New membership-based music and arts venue is a first for Louisville’s music scene

A one-of-a-kind venue in the Highlands brings together local artists to grow Louisville’s music scene. The Monarch Music & Arts Community, Inc. is a nonprofit that benefits musicians and other artists in the community. space on Bardstown Road is described as a “creative hub” for bringing original music to life in Louisville. “Our mission is to encourage, promote and support original music and the local artists who create it,” said The Monarch founder Mark Roberts. “Our goal is to bring people together, so we provide a safe space to bring like-minded creatives together so they can get to know each other and get to know the customers in our community.” The Monarch is a private subscription venue. Musicians, artists and the general public can become monthly members and use the space to write, rehearse, collaborate, perform and discover original works in a safe environment. “There’s an awful lot of musical talent in this city, and we want to make sure we give them a space where they can be heard,” Roberts said. All talents and skill levels are welcome at The Monarch. “We’ve got songwriters coming through those doors. We’ve got singers, we’ve got guitarists, drummers, etc.,” said B. Stille, a member of Southern alternative rap group Nappy Roots. at the Monarch and you can find what you’re looking for when it comes to music.” Born and raised in Louisville, B. Stille uses the space to mentor up-and-coming artists. He said he’s never seen a place like this here in the city. “Now that it’s here, I know it’s going to spawn a whole new generation of talent,” he said. “I can’t wait.” The space is already amplifying the sounds of local musicians like country artist Tyler Hood, from Middletown, Indiana.” I haven’t seen a place like this in town. That’s what makes it so cool,” Hood said, and is gaining industry knowledge and experience in front of the crowds at the establishment. officially opening, it has hosted live performances from a variety of local and touring artists every weekend for the past four months. Those attending are encouraged to support the artists through tips and donations. The nonprofit itself is funded entirely by members and community support.The Monarch offers two membership options: Artist and Patron.Artist memberships start at $25 per month and include a 24-hour key card 24/7 access to the building and use of equipment eq Patron memberships start at $50 per month and include admission to all performances.Roberts has launched a fundraising campaign to help give life at The Monarch. His goal is to raise $150,000 and have 50 me founding members. To donate or become a member of the music and arts community, visit the venue’s website.

A one-of-a-kind venue in the Highlands brings together local artists to grow Louisville’s music scene.

The Monarch Music & Arts Community, Inc. is a nonprofit that benefits musicians and other artists in the community.

The space on Bardstown Road is described as a “creative hub” for bringing original music to life in Louisville.

The Monarch Music and Arts Community

“Our mission is to encourage, promote and support original music and the local artists who create it,” said The Monarch founder Mark Roberts. “Our goal is to bring people together, so we provide a safe space to bring like-minded creatives together so they can get to know each other and get to know the customers in our community.”

Monarch is a private membership location. Musicians, artists and the general public can become monthly members and use the space to write, rehearse, collaborate, perform and discover original works in a safe environment.

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The Monarch Music and Arts Community

“There’s an awful lot of musical talent in this city, and we want to make sure we give them a space where they can be heard,” Roberts said.

All talents and skill levels are welcome at The Monarch.

“We have songwriters who walk through those doors. We have singers, we have guitarists, drummers, etc. said B. Stille, a member of the southern alternative rap group Nappy Roots. “You can come to the Monarch and you can find what you’re looking for when it comes to music.”

Born and raised in Louisville, B. Stille uses the space to mentor up-and-coming artists. He said he had never seen a place like this in the city.

“Now that it’s here, I know it’s going to spawn a whole new generation of talent,” he said. “I look forward.”

The space is already amplifying the sounds of local musicians like country artist Tyler Hood, from Middletown, Indiana.

“I have never seen a place like this in the city. That’s what makes it so cool,” Hood said.

The singer-songwriter has performed at Monarch twice and is gaining industry knowledge and experience in front of the establishment crowd.

Although the venue does not yet have an official opening date, it has hosted live performances from a variety of local and touring artists every weekend for the past four months.

Participants are encouraged to support the artists through tips and donations. The association itself is entirely funded by members and community support.

The monarch has two membership options: artist and patron. Artist subscriptions start at $25 per month and include 24/7 key card access to building and equipment use. Patron memberships start at $50 per month and include admission to all performances.

Roberts launched a fundraising campaign to help bring The Monarch to life. Its goal is to raise $150,000 and have 50 founding members. To donate or become a member of the music and arts community, visit the venue’s website.

The Monarch is located at 1318 Bardstown Road in the former Bearno’s Pizza building next to The Eagle.

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