Your donation helps us build our local music scene and give everyone access to music through diverse and inclusive concerts and educational programming.

Join us…because music changes lives!

Children learning music at the River Music Experience

About The RME

Our Mission

The River Music Experience transforms lives in the Quad Cities by providing opportunities to listen to, learn about, and play music.

Through diverse concerts and a wide variety of educational programming, we create inclusive, accessible musical experiences for all.


We believe our community is stronger together. We serve and support the entire Quad Cities music scene, partnering with schools, nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies to better serve our community. We use music to connect individuals with their community and with each other, no matter how divisive the outside world is.


We believe everyone deserves access to music. We actively create equitable programs and procedures, eliminating physical, financial, and social barriers to participation. We intentionally seek out partnerships to ensure audience diversity. We challenge our own privilege and assumptions.


We believe music is more than entertainment. It is an integral part of the human experience, and of the cultural identity of the Quad Cities. We provide meaningful and inspirational musical experiences that engage our community in active learning, listening, and performance.


This organization belongs to and is shaped by the public. We learn about and listen to the needs of our community and act accordingly. We practice efficient operations and good stewardship of public and private funds, and practice transparency whenever possible. We are committed to living up to our mission and values, even when that may not be the easiest path.


We provide programs and services of the highest possible quality. We regularly evaluate our performance and efficiency, continually seeking ways to improve. We celebrate our successes, and we are honest about our mistakes.