Denver Music Summit, April 24 - 26, 2015

Full Program Announcement, Registration Opens - March 31

Create Denver, in partnership with WESTAF, announces the 2015 Denver Music Summit (DMS) taking place at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.

National in scope and local in focus, DMS brings together musicians, industry professionals, civic leaders and music enthusiasts for educational programming, live performances and policy engagement. This 3-day summit provides a platform to share ideas, inspire ingenuity and develop new models of music-driven economic development and community building.  

As Denver emerges as a national hub for music, we invite the public to join in on the conversation, networking and live performances taking place each night that showcases our vibrant local and national scenes and explores new channels of collaboration. Musicians attend daytime panels, research presentations and workshops to help expand their fan base, enhance their brand, learn key industry trends, and make connections to develop a sustainable career while extending their creative vision.



Tickets for individual events ($10) or the full weekend pass ($35, limited) will be available on Tuesday, March 31 

Friday Night Opening Event
April 24, 7 p.m. ($10)
Live performances from QBala, Land Lines and a collaboration with local and national acts including Dana Falconberry, Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem), Maria Kohler (Kitty Crimes), Stelth Ulvang (The Lumineers), Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba, Tiburones) and more 

Saturday and Sunday Musician Workshops, Panels and Keynote Lunch
April 25, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / April 26, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. ($10 for both)
Keynote lunch with special guest Thao Nguyen (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down)
- Listen Local seminar hosted by Bryce Merrill
- Industry panels include Elena Moon Park (OneBeat), Joe Gittleman (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), George Schwindt (Flogging Molly), Storm Gloor (UCD), Michael Bracy (founder emeritus, Future Music Coalition), Lauren Ross (Terrorbird), Sean Moeller (Daytrotter), Martin Atkins (NIN, Ministry), Shannon Daut (Alaska State Council on the Arts), Stephan Brackett (Flobots), Bill Harvey (NY is Music), Ben Wysocki (The Fray), Robin Mullins (Arts Northwest), Tyler Hayden (Dynamite Laser Beam), Alexandre Philippe (Exhibit A Pictures), Rob Gordon (United Interests), Heather Browne (Fuel/Friends) and more

Saturday Night Programming
April 25, 7:30 p.m. ($10)
Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra (MSCO) presents, Two-Way Street featuring Denver’s storytelling ensemble, The Narrators and hosted by David Rutherford (CO Public Radio CPR).  
This compelling collaboration unfolds after several months of The Narrators listening to three musical masterworks: "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "Romanian Folk Dances" by Béla Bartok, and "The Marriage of Figaro Overture" by Mozart and will respond to how the music affected and inspires feelings within them through storytelling. On the other side of the street, The Narrators fashioned stories to which MSCO will react and respond with music that illuminates and completes their narratives. Finally, the program invites audience members to write their own storiesto the music and if they wish, have the stories interpreted live by the insightful Narrators.

Sunday Night Closing Event
April 26, 4 p.m. ($10)
National Public Radio presents the All Songs Considered listening party, hosted by Bob Boilen, NPR with guests Jessi Whitten (OpenAir), and Thao Ngyuen. Imagine an evening with a room of friends and music enthusiasts listening to songs, rating them from 1-10 and sharing in some great conversations about what you love, or don't love and why. Live performances from Strawberry Runners and NPR’s Tiny Desk contest winner, Fantastic Negrito.


A special thank you to our sponsors Illegal Pete’s, The Greater Than Collective, Born Guitars, College of Arts & Media at UC Denver, and Colorado Creative Industries.

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