Wyoming Arts Council

Underground Music Showcase Opportunity

The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) is Denver’s largest and favorite music festival! Every year in July, the festival’s takeover Broadway Avenue with three outdoor stages and 13 more indoor. With over 200 shows, UMS provides a diverse array of music spanning multiple genres in a variety of musical venues over 3 days every summer. As part of the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative (WIMI), this collaboration is aimed at assisting artists in performing and touring beyond state borders, thereby expanding their audiences and outreach.

In 2024, the Wyoming Arts Council launched a new partnership with the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) in Denver. The Wyoming Arts Council will present 5 Music Ambassadors from Wyoming to perform at the festival. Each band’s participation includes two opportunities to perform over the course of the festival, as well as access to UMS’s Impact Days, which are two days focused on providing professional development opportunities for the participating artists.

2024 UMS Performance Opportunity for Wyoming Musicians

The five Wyoming Music Ambassadors selected for the 2024 Underground Music Showcase are:

  • Missy Jo (Jackson)
  • SGRNY (Laramie)
  • Christian Wallowing Bull (Lander)
  • It Gets Worse (Laramie)
  • Shotgun Shogun (Laramie)

Event Info

July 26-28th in Denver, Colorado

Learn more about the festival including venues, schedule, and full line-up on the Underground Music Showcase website.

Purchase your 2024 UMS Festival Tickets Here


Application window: February 1 – March 15, 2024

The Wyoming Arts Council and the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) are seeking 5 Wyoming Music Ambassadors to perform at the 2024 summer music festival in July in Denver, Colorado.

Wyoming independent musicians of all genres are invited to participate in this statewide call. The talent buyers at UMS will choose five acts, each of which will receive a $1000 payment per band, perform two sets during the festival, participate in Impact Days Professional Development Training, and enjoy other benefits associated with festival participation.

As part of the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative (WIMI), this collaboration is aimed at assisting artists in performing and touring beyond state borders, thereby expanding their audiences and outreach.

Denver’s largest and most beloved music festival, the Underground Music Showcase (UMS), is set to take over Broadway for its 24th annual event on July 26-28, 2024. Featuring three outdoor stages and an additional 13 indoor stages, the festival offers a total of over 200 shows. UMS showcases a diverse range of musical genres across various venues, providing a vibrant and dynamic experience for attendees.

To be eligible, artists must be residents of Wyoming, with the majority of their members residing within the state. Selection criteria will consider factors such as artistic excellence, diverse geographical location, professionalism of submitted materials, and a diversity of music genres.

UMS will notify selected artists, who are required to apply through the Wyoming Arts Council’s interest form to be considered as Wyoming Music Ambassadors. Additional acts may be chosen independently to partake in the Underground Music Showcase, with its separate application set to open in late March.

About the Underground Music Showcase (UMS)

At UMS, we believe in the power of music to transcend boundaries, create connections, and inspire positive change. UMS isn’t just a festival; it’s a testament to the best of what we can be when we intentionally center care. Your support goes beyond the typical event—it resonates in two key areas.

Artist Care: UMS places paramount importance on the professional development, mental health, and overall well-being of our 700+ musicians, the heartbeat of our festival. Fest attendees and sponsors directly contribute to the thriving ecosystem that supports our artists through the Artist Care Lounge, mental health supports, thriving musician wages, and our two-day musician conference.

Community Care: UMS is more than a music fest; it’s a vibrant celebration of diversity and inclusivity. Our Community Care initiatives ensure that BIPOC, LGBTQ, women, attendees with disabilities, young creatives, and those leaning towards a sober experience are not just represented but deeply supported. From underground parties to accessibility plans, sober bars, workforce pipelines for Youth on Record students, and on-stage representation reflecting the rich diversity of talent, we create an environment where everyone can truly feel seen.

For additional information about this call, please contact Kimberly Mittelstadt, Wyoming Arts Council’s Creative Arts Specialist at kimberly.mittelstadt@wyo.gov, or 307-274-6673.

Contact: Kimberly Mittelstadt