︎︎︎ music council
          ︎︎︎ video production collaborative
          ︎︎︎ young preforming artist fund

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Music Council

 The Catalyst Music Council (CMC) is a paid ($15/hr) youth advisory board consisting of young people (ages 15-24) who reside in the communities that surround The Treasury in St. Paul and Garage in Burnsville.

These stipend paid positions oversee the vision, focus, and programming of each venue to ensure the organization is staying on mission and acting to best meet the needs of the community.

The CMC is split into two branches to represent each of Catalyst’s two venue locations, The Garage in Burnsville and The Treasury in St. Paul, in order to concentrate their efforts on each surrounding community and ensure they are meeting the needs of their peers who live there.

Members of the CMC perform their duties and responsibilities in accordance with the mission of Catalyst — to provide equitable opportunities for young people to see, experience, and participate in the Twin Cities music community while making the world work for them.

They will fight to abolish systemic issues within the music industry as they work to influence, educate, empower, uplift, lead, and promote the young people of our community.

︎︎︎ How to Apply

Job Description

Catalyst is an equal opportunity employer and BIPOC, women, people with disabilities, and/or people identifying LGBTQIA are encouraged to apply. Ability to speak either Spanish, Hmong, and/or Somali is preferred but not required.

Send a resume, cover letter, and questions to Executive Director, Nikki Rykhus

In your cover letter, please answer at least one of the following questions:
1. What is one idea or suggestion you have for Twin Cities Catalyst Music to serve BIPOC communities?

2. What motivates you to be active in the local music community?

3. What skill or experience do you bring to the Catalyst Music Council?

This activity is made possible by the votes of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

Video Production Collaborative


Led by our Audio Video Coordinator Ruben Gomez, the Video Production Collaborative (VPC) is a year-long Internship/educational program for folks aged 16-24, with a focus on exploration, collaboration, and artistic expression. The mission of VPC is to support young artists and provide them with hands-on programming and training, which can lead to career pathways and job opportunities within Catalyst Music and beyond.

Most of the projects we’ll do in VPC will be created by the collective, with Ruben as a mentor and general support system to equip y’all with whatever you need to successfully achieve your dreams of what you’d like to get out of this program. The main goal will be to provide a platform to speak your truth, and collaborate with different people in your community, in order to build connections and make meaningful art.

This program also supports the interests of the Catalyst Artist Collective (CAC), Catalyst Music Council (CMC), and Twin Cities Catalyst Music as a whole, meaning that there will be opportunities to do audio, video, and photography work for projects and events, which is one of the most direct pathways to being employed by Catalyst Music!

Although it’s certainly welcome, no technical experience is required to register.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone 16-24 years old that is interested in audio, video, and photography

Where is it?

  • VPC will meet at both of our locations in the Twin Cities:
  • The Garage (75 Civic Center Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337)
  • The Treasury (965 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130)

When is it?

  • Wednesdays 4:30pm-6:00pm November 2022 through July 2023

︎︎︎ How to Apply

To apply, please fill out this form!

Young Performing Artist Fund - Currently on pause

The Young Performing Artist fund provides individuals the opportunity to directly impact the growth of the Twin Cities music community by supporting activities that bring together young people with diverse backgrounds to share in the live music experience. 

Through this fund young artists are able to participate in free year round activities offered by Twin Cities Catalyst Music (Catalyst), such as one-on-one mentoring sessions and paid performance opportunities at The Garage and Treasury for a diverse audience of young artists ranging in age, experience, and skills. 

It is through these activities that young artists will learn to navigate the music industry as they receive flexible support from Catalyst’s staff to help address any barriers that can inhibit their growth as artists.

We hope that you will consider making your contribution today to help Catalyst support the next generation of young aspiring artists who will make their mark on the Twin Cities music community.

For any questions please contact our Executive Director, Nikki Rykhus

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