Music In Plymouth Endowment Fund


Music in Plymouth has been the premiere summer event in Plymouth since its inception 45 years ago.  From the first years, when the event was held on vacant land within the Minneapolis Industrial Park to today’s state of the art Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth Creek Park, Music in Plymouth has grown with our community and helped Plymouth develop a rich sense of identity and community pride.

The mission of Music in Plymouth, featuring the Minnesota Orchestra, is to bring the community together for an evening of high quality entertainment designed to enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry.  Over the years, this annual signature event has expanded to include a broad range of family-focused entertainment, including a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to music.  The event is now eagerly anticipated each year by more than 15,000 people from Plymouth and surrounding communities.

Founding Benefactors: Jayne and Al Hilde, Jr.


The seeds for Music in Plymouth were planted in 1972 when Mayor Al Hilde, Jr., and several community leaders, including Curtis L. Carlson, recognized the importance of bringing a fast-growing community together and establishing a unique identity.  They established the Plymouth Civic League (PCL) to provide leadership and continuity for this grassroots endeavor.

The PCL’s volunteer Board of Directors is composed of citizens and business people whose primary objective is to promote and carry forward the mission of Music in Plymouth.  PCL board members raise all the funds necessary to produce this annual event in cooperation and partnership with the City of Plymouth.  Plymouth is widely considered to be one of the most desirable communities in the Twin Cities metro area in which to live – Music in Plymouth contributes to that reputation.

Endowment Fund Recognition

Planning for the Future

As Music in Plymouth has grown, both in scope and attendance, so too has the cost of presenting the event. While the PCL has, and will continue to, develop long-range corporate and community financial support, ensuring broad-based commitment, it also recognizes the need to develop a stronger financial base to maintain the high quality of the event far into the future.

Cultural institutions that thrive – not merely exist – have an adequate endowment.  Thus, the Plymouth Civic League Board of Directors and other Music in Plymouth supporters believe it is time to responsibly place Music in Plymouth on a more secure financial footing as are so many other cultural institutions.

So that we may secure Music in Plymouth for the enrichment and enjoyment of future generations, we are embarking on an endowment campaign to raise $1,000,000.  In doing so, our primary goals are:

  • To provide for the continuation and expansion of the traditional free family entertainment that has been the hallmark of Music in Plymouth since its inception in 1972.
  • To ensure that the Plymouth Civic League may continue to bring the Minnesota Orchestra and other guest artists to Music in Plymouth at the Hilde Performance Center.
  • To provide a financial safety net against a period where we experience an economic downturn.
  • To assist the City of Plymouth with possible future capital expenditures related to the Hilde Performance Center.

For more information, contact:

John Babcock

Music Endowment Fund Board of Trustees

John Babcock, President
David Berg
Eric Blank
Roger Janikowski
Marilynn Paulson
Jim Willis
Mele Willis
Jayne Hilde, Honorary Trustee
Jim Ramstad, Honorary Trustee

MIPEF Founding Contributors
John Babcock
Otto Bonestro
Ed & Judy Cannon
Jim Ramstad
Satellite Shelters / Satellite Industries
Donna Synder
Barbara & James Willis
Lani Willis & Joel Spoonheim
Mele Willis & Charles Lazarus
In memory of Herbert & Jean Gumz