We are very excited and honored to announce we have been selected by the Fort Collins non profit music organization SpokesBuzz to be part of the class of 2015! This will create a new working relationship between SpokesBuzz and iZCALLi that will help continue to grow as a band and a brand, here is the official press release, enjoy!
Six new bands will join SpokesBUZZ’s “Class of 2015” incubator program, including four from Denver and Boulder.
This year is the first time that the Fort Collins-based nonprofit has opened its application process to bands outside of the city (Denver acts The Yawpers and Common Anomaly were hand-selected to participate last year as the organization piloted its expanded incubator program). The new class includes Denver-based bands Eldren, iZCALLi and Wiredogs, Boulder’s Gasoline Lollipops, and Fort Collins-based acts Qbala and Pandas & People.
The expansion of the selection process and the program’s outreach will help bands increase regional relationships, engage more fans along the Front Range and expand their presence, said Dani Grant, SpokesBUZZ president and founder.
“Increasing opportunities for bands in Colorado means working with, and within, these neighboring markets,” Grant said. “And we’re doing that the way that’s always been most effective for us: by inviting participation from and sharing resources directly with the musicians themselves.”
The bands were chosen from more than 60 applicants. They join current SpokesBUZZ incubator bands Grant Farm, Maxwell Hughes, Shatterproof, The Yawpers, Wasteland Hop and Winchester Holiday.
“We were blown away by the quality — and quantity — of applications we saw come through this year,” Grant said.
Now in its fifth year, the SpokesBUZZ incubator is a two-year program that aids musicians with the business skills needed to further their careers, including marketing and publicity support, recording and performance opportunities, and the chance to network with industry professionals.
The incubator program serves 12 artists at any one time. Later this month, six SpokesBUZZ “Class of 2014” bands will graduate from the program, including Better Than Bacon, Common Anomaly, Justin Roth, Lindsey O’Brien Band, The Deadwood Saints and The Echo Chamber. Among the program’s nearly 20 alumni members are Fierce Bad Rabbit, Wire Faces and Musketeer Gripweed.
While the program is expanding its reach, Grant said the incubator program remains a Fort Collins organization.
“Fort Collins is the place this all started for us, and the culture of the city, the collaborative nature of the music community and the innovative talent found in this town still drive our organization’s vision and values,” she said. “We will continue to open our doors to opportunities within the state and across the country, but we know where our front porch is.”