Denver Arts & Venues


The following information has been adapted with permission from Denver Arts & Venues



Music has the power to transform urban landscapes by drawing people together. Cities use music to create strong and vibrant communities by attracting influential people who support and contribute the creative well-being. It is without question that municipal leaders have always embraced music as a vital element to building a strong community and economy. 


Denver has a rich, abundant, and dynamic musical ecosystem. With a storied musical past filled with nationally recognized musical talent, the city of Denver has naturally amplified itself as an innovative and global music city. The city’s municipal arts office, Denver Arts & Venues, and the state’s arts council, Colorado Creative Industries, continue to support Denver's musical landscape. Denver Arts & Venues strives to address  these challenges in order to facilitate Denver's growth as a locally-supported, globally-recognized music city.



Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, inclusiveness and equity in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.