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Music That Transforms, Stories That Matter

Rapson Collaborative is a non-profit organization based in Iowa City, Iowa, committed to supporting the diverse voices of local artists in the creative development and production of socially-engaged musical projects.

Cropped photo of a hand conducting during a performance of Esteban and the Children of the Sun.

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Your creativity deserves to be seen and heard. We’re committed to helping you succeed by offering project funding and support.

"Every act of making is an act of hope."
- Ira John Rapson (1953-2021)

Upcoming Events

Poetry in Motion

Rapson Collaborative is thrilled to announce our gift to support Poetry in Motion, part of the Mic Check Poetry Fest (November 3-4). This project of Iowa City Poetry features top spoken word performers sharing their work with the accompaniment of the band Wave Cage. Rapson Collaborative is excited about the combination of poetry and music, performed by a diverse array of BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other performers.


Esteban and the Children of the Sun is a suite of 14 songs that tell the story of Esteban, the first African to travel across North America.

Hot Tamale Louie tells the story of Zarif Khan, an immigrant from Afghanistan to the United States at the turn of the 20th Century.

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