Arts Northwest Application open Now

Arts Northwest’s online Juried Showcase application is now open. Musicians seeking to have their music heard by a new audiences are strongly encouraged to apply. If selected, musicians will travel to the 34th Annual Northwest Booking Conference in Eugene, OR and will be able to showcase a 12 minute performance in front of non-profit presenters from throughout the west.   The Annual Booking Conference is geared towards helping performers and performance venues connect and build tours through the WEST.  This will be great opportunity. 
For more information and to apply please visit
Application deadline is April 4, 2014. Apply today! 

Musicians: Help the Denver Music Summit (presented by IMTour) help you!

Save the date! Create Denver, in partnership with The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the IM Tour Program, announces the 2013 Denver Music Summit, November 22-24. Programs and performances will take place at the McNichols Civic Center Building and various locations in Denver.

Denver musicians, get involved and tell us more about what you do. By providing information on our survey, you can help us to understand your interests and feedback so that we can provide you with valuable information prior to, during, and after the DMS.  Click here to take the survey:

The Denver Music Summit will provide metro-Denver musicians business development opportunities to thrive, performances highlighting our vibrant local and national music scene, and networking opportunities with music industry professionals.  More details and registration will be up soon.

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Chimney Choir covering IMTour grant awardee Ian Cooke

Ian Cooke’s extremely limited release show: tomorrow!

Cello prog pop artist and IMTour grant awardee, Ian Cooke, has partnered with Meep Records and artist Brittany Gould to create an extremely limited number of 7″ vinyl records, each paired with one-of-a-kind artwork.

Only 33 records will be cut. They will be released with a show on May 30th, 2013 at Deer Pile in Denver: 8pm doors.

9pm: The Seven Hats, Joshua Novak, Rachael Pollard, Esme Patterson, Chris Jusell, Elin Palmer, Darrel Gill, and Chimney Choir cover Cooke songs.

10pm: Ian Cooke solo set.

The record features two unreleased songs recorded during the Fortitude sessions: “Love Where You Live” and “Criminal” – neither are available for streaming or download anywhere.

As a bonus, the 7″ will include a bonus digital download of four cover songs.

The 7″s are individually cut by Meep Records using a vintage Presto K-8 lathe. They are clear vinyl, mono, and play at 33 1/3 rpm. They are individually cut rather than being made from a stamper so every record is unique. The artwork was hand-cut, assembled, and hand-numbered by Brittany Gould. Each cover is unique.

There will only be 33 records available. Of those, a very limited amount are available for pre-sale here:

In addition, Cooke will be selling his CDs, LP, and new shirts, available in nearly every color, shape, and style. Each is also one-of-a-kind.

Listen to: Limited Edition Record Release by Ian Cooke

Interview Featuring Michael Bracy, Co-Founder and Policy Director of the Future of Music Coalition.

Please join Arts for Colorado for a music advocacy interview featuring Michael Bracy, co-founder and policy director of the Future of Music Coalition. Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want. Founded by musicians, artist advocates, technologists and legal experts, Future of Music Coalition works to ensure that musicians have a voice in the issues that affect their livelihood. FMC’s activities are rooted in the real-world experiences and ambitions of working musicians, whose perspectives are often overlooked in policy debates. Michael Bracy is also the co-owner of Misra Records, home to such bands as Centro-Matic, Destroyer, Great Lakes Swimmers, and more. He is also a partner at Bracy, Tucker, Brown, and Valanzo, a government and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C.

The interview will be led by Storm Gloor, Professor of Music Industry and Entertainment Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. Professor Gloor will also with Bracy the types of resources musicians have at their disposal to maintain sustainable careers as artists. Attendees of this presentation will also be provided with an overview of major policy challenges facing the music industry and the work that the Future of Music Coalition is doing to address these challenges. Finally, Michael Bracy will also discuss national and local musician and artist-led advocacy. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions and engage in a dialogue with Bracy and Gloor.

The event will take place at Deer Pile, located above City O’ City in Denver on Thursday, April 4th at 5:15 pm.

For more information and to ensure your space at the event please contact Aleah Menefee at by Wednesday, April 3.

 More information about FMC can be found at



"Stages", Ian Cooke

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Ian Cooke and 303 Choir meet, rehearse, and perform together in Stages, a 23-minute doc about musical collaboration. In this short doc, produced by Ray Trout and Ian O’Dougherty, 303 Choir (local singers aged 9 to 16) sing harmony with local cellist and songwriter Ian Cooke on his post-apocalyptic song “Rover” from his most recent album ‘Fortitude.’

