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STL Open Media Integration Center to Occupy Former KDHX Building

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"Nothing that's recorded here is going to be able to be sold. It's all for promotional and developmental purposes only. This is not where you come into to record your album. But you can record it and put it online and have people stream it all you want," he adds.

But musicians aren't the only artists Open MIC is equipped to serve. He hopes to attract the entire arts community, including comedians, actors and poets.

"Even if someone wants to come in and record a podcast, I believe we can legally do that as well. Obviously music is going to be a big part of it, but we want people to feel like anybody can come in," Gelb says, speaking on the open nature of the project.

Recording classes, music lessons, guest panel discussions and higher end seminars from traveling musicians are just a few of the thousand little ideas behind Open MIC. Gelb also hopes to stoke new collaborations, blending different areas of the arts in St. Louis:

"There will be a lot of effort to try to get people working together who haven't done so before. A photographer will work with a musician and see what happens. We'll get a poet to work with an improv-comedian and see what happens there," he says.

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While expansion is another story, Open MIC hopes to get started without help from grants or public funding. The plan is to initially operate with funds via individual donations and low cost memberships.

As of this date, Open MIC isn't officially incorporated, but Gelb is working through the process with help from the St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

"We're hoping for an arts community that's a little more self-sufficient and we're hoping to make that a possibility here," Gelb says.

To support the St. Louis Open Media Integration Center, donate at the Indiegogo campaign.

If you are interested in becoming a future volunteer or donating equipment to Open MIC, contact William Gelb at

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