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Purple Playground envisions a world where Prince’s legacy of positivity and giving continues in perpetuity.

We formed our 501(c)3 nonprofit fan-based group to honor Prince’s legacy and inspire as he did - with funds from our events used to create our FREE Academy of Prince music program for teens. 

MUSIC VIDEO "Purple Playground"

We raise our funds through donations, free and low cost events, and fan created merchandise. Sponsorship opportunities welcome.

 
AOP2019Group.jpg

Purple Playground envisions a world where Prince’s legacy of positivity and giving continues in perpetuity.

We formed our 501(c)3 nonprofit fan-based group to honor Prince’s legacy and inspire as he did - with funds from our events used to create our FREE Academy of Prince music program for teens.  APPLY NOW
 

MUSIC VIDEO "Purple Playground"

We raise our funds through donations, free and low cost events, and fan created merchandise. Sponsorship opportunities welcome.

"I finally saw the switch flip for my daughter today – the one where she feels confident in who she is and what she is doing. She was so animated and excited on the way home. The love and support from all the adults at camp have had such an impact on her. Thank you for all of your hard work to make this happen. Daily tears from the mama watching all of this unfold."

Academy of Prince mom

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ACADEMY OF PRINCE

Finding the Funk

VIDEO: The Purple Playground Experience

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MUSIC VIDEO: Purple Playground (Wheel of Funk)

Purple Playground’s annual Academy of Prince summer music program takes place the first two weeks of August at Urban Ventures in Minneapolis and High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul. Musical teens from the Twin Cities and around the country learn Prince history and write and record their own Prince inspired songs, with help from teachers, guest speakers and musicians who worked with him.

Guest speakers have included:

Mark Bonde, longtime Prince fan and motivational speaker and host of Paisley Nights podcast

Andrea Swennson, Prince historian, host of the Local Show on 89.3 the Current, and author of “Got To Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound.” 

PaviElle French, actor, neo-soul singer and composer

Bobby Z Rivkin, Revolution band member, music producer

“Dr” Matt Fink, Revolution band member, founder and director of artist relations at Mymymusic.com

Jon Bream, author and Minneapolis Star Tribune music writer since 1974

Jellybean Johnson, guitarist, producer and The Time drummer

Jim Walsh - author of Gold Experience, musician and people appreciator 

Terry Jackson - percussionist from Prince's first band, Grand Central

Head Educator: Willie Adams

Director: Heidi Vader

Hear more about Academy of Prince on these Podcasts:

Dr. Funk #96

Podcast Juice

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"Academy of Prince, High School for Recording Arts. Put together by the nonprofit Purple Playground, this inaugural weeklong program taught middle-schoolers about Prince, the Minneapolis Sound and songwriting. The students wrote and recorded original songs, with help in the studio from Purple pros Bobby Z, Matt Fink and Jellybean Johnson. The songs were quite impressive. Can’t wait for the downloads."

Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

PURPLE PLAYGROUND

Working Towards a Brighter Future

A space to free urself and live Prince's legacy of love4one another and positivity. Raising funds for kids' music education to keep it funky.

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FINDERS OF THE FUNK

HEIDI VADER

Founder and Board Member

“Prince taught me to dream big and dare to make my dreams a reality.”


A life-long Prince fan, Heidi celebrates his life, music and philanthropic legacy with other fans. 


Her prior nonprofit experience as a board member and marketing and volunteer coordinator for the Diverse Emerging Music Experience (DEMO), along with her purple passion, prepared her for this venture.


Heidi also co-owns Child Development Review, which produces developmental screening and assessment tools for young children and has worked in the hospitality industry for decades.

Purple Playground welcomes more dynamic, hardworking board members and volunteers.

NOTE: We are created for fams, by fams, and “the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is not affiliated, associated, or connected with Purple Playground, nor has it endorsed or sponsored Purple Playground. Further, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson has not licensed any of its intellectual property to Purple Playground.”

Peace, Love and Prince