Bonny Dolan

Photo: Bonny Dolan (from the Women in Music website) | By Claire Duncombe, Westword | Women in Music’s Denver chapter officially launched in March 2020, but then COVID-19 hit. “Boom and then boom,” says Bonny Dolan, co-chair of the board.

More than a year later, on Thursday, September 23, the organization will finally celebrate its launch. Although the pandemic didn’t stop the nonprofit networking organization from reaching community members virtually, the launch party will be the first time Denver organizers are bringing people together in person. The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include the music of DJ Simone Says and snacks from the Maiz Denver food truck.

Women in Music was founded in New York in 1985 as a nonprofit focused on advancing, empowering and educating women in the music industry. The organization has since expanded to include sixteen chapters in the United States and nine international branches.

Dolan, who was a member of the organization in Chicago before she moved to Denver in 2018, helped found the Denver chapter.

She sees Women in Music as a way to help mentor young women seeking careers within music, especially when those career paths aren’t in the spotlight. “I don’t play the piano. I don’t play guitar. There’s so many different aspects of the music industry,” she adds.

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The Women in Music Denver launch party takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, at Fort Greene Bar, 321 East 45th Avenue. RSVP on the event page. Stay tuned for additional events and panels through Facebook, or follow the official Women in Music Instagram.



Claire Duncombe is a journalist, photographer, multimedia storyteller and musician. She is a recent graduate of CU Denver, and a proud Philadelphia native.

[Thank you to Alex Teitz, http://www.femmusic.com, for contributing this article.]

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