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Colorado Music Convergence brings musicians and industry professionals to Breckenridge

Heather Jarvis
hjarvis@summitdaily.com

BRECKENRIDGE — This weekend's Colorado Music Convergence in Breckenridge will bring together musicians and industry professionals for three days of networking, education and free music for the public. More than a dozen Colorado artists will perform today through Sunday, showcasing their music to local talent buyers and event organizers Breckenridge Creative Arts, Mishawaka Amphitheater and SpokesBUZZ.

"What's challenging about being a successful musician isn't necessarily songwriting, it's the nuts and bolts and the details of making it a career," said Russick Smith, recording engineer and founder of Breckenridge Authentic Music Project. "And I think one thing that's really cool about this conference is that it helps to connect musicians with the things that need to happen after they write songs.

"That could be anywhere from licensing deals to how to figure out a touring schedule — the stuff that's not necessarily the creative side of things, but needs to happen in order for them to actually get work and be paid. I know there are a lot of people who are just like, 'I've got songs now, what do I do with them?'"

SpokesBUZZ is a nonprofit out of Fort Collins that works to incubate and develop talent from across the Front Range, giving musicians the resources needed to help take their music to the next level. Through a competitive process, SpokesBUZZ provides musicians with booking opportunities and strategic planning. The organization was working to create networking opportunities for artists on a national level, but more recently decided to focus its attention inward to Colorado, said Dani Grant, founder of SpokesBUZZ.

Education Gap

"We love helping musicians, and there is such a gap right now in the industry of no education for these artists but yet they can't get the professional services and resources they need to grow until they hit a certain level of popularity," Grant said. "So there's this huge gap — a knowledge gap — and we are trying to fill that gap."

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Robb Woulfe, president and chief executive officer of BreckCreate, said he was first introduced to Grant at an event a couple of years ago hosted by Colorado Creative Industries, another Colorado Music Convergence partner. He said he thought SpokesBUZZ offered a unique model, and based on what BreckCreate was trying to do locally, there was an easy partnership between the two.

Granting Access

Grant said she loves the idea of having a place where some of the top Colorado musicians can be showcased and hopes that this is the first of many conferences like it in the future. All of the events throughout the weekend are free, and Woulfe said it was important to BreckCreate to make the conference accessible to a wide spectrum of artists and fans.

"We also really wanted to open up these career development opportunities," he said. "I think for the artists who are not showcasing, it's still a great opportunity to come out, hear what's happening with the whole Colorado music strategy, meet other artists, other promoters, other talent buyers and really use it as an education and networking tool, as well."

An RSVP is required to attend the workshops, but anyone is welcome to stop by to listen to the live music showcases at the Riverwalk Center.

SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 19

8 p.m. – midnight at Riverwalk Center: Colorado Music Showcase featuring performances by: Matt Mahern (Fort Collins), Split Window (Breckenridge),

Jack+Jill (Grand Junction), We Are Not a Glum Lot (Colorado Springs)

Saturday, Feb. 20

2 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. at Old Masonic Hall: Professional Development, Continuing Education and Music Industry Networking

— 2-3:15 p.m.: Presenters and Promoters Workshop

— 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Innovation Statewide: Collaborations, Licensing, and the Colorado Music Strategy with Margaret Hunt, director, Colorado Creative Industries

— 5-7 p.m. at Riverwalk Center: Après-Ski VIP Party featuring: Russick Smith (Breckenridge)

— 8 p.m. to midnight at Riverwalk Center: Colorado Music Showcase featuring performances by: Hello Dollface (Durango), Let Them Roar (Carbondale), American Blackout (Fort Collins),The Hollywood Farmers (Breckenridge)

Sunday, Feb. 21

11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Masonic Hall: Brunch and featured artist speakers Flobots’ Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit with live music/brunch jam featuring Venus Cruz and Mikey Smith (Denver)

— 1-4 p.m. at Old Masonic Hall: Professional Development, Continuing Education and Music Industry Networking

— 1:15-2:45 p.m.: Detour and Colorado Touring Workshop

— 3-4 p.m.: Songsharing Workshop presented by AMP

— 4-8 p.m. at Riverwalk Center: Colorado Music Showcase featuring performances by: A.J. Fullerton Band (Telluride) * Wiredogs (Denver) * Eldren (Denver) * Yamn (Denver)

Go to breckcreate.org for more information.