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.

New Home design wins at 2016 INawards

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

Congratulations to our colleagues at SkB Architects. Their work on KEXP’s New Home was one of nine winners at the 2016 INawards, presented by the International Interior Design Association’s Northern Pacific chapter. This year fifty-six projects were nominated by interior designers, architects and industrial designers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Idaho. Thanks to SkB Architects and all the donors who helped transform KEXP’s New Home from a dream into a...

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Bumbershoot at KEXP

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016

KEXP is ready to knock your socks off at this year’s Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival over Labor Day weekend. Starting this Friday, Bumbershoot ticketholders can join us in the KEXP Gathering Space for three afternoons of local music including Lisa Prank, Deep Sea Diver, Fly Moon Royalty, and a farewell performance from Pony Time. We’ll be hosting four performances each day of Bumbershoot, starting at 3:00 p.m.! We are also excited to welcome Seattle-based independent record label & distributor Light in the Attic to our Gathering Space as part of the festival. The LiTA Pop-Up Record Shop is open now, slinging classics from Lee Hazlewood, Betty Davis, Serge Gainsbourg, and Rodriguez, as well as limited copies of the highly-anticipated Twin Peaks Original Soundtrack on vinyl, a week before its official release. Wheedle’s Groove Seattle soul compilations will be available, too, along with some nostalgia-inducing mini record players for the kids. Get the young music lover in your life a jump start on their very own vinyl collection! The Gathering Space will remain open to the public until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so if La Marzocco is part of your morning routine, you can keep that going through Labor Day weekend. As an added incentive, this Friday, September 2, at 10:00 a.m. La Marzocco will showcase Counter Culture at a free Tastings At Ten open house....

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Gift from Paul Allen Pushes KEXP’s New Home Past Campaign Milestone

Posted by on May 26, 2016

KEXP is proud to announce that philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has made a gift of $500,000 to KEXP’s New Home. As a lifelong music lover and longtime KEXP supporter, Mr. Allen’s gift helps in KEXP’s ongoing evolution and ensures that KEXP continues to be a resource for Seattle and music lovers world-wide. This gift is another example of Mr. Allen’s ongoing support for listener-powered KEXP. In 2001, venture philanthropy from Mr. Allen enabled KEXP to move off the University of Washington campus and into its Dexter Street building, where many of the station’s best-loved programs—including exclusive videos and live, in-studio performances—grew and flourished.  Mr. Allen’s investment helped KEXP transform from a valued local radio station to a global music tastemaker. The most recent phase in this transformation is KEXP’s move to Seattle Center. KEXP plans to recognize Mr. Allen’s longstanding support on the artist entrance to our expanded Live Room. One of the hallmark features of the new Live Room is the adjacent viewing gallery, which allows up to 75 people to view in-studio performances at no charge. We’re honored to acknowledge this gift in a way that recognizes Mr. Allen’s passion for live music and the joy these performances can bring. “Over the years, KEXP has helped so many great bands reach a broader audience, and the Live Room will enable it to keep expanding and enriching that legacy,” said Mr. Allen. “It’s a dynamic venue that musicians and audience are going to love.” Along with over $100,000 in gifts made to KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center leading up to its Grand Opening celebration last month, Mr. Allen’s contribution has helped KEXP’s New Home surpass the targeted $15 million fundraising goal for its capital campaign, which concludes June 30, 2016. Thank you to the more than 8,000 music lovers—including Mr. Allen—that donated to help build KEXP’s New Home. You did it! And we’re thrilled to welcome you inside to share more “music that...

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Grand Opening: In The News

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016

  Thank you to everyone who attended Saturday’s New Home Grand Opening at Seattle Center. We’re so grateful for all your love and support. We estimate that 12,000 music lovers joined us over the course of the day, and your enthusiasm positively overwhelmed us. Visit the KEXP Flickr page and you can see every moment of excitement in the hundreds of great pictures taken by our volunteer photographers. The media was out in full force for Grand Opening, too. In addition to our extensive coverage on the KEXP Blog, press highlights so far include … The Seattle Times, “KEXP celebrates new home with a rockin’ good time” Seattle PI, “New KEXP home tour” (slideshow) The Stranger, “KEXP’s New Home Grand Opening Unveils Spacious, High-Tech Splendor” Seattle Weekly, “Public Radio Is Getting Even More Public Thanks to KEXP’s Enormous New Home” Three Imaginary Girls, “Viva Viva Viva KEXP and Robyn Hitchcock” GeekWire, “Inside the new KEXP: Expanded studios open up a new world for beloved Seattle radio station” Seattle Met, “KEXP Opens Its New Home with a Day of Free Live Music” Seattle magazine, “A Visit to KEXP’s New Headquarters at Seattle Center” You may also have heard some hubbub about “Inside the Music of KEXP” on GeekWire and beyond. The interactive installation, powered by Microsoft, opening Saturday and runs through Sunday, May 8, 2016. Come check it...

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New Home Grand Opening: KEXP X The Vera Project

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016

KEXP is honored to partner with our new neighbors at the Vera Project on a series of limited-edition screen prints to commemorate our Grand Opening celebration. These posters will be available individually for $20/each or $100 for a complete set of six, and on sale in the KEXP General Store in the Gathering Space tomorrow, Saturday, April 16 only. Thank you to Eric Carnell, Laura Crisler, and Tim Lennon at the Vera Project for your amazing collaboration, and to all the great local designers who created these beautiful posters:  Jeff Kleinsmith (main event poster), Barry Blankenship (Strand of Oaks), Tory Franklin (Hey Marseilles), Chelsea Wirtz (Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings), Victor Melendez (Inside the Music of KEXP), and Eric Carnell (Bob...

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