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Do you want to change lives for the better? Music can change lives, and RME strives to do that every day with our educational programming and live music. Every year, we provide thousands of children opportunities to learn about or play music, many of whom would not have a chance to otherwise. We also host 80+ concerts featuring top-notch local, regional, and national acts a year in the Redstone Room or our courtyard. We’re a nonprofit performing arts center that provides opportunities for our community to LISTEN to, LEARN about, and PLAY music.

Please join us in reaching our goal of 1,000 people partnering with us and donating $100 each. As part of our annual fund, a portion of your gift will be eligible to go towards a Membership to RME. So your contribution will not only help us remain viable and continue to serve our community, but it will also serve to expand our member support. Think of it like being a sustaining donor, and you can be part of the thriving music community at RME.
RME has proven our role as a music center in the heart of downtown Davenport. We need your help to continue to expand our programming to include:
  • More opportunities for local, regional, and national acts to inspire and entertain our community through music
  • More students inspired by live music through our outreach and educational programming
  • More specialized programming for students with learning disabilities, medical challenges, and challenges to be heard – help them find their voice
We at RME thank you for your generous support in helping us continue to provide quality music education and entertainment for our community.
Click the donation form below, and a staff member will contact you about your membership. If you decide to include a membership in your donation of $60 or more, that portion will not be tax-refundable, but anything over that will.

Come onboard, make a donation today, and help RME realize our potential in the community. If you prefer the convenience of making a donation online, please fill out the form below.  Remember… your contribution to the RME is tax-deductible, as allowed by law.  Please consult with your tax accountant for more information.

The RME's EIN number is 43-2005678 & our 990 form can be found here.

To make a donation online, please click the button below.

If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your donation to:

River Music Experience
129 N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801

It’s important that, as a member, you understand that the live music performances and educational programs provided at the RME help to build a better community. The RME contributes to a higher quality of life for Quad Citians, as well as our visitors and guests from all over the world - one performance and one program at a time.

Thank you in advance for your support of RME!

Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund at the RME

The Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund at RME has already received almost $100,000 in pledges and donations from corporate organizations and private individuals.

Each and every dollar you donate goes to directly to benefit area youth who might not otherwise be able to afford music lessons at RME, KIDSTOCK tuition, Sound Lab tuition or fees for the other educational programs offered through the RME.

This fund was established by the late Ellis Kell, the 'Godfather' of RME, and his wife Kristi, in memorial of their late daughter Karli Rose, who died in an auto accident in 2002.

Click here to read more about this fund and how you can contribute, and click here for a donation form.

Please mail donations for the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund to:

River Music Experience
C/O Deb Powers
129 N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801

Thanks for your support!


Have you considered making RME a part of your planned giving? 

Download the following forms for more information on how you can support RME's musical mission for the community, via a gift via your appreciated assets (stocks or mutual funds), a charitable gift from your IRA, or with a bequest as part of your will and estate planning.