Colorado nonprofit SpokesBUZZ recently wrapped up the third successful year of BandSwap 2014, the program that Hypebot calls “an excellent example of creative innovation in the music industry.” The program, even broader this year in scope and concept, brought together fans and industry professionals with 16 bands for 88 events in nine cities over four weeks. The events featured BandSwap performances by the participating bands and other local artists, music video premieres and screenings, educational discussions with an impressive list of panelists (below), networking SynchroniCITY mixers, Cultural Spotlight presentations shedding light on each city’s unique characteristics, presentations on innovative startups via InnovationSwap, and more!
BandSwap collaborators Dani Grant (Fort Collins) Lisa Gedgaudas (Denver) and Karin Wolf (Madison) will continue the collaboration this weekend at Washington D.C.’s Future of Music Policy Summit, appearing on a panel alongside The Future of Music Coalition co-founder Michael Bracy. The panel will discuss how innovators across the country are developing new models for the music industry as grassroots communities in conjunction with civic policymakers. SpokesBUZZ will present the kickoff party on October 26, with performances by Denver band Wiredogs and Washington D.C. band lowercase letters.