The Underground Music Showcase has always been about more than just the music. At its core, UMS is designed to be a collection of experiences that gives fans a chance to become a part of the music they love. UMS advocates respect of all kinds, with an emphasis on caring for one another and being good community members. To help build this community, UMS has partnered with several nonprofit organizations that share common goals of improving both the local community and supporting the local arts. We’re thrilled to have the organizations listed below involved in UMS and to help advance their agendas with charitable contributions made possible by fans like you. 

Learn more about our favorite nonprofit partners below:


Their Mission: Goodwill provides education, career development, and employment opportunities to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work.

Why We Love ‘Em:  Goodwill has been enriching lives for over a century and truly go above and beyond to ensure the communities they serve are better, stronger, and more sustainable because of the organization’s presence. On the surface, Goodwill recycles and repurposes items that would otherwise be destined for landfill, while also providing an opportunity for individuals to shop for necessities at affordable prices. Behind the scenes, however, is where the magic happens. Proceeds help people in the communities by creating grants, jobs, and learning opportunities for youth. Learn more about Goodwill’s impact below:

  • 100% of financial donations and grants allocated toward programs. Programs are designed to help Students, Job Seekers, People with Disabilities, Goodwill Employees, and Farmers & Ranchers

  • Goodwill served tens of thousands of at-risk students, struggling adults, and individuals with disabilities.

  • Goodwill keeps millions of pounds of recyclables out of our landfills annually.


Their Mission: The Can’d Aid Foundation spreads people-powered do-goodery through Towns & Tunes.
Why We Love ‘Em: Can’d Aid was started as an immediate response to the flooding that rocked Colorado in 2013, and their sphere of influence has exponentially spread since. Aside from disaster relief efforts, Can’d Aid has also spearheaded massive efforts to provide musical instruments to hundreds of  aspiring musicians in need. Check our their impact by the numbers below:

  • Over 11,000 hours of people-powered do-goodery.

  • 33+ million cans recycled

  • Over 1.25 million cans of drinking water donated to communities post-disaster

  • 1,000 instruments donated to support public school music programs


Their Mission: Using the arts as a bridge, we connect youth and artists with resources to reach their full potential.

Why We Love ‘Em: Since its inception over a decade ago, PlatteForum has been instrumental in providing opportunities for contemporary artists and under-served youth in Denver. Every year, PlatteForum selects five accomplished professional artists to spend two months in the Artist Residency program to train and mentor the young artists involved with the organization. PlatteForum also created ArtLab,  a year-round, out-of-school paid internship program for high school students in which youth participate in the creation and presentation of major artistic/creative works. Check out PlatteForum’s impact by the numbers below:

  • On average, ArtLab youth spend an average of 2-3 years and more than 350 hours annually at PlatteForum in the ArtLab program.

  • 99.97% of ArtLab interns have graduated from high school (about half were the first in their family to do so).

  • 75% attended college after graduation.

  • Over the last two years, 100% of their graduating seniors attended college after high school.

  • Over 2,200 kids have participated in PlatteForum’s programs.

  • More than 70 artists have been in residence mentoring PlatteForum’s young artists.


Their Mission: Bringing the joy of music to life every day.

Why We Love ‘Em: For over 40 years, Swallow Hill has been enriching the lives of Denverites by bringing together students, concert goers, employees, volunteers and supporters - all of which share one thing in common: their love for music. With a faculty of 60+ musical instructors, Swallow Hill offers hundreds of classes, workshops, private lessons, intimate concerts and more, all aimed to positively impact the quality of people’s lives through music. For students as young as 6 months all the way up to the old-timers, all are invited to join in on the fun! Check out how you can get involved by donating to the funds below:

  • General Fund - A donation to the General Fund supports its in-house programming and everyday operations. Concert ticket sales and music school fees cover only a portion of their costs so they are thankful for all the support. 

  • Outreach Fund - This fund supports their K-12 in-school assemblies and after-school lessons, early education program, and special partnerships with other community organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and Brent’s Place.

  • Scholarship Fund - The Scholarship Fund gives all students the opportunity to connect with music while gaining self-confidence and forming a new avenue for self-expression.

  • Little Swallows Campaign 2019 - This is their general music program that introduces preschool-aged children to the world of music-making. In addition to hosting classes at our three locations, we have expanded the program to low-income preschools in the metro Denver area. 


Their Mission: New Era Colorado Foundation is a multi-issue organization committed to engaging, educating, and training a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. 

Why We Love ‘Em: Whether it’s through their innovative voter registration programs or the advocacy work they’ve done to bring online voter registration and 16- and 17-year-old preregistration to Colorado, New Era has guided  young people through the democratic process by the tens of thousands. Their main objective is to get the youth involved by providing the resources and tools for young people to gain collective power in all levels of the democratic process, including issue organizing, electoral mobilization, and the legislative process. Party affiliation is left out of the process, as all volunteers share a common belief: NOT LEFT. NOT RIGHT. BUT FORWARD. Check out New Era’s impact below:

  • New Era’s  voter registration and turnout programs consistently achieve one of the highest voter turnout rates of voter registration drives across the country.

  • Innovative  leadership development programs train the next generation of leaders for the state.

  • Programs like Candidate Survivor and Trick-or-Vote bring young voters out and willing to learn about how they can help the community.

  • New Era’s advocacy work mobilizes young people to tackle election access, climate change and economic justice.


Their Mission: PUNK IS DAD benefits the Dorian De Long Arts and Music (DDAM) Scholarship Foundation.  The DDAM Scholarship Foundation grants renewable awards to Colorado high school graduates pursuing higher education in the arts.

Why We Love ‘Em: The DDAM Scholarship was set up to honor the legacy of Dorian De Long, a Thornton High School social studies teacher who passed away in 2015.  De Long  was a purveyor of art and music who played an instrumental role in getting the Colorado House to pass a bill implementing visual and performing arts instruction in school curricula. The bill was signed into law in 2010 by then-Governor Bill Ritter. 

PUNK IS DAD celebrates Dorian’s memory and Colorado music through events, including the annual PUNK IS DAD concert organized by his friends.  Check out their impact by the numbers below:

  • To date, three students have been awarded DDAM Scholarships.  The DDAM Scholarship awards up to $2,000 annually to a student interested in studying the arts after high school. The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years.

  • Several of the acts performing at UMS this year have played past PUNK IS DAD Concerts, including, Altas, Bud Bronson & the Good Timers, Colfax Speed Queen, Dust Hart, Ned Garthe Explosion, Grayson County Burn ban and The Velveteers.  All proceeds from PUNK IS DAD benefit the Dorian De Long Arts and Music (DDAM) Scholarship Foundation.



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