Fox Valley Music Foundation to open music venue in downtown Aurora

Scott Tipping with Mae Koen at Blues on the Fox at RiverEdge Park in 2016. Fox Valley Music Foundation will continue to bring great talent to the stage with their own music venue in downtown Aurora. Photo by Edward Spinnelli Photography

Fox Valley Music Foundation (FVMF) is pleased to announce it has received a $125,000 redevelopment grant from the City of Aurora. These funds will support the partial demolition and repurposing of property located at 19-21 South Broadway in Aurora.

The redevelopment grant will allow the Foundation to repurpose the space leased from the City. The redeveloped space will include offices, a small retail and museum space, and an intimate 250-seat performance venue for live music, including a proposed opening to the adjacent green space in Agnes Mundy Park.

“This is the first step in realizing our dream. We imagine our new home in Aurora to be not unlike the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rolled into one with a little bit of Austin City Limits and City Winery thrown in”said Steve Warrenfeltz, president of the Fox Valley Music Foundation.

FVMF plans to bring in local, regional, and national musicians for performances. Local singer songwriters, poetry and film groups will support the educational component, among other things. The space will serve as a central location for musicians and music lovers to congregate, interact, share, develop, and perform music, as well as for sharing the rich music history of the region with the larger community. Other funding is being obtained through membership, sponsorship, grants, donations, and concert revenue.

Board members include Gina Moga, Melissa Mercado, Karen Christensen, Kevin Drendel, and Jeanne Norris.

FVMF’s mission is to preserve, promote, and protect the wonderful music of the Fox Valley area of Illinois while providing music education to people of all ages and from all walks of life. www.foxvalleymusicfoundation.org