Business of Music

ASCAP [external link]

Represents more than 360,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers.

BMI [external link]

Collects and distributes license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts [external link]

CBCA works to advance Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts. We accomplish our mission through year-round advocacy, research, training, and arts engagement efforts.

COMBO [external link]

The Colorado Music Business Organization (COMBO) is a volunteer-run, registered, and incorporated, tax-exempt, non-profit organization that offers the best networking, education and support resources for all your music needs in the Colorado area. Members and Supporters understand that music needs both artists and fans or supporters, as well as businesses who provide services and products to musicians.

Future of Music Coalition [external link]

Guided by a firm conviction that public policy has real impact on the lives of both musicians and fans, FMC advocates for a balanced approach to music in the digital age.

Arts Organizations

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra [external link]

Central City Opera [external link]

Colorado Ballet [external link]

Colorado Symphony [external link]

One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. The Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music.

Denver Municipal Band [external link]

The staple of DMB activity remains the "century plus" tradition of summer concerts. Presented in accessible parks settings, these performances encourage family gatherings and are performed by the area's leading professional players. Many of the musicians also play with other fine ensembles such as the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Opera Orchestras, Denver Brass, and the Queen City Jazz Band.

The Denver Municipal Band is re-establishing the year round activity it enjoyed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to the full forty-piece concert band, the DMB family of ensembles includes a 17- piece jazz band, jazz combo, brass band, plus woodwind and brass quintets. These smaller groups regularly present concerts in schools and community centers.

Rocky Ridge Music Center [external link]

Presenting Music in the Mountains Faculty Concert Series.

Opera Colorado [external link]

Great cities need great art, and for more than three decades, Opera Colorado has brought world-class performing arts to Colorado audiences. Today Opera Colorado serves as a cornerstone of Denver’s cultural community, bringing grand opera to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, its Denver home since its opening in 2005. Alongside standard repertoire in the grand opera tradition Opera Colorado presents new works or rarely performed productions each season. The company reaches more than 37,000 students and adults through its many education and community engagement programs throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Opera Colorado’s Young Artists, singers at the beginning stages of their careers, perform during their eight-month residency with the company in schools and community centers across the State— including an annual tour on the Western Slope. Recognized nationally for its excellence, the Young Artists program provides training for the next generation of American opera singers.

Arts Education

DMA Teacher Listings

This is a searchable listing of expert, professional mentors for all instruments and disciplines including instruction/tutoring in music theory, arranging, composition, and conducting. You may also visit the page on this website by clicking on the 'Teachers' tab on the menu above.

Broadway Music School [external link]

Providing music lessons, jazz, rock & classical ensembles, and music classes for all ages and abilities available at our central Denver location. BMS also does outreach music classes at area schools to promote music education and appreciation of the arts.

Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts [external link]

Jazz at its finest!

Colorado Honor Band [external link]

A youth band program serving beginners thru advanced high school musicians, with placement according to ability in one of 5 levels of full concert ensembles.

Colorado Youth Symphony [external link]

The CYSO was founded in 1984 to provide orchestral experience for school-age musicians. The University of Denver contributed rehearsal and performance space and gave the new organization a startup grant. Two CYSO orchestras began rehearsing in September 1984.

Douglas County Youth Orchestra [external link]

​DCYO is a Colorado 501 (C)(3) non-profit, non-discriminatory organization that brings together
​Douglas County youth to participate in an affordable, educational program.

DCYO has been providing Douglas County youth with expert instruction for over a decade.
We ensure that our students work with leading instructors, coaches and mentors. Students gain increased musical ability ​and self-esteem along with social growth.

Denver Young Artists Orchestra [external link]

The mission of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra Association (DYAO) is to provide the finest possible youth orchestra programs, inspiring and educating young musicians through the performance of great works of music, and offering valuable cultural opportunities to the community.

Front Range Youth Symphony [external link]

Bringing talented young musicians from across the Front Range for a unique study and training in Orchestral repertoire.

Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras [external link]

Inside the Orchestra [external link]

Awarded “best in the nation” in 1997 for educational outreach by the American Symphony Orchestra League.

Miller Beck Institute of Music [external link]

Miller-Beck Institute of Music is located in Superior, Colorado.