Trout, a local media producer, and O’Dougherty, a local musician (Ian Cooke, Uphollow, Tauntaun, Eolian) and video editor, have been producing this doc since early 2012 with no budget, and will be offering downloads to try to fund more Stages docs.

The download includes an HD video file of the final performance, plus a 5-track EP featuring several versions of the song, documenting the evolution from demo to finale. The ‘pay-what-you-want’ download is available at

Video Premiere: Paper Bird “As I Am”

Paper Bird has released a video from the song “As I Am” off of their upcoming album Rooms. 

Rooms is being released on Friday, March 22nd at the Oriental Theatre. 

“In this video,” explains drummer Mark Anderson, “you see the seven members of Paper Bird working together to arrange and construct a large sculpture made with an assortment of materials — yarn, wood, metal, bone, wire, fabric, etc. These sculptures in their completion are the “rooms” where we join to play “As I Am.” The construction of the physical rooms was very similar to the process of writing our album. We all presented different elements and materials in the process of writing and recording, and the album’s sound is entirely the product of our collective contributions. There is no sole writer in Paper Bird; we all write then allow the rest of the members to interpret the songs and contribute to the finished sound. The video really was our way of celebrating this album [by] visually representing what it was like to write and record it.”


Paper Bird will be playing IMTour shows in June and September of 2013. Please check this site or the band’s facebook for details. 

"Stages" trailer, Ian Cooke

Catch the first glimpse of “Stages” in this preview from producers Ray Trout and Ian O’Dougherty. In the full 23-minute doc, 303 Choir (local singers aged 9 to 16) collaborate with local cellist and songwriter Ian Cooke on his post-apocalyptic song “Rover.” The doc will be released on Cooke’s website and hosted on OpenAir on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Trout, a local media producer, and O’Dougherty, a local musician, producer, and video editor, have been producing this doc since early 2012 with no budget, and will be offering downloads in exchange for donations. 

Audio and video files of Ian Cooke and 303 Choir’s final song performance (plus additional live versions and demos of the song) will be available for download at on March 26.

Ian Cooke band is playing this Thursday, March 21st at Moe’s in Englewood with Widowspeak. 

Carry On by Ballet Nouveau Colorado and Paper Bird

Arts & Venues Denver presents Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s (BNC) award-winning, full-length production of Carry On with Paper Bird, on September 7, for one night only, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. This special performance will be presented in association with the Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Annual Conference Performance West Series.

Tickets range from $20 - $60, get yours today:

Carry On is a full-length, contemporary dance, live music and multimedia experience. The production premiered to critical acclaim and sold out houses in February 2011, winning BNC and Paper Bird a Westword Best of Denver Award for “Best Collaboration.” With choreography and films by BNC Artistic Director Garrett Ammon, and an original score performed live on stage by Paper Bird, Carry On exemplifies the adventurous collaborative spirit that BNC is now famous for.

After more than 10 years, the WAA Annual Conference returns to Denver, September 4-8. The conference convenes presenters, artists and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances.

“We are deeply proud to be working with Arts & Venues Denver and WAA to bring Carry On to a national audience,” said Garrett Ammon, artistic director for BNC. “It is an honor to represent Denver and its thriving arts community at this important conference, and there is simply no better way to do it than at the city’s most beautiful and historic performance venue.”

Paper Bird composed and orchestrated all new music for Carry On, and the band subsequently released a full-length live album of the show. Paper Bird’s rare and beautiful approach to music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and they have been voted into Denver Post’s “Top 10 Best Underground Bands” three years in a row. Their haunting and authentic sound is a refreshing and breathtaking blend of folk, jazz, bluegrass, and rhythm and blues.

Ian Cooke’s Daytrotter Session Posted, “Still with Shaky Hands in a Deep Night”

Ian Cooke’s Daytrotter Session Posted, “Still With Shaky Hands In A Deep Night”

Illegal Pete’s / Greater Than Collective's Ian Cooke's has just been posted! It's seven tracks over two sessions, one of which occurred right after Ian's van accident while out on tour. Read about it in the write up, listen to the incredible recordings, and please share with a friend. Congratulations Ian! This is SO AWESOME!