15 Feb DABC Member Spotlight: Allegheny Ukulele Kollective
It’s Feature Friday! Get to know DABC member Allegheny Ukulele Kollective
Tell us about your business
We’re a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to music education using the ukulele. Our big “products” are our annual ukulele festival (the Allegheny Ukulele Soiree) and our Ukulele Lending Library program, where we help libraries bring ukuleles to their collections. We host weekly ukulele jams around the area and bring touring musicians to the area!
How did your business get started?
We started off as a local ukulele club in 2010 at PSU Altoona and have grown, both in members, and monthly activities.
What is it about your business that makes it unique?
Ukuleles are pretty unique, no? We strive to teach that nearly anyone can make music if they really want to!
What do you see for your business in the future?
Expanding our annual Ukulele Festival, bringing ukuleles into our elementary schools as a classroom musical option, and increasing the number of ukulele jams each month.
Do you have any special events coming up that you would like to share?
Our 6th annual uke festival, the Allegheny Ukulele Soiree is this May 3-5 at the Altoona Grand Hotel. We’re anticipating up to 225 attendees from all over the country this year. The festival is open to the public – tickets are available now! We have 2 evening concerts as well as a beginning players’ track on Saturday. A Ukulele Festival is like nothing else you’ve experienced.
Is there anything else you would like to add and share about your business?
Listening to music is great; making music is even better.