Orbital Music Park

An inclusive community for music-makers in Richmond, Va.

Opening Fall 2018!

Make more music.

Listen. Learn. Stretch. Explore. Discover. Get inspired. Inspire.

Connect with new people

At OMP you’ll be part of a vibrant and diverse community of musical people in a wild galaxy of sound and rhythm. Connect, make friends, get into orbit.

Rehearse in a great space

Finding decent rehearsal space for yourself or a group is no game of Candyland. Play at home and get noise complaints. Play in a messy garage, storage locker or musty basement and get scurvy (smells bad, too, yeah?). There’s a better way, y'all! At OMP, you'll have access to affordable, comfortable rehearsal spaces.

Find collaborators

Looking for music collaborators by wading through bland Craigslist ads, Facebook and Reddit threads is no fun. At OMP, you'll meet fellow music makers and make the connections to fuel your projects.

Conceptual sketch of Orbital Music Park by Jordan Greene, courtesy of 37ideas

Space is the place

Rehearsal spaces, instrument library and lounge

Hours of operation:
Mon-Thurs: 3pm - midnight
Fri-Sun: 9am - ??

Grand opening – Fall 2018!

Two soundproof pods

  • Each is a unique structure – kind of like a funky beach bungalow transplanted in an industrial warehouse on Mars.
  • Enough space for 8 people and all the gear they might wanna have.
  • Climate-controlled – smells like creativity!
  • Sweet 5-piece drum set, ready to go.
  • Amps set up, ready to go.
  • Mics and PA set up, ready to go.
  • Access to our private library of gear, including amps, synths, and percussion.

One groovy lounge

  • Cafe with Lamplighter coffee, teas, sodas, water, and snacks.
  • Busking area with upright piano, double bass and compact trap set.
  • Cool books and unusual records spinning on the turntable.
  • Fast, free WiFi.
  • Members have unlimited, free access to the lounge and instrument library.

A library of instruments

  • Guitars, basses and things with strings.
  • Amps for guitar, bass and keyboards .
  • Synths and keyboards.
  • Piles of pedals and effects.
  • Drum sets and other percussion.
  • Microphones and PA.
  • Unusual stuff. We even have bagpipes.
  • Karaoke machine (if all you wanna do is sing).
Conceptual sketch by Jordan Greene
Conceptual sketch of Orbital Music Park by Jordan Greene, courtesy of 37ideas

Memberships

Choose from three options – individuals, teachers and groups.

Atomic

For individuals

$24 per month

$264 per year

  • Pay per year and get one month FREE
  • 12 free day passes
    Bring friends on the house!
  • $10 hourly room rentals
    (off peak times)
  • $25 hourly room rentals
    (peak times)
  • Only 120 'Atomic' memberships are available - for everyone!

Questions? Email us

Pulsar

For teachers

$12 per month

$132 per year

  • Pay per year and get one month FREE
  • 12 free day passes
    Bring friends on the house!
  • $10 hourly room rentals
    (off peak times)
  • $25 hourly room rentals
    (peak times)
  • Only 20 'Pulsar' memberships are available - for music teachers

Questions? Email us

Galactic

For groups (up to 8 ppl)

$100 per month

$1,100 per year

  • Pay per year and get one month FREE
  • 12 free day passes
    Bring friends on the house!
  • $10 hourly room rentals
    (off peak times)
  • $25 hourly room rentals
    (peak times)
  • Only 24 'Galactic' memberships are available - for groups (8 people max)

Questions? Email us

And, there's more!

Cool benefits for members

Gear access

INCLUDED

All members can use instruments from out library that includes guitars, synthesizers and more.

Private online community

INCLUDED

Connect with the community online, using a private online hub.

Musician Match Events

INCLUDED

Join the monthly Match-O-Rama events to participate in 90-min jam sessions with new people.

Combo

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Private jam sessions with members of the OMP staff. A great way to level-up and 'learn by doing' with experience players.

MATCH-O-RAMA!

Play with someone new. Any skill level, style or instrument.

Get matched for a hosted jam session! Each month we offer a collaborative play experience with other members matched by experience level and interests. All adventures are 90-minutes.

Matches are made with care by actual humans (not some whack computer algorithm).

Here’s some of what players at previous events had to say:

“Playing with my matches brought out skills I either didn't know I had or that were dormant. Especially when it came to trying new styles of music on the spot!”

“I was matched with folks that were great and our little “jam” session just blew me away.”

“I have my own band that plays out occasionally. Orbital was great for jamming out with some new people and get exposed to new styles.”

“We had quite the mashup of musical genres, and age differences. We all pulled together seamlessly and had a GREAT time!”

“It’s such a weird and wonderful thing to do, and the second time was even more nutty than the first. Thank you guys!”

“The group was very talented but we all gelled nicely. It was awesome having a diverse group that played many instruments”

“Friendly people, great atmosphere, and a solid good time.”

“The experience made me want to continue making music a bigger part of my life.”

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All photos by Greg Montalto

Who can join?

Designed for the rainbow of music-makers.

All skill levels, musical styles, instruments, abilities, cultures, languages, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religions (or none) are welcome, respected and loved here. You’ll find community, collaboration space, and creative freedom. And we have snacks.

At OMP we believe we can inspire a more peaceful and creative world by encouraging diverse musical people to play music together more often.

Glad to have you in the mix!

Morgan Huff and Tom Illmensee
Co-Founders and sonic astronauts

Talk to us

Gotta question? Request? Comment? Ping us!

Email beepbeep@orbitalmusicpark.com.

Richmond Magazine article
Credit: Don Harrison (writer) | Greg Montalto (Photos)

“Starting in early October, the budding initiative will move into new digs inside a warehouse at 2100 Tomlynn St., near Sauer’s Gardens. Here, drummers can bang away, and things can get loud.”

Don Harrison
Richmond Magazine