Concerts • Classes • Community
Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music (SHM, Swallow Hill) is a Denver-based 501(c)(3) organization that strives to positively impact the quality of people’s lives through music. SHM operates a music school and three performance venues at its Broadway & Yale location, and produces outreach activities and community events throughout the Denver metro region as an SCFD-funded Tier II organization with a $6 Million annual budget (2019).
Swallow Hill is a nationally-revered hub for concerts, classes, and community, and is a recipient of both the Mayor’s and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and an inductee of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and Folk Alliance International’s Business Lifetime Achievement awards.
Concerts & Events
We produce family-friendly live and live-streamed concerts from local to international acts, as well as community events like open mics. Musical genres produced on our stages include Americana and roots, as well as singer-songwriters, world music, rock, bluegrass, classical, country, jazz, blues, and spoken word. We are the producing partner for concerts at Denver Botanic Gardens, Four Mile Historic Park, the Butterfly Pavilion, the Clyfford Still Museum, and various music venues.
We’re the country’s second largest acoustic music school, providing in-person and online private lessons and classes. Our teachers, all professional musicians, teach in an experiential style and specialize in stringed instruments, percussion, piano, and voice. We teach all age groups, and our students range from beginners to accomplished musicians who are honing their skills. We teach a wide variety of genres, including Americana and roots, bluegrass, folk, world music, jazz, blues, rock, country, and pop.
Because we’re passionate about making music accessible, we offer music education and experiences in under-resourced communities. Our flagship early education program “Little Swallows” is provided for students across the city. Our programming also includes Little Swallows ECE music education for preschoolers, workshops and interactive performances in K-12 schools, and music therapy for our aging population, veterans, and people living with developmental or mental health challenges.
Swallow Hill’s History
Our Music Community
Vision, Mission, and Values
To positively impact the quality of people’s lives through music.
Bringing the joy of music to life every day.
COMMUNITY: We bring together students, concert goers, employees, volunteers and supporters to share a comfortable and friendly environment infused with music.
LEADERSHIP: We engage in civic leadership, helping grow, guide and shape Denver’s music ecosystem.
INCLUSIVITY: We promote inclusiveness in our programming, employment practices and leadership recruitment, reflecting the diversity of communities we serve.
RESPECT: We celebrate and embrace the music tradition of all cultures, engaging those around us in conversation.
QUALITY: We deliver high quality music experiences to our listeners and learners, engaging and employing professional and accomplished musicians and teachers.
CULTIVATION: We foster the talent of all our music makers.