Friday Fun Day: Collective Desk Concert #5
What is Collective Desk?
(Mike Henderson’s account of how the idea came to be)
National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert Series began around 2007. The concept is simple. Musicians of all levels, from superstars to indie bands to classical musicians set up behind a desk at the offices of NPR Music. The desk belongs to Bob Boilen, one time director of All Things Considered, now the director of NPR Music and host of Tiny Desk and All Songs Considered.
I love this podcast. It kicks ass. The videos are great too.
My idea was simple, so simple in fact that it’s hard to even call it an idea: create a cool recurring event at the Reno Collective that brought in local musicians and bands and copycatted the whole Tiny Desk Concert thing. One big difference. While you do have to work here to see the show, anyone can work here on Friday. Oh, one more big difference: we have beer.
Now you are probably wondering what the Reno Collective is. The Reno Collective is a hip building outfitted in modern furniture, a Podcast studio, a printer, and a fridge full of beer. It’s the alternative workspace to the local Starbucks or your home “office.” Eric and I have been working here on-and-off over the last two years and love the community they have created. The members are pretty diverse and range from videographers, software engineers, and designers, to life coaches and copy editors. Anyone who can take their work on the road with them will find the Reno Collective helpful. Membership fees are comprable to workspaces in other cities and are much less expensive than having your own office. In fact, the space is so great, that I will soon be announcing that many of the Paisley Ann Workshops will take place at the Collective starting in May.