Our Story

Bringing people together who do it, get it, and aren’t afraid to share it.

Central Illinois has given us REO Speedwagon, Alison Krauss, John Doe from the band X, the Godfather of street art – Ron English, the Bears, Caterpillar, the Horseshoe sandwich, and Abe Lincoln. We say the opportunity is here where a hard work, no-nonsense, get-things-done mentality will always triumph.

We formalized our geographic position at the center of Illinois by creating a hub for the exchange of ideas, connections, and opportunities at the first MmX conference on the campus of Millikin University in 2019. 

For 2020, MmX will begin May 6-7 in Chicago at 2112, Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of business and entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative technology. May 8-9, MmX returns to the campus of Millikin University in Decatur.

Panels of professionals will help artists monetize their passions, successful employers will talk about their unique paths, and driven individuals will connect through topics including: Vinyl, Touring, The Record industry, Live Sound/Performing, Social Media, Public Relations, Mental Health in creative industry, Publishing, Booking, Mixing/Mastering/Production, Song Writing, and Much More.

The adjoining expo will feature over 25 companies who will set up shop, meet, greet, and discuss their business and career paths. We encourage any and all input, advice, suggestions for panels or to reserve a table space at the expo.

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Decatur, IL

Soy City

Decatur is the largest city and the county seat of Macon County, Illinois. With a population of 76,122 as of the 2010 Census. The city was founded in 1829 and lies along the Sangamon River and Lake Decatur. As of 2017, the city’s estimated population was 72,174.

The city is home of Millikin University and Richland Community College. Decatur has vast industrial and agricultural processing production, including the North American headquarters of agricultural conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, international agribusiness Tate & Lyle’s largest corn-processing plant, and the designing and manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar Inc.’s wheel-tractor scrapers, off-highway trucks, and large mining trucks.

Music in Decatur is not as large as its potential provides. The city is currently making steps to change that and MMX wants to help along the way. Currently under construction is The Devon G Buffett Amphitheater in Nelson Park right along Lake Decatur.

Millikin University

Ah, There You Are Millikin

Millikin is an independent, four year university that is privately funded and has an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students in traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located in Decatur, Illinois, you will quickly discover that the signature of a Millikin education is a unique experience we like to call Performance Learning.

Since its founding more than 110 years ago, Millikin has operated under the philosophy of providing an education that combines theory with practice. While this was a radical idea at the time, we know today that practice is not enough.

Today’s students must perform their knowledge in order to be truly prepared for a successful career after college. Through immersive experiences such as internships, co-teaching, running a business, presenting research to experts, and performing in front of audiences – students find new ways to live out their learning and reap the rewards of their hard work.