ProDev Educational Opportunities

The eighth annual FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment), April 22 and 23, 2016, is proud to offer two free and relevant educational panels to musicians at the brand new Music District facility located at 639 S. College Ave Fort Collins, CO 80524.   The festival is produced by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) in order to further its mission of supporting the Fort Collins and Northern Colorado music community. The educational panels host some practical advice and dialogues with music professionals from across Colorado in order to provide musicians with professional education in order to utilize the resources available to their bands as well as Moving ahead in the music business.

Two panel discussions take place on Saturday, April 23rd.  They are free to attend, lunch will be provided, resources will be discussed and attendees will have access to experts in the industry about ways to take their projects to the next professional level. These educational panels are produced by FoCoMA and supported by Bohemian Foundation.

12-1:30pm "Live Music Resource Guide" - Connecting Musicians to Cool Resources

Connecting musicians to cool and useful resources in the Fort Collins area that help support musicians, bands and people trying to make their way through the business of music. Hear from rehearsal spaces, support systems, visual artists and recording studios about how to capitalize on these resources.


Michael Bashkin: Fort Collins Guitar Lending Library;

Chris Bates: Mighty Fine Art;

Amy Bradley: The Downtown Artery;

Jess Gries: Music/Entertainment Law;

Brian Hughes: KRFC FM Executive Director;  

Marty Rein: MusiCares;

Shane Zweygardt: Cohere Bandwidth


2-3pm "Is That All There Is?" - What is the Next Step?

What is the next step for your music career, your band, your solo project? Find out from Colorado agents and agencies about representation, management, signing, and what it takes to get to these levels.


Kyle Day: Sweetwine Entertainment Group;

Ben DeSoto: Greater Than Collective / Youth On Record;

Ru Johnson: Roux Black;

Bridget Law: Elephant Revival;

Dan Rutherford: Artist Managment;

Ben Wahamaki: Co-Founder/Strange Light Records & Touring Musician



Bios for Live Music Resource Guide Panel:


Michael Bashkin has been building, repairing and designing guitars in Fort Collins for 20 years.  Michael’s guitars are played and collected worldwide and now has a guitar in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame’s permanent collection at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.   A graduate of CSU in Forestry, Michael combines his passion for music, craftsmanship and visual arts to create Bashkin guitars and is proud to be part of the Fort Collins music community.

Chris Bates is a Fort Collins native that has worked as a professional artist for the past 8 years.  He has completed over 30 murals in Northern Colorado. Chris owes his artistic creativity to hip hop music including his meeting the Roots in Paris, where they showcased one of his drawings.  In his spirit of collaboration he has spent the past decade live painting with numerous local bands including Listen, Futaba, Qbala and Kind Dub.

Amy Bradley Being one of the founders of the Downtown Artery, Amy has played a chief role as the Director of Operations since the Artery’s birth. Amy earned her BFA from Colorado State University in 2012 with an emphasis in printmaking. She has turned her focus to screen printing and is currently in the process of establishing her own retail line called Peculiar Press LLC.

Jess Gries has practiced law in Fort Collins for sixteen years, focusing on the music industry for the past decade.  Jess advises festivals, artists, venues, production companies, record labels and other industry players on matters such as business management, contracts, copyright, trademark, licensing, risk management and litigation.  Jess is a Director of Positive Legacy, Inc., a founding Board Member of SpokesBUZZ, a past President of KRFC and a member of the Entertainment Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association.

Brian Hughes began his career in radio at the age of 16 at KRYT in Pueblo, CO. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and Theater from CSU-Pueblo and studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. After a time in Los Angeles working in film and television, Brian moved to Fort Collins in 2003 where he found a wonderful community where he could pursue his passions in both radio and theater. Brian was the Volunteer Coordinator at KRFC from 2004-2008 and came back to the station as Executive Director in 2011.

Marty Rein, PhD, LPC, CACIII - Dr. Marty Rein has been working as a professional musician and music educator since 1980. He has a degree in Music Education, a Masters and a PhD, both in Education and Human Resource Studies. Currently, he maintains Rein Therapeutic Counseling and Consulting, is the Coordinator of the Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program for UCHealth at Mountain Crest Hospital, and is the CO Liaison for MusiCares, a nonprofit dedicated to providing critical assistance to musicians and music industry people in time of need.

Shane Zweygardt has been drumming for 18 years! Taught by Ray Wasinger, Shane is considered one of the the most talented and versatile drummers in Colorado. You’ll probably recognize him from his days at Colorado Drum and Percussion, where he worked and taught lessons for 6 years or as a semi-famous singing/standing drummer for the band Wire Faces.  Fun facts: his first band was called Fear The Vacuum and when he drums he feels like a Majestic Snow Leopard. Shane is a graphic designer by day and the General Manager of Cohere Bandwidth by night.