Not all music buffs have hundreds of bucks to sink into multi-day festival passes, concerts and season ticket subscriptions. But creative fans find ways to save some money and still check out the music they love. One of the best strategies: volunteering. Here are seven options for volunteering at music events.
Swallow Hill Music Association
Swallow Hill has been serving the music community since the ’70s, and volunteering at the organization's multi-theater and classroom venue on South Broadway is a good way to start reaping the benefits of helping out. The group also produces outdoor events in the summer, including a series at the Denver Botanic Gardens and another at the Arvada Center, where you can also volunteer. To find out how, go here.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Telluride Bluegrass has been going strong for 44 years. The gorgeous mountain setting is ideal for a four-day, nonstop festival. This year's headliners include Jason Mraz, Norah Jones, Dierks Bentley and the Travelin' McCourys. After applying, you'll pay a $15 processing fee. You need to commit to working four hours for four days of the festival. Camping passes are not included. Apply here.
The Ride Festival
The Ride Festival takes place in
Underground Music Showcase
Bands from across the local music scene will play various venues in central Denver for this extended weekend. You'll work five hours and have free admission for the day you volunteer. Sign up here.
This will be the 45th year for Rockygrass, and headliners will include bluegrass, roots and folk acts: Sam Bush, the Infamous
Sunrise Ranch, Loveland
Arise, one of the few independent festivals in Colorado, is heading into its fifth year. Headliners include Atmosphere, Beats Antique and Tipper alongside eight stages of music, yoga, art and workshops. You'll work a minimum of fifteen hours total starting one to two days before and/or after the festival. You'll be refunded for your ticket purchase and need to pay a $20 application fee. Learn how to get involved here.
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Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Folks Festival is a full weekend of roots, folk and indie music taking place at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons. Headliners this year include Gregory Alan Isakov, Lake Street