Levitt Pavilion Denver is more than a concert venue. We are working on a mission to increase access to the arts, however we understand that increased arts access does not begin and end with free concerts. Levitt Pavilion Denver is actively engaged in the community providing access to ancillary services and programs that benefit both aspiring musicians as well as seasoned professionals. We invite you to be an active participant in helping us Build Community Through Music. Currently, we curate two programs BandStart and ITEM that both aim to educate and inspire.
Bandstart - In 2016, Swallow Hill Music and Levitt Pavilion Denver agreed to a partnership in conjunction with Great Divide to provide FREE music lessons at Swallow Hill for kids in the Ruby Hill/Godsman area. This program, “BandStart” identified students from elementary schools in the Ruby Hill/Godsman neighborhood and, not only offered them free lessons, but, through a partnership with Guitar Center, gave these students free music instruments as well. In 2017, 20 students participated in the BandStart program and performed at the opening show at Levitt Pavilion in front of a couple thousand concertgoers. In 2018, in a partnership with Grandoozy, seven more students were chosen for this program, with lessons taking place at Schmitt Elementary. The all girl class, dubbed themselves GLOGS (Girls Love of Guitars) and performed before the Sotomayor concert on July 20, 2018. This class of remarkable girls were also featured on a Denver Channel news story, which can be seen here.
ITEM - In 2018, Levitt Pavilion was awarded a Denver Music Advancement Fund grant to expand the BandStart program even further. The ITEM Performance Series will engage and inspire local youth by bringing music learning events to Ruby Hill neighborhood elementary schools.
The project will target working Denver musicians to provide a performance and a quick lesson, spanning a broad range of genres and styles. Musicians will be offered professional development services including resume writing, promotional materials, and professional networking sessions.
This opportunity was made possible by Denver Arts & Venues, whose generous funding created this opportunity to engage local youth in our neighborhood’s growing music scene.
Levitt Denver continues to reach out to area schools and youth organizations, asking them if they can participate in current programs and collaborating with them on new ideas that can impact their students.
The Colorado Music Collective (CMC) is a community based collaborative effort curated by Levitt Pavilion Denver. The program is designed to connect and strengthen the Colorado Music scene through advocacy and monthly networking events.
The monthly CMC events work to encourage and foster connections between music industry professionals, artists, students, and those interested in learning about the Colorado music scene. In-depth interviews of industry professionals provide valuable insight into the inner workings of the industry.
The CMC meets the first Tuesday of each month at Syntax Physic Opera from 6:00 - 8:00pm. They are often followed by an artist open-mic session. These monthly events combine networking with hot seat discussions focusing on current issues pertinent to Colorado based music industry professionals.