How to help Colorado’s music community affected by the Marshall Fire

January 5, 2022
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The remains of a car underneath a collapsed tree in Superior, Colorado, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, after the Marshall fire. The Marshall fire ignited Dec. 30, 2021, in Boulder County and destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in and around Superior and Louisville, and left thousands of people scrambling to evacuate, driven by winds that sometimes exceeded 100 mph.

The Marshall Fire was the most destructive in Colorado’s history. The blaze destroyed nearly 1,000 homes, as well as valuable instruments and music. For many musicians, those instruments often mean their livelihood. Musical organizations in the Denver/Boulder area are raising funds and offering help to those affected. 

Boulder Philharmonic - the Boulder Philharmonic is raising funds for three of its musicians who lost instruments and homes in the fire. They are hosting a fundraiser to provide direct assistance to these musicians. 

Colorado Music Festival - the Colorado Music Festival is offering practice facilities, waiving tuition and building their instrument and music library for victims. They are taking donations to help with this effort. 

Future Arts Foundation - All donations made to the FAF donation page through the end of January will go toward replacing instruments lost during the Marshall Fire. They also provide information on how to request a replacement if you experienced loss. 

Spark Music Lesson Studio - Spark Music Foundation is collecting donations, accessories and instruments for students from Boulder Valley School District affected by the Marshall Fire. They provide a list of instruments and accessories needed and are also taking monetary donations. 

If you have been impacted and are in need of assistance, a disaster assistance center is now open in Lafayette. Find more information here on water boil orders, lost and found pets, power outages and mental health resources, as well as ways to help or donate. 


If you know of other ways to help our musical community during this time, please let us know. Email jessie.Jacobs@cpr.org.

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