M.I.A. songwriter’s compilation (volume 1) is coming…

Musicians In Action’s first compilation CD is almost ready for release! This special project is brought to you by Live Nation, Music Go Round (Aurora and Littleton), Eyedea Worx, and Sonic Conscious Studio. And of course, this first songwriter’s CD was made possible by these generous artists:

Ryan McCarthy
Katey Laurel
Rob Drabkin
Megan Burtt
Ryan Chrys
Stacy Price
Dave Tamkin
Chris Webb
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Andy Palmer

Special shows will be occurring throughout the year to feature the compilation. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the key homelessness agencies we support: The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, The Gathering Place, Urban Peak, and Senior Support Services. Please stay tuned!

Photo courtesy of Rich Miller.

Photo courtesy of Rich Miller.

Food drive in progress…

A refuge for women & children experiencing homelessness & poverty.Musicians In Action is currently collecting nonperishable food items for The Gathering Place, Denver’s day shelter for women and children experiencing poverty and homelessness. We’d like to thank the following locations for supporting us with collection boxes now through tax day (4/15/14):

Dazzle Night Club
Herman’s Hideaway
3Kings Tavern
Mutiny Cafe
Castle Rock Music
The Hi-Dive
The Oriental Theatre
The Irish Rover

Thank you for your support!

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The year ahead for Musicians In Action…

M.I.A. will be dedicating our first quarter to food collections for The Gathering Place – can you help us? Here’s what we’re looking for:

*Nonperishable food items of any kind (but not expired product). So think cans, boxes of pasta, jars of peanut butter and spaghetti sauce.

*Protein. Peanut butter, once again, but also cans of tuna, tins of meat, and soy-based products. The bottom line: people need protein to survive…

*Liquids. Really anything in this category: water, juices, fortified waters. But we’re not crazy about delivering pop or other sugar waters. Same goes for booze, but you probably already knew that. :)

*Cash. Yes, we don’t normally like to ask for this. But it’s easy to deliver and it’s practical for a food bank to purchase whatever they need and fill holes. Gift cards, checks, money – any of these means are tax deductible and highly appreciated!

Calling All Bands (and anyone, really…)
Are you in a band that would like to help? We are always looking for volunteers, whether to collect items, donate your time, or even perform. We get a lot of request for performance. Please know that M.I.A. is not a booking agency. We are also 100% all-volunteer, with everything. We seek people that understand the plight of the homeless and want to help. If that’s you, please send us a line (and THANK YOU!):

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M.I.A. drop off site at the Fillmore!

This just in…

The Fillmore 1510 Clarkson Street Denver, CO  80218

The Fillmore
1510 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218

The Fillmore Auditorium will have collection boxes for Musicians In Action through December! Please bring your used (or new) gloves, hats, scarves, hoodies, coats, wool socks, headbands, shawls, parkas, mittens, boots, sweaters, beanies – you get the idea. Any winter gear will help.

M.I.A. will be distributing goods to the homeless downtown in mid December. Do you want to help with that? Just send us your contact info and we’ll be in touch:

Thanks for your support!

M.I.A. is collecting hats, gloves and socks…

Over the years, at music events and independently we have collected diapers, undergarments, toothpaste, peanut butter, canned food etc. to serve the direct needs of local agencies that receive minimal federal funding and yet make a huge direct impact in the lives of homeless teens, senior citizens, and families.

As the weather starts to turn, we recognize a strong need to help the homeless survive the bitter nights. We are asking for small donations of “frostbite prevention gear” (socks, hats, gloves, scarves) so that we can deliver to those in need.

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This donation drive is in conjunction with Senior Support Services, Denver’s only day shelter for homeless seniors, many of whom are veterans…and possibly somebody’s grandparents. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and we are collecting through 12/15/13.

Please contact us immediately if you can help out.

Thank you for your support!

M.I.A.’s new web site…

Due to some major cost savings, Musicians In Action has a new web site here, with active blog and a whole lot more. The downside – you’ve probably missed a year’s worth of updates from our crew. :( Please allow us to get you caught up…

root-5M.I.A. participated in the 2nd annual Root 40 MusicFest in April of 2013. We hosted our outdoor stage again and collected nonperishable food items for The Gathering Place (a day shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty). An amazing group of artists performed on our stage: Megan Burtt, Ryan Chrys, Katie Laurel, Sawmill Joe, Dave Tamkin, Stacy Price, Andy Palmer, The Other Black, Esther Sparks & the Whiskey Remedy, Christopher Thomas with Bryan Stacks, Chris Webb, and White Flag Raised. Awesome sound was provided by Groove Automotive’s mobile stage and we want to give a big thank you to CBID (the Colfax Business Improvement District) for allowing us to be a part of this event.

Next, in May M.I.A. aided a fund raiser for Urban Peak (homeless shelter for homeless teens) at the Oriental Theater. Many thanks again to the amazing Megan Burtt and other performers that volunteered.

