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. The large 14,000 capacity outdoor venue will allow us to adhere to any COVID health regulations required at the time of event. 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 music. By not separating those with disabilities, we are breaking down barriers which will allow everyone to see that we are much more alike than we are different, and ultimately creating a more inclusive world.
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