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The South Hudson Music Project (SHMP) develops, promotes and presents innovative musical collaborations that cross boundaries of genre, culture, generation, and neighborhood in order to strengthen and engage our community. 


Music is the healing force of the universe. It is a powerful language, but it is often expressed in dialects that keep us separate. By forging opportunities for artists and audiences to communicate, share, and explore through music, we can bring our community together to transform our world.


SHMP is a 501c3-fiscally sponsored non-profit project; created to sustain music presentation, education, and community benefit activities of The Royal Room


  • Art and artists are an integral part of our vibrant community.

  • Artistic opportunities and dialogue should be available and accessible to all members of the community.

  • Professional performance venues and opportunities are crucial to the local arts ecology, to develop craft at the highest levels and to provide space for necessary exploration and experimentation.

  • It is vital that each generation of artists supports those that follow, and that artists know and be in dialogue with the history of their craft.

  • Pay equity for artists.

"When I grew up in Seattle, accessible and inclusive venues for live music were few and far between. However, I didn't know what I was truly missing until I came home from my second year in college and played at the Royal Room. It was a magical night, filled with an audience and atmosphere unique to any club

I’ve seen in the country - neighborhood regulars mingling with musicians mingling with students and elders alike, all in the service of adventurous new music.

The Royal Room's community-minded orientation has filled the gap for musicians and music lovers alike, and I am forever indebted to its bold and unwavering mission.”

-- Riley Mulherkar, Musician/Artist