A Minneapolis rock legend is raising money to support young female musicians

The project will provide free studio space and equipment for girls ages 6-15.

A legend in the Twin Cities music scene wants to help empower young women through music. 

Lori Barbero, the drummer and co-founder of the iconic female band Babes in Toyland, is part of a project called MN All-Girls Music Studio. It's an effort to support young women in music by providing the space and equipment for practice, collaboration, writing, and recording.

Barbero, along with multimedia artist Chris Larson and musician Corey Avery, launched a GoFundMe page for the project on Jan. 1, with a goal of raising $20,000 by Feb. 14. 

It says the studio space, which is located in St. Paul, has already been donated by a "local supporter of music." It will be open to girls ages 6-15 once a week at no cost to them.

"We believe equal access to creating music is essential to the growth of our community," the page says.

The money the fundraiser collects will go towards instruments for every girl to take home, designing band tees, printing posters, creating album covers, pressing vinyl singles, and studio recording time.

There are incentives to donate (besides supporting the cause), including a custom-made pin, band tee, poster, and a 7-inch vinyl single pressed locally and produced by Barbero herself. She'll be producing each single that comes out of the studio.

As of Thursday afternoon, the GoFundMe had received $960 from 13 people.

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