In July, we took over the Casey Jones Pavilion during the 2nd annual Elizabeth Music & Art Festival on behalf of the Parker Task Force. Sound for this event was provided by Open Stage Denver (Denver’s best open mic and sound service) and performers included: Sawmill Joe, Jonny Barber (the Velvet Elvis), the farewell performance of Cover Me Retro, Emma Arnold, New Darlins, Shanya Martinez, Sibling Rivalry 3, and Sarah Samantha Rose.

In October, Sawmill Joe helped us out a third time, performing at Habitat for Humanity’s Work Project 2013. This event was for hundreds of H4H volunteers with special guests former President Jimmy Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

Sawmill Joe at Hospitality Park

Sawmill Joe at Hospitality Park

M.I.A. also donated some merchandise for the silent auction at Senior Support Services‘ annual event called Manny’s Mix’d Keys. Senior Support Services does incredible work as Denver’s only day center for homeless seniors. We’re in the midst of collecting hats, gloves and wool socks for them right now, to help in the cold winter months to come.

More to come – stay tuned, and please join us!

M.I.A. at the Oriental Theater tonight!

Join us for a show and a worthy cause?

Manny’s Mixed Keys MusicFest will occur this Saturday, 9/15/12 at the Oriental Theater - a benefit for homeless seniors.  Doors open at 4PM with silent auction, cash bar and appetizers.  The show features Tito del Barrio Malaga, the FTP Band, the Rhythm Gurus, and the Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra.  $10 admission.

This show benefits Senior Support Services, Denver’s only day center for homeless and low-income seniors.  Their overall goal each year is to meet the full range of needs of 1,750 hungry and homeless seniors.  Clients get meals, emergency food and clothing, individualized case management, medical care, housing, government benefits, socialization, and activities.

SSS is one of M.I.A.’s favorite homelessness agencies to support, as they use EVERYTHING they receive and they do so much for those most at risk.  Please come on out!

Volunteerism at the Delores Project

Musicians In Action is serving dinner and entertaining the troops at the Delores Project tonight.  We’ll be aided by members from the local bands: Hot Apostles and Cover Me Retro (and many thanks to them!).

The mission of the Delores Project is to provide safe, comfortable overnight shelter and services to unaccompanied adult women who are homeless and have limited resources. The model of service is one of hospitality, respect, and regard for the dignity of each guest.

Every night The Delores Project ensures that at least 50 women are safely off the streets — women who might otherwise face the risk of physical danger and illness that comes with living on the streets. By providing transitional support services in addition to emergency shelter, The Delores Project assists women in developing the skills and resources necessary to stay off the streets and move towards stability.

In 2009, 515 individual women found shelter and support at The Delores Project. Last year 20% of the women in their Transitional Shelter program moved out of The Delores Project into stable long-term housing.

If you or your band would like to get involved in our next project for October, please send me an email or contact M.I.A.’s Volunteer Coordinator, Melanie King (museinmotion@gmail.com).  Thanks in advance for your support!

Marc

http://www.MusiciansInAction.org

303.632.3272

PS:  M.I.A. is a proud sponsor of Manny’s Mixed Keys MusicFest at the Oriental Theatre on September 15th (4PM).  This is a benefit for homeless seniors featuring: Tito del Barrio Malaga, the FTP Band, the Rhythm Gurus, and the Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra.  Please join us for this show!

Volunteerism at Joshua Station

M.I.A. volunteers got their hands dirty at Joshua Station today.  JS is an old hotel under I25, near 8th Avenue that provides transitional housing for homeless families.  There are currently 28 families rebuilding their lives here.

We got some help today from members of Solara –  Tiffany (formerly of The Silent Still) and her bassist Justin.  Volunteer coordinator, Melanie King, and my kids, Jack and Sam, also went to work.  M.I.A. pulled weeds, picked up trash, cleaned up a room, painted and moved furniture.

Musicians In Action’s next Volunteerism Day is 8/18/12 at the Delores Project (overnight shelter for single, homeless women).  We will be serving dinner here on that Saturday night.  To get involved, please email info@MusiciansInAction.org.

M.I.A. at Red Rocks…tonight!

Musicians In Action is proud to be a part of special show at Red Rocks for the Susan G Komen Foundation tonight (7/12/12).  The John Adams band will be performing a Tribute to John Denver with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and special guest Michael Martin Murphy.

The show starts at 7:30PM and tickets are $35-$50 (but discount tickets are available at John Adams’ web site).  Opening the show is a ceremony performed by Red Feather Woman and Buffalo Nation.  These native songs include flute, drum, dance and medicine man.

John Adams had the pleasure to play with John Denver back in 1998 when he was in Europe for a TV special.  Since then, John’s 12 piece band has been delighting audiences all over with this touching tribute.

Local music veteran, Steve “Doc” Wilson plays bass for the band and helped get M.I.A. a booth at the top of Red Rocks for this special event. (Thanks, Doc!!).  Please join us!