Mission Statement

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.

On August 8, 2021, the Shine Music Festival will be held at the Levitt Pavilion in Denver, CO. 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. The expansive 14,000 capacity venue, combined with our comprehensive accessibility plan, means everyone can enjoy the entire space together.

The Team

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.

Without question, live music is my happy place. The community it creates breaks all societal barriers and allows us to come together, despite our differences, and share in the magic that is uniquely created at every show.

Shawn Satterfield

Founder | President

I have been a lover of live music and festivals for decades. I enjoy all genres but mostly EDM because it is so upbeat and energizing. I’m currently living with Multiple Sclerosis and have been navigating festivals and concerts using a variety of assistive devices.

Diane Overbye

Board Member | Secretary

Music has played an especially important, positive role in my life, and I feel its benefits should be experienced by those of all abilities. I’m grateful to contribute my skills to help others enjoy something that has been so meaningful to me.

Lindsay Carpenter

Board Member | Treasurer

I am a balancer of creativity and technology, bringing business savvy and marketability to creative fields. I specialize in using social media to drive tangible results and returns. Since 2013, I have worked in social media management for companies in industries across the board – everything from green coffee to financial planning to music.

Sarah Shuel

Music Management

Diagnosed with Epilepsy in 1989, I am active in the disability community and co-founded the Epilepsy Alliance for Young Adults and Empowered Women With Epilepsy to help support others living with epilepsy. I have spent the past decade promoting the idea of inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities through my work with Easterseals Colorado and the U.S. Department of Education.

Alexis Perlmutter

Community Engagement

Due to my disability, I have been an active advocate in disability awareness and accessibility. As an accomplished DJ with 5+ years of experience, I have provided music for a variety of events. Music is a huge part of our daily life; it brings people together, it is a motivator – it’s something that can inspire people to do and create amazing things, encourage them to reach their full potential, and chase their dreams.

Ethan Beaudoin

Event Production

I have been fortunate to experience the collective joy that music can bring to thousands of strangers who are moved by it at any given show – thousands singing the same lyrics at the top of their lungs or dancing so hard the world drops away. It is my honor to be a small part of giving that joy to those whose challenges can make it difficult for them to experience live music.

Erin Sands

Creative Director

Nicole is an Occupational Therapist and Entrepreneur. Music and art have been an intricate part of her life which she loves to share with others. She is passionate about creating accessible experiences for everyone through her company, Summit Accessibility: innovation for an inclusive world.

Nicole Contos

Neurosensory Plans

I'm a grassroots organizer & event coordinator, with massive passion for social justice & live music! As the founder of ColoRockstars, I've worked for a decade to unite & activate the Colorado music community-- amplifying the inclusive, philanthropic nature of our people. I'm honored to help give voice to the incredible mission of Shine Music Festival!

Boone Riddle

Vociferous Proponent

From growing up experiencing Live Music on the road with my parents on Dead tour, to becoming a passionate and supportive fan of Live Music locally and all over the world, I am thrilled to be a part of Shine Music Festival team. To be a part of an event so significant, that offers an amount of opportunity that is indescribable, I can truly say I feel blessed and will do whatever I can to keep seeing growth.

Kevin Courtney

Hakuna Matata Enterprises

Mark is a passionate Motivational Speaker, Disability & Mental Health Advocate, award winning NYC Radio Host, N.J. Radio Personality and On-Camera Host, whose unique life experiences stemming from his visual disability have driven him to address audiences nationwide on critical issues which have personally impacted his life. Mark propels himself and others forward with his mantra “my difference makes me stronger”.

Mark Farrell

Shine Music Festival Host

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