who brings benefit to the KEXP Community as well as the Seattle Center community. We would prefer to partner with a tenant who has a similar mission.



What is the campaign goal?

$15 million.

How much money have you raised?

As of January 14, 2015, we have raised $8.1 million.

Who is leading your campaign?

Our Campaign Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Paula Boggs (Boggs Media LLC and a Seattle musician), Ashley O’Connor McCready (community advocate), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), and Scott Redman (Sellen Construction). We also have strong supporters at various levels of government. Learn more about our supporters here.

How will you be able to sustain operations on an ongoing basis?

Our primary goal is to build a future for the station, so we are thoroughly researching revenue sources such as increased private support and earned income.

Is there an endowment in place to support elevated operating costs – i.e. for building maintenance?

An endowment was contemplated, but it’s not the right time for KEXP to build an endowment. Part of the campaign goal includes a small amount of “transition operations funds” to help us defray new costs in the first few years of inhabiting the Northwest Rooms.

How will I be recognized in the new facility?  Naming rights?  Fancy plaque in entry hall?  Lunch with KEXP’s Executive Director?

We’re committed to ensure that all donors have stellar experiences in their giving to KEXP. Because this project’s success is dependent on grassroots community support, all donors to the campaign will be recognized as “groundbreakers” of our new home. Donors of $10,000 and more are Superconductors who have their names listed on a special donor wall on the external wall of the KEXP library. Space recognition opportunities are available within the facility.



How is the programming going to change? What you are actually going to do in the new space?

For the first time, we will be able to welcome music lovers into our facility to connect with each other and musicians around performances, learning opportunities, tours and special events. That’s something that is impossible in our current space. Our online services will also expand with perhaps a second KEXP stream, an interactive MyKEXP online community, and an interactive multi-media music archive.

Still have a question? Please email and we’ll be happy to answer it.