What is the Umbrella?
Located next door to our administrative office in the historic and culture-rich Central District neighborhood, The Umbrella is our hub for small group in-person programming, community workshops, and band practice space. Our goal is to invite people in to create new things, learn from each other, and to continue to nurture our music and social justice community. We are thrilled to be able to offer this programming space to our community as a resource and to continue to connect and grow together for folx of marginalized genders, both youth and adults. We cannot wait to see you next door.
2023 Workshops and Class Series
We are thrilled to partner with talented and community-minded Teaching Artists to offer a number of workshops and class series for youth and adults. Offerings include both in-person (at the Umbrella) and virtual options. Check out the schedule and descriptions below!
How can music and art can heal you on vibrational and emotional levels? Let’s practice expressing ourselves and move through feelings in a healthy way.
Youth 12+ | Virtual | Tuesdays, Feb 14-Mar 7, 5-6:30pm
Youth 8-17 | In-Person | March 4, 1-3pm
Explore the many ways to approach practice as a musician who hopes to play live, or how to practice more effectively as a musician who is already gigging. This workshop was created especially for musicians with little to no educational background in music. We don’t need rigid frameworks to learn and grow as musicians–music is meant to be fun, and practice can be too!
Ages 15+, musical experience required | In-Person | Thursdays, Mar 16 – Apr 6, 6:30-8pm
Adults 18+ | In-Person | April 15, 11am-1pm
Roadie Crash Course with Sandra Huezo-Menjivar
Sound engineers are the unsung heroes of audio. And everyone has been a sound engineer at one point or another, from plugging headphones into your computer to setting up a stereo sound system for movie nights! The Roadie Crash Course will boost your knowledge of inputs/outputs, gear, and adapting to different spaces. Let’s literally get ready to rock!
Ages 15+ | In-Person | April 24, May 1, May 8, May 11, 6-8:30pm
Let’s amplify the voices of young folks in the world of podcasting, starting with YOU! Dream up a podcast, learn how to record it, and discover how to put it out there for audiences to hear!
How Much Do Workshops and Classes Cost?
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have their voice heard. That’s why our tuition is on a sliding scale. Single workshops are $50 to $0, and class series are $160 to $0. They are, as always, pay-what-you-can. We appreciate your support in paying what you are able, and any amount over the standard class or workshop tuition is a tax-deductible donation that will continue to help us rock the world! Your contributions ensure access to this experience for al
Community Use: Rent the Umbrella
Members of Amplified Teen Voices paint a large mural on the Umbrella wall.
Interested in renting the Umbrella for band practice or a group meeting? Fill out the form below, and a staff member will be in touch with you to confirm and proceed with the next steps in the rental process.
Band Practice Rental (Please note that the space is available to youth bands for free.)
- Hourly Practice Rate: $20-30/hour (Best for one or two rehearsals leading up to a show)
- Monthly Practice Rate: $175-$275 (Up to 2 practices per week)
- Gear: The Umbrella practice space can come with as much equipment as you need for your practice at no extra charge, including: PA system, guitar and bass amps, instruments, full drum kit
- Room size: comfortably fits 3-4 people and their gear.
Community Organization or Meeting Rental
The Umbrella has a full kitchen, table, chairs, projector, and more in a cozy space that will make your meeting or event truly rock.
- Hourly Rate: $20-30/hour (Best for individual events)
- Monthly Meeting/Event Rate: $175-$275 (Up to 2 meetings per week)