|Musician’s Help Desk: Office Hours (Special May Edition with Think 360 Arts)||Event||The Music District||Free|
Musician’s Help Desk: Office Hours is here for you if you’re seeking advice on “plugging in” to Fort Collins music.
Drop in any Tuesday from 5-6 PM in the Media Library of the Music District with questions related to your music, and if we can’t answer them for you, we’ll help find someone who can. If you’re looking for learning opportunities, meet-ups, funding resources, collaborators, jams, open mics, like-minded artists, or advice related to your music career, we’ll be here to talk it through with you and help connect the dots between what you’re seeking and what’s possible!
In collaboration with Think 360 Arts, this month features a special initiative aimed at cultivating professional development opportunities for teaching artists. Think 360 Arts for Learning is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a 55 year history of serving K-12 schools and other community venues through teacher training, direct services to students and public awareness programs. They serve as a liaison between schools and teaching artists, and we are a clearinghouse of best practices and research in arts integration. The Denver-based organization is now taking on applications for teaching artists to join their roster.
The Music District is looking to help coach Northern Colorado musicians in the application process (application are due June 14th at 5pm). For a quick glance at how to join their team, click here.
Jen Zidon and Alia Goldfarb will facilitate these consultations. Drop in for on-site assistance or to set up 1-1 sessions.
Jen Zidon is the current Executive Director of STAMP (Sustainable Touring for Artists, Musicians, and Performers). STAMP’s mission—in part—is to help artists build a sustainable business model. Jen is passionate about providing artists with the tools they need to become professionals in their field and sustain themselves with their art. She holds a BA in creative writing from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in arts management from the LEAP Institute for the Arts. She is an accomplished editor, a published poet, and an advocate for the arts. She believes artist are innate teachers and public schools especially are in need of creative, artistic teachers. Jen looks forward to working with many musicians at the Music District to help them create a sustainable, professional business.
Originally from Switzerland, Alia has lived, performed, and taught across the globe – she moved to Fort Collins in 2014 by way of New York City. She works at the intersection of various modes of performance such as music, dance, theatre, and other practices both for the stage and as a method for cultural work. She received a B.A. in Peace, Conflicts and Coexistence Studies with a focus on the Applied Performing Arts from Brandeis University and holds an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her master’s research focused on bullying prevention in schools through theatre. Before taking on the role of Community Coordinator at the Music District, Alia worked primarily as a teaching artist, including projects in Ghana, Palestine/Israel, and, most recently, in Northern Colorado schools. She continues to offer vocal coaching, team and community building, and diversity, inclusion, and equity leadership training.
|Songwriters Meetup: June 2019||Event||The Music District||Free|
Join us at the Music District from 7pm-10pm every 2nd Tuesday of the month for the Songwriters Meetup!
Our mission is to provide a place and format for songwriters of all levels to share new, original works-in-progress to get constructive and supportive feedback from fellow songwriters so we can all improve our craft.
Please bring your instrument (keyboard available on-site), or a demo recording of your song (stereo system also available for playback), as well as multiple copies of your lyrics for others to follow along to aid in the critique. Bringing snacks to share is optional, but appreciated.
The Songwriting meeting is hosted by Justin Roth, a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk.
|Songs of My People: A Retrospective in Song, Word and Social Justice||Event||Living Room||Free|
|Saja Spectacular's Solstice Jam||Event||The Music District - 639 S College||Free|
Join us for an open jam where we bring together musicians from the community to celebrate the inception of summer. Hosted by Saja “Spectacular” Butler on the banjo. Expect a lot of jamming, laughing, and celebrating!
All levels welcome, beginners encouraged. Bring your own instrument. See you Thursday, June 20th from 6pm-8pm!