KEXP Education Programs


Mastering the Hustle

The DIY spirit of the Northwest is what makes our artistic community so unique. As part of our commitment to supporting the sound and culture of the Northwest, KEXPUpstream Music Fest + SummitMoPOP, and The Recording Academy are partnering to offer Mastering the Hustle, a series of ongoing workshops to help emerging artists navigate the music industry.

Artist-centric programming is a cornerstone of all three organizations, and Mastering the Hustle will bring local and national industry experts straight to emerging artists, providing them with valuable information to help further their career. We want to provide emerging artist the tools and support they need to find success; however, you define it. 

Mastering the Hustle sessions include speakers from across the music industry and collaborative workshops, focused on supporting emerging artists at every level of their career, especially those interested in pursuing music at a professional level. These workshops are FREE, All Ages, and open to the public. Please note that RSVPs do not guarantee entry. Admission is subject to venue capacity and is first come, first served.

More information and resources from past workshops here.

Next Mastering the Hustle Session:

Coming soon!

Audioasis Youth Initiative

The Audioasis Youth Initiative is a media education project, fostering creative collaboration between KEXP and its Seattle Center neighbors, The Center School. The ability to facilitate educational partnerships like this one was an important consideration in KEXP’s long-term vision for its new home at Seattle Center.

Photo by Alley Rutzel

The program takes its name from Audioasis, Seattle’s longest running local music show, hosted and produced by Sharlese Metcalf since 2008. “It’s great that KEXP can offer such an exciting opportunity for youth interested in learning a special skill,” Metcalf says.

In 2001, Seattle Public Schools opened The Center School with the expressed purpose of integrating the arts into its curriculum. The 300-student high school aims to empower and inspire its student body to positively impact our world. The school’s emphasis on creativity made it a clear choice for partnership with KEXP.

Since September 2016, a rotating group of students from the Center School has garnered firsthand music industry experience by filming bands at KEXP. With help from the KEXP’s video production team, over the course of several months, students in the Advanced Video Production class filmed live performances by emerging Pacific Northwest acts SloucherNudityThe Tripwires, and The Fabulous Downey Brothers.