Denver Arts & Venues Announces 2018 Denver Music Advancement Fund And IMAGINE 2020 Fund Grantees

Denver Arts & Venues Announces 2018 Denver Music Advancement Fund And IMAGINE 2020 Fund GranteesDenver Arts & Venues, Denver Music Advisory Panel and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs are excited to reveal the 2018 Denver Music Advancement Fund and IMAGINE 2020 Fund recipients.

"Art, culture and music are vital parts of Denver's community, economy, diversity and livability," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "We are dedicated to supporting and growing our cultural scene, and with these grants we can continue to sustain existing talent, as well as foster new programs and support emerging talent."

While originally slated to provide $80,000 during 2018 (its pilot year), the Denver Music Advancement Fund will provide $100,000 to individuals and organizations that spur growth in the local music ecosystem as well as grow new audiences, particularly youth audiences. The grants are funded through a public/private partnership with Denver Arts & Venues, Illegal Pete's and LivWell Enlightened Health. Grantees are awarded up to $7,500 to support Denver's music ecosystem. Out of an applicant pool of almost 100, 30 grantees were selected.

2018 Denver Music Advancement Fund Grantees

7th Circle Collective: AV Club

Adam Baumeister: Colorado Audio Archive

Adrian H. Molina: Rap as Literature

Amber Blais: Zabiti - An Immersive Circus Adventure

Andre Carbonell: Insomniacs Live

ArtHyve: Escaping Erasure: A Musician's Guide to Archiving

Birdseed Collective: Globeville Center "Visionary Music Program"

Black in Bluhm Project: The Black in Bluhm Project (BiBP)

Bring Music to Life: Instruments to Support Denver Public Schools

Catherine Beeson: Sensory Friendly Family Concerts

Denver Bass Squad: Double Bass Doubling

Denver Children's Choir: Neighborhood Choir Program

Denver Public Library: United by Music / Unidos Por La Musica

Denver Young Artists Orchestra Association: DYAO Cultural Exchange Central European Tour

DocuWest Film Festival: Film and Music Festival

El Sistema Colorado: Profressional Development for Teaching Artists

Girls Rock Denver: Girls Rock After School Program

Lauren Kashuk: shesaid.so Denver

Levitt Denver: BandStart - Inspiring, Teaching, Engaging in Music (ITEM) Performance Series

Nathan Hall: Active Music

Patrick Riley: Mutually Detrimental - Denver Artists Fund

Su Teatro: Inclusive or Derivative Workshops and Performances

The Black Box, LLC: Studio and Career Exploration

The HadaNou Collective: Vocal Coalition presents Universo Holografico con 2MX2

The Hollow, LLC: Mental Wellness Meetup

The Newman Center: Musical Explorers

Think 360 Arts for Learning: Colorado Song Laboratory: Where History Meets Tomorrow

Toluwanimi Obiwole: Rhyme and Rhythms

West Community Economic Development Corporation: Músicos de Westwood

Youth on Record: My Youth on Record Podcast: The Past, Present, Future of the Colorado Sound

The IMAGINE 2020 Fund, in its fourth year, provides up to $7,500 in funding support for new, creative and innovative programs inspired by one or more of the seven vision elements outlined in IMAGINE 2020, Denver's Cultural Plan - Integration, Amplification, Accessibility, Lifelong Learning, Local Talent, Economic Vitality and Collective Leadership. Funded projects further develop Denver's creative landscape and bring Denver's collective vision a reality.

In 2018, Denver Arts & Venues and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs will distribute $130,000 in funding for programs taking place in the calendar years 2017-18. More than 70 applications were submitted, with 27 recipients selected. Last year, Denver Arts & Venues funded $75,000 in projects.

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