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Our Mission, Our Community, Our Goals
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Our Why

The right music has the power to heal, to cleanse, and to uplift your entire being. Music cannot be interpreted or put into words, which goes to show its complex and intricate nature. Music can only be felt and in feeling, it gets translated into thoughts and emotions. It permeates your entire body like pure energy and touches you like nothing else can. It is no wonder that people have used music for rejuvenation, expression and as a healing mechanism throughout the ages.

For over one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, attending a live music event is impossible due to lack of accessibility. Existing venue infrastructures barely meet the ADA compliance standards and even then, only accommodate those with mobility issues. They typically have a few seats in the front row and limit the number of companions to one or two.

We decided that just isn’t enough.

In 2018, the Shine Music non-profit was created so that we could breakdown the barriers that would prevent people with any disability from not only attending but enjoying the day as much as anyone else. It’s hard to imagine, but an event like the Shine Music Festival has never happened anywhere in the world…until now.

The first Shine Music Festival was held in Denver, CO on August 8, 2021. For over two years, the Shine team has worked with various organizations serving the disabled communities to create a space that would allow everyone to attend; a space where people of all abilities can come together and share in the amazing power of live music.

Despite a pandemic and global record breaking air quality, it was an amazing day filled with music, food, fun and most importantly, inclusion.


"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." - Margaret J Wheatley

The Shine Team dedicated countless hours over the span of two years to make the Shine Music Festival a reality. There are no words to convey the debt of gratitude I have for each and every one of them.

Thank you to Lindsay Carpenter & Diane Perez for serving on the Shine Music Board of Directors. Your contributions were the backbone of the entire process.


Thank you to our Shine Music Festival 2021 Partners, who took what it means to be inclusive and accessible to a whole new level.


The generosity of our Shine Sponsors, and the support of these local community organizations, is what allowed us to keep the event FREE for ALL!


Want to connect with our amazing Shine Music Festival 2021 vendors? Just click on their logo and support these organizations just like they supported us.

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