Sunday, March 16, 2014

Colorado makes an economic development investment in music industry at SXSW

Among the thousands of bands, bloggers, CEOs, celebrities and consumer brands heading to Austin, Texas, this week for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival will be a couple of state government employees looking to drum up interest in Colorado's music industry.

One visit won't turn Denver into the next Nashville, but Colorado Creative Industries' chief Margaret Hunt and her colleague Christy Costello do hope to pitch the potential of the state's already bustling music industry to musicians, record labels and recording studios, and, perhaps, attract another major national festival.

Pseudo hip-hop band Wheelchair Sports Camp.
Pseudo hip-hop band Wheelchair Sports Camp. (Denver Post file)

They have success stories to tell — nationally known acts including The Lumineers, One Republic and The Fray hail from Colorado — and can tout major performance destinations, including Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

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