The Lumineers present ‘Colorado Gives Back,’ raises over $600K for MusiCares and Colorado restaurant workers


Colorado Gives Back, the live stream event presented by The Lumineers and produced by ACTIVIST, has thus far raised over $600,000. The donations received benefit the Recording Academy’s MusiCares, which partners with the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, and the Colorado Restaurant Association. Through the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project, Spotify matched all donations, dollar for dollar to MusiCares.

Watch the Lumineers Perform “Stubborn Love” at Colorado Gives Back here.

Check out the Spotify playlist commemorating the event here.

Wesley Schultz says, “Proud to call Colorado my home for the last 10 years, and so grateful to every person who tuned in and donated. Thank you to all the Colorado-based musicians, athletes policians, and chefs who took part in this fundraiser and special thanks to Spotify and MusiCares. With your help we came together to see that Colorado Gives Back.”

While Colorado Gives Back is over, the work is not. The event is still viewable on YouTube and the link to donate is still active. In addition, T-shirts commemorating Colorado Gives Back are available for purchase here with all profits going to the two Colorado Gives Back charities.

A portion of the funds collected from Colorado Gives Back will be focused specifically on providing assistance to Colorado-based music industry professionals who have lost work due to COVID-19. For more information on eligibility please visit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund FAQ page here.

Activist Artist Management produced the event which was hosted by eTown’s Nick Forster and Bret Saunders from KBCO in Denver. The live stream included performances by The Lumineers, OneRepublic, Jewel, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Isaac Slade of The Fray, as well as special guests including former Governor John Hickenlooper and exclusive videos from legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (USA Ski Team), professional athletes from the Rockies, The Avalanche, The Nuggets, The Rapids, and The Mammoth and current Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

The Lumineers, OneRepublic, Jewel, Nathaniel Rateliff, Isaac Slade (The Fray), Trevor Hall, Bill Nershi and Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident), Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), Daniel Rodriguez

Peyton Manning (Broncos), Von Miller (Broncos), Nolan Arenado (Rockies), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), Jamal Murray (Nuggets), Mikaela Shiffrin (USA Ski Team), Emma Coburn (USA Track & Field Team), Gabriel Landeskog (Avalanche), Dillon Ward (Mammoth), Kei Kamara (Rapids)

Bobby Stuckey (Frasca), Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja), Alon Shaya (Safta), Carrie Baird (Rose’s)

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Governor Jared Polis

Activist Foundation, State of Colorado, Visit Denver, Visible, Toyota, Lyft, Odell Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Triumph Motorcycles, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, KBCO, Spotify, eTown, and AEG Rocky Mountain


In recent weeks, COVID-19 has devastated our music community, leaving thousands of music creators and professionals without work and an uncertain future. But we have the power to help. The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

All of us at the Colorado Restaurant Association want to express our concern for the situation faced by so many in our restaurant and hospitality community. We are committed to working together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We are working to support restaurant and hospitality workers with financial assistance and access to a COVID-19 specific hub of support services that provide Federal, state, and community resources for housing, transportation, mental health, medical, childcare assistance support and more.

This project has been created to amplify the efforts of eighteen global organizations that focus on helping those most in need. Spotify is making a donation to these organizations and will match donations made via this page dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million.