The Wyoming Independent Music Initiative (WIMI) is a pilot of the Wyoming Arts Council and was launched in early spring 2016 to strengthen the independent music scene in Wyoming. A variety of programs are being developed under the initiative to strengthen musicians and their art form, to encourage and support venues to host live music, and to develop and nurture community relations. WIMI hopes to use music as a driver for community development, social cohesion, and creating healthy and livable communities in Wyoming all while building and supporting our own talent and venues.
Laramie Music Business Incubator – Ten Laramie bands participated in the first pilot program. Bands participated in professional development activities, business counseling with the Wyoming Technology Business Center, panels relevant to artists, and showcases with national industry leaders in music. The six month program concluded with a Showcase at the Gryphon Theater in Laramie, Wyoming and was co-sponsored by the Wyoming Technology Business Center, The Gryphon, Benderuble Sound, BHP Imaging, Square State Media, and Wyoming Public Media.
IM Tour – WIMI partnered with WESTAF to help support Wyoming musicians, venues, and presenters. IM Tour offers underappreciated artists support in the way of professional development, shows at new venues, and most importantly, money! IM Tour provides a multitude of financial incentives for both organizations and musicians. Wyoming will have its very own state roster. Click here for more information, or visit imtour.org to apply.
Contact: Danee Hunzie