Success Stories

Read success stories of Alaska musicians utilizing AKIMI's programs and support.


1. Folk Alliance International Conference 2017


The Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative (AKIMI) has created a unique partnership
opportunity for Alaskan businesses to support Alaskan artists in a high profile setting at the Folk Alliance International Conference in in Kansas City, Missouri in February 2017. (

This event is a massive, highly visible networking and professional development event where we will showcase a select group of 10-15 Alaskan musicians in the “Alaska Room” showcase room. The conference will provide the backdrop for thousands of visitors to see Alaskan businesses supporting Alaskan music in front of an international audience.

The connection between culture, creativity, and economic activity and tourism is a foundation of
local economic development in cities like Portland, Austin, Nashville, and other places that are well-known major cultural hubs. The “Alaska Room” project is hosted by the Northern Culture
Exchange (501(c)3 org) and is coordinated with groups who share our mission to develop, brand, and promote Alaskan music including the Spenard JazzFest, the Anchorage Music Co-
Op and the Parlor in the Round listening room concert series.

"An experience I will never forget. The energy of musicians and industry professionals networking on the same level was contagious."

— Meredith Bless, Alaska Room Promoter, 1st time attendee


2. Alaska Music Summit 2017



On December 16 we gather for the first ever daylong ALASKA MUSIC SUMMIT to rally around a new vision for Alaskan music and increase the stakes for Alaskan musicians. We see a future where Alaska is an international hub of northern music, arts, and culture, and we are taking action DEVELOP, BRAND, & EXPORT Alaskan music and put Alaska on the map as “a place where music comes from”.

The fast-paced agenda for the day will include presentations by members of the Alaskan music
community. The guest speaker lineup is near completion and will include a representative from CD Baby and other music industry professionals. Attendees will include Alaskan musicians and venues, nonprofit leaders, and representatives of the film, arts, tourism, and business communities.

We will host a series of workshops and action planning sessions to spawn ideas between diverse sectors to develop a new music economy in Alaska. At the end of the day, we will have in place a bold new plan to advance Alaskan music and empower Alaskan musicians.

The Summit will culminate in a blowout concert and fundraiser to support AKIMI and “The
Alaska Room” at Folk Alliance International. Drink beer, mingle with friends and catch live
music featuring the Lullaby Project, the Super Saturated Sugar Strings, The Subatomics,
Harper’s Farce, the Nutcracker Big Band, and more!

"I had no idea these opportunities were available until I began attending AKIMI events!"

— Name, Musician, Band Name

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