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Membership Director Sheena Morgan posted these relevant stories on our Facebook page this past week. If you haven’t read them yet, click on the links and check out the ideas presented! http://www.facebook.com/coloradomusicbusinessorganization

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Seniors Recreate Classic Album Covers from Lockdown

The coronavirus crisis has also been a mental health crisis, and none have felt it more than seniors in lockdown. After four months in strict quarantine, one care home in Edgware, UK, has found a rocking way for its community to stay connected. Several residents at Sydmar Lodge dressed up — or down, as the case may be — for wonderfully creative photo shoots, recreating classic album covers by David Bowie, Taylor Swift, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, and more.

Activities coordinator Robert Speker took the photographs and posted the images on Twitter. The artwork is customized to the resident, so that Vera’s 93 takes the place of Adele’s 21, while 1922 by R.C. displaces T.S.’ 1989. The recreations are impressively faithful, especially given the circumstances of the lockdown, which is one of the reasons they quickly went viral.

Seniors Recreate Classic Album Covers from Lockdown

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The Underground Music Showcase Announces The Details of Its Virtual Return

By Kori Hazel, 303 Magazine | It’s not a Denver summer without the Underground Music Showcase (UMS). The annual music festival which takes over a significant swath of South Broadway in a blur of bands and booze is a 20-year long Denver tradition that is integral to our city’s music scene. However, in light of the novel coronavirus, Two Parts (the organizers behind UMS) had to get creative in making sure the show goes on as scheduled. Today, Two Parts has announced the details of the return of the Underground Music Showcase, but this time, in a virtual format dubbed, “UMSomething” going down on July 25.

The revamped festival will be equal parts music festival, variety show and retro telethon. Partnering up with Colorado Music Relief Fund, an organization focused on saving Denver’s vulnerable venues, musicians and music industry professionals amid COVID-19, “UMSomething” aims to capture the intoxicating energy that the massive music festival brings year after year.

“When we decided that we couldn’t host UMS as normal, we knew we still had to do something for Broadway and our musicians,” stated Casey Berry, owner of Two Parts and UMS producer. “This festival is so much more than just a wild weekend of live music for Denver. It’s a big moment for musicians, venues, bars and restaurants, and the back-of-house staff that make it possible each year. All these groups are hurting right now, so we wanted to give fundraising a shot and raise money for our community the only way UMS knows how – in a weird, gritty fundraiser variety show, live from Broadway. We’re producing a streamed broadcast that marries the safety of a digital experience with the fun of the real thing, including interactive elements, merchandise, delivered-to-your-door party packs, and more.”
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Read the whole article here with lots more info on the UMS event:

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Dolly Parton Thanks Colorado Governor For Signing Imagination Library Bill

Country music legend Dolly Parton thanked Gov. Jared Polis for helping bring a program to Colorado. The Imagination Library Program was signed into law on Friday.

“I want to thank personally Gov. Polis and Sen. Bridges for leading the way to bringing the Imagination Library into your state of Colorado, and we’ve still got some work to do, but we are going to get there, but let’s put some wings on that Imagination Library. Let’s get some books in the hands of more children,” Parton said in a video.

The program was created 25 years ago to help foster the love of reading in children who might not have access to books.
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Read the whole story and watch the video here:

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