Des Moines has a vibrant live music scene and passionate community support. In an effort to maximize and showcase the local musical talent in Greater Des Moines (DSM), the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition and the Greater Des Moines Partnership released three volumes of the DSM USA Music Mix.
The selection process for the Mix began when 44 Des Moines musicians submitted a song to a local jury. The jury scored the tracks on three criteria:
- Songwriting: The quality of original musical and lyrical compositions
- Musicianship: Execution appropriate to the material
- Appropriateness for compilation: Lyric content, production quality and artist activity within the community
The top 15 songs were selected to appear on the Mix. 2016 marked the third year for the Music Mix, and each Mix offers a variety of tracks and artists. Volume I and Volume II are also available to download.
If you are having trouble viewing the music player, click this link for a full list of artists and additional download capabilities: DSMpartnership.bandcamp.com