The Garage is currently owned by the city of Burnsville but starting in January of next year the all-ages venue is becoming a nonprofit organization.
The city of Burnsville was looking for a way to separate the music aspect of the venue from the control of the city. There were rumors of the venue being shut down altogether, but Jack Kolb-Williams and Logan Adams decided to step in. Under the leadership of Williams and Adams, the venue will also offer educational classes under the organization Twin Cities Catalyst Music Inc. They have not decided if the venue will change its name.
"The most helpful way to think about the Garage is how it exists now but also how it's going to change. When we assume full operations just think of it as an all-ages music laboratory," Adams says.
Twin Cities Catalyst Music Inc. is partnering with School District 191 to offer alternative ways of learning about the different aspects of the venue. The classes that will be offered include photography, music journalism, videography, live sound production, and event planning and booking.
"We teach kids how to book shows at the garage, how to operate lighting and sound, how to manage the stage, and work with touring artists and other artists that come through. Another thing is arts journalism," Adams says.
There is talk of the classes being available for high school credit in the future. People in the community will have the opportunity to take classes for a small fee. The curriculum of the classes will be similar to how high school classes operate, Adams said.
The Garage is adding a recording studio in the space, which will include a control room, live room, and isolation booths for students. Students will get hands-on experience and the studio will be available to artists to record in.
"It's exciting in a lot of ways because we're going to have a lot more focus on what we're providing for people and what we're offering," Williams says. "We're going to be able to have events pretty much any time.... It's going to open a lot more possibilities on that front."
Under this new arrangement, the location of the Garage remains the same, as will the all-ages policy.
"Now it's not a predetermined thing. We really have total control to start where we need to and to make it the best possible place that it can be," Williams says.
Williams and Adams are looking for funding through grants, talking about possibly starting a Go Fund Me campaign, and looking into benefit concerts. The city of Burnsville contributed $106,000 in federal grants toward renovating the restrooms and the recording studio. Another $90,000 came from the Garage funds.
"This is the most electrifying times in the history of the venue that we've had in a while," Williams said.
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