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Hickenlooper, musicians team up to boost music education

By: The Associated Press
March 7, 2017 Updated: March 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm
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Isaac Slade leans on Gov. Hickenlooper as he plays a little tune on his guitar after their PSA shoot. An exclusive on a new Colorado music foundation, an education-focused nonprofit with a powerful board of directors and the backing of Governor Hickenlooper, AEG Live Rocky Mountains and the Anschutz family, that's looking to bring more music to schools amid budget cuts for music and the arts in general. Governor Hickenlooper and Isaac Slade (The Fray) shoot a PSA to announce the foundation March 6, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at the Governors office. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper is hoping to get an instrument in every student's hands with help from a number of local musicians.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2mSpUtu ) that Hickenlooper on Monday unveiled a new music-education nonprofit that aims to give all children in Colorado access to musical instruments and professional instruction.

The Colorado Music Coalition's Take Note Colorado initiative provides access to music education for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Before it can start providing lessons, Take Note is planning a fundraising concert May 4 at the FirstBank Center with big-name Colorado acts Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Slade, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), Tracksuit Wedding, Billy Nershi (The String Cheese Incident) and others.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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