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by Jennifer Lauren Bowers
Most local musicians with enough experience have gotten the call. The “We-really-hate-to-ask-but-we-are-gonna-do-it-anyway-can-you-play-for-free?” call. It’s as hard a call to make as it is to receive. Usually hailing from a nonprofit organization, the call is not meant to undervalue one’s talent, or make light of one’s passions, but rather to give a musician the opportunity to use their gift for a great cause that supports their community. What’s a nonprofit to do? With rock bottom budgets, and needs increasing every year, fundraisers are the best way to raise money and share missions with large groups of people at once. Most large fundraisers require some sort of entertainment, but most nonprofits don’t have budgets that can pay what that entertainment is really worth. So, they make the call. Now the musician must decide if they are going to play for free in exchange for a feel good, and maybe a little extra exposure, or if they are going to, hopefully politely, decline the invitation and miss out on an opportunity to share their music with hundreds of people they wouldn’t normally be able to reach. Enter the Musician’s Angel Network, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that pays experienced musicians to perform at qualified Northern Colorado fundraisers. Their mission is to help heal humanity through music and they believe that by making it possible for gifted musicians to be paid for their work, while also supporting the needs of our community; that is exactly what they are doing. With two years of service under their belt, Musician’s Angel Network is ready to launch and begin the work of truly connecting the music and philanthropy cultures in Northern Colorado. On Saturday, November 14th, Musician’s Angel Network will host a Launch Party featuring free food, free cocktails, and, of course, free live music. The community is invited to come and learn more about this new nonprofit concept, find out how to get involved, and meet their leadership team. The event is open to the public, but does require an RSVP. For more information, visit the Musician’s Angel Network online at MusiciansAngelNetwork.org.