Stay tuned for more information soon regarding a fundraising event for Music Loves Ohio with the Columbus Food League at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails on Monday, May 26th!





January 29, 2014


GROOVE U Announces East Semifinal Line Up

COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 28, 2014) – It’s almost here! GROOVE U is kicking off its annual central Ohio battle of the high school bands competition, Instaband, on Friday, February 7, at the GROOVE U creative campus in the Short North. The event consists of two semifinals and a final, with the winner walking away with a studio EP, music video, concert booking support and graphic design. First up is the east division featuring the following bands and artists, listed in alphabetical order, with the schools they attend:
  • Christopher Robin – Columbus Alternative High School
  • Fishy Fishy Go Go Go – Columbus Alternative High School
  • Loyaltee – South High School
  • Pett Crow – Olentangy High School
  • Space Jam – Columbus Alternative High School
  • Suave – Walnut Ridge High School
  • Tatum Cica – Arts & College Preparatory Academy
  • Under the Docks – Northland High School
  • Underground Magic – Arts & College Preparatory Academy
  • Viktor Lillard – Upper Arlington High School
These groups and individuals were selected by an independent panel of judges, and will compete for four spots to advance to the Instaband final on February 28. A fifth artist has the chance to advance by winning the YouTube wildcard vote.
“The submissions we received from the east division semifinalists are impressive, and we can’t wait to see them perform live,” said Dwight Heckelman, Director of GROOVE U’s revolutionary music industry career program. “Instaband gives youth the opportunity to create and perform their own music on a broader scale beyond their high school walls, and receive feedback from current music industry professionals.”
Instaband judges for the East Semifinal are: radio personality, City, from Power107.5;  reporter Jim Fischer of ThisWeek Community News; and local musician Evan Oberla, of EOP and O.A.R. The emcee for the evening is the ever energetic and entertaining, local musician Jeffro Jam.

The East and West semifinals will be held at GROOVE U’s campus located at 1300 Forsythe Avenue. Doors open at 5:00 pm for fans to experience the Instafan Expo, and the competition starts promptly at 7:00 pm. Admission is a $5.00 minimum donation which benefits three local music education nonprofits — The Dick & Jane Project, Music Loves Ohio and Through Mind’s Eyes. Space is limited, arrive early to ensure admission.

Instaband offers something for everyone, whether you want to participate as a band, attend as a fan or exhibit at the Instafan Expo. Get the schedule of events and learn how to get involved by visiting the Instaband website
GROOVE U is a revolutionary music industry career program located in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Ohio. The two-year program uses a career-centered approach to learning developed by active industry professionals, and is guided by the philosophy that the music industry is creatively engaged, apprenticeship-based and relationship-driven. Classes are small and personalized and offer both broad, foundational knowledge and specialized areas of music study in: production, live, business, video and interactive. With a 4:1 lab:class ratio, students have plenty of hands-on opportunities to hone in their skills. Students can directly plug-in to both the local and global music communities through trips to music conferences, on-campus speakers and two guided internships.
The school officially opened its 30,000-square foot creative campus in September 2012, and is currently enrolling for Fall 2014. Want to connect with us? Please contact GROOVE U if you have internship opportunities, would like to sponsor a student or want to be considered as a guest speaker. To learn more, schedule a campus tour and one-on-one meeting today.
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Instaband 2014

January 23, 2014

Becoming an instant band is the grand prize in this amazing contest — Instaband! The best high school bands in central Ohio are competing to win a studio EP, music video, concert booking support and graphic design. Students enrolled in the revolutionary music career program at GROOVE U are producing this one-of-a-kind contest through two semifinal rounds — East […]

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Thank You!

December 17, 2013

The Floorwalkers at A Not So Silent Night with Matt Crumpton. Live at the Lincoln Theater! Music Loves Ohio is thrilled with the support shown by the local music community and everyone who has supported A Not So Silent Night. The Lincoln Theater show was a huge success! You can still pick up the CD […]

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Music Loves Ohio is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for children of all backgrounds in Central Ohio to learn, perform, and record music. In addition to hosting workshops and activities throughout the year, we donate instruments to young people who have access to music education.

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Wendy Vincent - President

Matt Crumpton - Treasurer

Emily Spehek - Public Relations Chair

Ashley Saltzman - Secretary

Zack Cramp - Programming Chair

Julie Dreher - Sponsorship Chair

Jeff McCargish - Instrument Grant Chair

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Max Lewis

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Tim Roberts

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