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.

Fundraising Update: Gifts of the Season

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Music lovers like you helped the Campaign to Build KEXP’s New Home end 2015 on a high note, and gave the KEXP Community much to celebrate this holiday season. The “Make It Yours” peer-to-peer fundraising campaign concluded on Tuesday, December 8. Thanking donors with baked goods, mixtapes, dance parties and more, 50 individual fundraisers inspired 390 gifts, for a grand total of $52,335 to help complete construction of KEXP’s New Home. Other December fundraising activities included the 2015 Yule Benefit, featuring performances by Youryoungbody, Pure Bathing Culture, and recent Grammy Award-nominees Wolf Alice. In addition, several major donors and leadership volunteers graciously chose to provide additional support by increasing their campaign gifts or extending multi-year pledges. Between these campaigns, events, gifts and grants, $13.9 million has now been committed to help build KEXP’s New Home, putting us at 92 percent of our $15M fundraising goal. Thank you for your continued...

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Fundraising Update: KEXP Receives 4Culture Grant

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015

Good news, Groundbreakers! Among a group of 100 arts, culture, and heritage projects throughout King County, Friends of KEXP has received an award of $1,000,000 for a new facility at Seattle Center, made possible by King County and 4Culture’s Building for Culture funding program. “The Building for Culture program will have a long-lasting and transformative effect on the arts and culture ecosystem of King County, and the entire region,” said KEXP Executive Director Tom Mara. “KEXP is deeply honored to be among the projects that have emerged through 4Culture’s rigorous review process.” “Thank you to 4Culture, the King County Council, and King County Executive Dow Constantine for having the vision and the wisdom to make the kinds of investments in our community that are reflected in the list of wonderful projects supported by this program.” “I proposed Building for Culture to leverage lodging taxes paid by visitors, and reinvest them in the bricks and mortar of museums, theaters, and heritage sites so we can continue to attract more visitors and locals alike,” said Executive Constantine. “What’s special is the depth and breadth of these investments – youth and ethnic heritage centers; the historic theatres of downtown Seattle and new cultural destinations countywide; landmarks and treasured historic buildings.” “A vibrant arts and cultural community is a hallmark of King County, something we are well known for nationally. The arts generate significant economic activity, provide a high quality of life for residents, inspire learning opportunities for youth, and attracts tourists,” said Council Chair Larry Phillips. “Through support of our arts and heritage organizations, we recognize the important role that these cultural experiences have in strengthening communities and developing young minds.” Including this award, KEXP has raised $13.5 million of a planned $15 million capital campaign. With $1.5 million left to raise to accomplish a full vision for the facility, the organization has encouraged donors to continue to support the campaign as it enters its final phase. Already, more than 7,000 donors have made gifts to the capital campaign. Construction on the project began in February 2015, and the station plans to begin broadcasting from the still-unfinished facility on December 9, 2015, with a grand opening planned for April 2016. When complete, KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center will include new broadcast and production facilities, a live performance recording space with room for up to 75 audience members to enjoy over 400 annual...

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Fundraising Update: Make It Yours

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015

Music lovers like you have blown us away with your creativity since we launched the “Make It Yours” campaign to finish the Public Gathering Space earlier this month. You’ve got some great ideas for personal fundraisers, everything from potato chip tasting parties to making jewelry from Transistor IPA glass bottle beads.  KEXP volunteer (and Superconductor donor) Ken Tarleton is baking rich, buttery pound cakes for supporters who give to his personal fundraiser. “This pound cake has fed multitudes of KEXP staff and volunteers, and received rave reviews,” says Ken. It’s also helped him raise more than $500 in just a few days! Thank you, Ken. What will you do to help build the Public Gathering Space and help “Make It Yours?” Hosting a personal fundraiser is fun and easy, and you’ll get all the tools you need from KEXP. If you haven’t already, please sign up and get started...

