ProDev Educational Opportunities


The ninth annual FoCoMX (Fort Collins Music eXperiment), April 28 and 29, 2017, is proud to offer two free and relevant educational panels to musicians and creatives.

We will be bringing back our ProDev Educational Series in partnership with Bohemian Foundation. These workshops are free for musicians, with lunch and beverages provided. They will take place at The Music District located at 639 S. College Ave Fort Collins, CO 80524. In addition, there will be two Songwriter In the Round sessions following the ProDev panels.


12 PM -1:30 PM – ProDev panel: “Affordable Housing for Colorado's Creative Community” - Local, Regional and National Trends.

2:00-3:30 PM – ProDev panel: “Treefort in Boise & FoCoMX in Fort Collins”  - Compare & Contrast the Festivals.

4:30-6:00 Songwriters in the Round: Edie Carey, Liz Barnez, Cary Morin, Tim Cook. Hosted by Liz Barnez.

6:30-8:00 Songwriters in the Round: Justin Roth, Bethel Steele, Nick Duarte, Bevin Luna.



Your Panelists - Affordable Housing for Colorado's Creative Community

Crip Erickson, Erickson Realty

Over the course of 12 years in real estate, Crip Erickson has helped a wide range of clients, including seasoned sellers, first time buyers, people dabbling in their first rental property, and savvy investors looking for commercial space or large multi-units.

He began his career in 2005 at Realty Executives in Old Town Fort Collins, and moved to 8z Real Estate for 2.5 years before beginning Erickson Realty in 2017. He splits his time equally between buyers and sellers, and enjoys sorting through contract issues, friendly negotiation and finding investment properties.

Crip moved to Fort Collins in 1997, fresh from Moorhead State University, to play drums in area band The Atoll. He now drums for Mama Lenny and the Remedy, but his main gigs are serving his clients and being a proud father and husband. He also plays racquetball whenever possible to offset his appetite for movie popcorn.

Lisa Gedgaudas, Denver Arts & Venues

Denver native Lisa Gedgaudas has been recognized for her outstanding leadership in advancing arts and culture in the community. Lisa currently serves as the Program Administrator for Create Denver, a City initiated program with Denver Arts & Venues that showcases Denver’s talented and dynamic creative community, recognizes its role in making Denver vibrant and economically vital, and catalyzes the sector to become cohesive and sustainable. Her role includes the enhancement of Denver’s quality of life through cultural programming, business development, art and cultural district development, research, policy and advocacy.

Margaret Hunt, Director, Colorado Creative Industries and Space to Create

Margaret is the Director of Colorado Creative Industries and Space to Create in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She worked for 20+ years in the private sector advancing community and economic development strategies in a seven-state region.

As Director of Colorado’s Creative Industry Division, she is responsible for advancing statewide support for creative sector employment, arts, culture, and creative economy strategies. CCI receives funding from the State of Colorado, the National Endowment for the Arts and partners with private foundations. CCI administers the state’s nationally recognized Creative District Program, supported by The Boettcher Foundation, the state’s Space to Create (affordable live/work spaces for the creative industries workforce and artists in rural communities), the Creative District Program including its Community Loan Fund, and the Colorado Music Strategy.

Prior to coming to Colorado, Margaret led the Utah Division of Arts and Museums for eight years, and served as the Director of Community & Economic Development for Salt Lake City overseeing seven departments. She also served as a loaned executive for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee.

Margaret attended the University of Utah, majoring in business and completing the Kennedy School of Public Administration program at Harvard University. She earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University in Boulder. At Naropa, she managed the International Microfinance Training Program for bank managers from over 90 countries. Margaret has received the Pathfinder Award from the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for mentoring and supporting women, and the Utah Governor’s Small Cities Award for accomplishments in economic development in rural communities.

Currently, Margaret serves on Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Executive Leadership Team for re-envisioning Denver’s Performing Arts Complex, The Next Stage, as well as the Board of the Downtown Denver Theatre District. She is on the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Margaret is also a practicing artist and writer.

Shannon Joern, Vice President of National Advancement, Artspace Projects

Shannon has been a member of the development team Artspace Projects since 2004. In her time at Artspace she has helped raise more than $35 million in philanthropic and private sector funds for the organization’s general operations and its affordable live/work and other arts facilities projects in communities across the country. In her position as Vice President, Shannon is responsible for project-based campaigns in communities where Artspace is at work developing local arts spaces, stewardship of funder and stakeholder relationships, and leadership to the National Advancement department and Artspace’s consulting and property development teams. Shannon recently relocated to Denver with her family and has a team role in all of Artspace’s activities in Colorado.

Shannon received a Masters of Public Policy in 2004 from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota where she specialized in nonprofit management. She received BA degrees in Women’s Studies and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1995.

