Individual music-makers - plug-in. There’s a place for you in the OMP community of outsiders, daredevils, astronauts, robots, aliens, and androids -- from amateurs to intermediates to seasoned pros. End your isolation and get in the mix.
Bands - rehearse and record in an affordable, convenient, inspiring space that actually sounds amazing.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced players - level-up your skills and experience by playing with new people, in new styles, and in a stimulating environment designed for musical creativity.
Do I have to be a member to book a rehearsal room?
Yup. Members get a handy dandy app to manage room bookings (iOS and Android). Most memberships have an allowance of hours you can spend on rooms (the app keeps track of your hours). If you wanna play more, then you can either upgrade your membership or buy more time - which you can do in the app.
Can I just drop-in and play?
A-ffir-ma-tive. You might join a jam session already in progress (with permission from the group). Or, you might grab an open slot on the schedule - which you can see and book on our handy dandy app. Or, you might pop on stage to do a song or two. Or, you might grab the electric sitar and noodle on the couch. Or, you might grab a drum machine or some wacky synth and pop on some headphones for a silent session. So. Many. Ways. To. Play.
Can I schedule a practice in a specific room far in advance?
Yes. You can book rooms up to three months in advance. The schedule is first-come, first-serve. If you really need a slot that’s already booked, you can contact that member and see what’s possible. You can also ask staff to help you lock-in a date and time.
Can I bring friends to my session?
Yeah!! Most memberships come with a supply of guest passes. You’ll simply check-in each guest at the front desk (yes, you have to be with your guests). If you need more guest passes, you can buy ‘em for $5 each. Cheap!
Can one membership cover everyone in my band?
Yes. One person can pay the monthly or annual fee while the other band members use the guest passes included with that membership. Alternatively, each band member can join and combine pod and recording time (and guest passes) into a shared pool.
Can I record my session?
Sure thing. One pod (Eric E. Stanley) is equipped with an OpenLIVE recording system. Most memberships have recording hours included in the monthly fee. Just tell the person at the front desk you wanna record. OMP staff will activate the recorder when your session starts. Within a few minutes after you’re done playing, you’ll get a link to your mixed, compressed recording - which you can download as an MP3 or edit online. You’re also welcome to bring your own recording gear (just make sure you book extra time for set-up and break-down).
Can I play a show at OMP?
Heck, yeah! Members can book the stage area in the app, then get a bunch of guest passes for your fans - or just play for the other members. We’re limited to about 50 people in the lounge area, so think of it like a very small jazz club. Upright piano (tuned), drums, bass amp, PA are provided. And you can borrow any extra instruments or gear from the OMP collection. And we have a candelabra, too. So...
Can I just hang out? Maybe have a coffee and read a book?
Yes and yup. We have Rostov’s coffee on tap, tea, sodas, snacks - and a collection of unusual and interesting books about music, art and culture. Free and strong WiFi for members, too. Listen to some funky records. Maybe catch a spontaneous performance in the lounge. Jump into a quick jam session. Geek out about some new or vintage gear. Juggle bowling balls. Play some Scrabble. Make a sock puppet. Whatever...
Does OMP have gear I can borrow?
Quite. The list is kinda long, so we’ll summarize. All kinds of amps, drums, percussion, synths, keyboards, guitars, and basses. We even have a full-size Yamaha acoustic piano on the stage. Other highlights include: a Moog theremin, Roland 808 drum machine, a vintage 70s Baldwin Fun Machine, and Tom’s G&L ASAT Classic telecaster with Lindy Fralin pickups. Oh, and we even have an accordion.
Can I donate an instrument?
Wow, sure! Cool! We’ve accepted a banged up bugle, an antique baritone, a bag of harmonicas, bass cabinets, guitars and a mandolin. There’s nothing formal about this - we’ll take what you have and give the community access to it. We don’t assess value or do any fancy tax receipts - so if you wanna go that way then you might try a thrift store or something. We just say “yes” and let other people play the instrument.
Can beginners play at OMP?
Oh, very yes. OMP is a fun place to get started with a new instrument because you can play privately when you want, and with others when you want. You might even learn some tips and tricks from the more experienced members.
Can I take lessons at OMP?
Yup. Book time in a pod and share a guest pass with your teacher or coach. And if your teacher joins as a member, then you can practice together without using the time included with your membership.
Can I give lessons at OMP?
Super yes. The Pulsar membership is designed for teachers and coaches. Students (and parents/guardians) get free admission and can borrow anything from our instrument library. You can even host recitals on the stage - we have a spiffy piano. When you’re not teaching, come back and jam! Note: we have a limited supply of Pulsar memberships - so reserve a place now.
Does OMP support and actively promote diversity and inclusion?
We do. From day one we have done our best to make OMP a place for the full rainbow to shine. Spiritual path. Sexual identity. Gender identity and non-binary. Ages. Races. Every music style, instrument, skill level. We’re proud members of Equality Means Business. We also support Diversity Richmond, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, SPARC, and the Business Coalition for Justice.
Is OMP accessible?
We are. There’s a handicapped parking spot adjacent to the ramp to enter the warehouse. There are ramps on each rehearsal room and the stage and lounge are floor-level. The restrooms are ADA-compliant, too.
Does OMP have a code of conduct?
Yup. In a sentence: Always be cool (and good) with each other. The slightly longer version: Orbital Music Park is dedicated to providing a harassment-free musical experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, political views, skill-level, musical style or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of members in any form. Speak your truth – and – understand excessive sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Orbital Music Park meetup, including songs, correspondence and other online media. Orbital Music Park participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from any Orbital Music Park meetup or event system without a refund at the discretion of the organizers. There’s a longer version of this, too. Each member must sign the code of conduct when they join.
Can all ages jam at OMP?
You betcha. Musicians under 13 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Musicians 80+ have unlimited free admission.
Can I upgrade or downgrade my membership?
Of course! Just ask a staff member to update your account. We’ll do our best to accommodate.
Can I cancel my membership at any time?
Yup. There’s no long-term commitment and you’ll be refunded the amount you didn’t use. Keep in mind: space is limited - so when you leave we’ll offer that spot to someone else waiting for a membership.
Can I volunteer?
Yeah! Volunteers serve as on-call jam partners for members. Send an email to email@example.com
Is OMP hiring?
Yes! We’re looking for two part-time managers to cover weeknight shifts. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I talk to someone if I still have questions?
Yes, indeed! Email us at email@example.com. Or, call or text Tom at 804-484-4136.