Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music began as an outgrowth of the Denver Folklore Center, a music store in Denver's Swallow Hill neighborhood that offered music lessons and performances to the community in the 1960s and 1970s. When the Folklore Center closed temporarily in the late 1970s, a group of committed volunteers formed Swallow Hill Music as a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to build community by connecting people to diverse music traditions on the stage and in the classroom." From these humble beginnings, we have grown to become a cultural asset and distinct thread in Colorado's musical fabric.

Swallow Hill Music is a nonprofit community for musicians and music lovers who appreciate the ability of music to bring people together. As a home for individuals and families who want to learn about, listen to and perform music, we invite everyone to connect and experience music in their own way. Swallow Hill Music hosts exceptional musical experiences throughout the community and acts as a cornerstone in making Denver a destination music town. Our concerts focus on presenting world-class artists who enrich the local arts scene and range from noteworthy local performers to up-and-coming and seasoned national acts. Our music school employs an experiential method of teaching, showing students how to play a song by the end of their first class. Our group music classes give students experience with an instrument while also welcoming them into an inclusive community where they make social connections through music. With more than 156,000 patron visits each year, Swallow Hill Music brings a new energy to the Front Range with programming that builds a community of music listeners and learners that are connecting to music in fresh and innovative ways.