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Community Concerts in the Secret Garden

Our popular summer concert series at the Rochester Hotel is now in its fifth year! Our Community Concerts in the Secret Garden benefit the nonprofit community and promote Durango’s talented music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and music talent on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. This is a great opportunity for the 10 selected nonprofits to invite volunteers and other friends of the organization to enjoy outdoor concerts in the heart of downtown Durango, educate new people about the organization, and earn important funds.

The cover charge for each concert is a $10 donation to support nonprofits selected for the 2019 concert series. The cover charges from each concert are pooled and shared with the 10 selected nonprofits. In 2018, each participating nonprofit earned $1,750 from the Community Concert Series.

In order to apply, organizations must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, or be a project or organization under the fiscal agency of a 501(c)(3) organization. Organizations must serve La Plata County. Prior recipient organizations are not eligible to apply again for three years (e.g. 2015 recipients will be eligible to apply in 2019; however, recipients from 2016, 2017 and 2018 are not eligible this year).

2019 Community Concerts will run Wednesdays, 5 – 7 PM, June 26 – August 28, at the Rochester’s Secret Garden.


  • Application will open: March 18, 2019
  • Application will close: April 10, 2019
  • Final organizations will be announced: week of May 1, 2019
  • All-participant Concert Planning Meeting: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 3 – 5 p.m. at the Rochester’s Secret Garden
  • All-participant Concert Wrap-Up Meeting and Grant Award: September 2019 (date TBD)




  • Provide an already established concert series to promote the nonprofit community.
  • Staff a cash bar and grill for patrons, as well as provide set up and clean up.


  • Pay for graphic design and printing of postcards, bookmarks and posters.
  • Pay for print and radio ad buys.
  • Pay for hanging banner in downtown and at Santa Rita Park.
  • Pay for music talent.


  • Create an online grant application and assist in the selection process.
  • Provide a bank for each event.
  • Handle back-office accounting, including remitting payments for bands, graphic design, and printing.
  • Book music.
  • Coordinate nonprofits.
  • Promote the concert series on Community Foundation social media sites.


  • Provide publicity for the entire concert series and for one assigned concert via print, PSAs, social media, and word of mouth.
  • Have 2-4 staff or board members to collect a cover charge at the front gate during one assigned concert.
  • Have 1-2 people to be at an information table to talk about your organization with a tip jar (tips from the evening are donations for the featured nonprofit).
  • Attend an organization meeting for project coordination on Wednesday, May 29 at the Rochester.
  • Attend a wrap-up meeting after the concert series in September.


Community Concerts Series Application 2019

  • If you are using a fiscal sponsor to apply, provide the fiscal sponsor's EIN.
  • Please upload a letter from your fiscal sponsor, dated within the year, specifying that your nonprofit has authorization to use their tax deductible status. The fiscal sponsor should also stipulate that it will ensure that funds are expended for charitable purposes.
  • Describe your organization and its mission (150 words or less).
  • A brief overview of the grant request: state how you intend to use the money generated from the concert series, include community need and desired outcome (200 words or less).
  • Describe how you plan to promote/market the entire concert series to La Plata County, for the greater benefit and success of all 10 concerts.
  • Provide any additional information you feel is important to share with the selection committee (150 words or less).
  • Upload a list of current board members. Include name, board position, and contact information (email/phone).
  • Your organization's current year's budget
  • Your organization's budget vs. actuals for the most recent completed fiscal year
  • Upload a brief history of the organization, mission, principal programs, and accomplishments – no more than 1 page.
  • If submission is successful, you should receive a message that says we will contact you shortly.

    If submission is not successful, scroll down to see what information is missing (highlighted in red).


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