Think globally, act locally, and
build a musical community.
Let's get to work together.



Every one of our students completes 10 hours of community service every academic term term. Students choose a partner in the community and then volunteer their time, energy, and resources to that partner's cause. They do this above-and-beyond all class projects already taking place every month inside the Columbus community.

Additionally, we have community partners housed both on and off our Creative Campus.

Is it all of this a lot to expect? Sure. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Have a project that could use our help? Pease complete the online Community Project Engagement Request Form and we will do our best to get to "yes".

Partners located On our Creative Campus

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How To Build A Music City

Through the involvement of nearly 50 organizations, a task force of leaders, volunteer teams, as well as knowledgeable planning, fundraising, and national advisory, the music community in Columbus is collaborating to build the Columbus Music Commission. Meetings for volunteers to get involved occur on our Creative Campus.

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Music Loves Ohio

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, they donate instruments to young people who have access to music education.

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In The Record Store

In The Record Store is a podcast dedicated to music discovery in Columbus and around Ohio. ITRS also seeks to provide a platform for local musicians to showcase the depth of talent in the area. They are housed in GROOVE U's internet broadcast studio and give our students valuable hands-on experience in the podcast production process.


Columbus Chamber of Commerce

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce provides connections, resources and solutions to help businesses thrive. As a a business accelerator, they use a customized, consultative approach to support members that range from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. Engaging with more than 1,000 businesses each year, they help them get to the next level with one-to-one connections, talent strategy, government navigation and market research services.

Columbus Songwriters Association

Through collaboration with musicians, businesses, and arts organizations, the Columbus Songwriters Association creates new value for music by building community, advocating for songwriters, and the value of independent music. Through education, they help songwriters and independent artists be relevant amidst the changes in the music industry. They create, attract, and share opportunities with our community that help songwriters get paid. They believe in Columbus as the cultural and economic destination for new growth in independent music.

The Dick & Jane Project

The Dick & Jane Project partners middle school students with professional musicians to create radio-ready songs. Students write the lyrics, the musicians compose and record the music, and together they collaborate on the production of a professionally recorded song. Bringing schools, families, and communities together, they give young people the confidence to know that their words can impact people beyond the classroom walls in a very real way.

Provide Feedback


It's not enough for us to just be a part of  our music community — we want to help lead it. If you have witnessed us in a action either as project leader or just out-and-about, please take a moment and tell us how we are doing by completing the online Community Project Satisfaction Survey Form.