2016 Grant Recipients

This year's festival raised enough money to distribute small grants to local arts and music initiatives. Learn about the recipients below. To make a donation to this year's festival and grants, click on the Donate button. 



We empower girls and gender-nonconforming youth through music education, creation, performance and community, working to put instruments in their hands to unveil what they already possess in their feet,fingertips, vocal cords, hearts and minds.

The donation from SMF will cover scholarships for 3 low-income campers at week-long institute this summer.


North High school choir

Northwest Denver's Denver Public High School, teaches the value and love of music.

Last year, the Sunnyside Music Festival grant that we received went toward a trip to Colorado Springs for the Honor Choir to participate in the X-VOX Festival, a multi-generational choral festival, where they performed a major work (Dan Forrest Requiem) with professional orchestra and soloists.


Ricardo Flores Magon Academy

The RFMA colectivo takes absolute responsibility to prepare all students for high school, college, and life- regardless of home language or background- by employing high expectations, a profound passion for teaching and learning, and an emphasis on social consciousness.

The donation from SMF will go towards the purchase of PA equipment for their theater.


Colorado Children’s Chorale

The Colorado Children’s Chorale creates unforgettable experiences that transform the lives of children and have an enduring impact on families, audiences and communities across Colorado, the nation and the world.

The organization is supporting two local youth choirs: Northside Music Project (@North HS) and Aplausos, Chorale, a dual-language choir at Valdez elementary.

The donation from SMF will go towards rental fees, fees for musicians, marketing, administrative costs related to organizing choirs and events.