KEXP enriches people's lives by championing music and discovery.
KEXP is more than a radio station. KEXP is a dynamic arts organization that provides rich music experiences on the air, online, and on the streets. KEXP’s unique services benefit three distinct groups: Music Lovers, Artists, and the Arts Community.
KEXP’s curatorial staff of 40 DJs, who are widely recognized as experts in their field, present the newest emerging popular artists alongside established bands. KEXP’s programming features both variety and specialty shows that brings you the emerging sounds and long-time favorites from the Pacific Northwest, the country, and throughout the world.
Artists championed by KEXP are not typically supported by traditional non-profit arts organizations or commercial media outlets. They are inventive, contemporary musicians creating new work in popular genres that include rock, hip hop, reggae, country, Latin, modern global and more. For a full list of programs, visit KEXP’s Shows section.
Check out the On Demand section of KEXP.ORG to find services like the real-time playlist, a two-week archive of KEXP's radio programs, and six different podcasts, distributing hundreds of hours of music—for free!
KEXP is a service of the University of Washington, who holds the station’s FCC license. As a 501©3 non-profit arts organization, KEXP relies on investments from individual, foundation, business, and government supporters. To make a donation and find out how to join the KEXP Community, please visit the Donate section.
Mission: KEXP enriches people’s lives by championing music and discovery.
Vision: A world where music connects and inspires people everywhere, creating meaning and understanding in our lives.
• All good music deserves to be heard.
• Creative programming respects and inspires listeners and their curiosity.
• Music connects people and creates meaning in the world.
• Curated music experiences promote artistic diversity.
• As nonprofit, independent media, public radio stewards the airwaves to serve the good of the people.
Responsible stewardship of donor support governed KEXP’s fiscal decision-making in 2013, allowing us to invest further in developing programming services while ending the year strong with 5.3 months of operating coverage in our cash reserves. KEXP’s total operating revenues in 2013 were $7,349,769.
Individual and Business Support
Contributions from 14,298 individual donors, donordirected funds, corporate matching programs, and family foundations generated $2,952,931, representing 40.2 percent— and the largest portion— of KEXP’s total operating revenue. Support from businesses surpassed projections again this year, with 315 local and national businesses accounting for $1,725,696 (or 23.5 percent of total revenue), a ten percent increase from the previous year.
Program Service Revenue
Programming ventures beyond the airwaves— including concession and ticket sales at events and concerts, as well as sales of Live at KEXP Volume Nine—accounted for 1.4 percent of total revenue. Corporate, Foundation and Government Support Support for our local music showcase program, Audioasis, and the Audioasis Benefit Concert Series was provided by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, US Bank, the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of hundreds of local artists was highlighted on Audioasis throughout the year. Through the Audioasis Benefit Concert Series, KEXP helped raise more than $8,990 for local charities and helped to drive awareness for participating nonprofits. In the culmination of a multiyear partnership with Microsoft, KEXP’s fundraising staff gained a valuable new tool for keeping our donor information up-to-date and relevant. Based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, this new database will eventually give KEXP listeners and donors a richer experience on the KEXP website, and allow KEXP to communicate in new and better ways with supporters. KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series was supported in part by a grant from 4Culture, which allowed us to bring top artists like Mudhoney to an audience of thousands at Seattle Center–for free!
KEXP received notable in-kind support from individuals, organizations, and local and national businesses in the form of goods and services worth $2,084,319. Of that in-kind support, $1,318,873 (or 63 percent) came from KEXP’s key partner, the University of Washington, from whom we received engineering, IT, fundraising, and business system support.
KEXP’s total operating expenses in 2013 were $6,837,936, with 62 percent of that amount dedicated to Programs. Fundraising and Administrative costs accounted for the remaining 33 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
By Heidi Groover • Apr 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm - Published in SLOG
It’s been an emotional 24 hours for KEXP. Yesterday, the public radio station learned that it may not be getting the nearly $2 million it had expected from the state legislature to help fund its “New Home” project—the $15 million endeavor to renovate the Seattle Center and move the beloved local music broadcaster over there by the end of this year. Today, the station rallied listeners to e-mail senators asking them to reinstate the funding. By this afternoon, they won a partial victory. The state senate, thanks to an amendment from Democrat Karen Keiser (D-Kent), reintroduced $1 million into the budget for KEXP. But that's only a little more than half of what the station was counting on.
“The bottom line is we still have work to do to get the full funding,” says KEXP executive director Tom Mara. “At the same time, we’re happy with the progress that was made today.”
The funding is part of a program called Building for the Arts, in which arts organizations across the state apply for grants for their capital projects (meaning buildings, as opposed to programs) and are prioritized based on how needed and viable the projects are. Then, that list of qualifying projects—ranked in order of importance—is included in the governor’s capital budget. That budget is then sent to the legislature, where the senate—currently controlled by Republicans—and the house—currently controlled by Democrats—hash out what they actually want to pay for.
In this last round of BFA selections, KEXP’s New Home project was second on the list, with a recommended $1.866 million grant. So that amount was included in the governor’s budget and became the pot of money now ensnared in that house/senate hashing out process. In its capital budget released yesterday, the senate left out KEXP. (Then, today, Keiser's amendment got the station added back in, if only partially.)
It’s still not clear why Republicans removed the second-highest ranked arts project from the budget to begin with, though Seattle Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle chalks it up to typical “healthy competition” for funding. “As a general statement,” Carlyle says, “Republicans are not going to include projects that are important to Democratic districts.” I have a call in to Sen. Jim Honeyford, everyone’s favorite Republican, who heads up the writing of the senate’s capital budget.
Even at the full $1.866 million, the state funding is only a fraction of the total $15 million cost of KEXP's renovation. Other funding is coming from a patchwork of private donors, grants, and city and county money. (The station has raised $8.63 million on its own—mostly from individual donors—so far.) But, according to Mara, the state BFA grant is the big one—the largest single source of funding for the project. So, the station is counting on getting all of it. KEXP doesn’t have a choice about leaving its current home, which is being redeveloped, Mara says.
“The strategy we have built depends on these five sources of funds,” he says. “If that major piece doesn’t come in, that’s a critical issue in terms of being able to build out the full design. That’s going to be problematic.”
Want KEXP to get the money it needs? Write Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) at [email protected], Andy Hill (R-Redmond) at [email protected], Karen Keiser (D-Kent) at [email protected], and Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) at [email protected]