New Millennium Conservatory for Strings [external link]

The NMCS is a new program for Violin, Viola and Cello. Courses include private lessons, workshops, chamber music, performance classes.

Parlando School for the Arts [external link]

Located in Boulder, CO, Parlando offers music lessons and classes for all ages and abilities.

Rocky Mountain Center for the Musical Arts [external link]

The Center provides quality, creative music-making opportunities to over 550 students each week. Another 7,000 people visit the school each year to attend concerts and events of all types.

Rocky Ridge Music Center [external link]

A residential summer music festival and camp for ages 10 through adults.

Arts Funding Resources

Foundation Center [external link]

Info about U.S. philanthropy and funding sources

Scientific & Cultral Facilities District [external link]

SCFD annually distributes approximately $40 million to over 300 local organizations.

The Denver Foundation [external link]

A community foundation serving seven counties of Metro DenverResource.

Businesses & Services (Members/Affiliates)

Advanced Neuromuscular & Musician Performance Massage [external link]

Neuromuscular therapy to help musicians play at a higher level.

DenCo Consultants – Doug Kile [external link]

Employee Benefits, Insurance, Financial Services.

Keller Williams Realty – Marti Henry [external link]

DMA member Marti Henry – in tune with your needs.

The Posner Law Firm [external link]

Steve Posner – A Musician’s Lawyer - Copyrights, Licensing, Work for Hire, Royalties, Publishing and more.

Commentary & Discussion

Adaptistration [external link]

Drew McManus on Orchestra Business.

Colorado Labor Blog [external link]

Labor discussion authored and hosted by former Rocky Mountain News columnist Jim Hansen. [external link]

The Orchestra Musicians Forum

Robert Levine’s AFM Observer [external link]

Blog about the AFM written by Milwaukee Local 8 president and former ICSOM chairman Robert Levine.

Working Life [external link]

Community Media

KGNU 88.5 FM Boulder and 1390 AM Denver, Independent Community Radio [external link]

KRFC 88.9 FM, Homegrown Radio for Northern Colorado [external link]

KUNC 91.5 FM, Community Radio for Northern Colorado [external link]

KUVO 89.3 FM, Denver’s Jazz Oasis in the City [external link]

Radio 1190 AM, student-run independent radio [external link]

Entertainment Agencies

5 Star Talent and Entertainment, Inc. [external link]

Specializing in all styles of live bands, specialty groups, dance groups, multicultural and family entertainers, living statues, speakers, comedians…

Moments Notice Entertainment [external link]

Motown to Rock & Roll; Big Band Swing to Country & Western; Latin/Salsa/Mambo to 70’s Disco; Classic Rock to your selected Variety Mix!

Vision Quest Entertainment [external link]

Bands, Trios, Duos, Solo Acts, Specialty and Novelty Entertainment. Over 1200 Musicians & Event Services!

Financial Resources

Bellco Credit Union [external link]

A member-owned credit union with a full range of financial services.

Electrical Federal Credit Union [external link]

Colorado’s ONLY all-Union financial institution. Established in 1953.

Labor Organizations

AFL-CIO [external link]

American Rights At Work [external link]

Denver Area Labor Federation [external link]

Colorado AFL-CIO [external link]

GoPro Music [external link]

Member Benefits

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Players Association [external link]

For members of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Colorado Symphony Orchestra Musicians [external link]

Promotion and resource site, produced by members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Merchants (local)

Golden Music [external link]

Music for all. All for music
Everyone should have the opportunity to play an instrument.

AAIIRR Power Acousticoils [external link]

Flesher Hinton Music [external link]

Kolacny Music [external link]

Meis Musical Instrument Repair [external link]

Family owned and operated, Meis Musical Instrument Repair is recognized by the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technician(NAPBIRT) as a provider of quality repair services.

Rockley Music Center [external link]

Rupps Drums [external link]

Merchants (national)

Music Books Plus [external link]

AFM members receive a 10% Discount off the Retail price of all items.

Music Publishing

Boulder Brass Publications [external link]

Music for brass ensembles and orchestra.

Denver Brass Publications [external link]

Music for all varieties of brass ensembles.

Peakview Music [external link]

Catalogue consists of numerous arrangements and transcriptions as well as original compositions for chamber and larger ensembles.