Before joining Artspace Shannon worked for the Minneapolis YWCA as a youth specialist in the Discovery leadership-development program for 10 – 12 year old girls. Before joining the YWCA she was program coordinator for the Minneapolis South High School Women’s Resource Center. She has participated in many local professional and community-volunteer efforts including conference and workshop planning, freelance writing, and fundraising consulting.

Matt Robenalt, Executive Director, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority

Matt was appointed Executive Director of the Fort Collins DDA in 2009, where he served with that same organization since 2006 as a project manager. Matt graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1994, launching his career in community redevelopment, in both public and private sectors. He worked for an engineering firm specializing in brownfield redevelopment in Michigan, and as a business manager at a downtown brewpub and restaurant in Tennessee, until relocating to Colorado 18 years ago. He has worked as a private consultant, and as an urban renewal and historic preservation planner for the City of Loveland. He volunteered as chairperson of the Fort Collins Housing Authority Commission, and on the board of the non-profit DMA Plaza senior housing development. He has a wife, Alice, and 15-year old son, Luka.


Your Panelists - Treefort in Boise and FoCoMX in Fort Collins

Eric Gilbert, Treefort Music Fest

Eric is a co-founder of Treefort Music Fest, and current festival director and talent buyer for this young multi-day, multi-venue, emerging arts and music festival based in Boise, Idaho that just completed its sixth year. In his free time, Gilbert books tours for rock 'n' roll bands in the US and Canada as agent/owner of Duck Club Touring, books and promotes concerts year round in various venues around Boise (with a small team of passionate all-stars) as Duck Club Presents, hosts a radio show called Antler Crafts on community radio station Radio Boise KRBX 89.9 FM every Monday morning 9am - noon, is one third of the national touring rock 'n' roll band Finn Riggins, and is a new father of a beautiful and happy little three-and-a-half year-old girl named Vera June.

Gilbert is particularly inspired by the forward momentum and collaborative nature of Boise, and is very passionate about helping to develop it as a place that recognizes the value of creatives (and the place of rock 'n' rollers within that); thus helping it to be a better place for creatives to call home, to work from and develop their craft. He grew up in Boise and the mountains of Idaho, has since thoroughly traveled the country (playing shows in nearly 45 different states), which steeped in many great communities and art/music scenes all over. But the cultural frontier in Idaho excites him most... the mountains, clean rivers and clear skies make it something worth fighting for, they make Idaho home.

Alysia Kraft, The Music District, Patti Fiasco, Whippoorwill

Alysia was raised cowgirling on a southwestern Wyoming family cattle ranch. While acquiring a BFA in painting and sculpture in college, Alysia pursued a more avid interest in country-tinged rock and roll.  She’s now penned and released five award-winning albums, been thrice voted “Frontperson of the Year” by her peers in the Fort Collins Musicians Association, and logged innumerable miles in Econoline vans touring the American West. When she’s not rocking stages with bands the Patti Fiasco and Whippoorwill, she’s almost certainly at the Music District having conversations about the life and community enriching powers of music.

Oliver Mueller, Slow Caves

Oliver Mueller is a member of Fort Collins indie rock band, Slow Caves. After signing to Old Flame Records in 2016, Slow Caves released the EP Desert Minded in March 2017. The band recently returned from a short tour, where they showcased their music at South by Southwest and Treefort Music Fest.

Erin Roberts, the Music District and Porlolo

Erin Roberts is a musician and arts manager, splitting time between her job as Community Manager at the Music District and her band, Porlolo. Porlolo was formed in 2002 with guitarist Tom Mohr, and current lineup also includes Ben Desoto on drums and Anna Morsett on bass. Discography includes What Would This Be For (Split EP with Roger Green, 2002), Storm and Season (2004), Meadows (2006), Pony Trekk (2009), Everything, Barely (2014). Erin Roberts also released Fill Your Lungs (2012) with Denver-based band Ending People. Porlolo has logged extensive miles on the road, playing alongside Cass McCombs, Destroyer, Magnolia Electric Company, Fleet Foxes, Phosphorescent, Two Gallants and more.

Scotty Van Tatenhove

Scott is a veteran teacher of the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has pioneered the curriculum and teaching of the History of Rock & Roll in both middle and high school. He has also presented nationally at the National Council of the Social Studies annual convention and the Colorado Music Educators conference on the multiple approaches to teaching the History of Rock & Roll. His courses have earned him national recognition and grant funds including from Bohemian Foundation. Scott has also developed a 21st Century Skills essential learning plan for the Rocky Mountain High School Social Studies Department.

Scotty serves as Department Leader for the Rocky Mountain High Social Studies Department. Scott holds a Master’s Degree in the teaching of social studies from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts in History and Education degree from Saint Olaf College. He also served as a former appointee to the City of Fort Collins Transportation Board from 2007-2011.


FoCoMA, ProDev, and FoCoMX

ProDev is a program created 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. Each year we offer this series of educational opportunities in conjunction with our annual music festival, FoCoMX (The Fort Collins Music eXperiment).