On April 29, the Colorado Symphony announced a series of fundraising events, sponsored by businesses that serve the legal cannabis industry in Colorado. Here are answers to some of the questions the Colorado Symphony staff and musicians have received regarding the CSO’s new fundraising initiative.
Why has the symphony launched this partnership?
The CSO serves the wonderfully diverse population of our growing, changing state. Our portfolio of business partners and sponsors also reflects the diverse tastes and demographics of Colorado: Sponsors include major corporations, small businesses, breweries, sports franchises and media outlets. The organization has an open-door policy to legitimate, legal businesses that support its mission, including legal cannabis businesses in Colorado. Support from the business community allows the Colorado Symphony to maintain high artistic standards that have cemented our status as the greatest symphonic orchestra in the West.
What exactly is the “Classically Cannabis” series?
“Classically Cannabis” is a series of three private fundraising events sponsored by the Cannabis Industry in partnership with Edible Events Co, a Denver-based event planning company founded by Jane West with Colorado Symphony musicians performing. Events are scheduled for May 23, July 18 and August 15 at 8 pm. These events will be held at the Space Gallery, located in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District; all are private, reserved events for adults 21-and-up. Ensembles of Colorado Symphony musicians will perform at each event. “Classically Cannabis” events are presented by Ideal 420 Soils, with additional support from The Farm of Boulder, Gaia Plant Based Medicine and Wellspring Collective. In-kind sponsors include Three Tomatoes Catering and Vicente Sederberg.
Why is the Colorado Symphony accepting money from the cannabis industry?
The Colorado Symphony acknowledges the economic impact of the emerging legal cannabis industry, which contributes an estimated $700,000 in sales-tax revenue to the City and County of Denver each month. As a cultural organization that employs more than 80 full-time, salaried musicians as well as an administrative staff, with an annual budget of $12 million dollars, the Colorado Symphony welcomes the support of legitimate businesses that support both the mission and the bottom line while boosting strategic goals, including audience and donor development. Through business sponsorship and sales revenue, events in the “Classically Cannabis” series are expected to generate significant revenue in support of the Colorado Symphony. Every dollar generated will support the orchestra’s year-round operations.
Photos from an Edible Events Co. party at Space Gallery.
Is this legal?
Events in the “Classically Cannabis” series will be private, reserved events held at a private venue for adults 21-and-up with ID. Required event permits have been obtained from the city of Denver. Attendees may use marijuana at this event, as is their right under Colorado law. No one will be allowed inside the event unless their name is on the guest list.
Will cannabis consumption be permitted at Boettcher Concert Hall? How about at Red Rocks?
No. Consumption of cannabis is illegal at both Boettcher Concert Hall and Red Rocks Amphitheater, and use will continue to be prohibited at all Colorado Symphony performances that are open to the public.
Will the musicians performing at “Classically Cannabis” events be exposed to smoke?
No. The interior of the Space Gallery, where CSO musicians will perform, is smoke-free. All smoking is restricted to an attached, private patio.
Are these events funded by taxpayers?
No. The series is co-produced by the Colorado Symphony and Edible Events Co. and presented by Ideal 420 Soils, with additional generous support from The Farm of Boulder, Gaia Plant Based Medicine and Wellspring Collective, all businesses registered with the Colorado Secretary of State. No taxpayer dollars will be used to produce cannabis-related events.
Where will the money go?
All proceeds go directly to support the Colorado Symphony. The CSO is a nonprofit organization that produces over 125 concerts per year in Denver all over the state. This series is just the newest of our fundraising activities, adding to existing programs like The Great Symphony Sweepstakes and Beethoven & Brews, which pairs performances by CSO chamber ensembles with tastings from Colorado’s leading craft brewers.
Is the Colorado Symphony selling marijuana in any form?
No. Cannabis will NOT be sold at any “Classically Cannabis” event.
Who is eligible to attend?
Admittance is restricted to invited guests 21 years of age and older.
Will there be a dress code?
“Classically Cannabis” is like any high-end social event in Denver: Dress to impress for an art gallery or cocktail hour setting.
Will this series impact my experience at other events?
No. All other CSO programming not clearly designated as part of this special series will remain cannabis-free. Smoking of any kind is prohibited inside the Denver Performing Arts Center and Boettcher Concert Hall.
CLASSICALLY CANNABIS EVENTS DISCLAIMER
Attendees of the event must be at least 21 years of age and must read and agree to the Event Disclaimer. The purchaser, holder and/or user of this reservation acknowledges that this event is being held on private property and, only individuals with paid reservations may enter. Participant understands that attendees may use marijuana at this event, as is their right under Colorado law. Cannabis will not be sold at the event, however, and the price of the reservation is entirely unrelated to whether one chooses to use cannabis or not. Those who choose to use cannabis assume any and all risk associated with such use. Information about the health effects of marijuana are available on the State of Colorado website here. Participants are advised that it remains illegal under Colorado law to drive while under the influence of marijuana. Participant hereby agrees to release, hold harmless, and indemnify the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and their owners, partners, employees, directors, officers, agents, affiliates and related entities from any and all claims by or on behalf of Participant arising directly or indirectly out of Participant’s use of THC and premises. This release includes claims and liabilities arising from any cause whatsoever, including, but not limited to, negligence on the part of CSO. This release is effective on the date Participant purchases the event reservation.