For the second year in a row, the Denver Music Advancement Fund has awarded $100,000 in grants to local music projects.
Each of those grantees will get a little more than last year’s cohort. The list is down from 30 individuals and groups to 24. Among this year’s grantees are some repeats from last year, including Levitt Pavilion, Youth on Record, the Denver Children’s Choir and Su Teatro, though it’s mostly new faces.
The grants are meant for “individuals and organizations that will spur growth in the local music business as well as growing new audiences, particularly youth,” according to Denver Arts & Venues. They’re funded through a public-private partnership between Arts & Venues and Illegal Pete’s.
Here’s the full list of grantees:
- Audiovore: Sound inSight Residency Program
- CMDance: Sounds of the Color Blue
- Control Group Productions: THE END – a bus tour of the apocalypse
- Creative Strategies for Change: Movement Music – Mobile Studio
- Denver Children’s Choir: Southwest Denver Initiative
- DreaMaker Productions and Family Opportunities: Park Hill’s Fabulous Music, Dance & Stories Camp
- Education Through Music-Colorado: ETM-CO Partner School Program
- Ensemble Faucheux: This Spectrum Life – Sensory friendly multimedia student performance project and concert series
- Innervision Records: DAAP – Audio-recording and media training for urban and blind broadcasters, aspiring student artists
- Kaite Watson: WeOutHere
- KGNU Community Radio Station: ¡Cultura Viva! Live Culture Collective!
- Levitt Pavilion Denver: BandStart – Inspire and CountOff
- Museo de las Americas: Summer Arts Camp – Music workshops
- Music Lesson Café: Music Teacher Development Program
- Music Minds Matter: musician wellness group
- Open Media Foundation: Open Music Sessions
- Procreative Denver: family-friendly music festival programming
- Rainbow Militia: Traveling Circus Wagon
- Renaissance Mind: My Country, My Country Musical
- Sphere Ensemble: Orbit – Sphere in the Community
- Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center: The Westside Reclamation Project
- Thomas Evans – I Am Detour: The 5 Pointers
- Vocal Coalition: Roots – A Colorado Music Celebration
- Youth on Record: The Musician as Teacher Institute
The Denver Music Advancement Fund was first announced in July 2018, along with the creation of the Denver Music Strategy and Denver Music Advisory Panel, and it awarded its first grants in October 2018. There was enormous interest in the grants, of course, and it ended up distributing $20,000 more than originally planned.
You can read much more about this program here.