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DENVER — What if the local music industry at large — musicians, promoters, technicians, journalists — were involved in designing the newest crown jewel in Colorado’s performance venues? We’re about to find out. Call for the local music industry at large — come design your own amphitheater and be the first to play in it

On Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 6 p.m., Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver will host a one-night forum to discuss the new amphitheater planned for Ruby Hill Park.

Slated to open in 2016, Levitt Pavilion Denver is among the most exciting opportunities in our community and will provide 50 free concerts a year featuring local, national and international musicians, with an emphasis on creative and diverse programming.

“Involving our local music scene before the amphitheater is even designed is crucial,” says Chris Zacher, Executive Director of the Friends of Levitt Board of Directors. “After all, who’s more knowledgeable than the people who spend so much time on-stage? We know their unique perspective will help create a truly special artist experience.”

What: Levitt Denver Music Forum
Where: The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
When: Doors at 6 p.m., Forum starts at 7 p.m.
How much: Free and open to the public

As a commitment to Colorado’s exploding music scene, half of Levitt Denver’s programming will feature local artists. The musicians will be paid generously and competitively, even though the concerts are free. “We believe Colorado’s music scene is something special, and deserves to be showcased as well as cultivated,” Zacher says.  “And that’s why we need their input on all elements of the design, from acoustics to backstage amenities.”

Attendees will meet the Board of Directors and managers of Levitt Pavilion Denver, ask questions about this incredible project, and obtain information about band submissions. The Levitt Pavilion Denver Music Forum will close with a brainstorming session to provide input for the design of the ultimate backstage and greenroom.

“We’re assembling an unprecedented gathering of Colorado’s musical talent all in the same room,” Zacher says. “From musicians to club owners to die hard fans, we’re hoping to get everyone as excited as we are!”

To celebrate the occasion, longtime local scene veteran Chad Aman will host a jam session featuring some of the greatest music talent in the state. It will be a one-of-a-kind experience, highlighting what the entire Levitt Pavilion project is all about. It’s not to be missed.

As an added bonus, musicians will be able to enter their band to win the opening slot at the brand new venue. “Your band can be the first ever to set foot and play on the Denver Levitt Stage. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, really,” Zacher says.

For more information about the Denver Levitt Pavilion project, visit www.levittdenver.org.

About Levitt Pavilion Denver:
When completed in 2016, Levitt Pavilion Denver will be located in Ruby Hill Park, joining the ranks as the seventh Levitt Pavilion in the United States, alongside cities such as Pasadena, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Arlington.

Each year, Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver (FLPD) will produce 50 free concerts ranging from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists. With the average U.S. concert ticket price soaring to $69.52 in 2013*, free music is truly a gift to our community. With the mountains to the West and Denver’s skyline to the North, Ruby Hill Park provides an idyllic setting, allowing the power of free, live music to bring people together and invigorate community life.

The Levitt Pavilion Denver is operated by the FLPD, a non-profit with the mission of building community through music. FLPD believes in embracing the local, including the architect, construction company, staff, artists and sponsors. Levitt Pavilion Denver is more than just another music venue — it is a nexus for local non-profits and arts groups across the Rocky Mountain Region. Outside of the Levitt Pavilion Denver concert series, the state-of-the-art amphitheater will be available for use by schools, arts organizations, and other non-profits. Levitt Pavilion Denver will feature:

• 50 free concerts annually with local, regional, national and international acts
• A rich spectrum of music genres: R&B, country, rock, Latin, jazz, children’s, electronic and more
• Relaxed, open lawn setting
• Local food vendors
• State-of-the-art sound and lighting
• Easily accessible location near public transportation and bike paths
• Family-friendly environment

Concerts will feature national and international groups as well as the best talent from our local Denver music community. Volunteer and sponsor opportunities are available — contact us today at info@levittdenver.org for more information about how you can support Levitt Pavilion Denver.

*Source: http://www.pollstar.com/news_article.aspx?ID=808976

Press Contact: Mel Aman, Director of Development | mel@levittdenver.org

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For every performer who makes it to the GRAMMY stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. And really, that’s true for all of us who are making music today. Maybe they introduced you to your first instrument. Or they showed you how to get over your stage fright. Or maybe they just inspired you to have the confidence to go for it when you were ready to give up.

It’s time to say thank you to ALL of those teachers who put in ALL of those hours to make sure that ALL of us love and play music today! And who better to do that than the people who bring you the GRAMMY Awards?

We’ll select 10 finalists including one winner each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the Award and attend the GRAMMYs, plus pick up a $10,000 honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium as well.

Make your thanks real by nominating your teacher today!

Who is Eligible?
Current, full-time, educators in the U.S., who teach music in public or private schools, Kindergarten through College. Teachers in after-school, private studios, or other educational settings are not eligible. Teachers who are planning to retire at the end of the current school year are not eligible.


So far, these Colorado teachers have been nominated. Congratulations to them!
Angela Alderson, Peakview Elementary School, Centennial
Daniel Berard, Fossil Ridge High School, Ft. Collins
Valerie Bertrand, Murphy Creek P-8 School, Aurora
Stoney Black, Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs
Janine Burns, Wheat Ridge High School, Wheat Ridge
Ken Chenevert, Johnson Elementary School, Montrose
Ryan Crabtree, Fruita Monument High School, Fruita
Michelle Ewer, Creighton Middle School, Lakewood
Mary Anne Fairlie, Emerald Mountain School. Steamboat Springs
Chad Fisher, Laurel Elementary School, Fort Collins
Lorna Floyd, T.R. Paul Academy of Arts and Knowledge, Fort Collins
Elizabeth Gadbaw, Crest View Elementary School, Boulder
Dave Hammond, Denver School of the Arts, Denver
Harriet Jarmon, Skyview Middle School, Colorado Springs
Chad Lemons, Longs Peak Middle School, Longmont
Tim Libby, Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village
Shawna Mendez, The Manning School, Golden
Andrea Meyers, Douglas County High School, Castle Rock
Krystal Myers, Parker Core Knowledge Charter School, Parker
Keith Oxman, East High School, Denver
Kimberly Pflug, Baker Central School, Fort Morgan
Gwendolyn Rapp, Aragon Elementary School, Fountain
Katherine Reynolds, Russell Middle School of Arts & Sciences, Colorado Springs
Bradley Schoolland, K-8 Heroes Academy, Pueblo
Chuck Silloway, Timberview Middle School, Colorado Springs
Scott Singmaster, Timberview Middle School, Colorado Springs
Patrick Smith, Pueblo West High School, Pueblo West
Nicolo Spera, Colorado University – Boulder
James Techau, Smoky Hill High School, Aurora
John Wacker, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison
Rochelle Walter, Fairview High School, Boulder
Gregory Warren, Mead Elementary School, Mead
Scott Wheeler, Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School, Fort Collins
Christina Wilcox, Moffat County Public School, Craig


Here’s an example of a music educator from Maryland:

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