There are a number of groups in town run by do-gooders in the music industry funding everything from education initiatives to nonprofits. One of the latest on the scene, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' Marigold Project, spent 2018 organizing benefit concerts for everything from gun-safety groups to refugees to people experiencing homelessness. Headed up through 7S Management by Kari Nott, a veteran of Willie Nelson's Farm Aid, Rateliff's foundation also provided funding last year to 25 nonprofits and community groups, from the Harm Reduction Action Center to the Black Mesa Water Coalition. Thanks to the Night Sweats' advocacy work, Denver has a reputation for having a good music scene in more ways than one.

Denver's always running from its cowtown roots — and that's too bad. An urban island in an ocean of farmland, mountains and small towns, this city could be a country-music capital like Nashville or Austin. That's why hi-dive co-owner Curtis Wallach, who plays in Hang Rounders, decided to jump-start the local country scene with a new music promotion company, Queen City Country & Western, which shines a little light on Denver's country bands. The company, modeled after Grouphug records, already represents six acts, including Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels, Jennifer Jane Niceley and Extra Gold, with plans to add more.

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