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Electronic Colorado Pivots From Blogging to Fundraising at EDM Shows

Electronic Colorado's donation booth at Red Rocks for the Chromeo, Glitch Mob and Zeds Dead show.
Electronic Colorado's donation booth at Red Rocks for the Chromeo, Glitch Mob and Zeds Dead show. E.P. Pirt Jr.
The online electronic-music news publication Electronic Colorado is pivoting from music journalism to philanthropy.

Owner Philip Trippe created the online EDM site in 2012 as a place to promote electronic-music events in Denver and Colorado. Over time, solely covering concerts has become less fulfilling, ultimately leading him to expand his project to include donation drives and community service.

“That was an idea I had last year because I was getting tired of the same old promoting shows and festivals and tickets,” says Trippe. “It wasn’t lucrative. I was in a bit of a transition and decided if I was going to continue doing it, I was going to do it for something bigger and more meaningful. If I wasn’t making money, I wanted to at least make some sort of difference in the community.”

After a failed attempt to set up at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the city-owned and operated venue, Trippe got a jump on the 2018 concert season and struck a deal with the city for more donation booths through at least 2020.

“Last year we tried to get this project off the ground where we set up a booth outside Red Rocks and worked with artists playing there to put together prizes including tickets, meet-and-greets and merchandise packs, and those would be raffle prizes for the people that made donations," he explains. "Unfortunately, we ran into some red tape with Denver, so we had to scrap it. This season we got a head start back in January with getting the legal stuff and insurance taken care of, and then we made it happen.”

In total, Electronic Colorado organized a dozen donation drives at Red Rocks in 2018, working with various artists performing at the legendary venue, as well as the hunger relief and prevention organization Metro Caring.

In 2018, Trippe expanded the venues he collaborates with — raising funds when Rüfüs Du Sol came to the Fillmore Auditorium — and is planning similar fundraising efforts at Red Rocks and beyond into 2019.

“My plan as we grow is to involve more organizations," he says. "I’d love to get involved with as many causes as possible."
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Ben Wiese is a writer in Denver. He covers music for Westword.
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