Denver Music Summit


Create Denver, in partnership with WESTAF, presented the 2015 Denver Music Summit (DMS) at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. April 24-26.

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

The conversation, networking and live performances taking place each night that showcased Denver's vibrant local and national scenes and explored new channels of collaboration. Musicians attended 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.


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Friday Night Opening Event
April 24, 7 p.m. ($10)
Join us opening night with live music from QBala, Land Lines and collaborative performances with local and national acts including Dana Falconberry, Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem), Joshua Trinidad, Elena Moon Park (OneBeat), Maria Kohler (Kitty Crimes), Stelth Ulvang (The Lumineers), Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba, Tiburones) and more.   
Light hors d'oeuvres & drinks provided.

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 (Wonder Ballroom), Bodie Johnson (7S Management), 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 as The Narrators respond 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 through story-telling.  While 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.    
Light hors d'oeuvres & drinks provided.

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), Thao Nguyen and Xavier Dphrepaulezz.  Imagine an evening with a room of music enthusiasts listening to songs, rating them from 1-10 and sharing in conversation about what you love, or don't love and why.  Live performances from Strawberry Runners and NPR’s Tiny Desk contest winner, Fantastic Negrito. 
Light hors d'oeuvres & drinks provided.

A special thank you to our sponsors Illegal Pete’s, The Greater Than Collective, Born Guitars, College of Arts & Media at UC Denver, World Intellectual Property Day, Colorado Creative Industries, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Augustana Arts and The Narrators.

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Check out footage from the 2014 Denver Music Summit:
On Artists
On Venues
On Professional Development