DUBLAB's Open Studio Initiative

submission by DUBLAB

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):


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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


DUBLAB is a non-profit internet radio station and community arts collective that has been broadcasting from Los Angeles, California since 1999.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


DUBLAB proposes to relocate our studio to a storefront location along a busy thoroughfare, and reimagine our radio station’s role in engaging with the public. By making our studio visible and our broadcast audible from the sidewalk, as well as providing seating and free wifi, we hope to give a community members a unique space to meet, connect and engage with the arts.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

We are seeking to move to an easily accessible location in Los Angeles near public transport

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


DUBLAB’s proposed project will make L.A. the best place to connect by introducing to Los Angeles an arts-oriented space intended both to engage members of the public, and serve as a community hub for Angelenos to meet, mingle and hear music together. DUBLAB experimented with a storefront studio during our Spring 2015 Proton Drive Fundraiser and saw tremendous results.

Dublab has a long history of making LA the best place to connect. Over the years, dublab has presented hundreds of free concerts throughout the city of Los Angeles. Dublab has curated the main music stages at the Eagle Rock Music Festival for six years running, at the Abbot Kinney Festival for the past three years and, for four years, we presented a series of free, dublab curated concerts as part of the Levitt Pavilion summer series. Our organization has also contributed to numerous free, public programs at the Music Center, Getty Center, Hammer Museum, LACMA, Los Angeles Public Library, Santa Monica Pier, Grammy Museum, REDCAT, cicLAvia, and dozens of other major arts institutions in Los Angeles. DUBLAB also serves as a creative incubator for musicians in Los Angeles to develop their sonic experimentations in both live performance settings and studio­ based radio broadcasts.

Following are a few projects that exemplify dublab’s achievements:

Sleepless (a collaboration with the Music Center) - http://musiccenterblog.com/2015/09/23/sleepless-the-music-center-after-hours/

Vision Version - http://dublab.tv/vision-version

Secondhand Sureshots - http://dublab.tv/secondhand-sureshots

Hammer Made in LA Soundmap App (music curator) - http://dublab.com/hammer-museums-free-made-in-l-a-soundmap-app-with-music-curated-by-dublab/

Tonalism - http://dublab.com/events/17916/tonalism-presented-by-dublab-sonos/

Into Infinity (a collaboration with Creative Commons) - http://intoinfinity.org/

Light from Los Angeles - http://superheadz.com/dublab/

dublab.jp - http://dublab.jp/

dublab.de - http://dublab.de/

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


DUBLAB's Open Studio Initiative will be evaluated by the following metrics:


To evaluate the response from the public, an e-mail survey will be conducted with participants at the end of the project’s first year. Feedback given by the public will be compiled with anecdotal reports from studio staff.


Press received will be taken into consideration alongside public opinion. Positive coverage in at least one major Los Angeles media outlet per event will be considered a success. We will also take into account the depth of social media activity throughout the course of the initiative and the number of followers gained.

Staff Review:

The staff will conduct a review at the end of each month of operation to evaluate the studio's success based on enthusiasm of the audience and depth of engagement. At the end of the first year of operation we will determine if the quality of the project successfully fulfilled the initiative's goals.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Dublab is a rare platform cultivating sincere and honest creativity. In europe and iceland we have yet to buiæf such a thing so we listen to dublab. This work is vital for humanity

by valoo
4 months ago

7 years ago dublab changed my outlook on life. long live dublab!

by aqdnk
5 months ago


by brandyflower
5 months ago

Hell yeah good luck!!

by Farman
5 months ago

A place where the public can be exposed to new ideas and new sounds by simply passing by the studio is already a great way to connect and spread new concepts

by alejandroacohen
6 months ago

Good luck!!!

by Donna_Granata
6 months ago

This would help realize dublab's mission to enrich Los Angeles by offering wide-spectrum, creative music in a public setting.

by dublabfrosty
6 months ago

These guys are cultural giants of the 21st LA. Good culture is important to break down the screen isolation so many feel. Plus its good for land prices.

by Swychq
6 months ago

Put a nickel in that jukebox and some water on that Mogwai!
Just imagine a campfire for all of LA...Dublab brings it.

by Lord Jim
6 months ago

Dublab definitely gets my vote!

by tarantulaboy
6 months ago

Dublab is one of the only consistent purveyors of noncommercial music. It is of integral importance to our culture.

by shae.deelane
6 months ago

Dublab is the best organization within the Los Angeles music community.
I support them 100% and would love see what they would do with better funding.
Money for the arts could not be placed in better hands!

by butchyfuego
6 months ago

Love these guys, trust them to do this RIGHT

by tront
6 months ago

It would be great if Dublab had this space in LA -- Space is the place!

by mattgangi
6 months ago


by alexh530
6 months ago

This would be such an incredible place for Los Angeles.

by alejandroacohen
6 months ago

Go Dublab! They are one of the mostthe most creative music & arts organizations in LA and create amazing immersive experiences. I would love to see what they can do with a bigger platform.

by DanBenporat
6 months ago

it would be great to have a place where I can interact with local artists and musicians. A visible location will invite more people in and slowly build a community. There aren't enough places that invite artists to interact in an open environment that isn't literally a coffee shop. It would be great to see Dublab expand

by dsmooch
6 months ago

This would be a great way for this radio station to further engage with the public and enrich the cultural life of Los Angeles.

by SarahZ
6 months ago

Go dublab!

by Kittyface
6 months ago

Whoa, awesome idea! Would be so great if we had this in LA!

by mrdudeguy
6 months ago

yes it would, good sir

by alexh530
6 months ago

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6 months ago


by mattgangi
6 months ago


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6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Winner Announced
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