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In the News

Read about MidWay Music Speaks & Girls Rock Bloomington in the news.


How to Volunteer and Provide Help to Local Resources

APR 13, 2020

Megan Fernandez

"Venues such as The Hi-Fi and organizations like Indiana Music Industry Relief Fund—which was started by the nonprofit Midway Music Speaks and focuses on support for women and non-binary musicians—have launched fundraising pages to raise money while closures and cancellations have taken away income."


MidWay Music Festival Puts Women Center Stage

AUG 06, 2018

Oliva Dorfman

"Music festivals are booming across the country, but the vast majority of lineups still mostly feature men. MidWay Music Festival is breaking that trend, giving female musicians more of a place on the stage. 'We hope to create a safe space for musicians and women’s arts,' explains Rachel Glago, Marketing Director for the festival. "


Girls Rock Bloomington starts community fund for BIPOC, transgender, non-binary youth

JAN 24, 2021

Alexis Lindenmayer

Girls Rock Bloomington, a local music and mentorship program, started a community fund on Jan. 15 to provide free and reduced-price events for BIPOC girls, transgender and non-binary youth.

The community fund was created by founder and camp director Amy Oelsner. As a rock ‘n’ roll camp for girls of all identities, Girls Rock Bloomington strives to magnify self expression through music and education.


MidWay Music Fest: Alexi King & Rachel Glago

OCT 03, 2019

Michael Glab

"A senior at Indiana University in 2016, Alexi King turned her work at an internship into MidWay Music Festival. Dedicated to promoting and connecting women and those who identify as women through music, the Fest features performers and music professionals from all over the United States."


MidWay Music Festival prooves that girls rock. Literally.

OCT 07, 2019

Grace Abushalback

“'It was a great event and the best that Bloomington has to offer,' Fagin said. 'It’s wonderful to have a festival which showcases so much diversity within the Bloomington music scene.'"

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MidWay Music Festival brings solidarity, connections to multiple Bloomington stages

OCT 07, 2019

Arielle Soussan

"We’d barely recovered from Lotus Festival when the seeds planted by those artists sprouted into MidWay Music Festival flowers in Bloomington."


Meet Amy O, The Indie Rocker and Educator Who Founded Bloomington, Indiana's First Girls Rock Camp

OCT 08, 2019

Karen Gwee

"The Bloomington camp that Oelsner ran with volunteers joined a long-standing global network of Girls Rock Camps that, though independently organised, all aim to empower through music."


Music Festival Strives for a more Inclusive Scene

SEPT 05, 2018

Rick Brewer

"In 2016, Alexi King, a recent graduate of IU Bloomington, decided that there was something wrong with music festivals...King decided she needed to do more to increase female representation at music festivals."


MidWay Music Festival, in its third year, focused on female and nonbinary artists

SEPT 29, 2019

Jenny Porter Tilly

"Festival season isn’t quite over yet.

As fans fold up their crisp new Lotus World Music & Arts Festival T-shirts and tuck away their new 26th annual festival pins, it’s already time to plan for next weekend, when MidWay Music Festival will return to downtown Bloomington."