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Make It Yours: Your Personalized Fundraiser for KEXP’s New Home

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015

At KEXP’s New Home, music lovers like you will be welcomed into a 6,800-square-foot Public Gathering Space, where you’ll be able to enjoy concerts, classes, and dance parties.  But right now that space is empty: no furniture, no sound or lighting equipment, no stage … nothing. You can help transform that big empty room into a community resource for you and your fellow music fans. And you can do that by simply doing something you love. KEXP’s “Make It Yours” campaign is your chance to create a personalized fundraiser and ask your friends and family to support you. Participating is fun and easy, and your individual fundraiser can be anything you want it to be:  Ask your friends to pledge twenty dollars for every mile you walk or run; Donate your birthday and request donations contributions instead of presents; Auction off your original artwork or crafts; Throw a dance party, karaoke night, or burlesque show with a suggested donation as admission. You’ll get all the tools you need from us, including a personalized web page that’s easy to maintain, social media tools to help spread the word, and lots of advice on how to achieve maximum success. Please, sign up today and start brainstorming what you want your fundraiser to be. Feel free to seize the “Make It Yours” spirit and really express yourself. Your friends and family want to support you—and the reasons you’re excited about KEXP’s New Home. When 2016 arrives and KEXP’s New Home opens to the public, you’ll be able to look around it with pride and know you helped “Make It Yours.” Questions? We’re here to help! Send questions to KEXP Individual Giving Manager Erin...

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Fundraising Update: From Sea to Shining Sea

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015

New Home fundraising kept the KEXP Community hopping from coast to coast in October, with multiple events in Seattle, Portland, and New York City. Between these special events, plus other gifts and grants, $12.3 million has now been committed to help build KEXP’s New Home. Thank you for your continued support. The second weekend of October, KEXP Loves PDX featured two different New Home events showcasing great bands from Portland. On Thursday, October 8, Lost Lander, Hosannas, Tender Age and guest DJ Ingrid tm of Shy Girls rocked Holocene. Then on Saturday, October 10, Rose City KEXP listeners joined us at Doug Fir Lounge for the fantastic lineup of Minden, Summer Cannibals, and Boone Howard. The following week, you could find us in the Big Apple for KEXP Loves NYC. A special KEXP listener party on Friday, October 16 featured an acoustic set by Caveman and a DJ set by Oscar—plus a surprise visit from the members of Beach House after their Colbert Show taping. The next day, So So Glows, Big Ups, and Washer showed plenty of punk rock love for KEXP at Shea Stadium BK. A special evening at City Winery on Monday, October 19 concluded our visit, with music courtesy of Joseph Arthur, Hamilton Leithauser, Kevin Devine, and Søren Juul. (Here’s a great set of photos from the City Winery event.) Back in Seattle, Rainer Beer invited KEXP to be a part of its “R Day” celebration on Saturday, October 24, at the Old Rainer Brewery, featuring performances by KEXP favorites the Helio Sequence and Beat Connection. Rainer generously donated the proceeds from the evening’s beer garden to KEXP, yielding a grand total of $25K for the New Home. Wow, thank you! The busy month concluded with our latest theme night at the Tractor Tavern. On Wednesday, October 28, the forces of darkness (and the people who love them) gathered in Ballard for Dark Entries: Goth Night, an evening celebrating the music of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets. Featured performers included Black Whales, Ever So Android, Legion Within, Murder Vibes, Trick Candles, and Youryoungbody, while guest DJ Doc Blammer supplied tunes between bands....

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Fundraising Update: Microsoft 5K

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015

Even while KEXP’s Fall Drive to support great music and programming was in full swing, fundraising for the New Home continued, too. On Friday, October 2, Microsoft held its annual 5K race in Redmond, WA and the Campaign to Build KEXP’s New Home was one of three beneficiaries (along with Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue) from this charity run/walk. Thanks to registration fees and donations from more then 3,000 entrants, more than $100,000 was raised to help build KEXP’s New Home. For the third year in a row, KEXP also coordinated the music for the race and after-party. Between special events like the Microsoft 5K, plus other gifts and grants, $12.2 million has now been committed to help build KEXP’s New Home. Thank you for your continued support....

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