Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper joined Swallow Hill Music in playing Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” at SCFD Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
Swallow Hill Music played an integral part at the first celebration of the SCFD at the Capitol. Moments after Hickenlooper proclaimed it SCFD Day in Colorado he grabbed a banjo and played the tune with Swallow Hill’s Spencer Crawford (mandolin), Chris McGarry (guitar), and Max Paley (ukulele).
Swallow Hill showed up early to set up its Instrument Petting Zoo. There, members of the state government, members of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Board of Directors, school children, and plenty of others took in the sounds of the Petting Zoo, which is affectionately known as the “IPZ.” Some even gave it a go on the arrayed guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins and more.
SCFD funding plays a crucial role in helping Swallow Hill fulfill its mission of bringing the joy of music to life every day, including the expansion of its community outreach programs.
Since 1989, SCFD has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.
Swallow Hill is a Tier II SCFD organization. According to the SCFD website, Tier II organizations Tier II organizations “receive funding based equally on two factors: 1) qualifying annual income, and 2) the organization’s paid attendance.”