Joins Conscious Alliance and HeadCount in Support of Charity Programming at Inaugural Colorado Music Festival Featuring Phish’s Trey Anastasio


The Mockingbird Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Vertex, and the festival’s “Music in Schools” program, to benefit music education programs in the festival’s hometown of Buena Vista, CO. As a leading grantmaker in children’s music education, the Foundation’s mission closely aligns with the festival’s belief that one’s home should be a year-round place of musical discovery.

Mockingbird volunteers will host a variety of fundraisers at the festival to help pay for local schools’ honor band and choir travel expenses during the 2016-17 school year and to provide funding for new uniforms. Vertex festival goers can win special viewing upgrades for both Trey Anastasio sets, limited edition poster art and photography prints, and copies of the newly released The Phish Companion: A Guide to a Band & Their Music through their on-site donations.

“We are incredibly excited to join forces with this new and exciting festival, one that so closely aligns with our charitable mission,” said Marco Walsh, Foundation Board President, The Mockingbird Foundation. “Colorado has always been a special place for Phish and Phish fans. As such, it’s also a special place for the Foundation.”

The Foundation has previously distributed nine grants in Colorado, totalling $23,500. Grant recipients include Vertex’s Food Drive partner, Conscious Alliance and the 2016 Phish Summer Tour grant recipient, Adams City High School in Commerce City.

In advance of the festival, Mockingbird and Vertex have begun joint fundraising efforts to benefit Buena Vista schools.

Last month, The Mockingbird Foundation released the third edition of The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band & Their Music. The 898-page hardcover book meticulously and reverently chronicles Phish’s history from their humble beginnings to the present, documenting the band’s output with setlists, show reviews, tour capsules, fan prose, original photos and more. As with previous editions, all net proceeds will benefit music education for children.

Foundation volunteers will be on hand at Vertex with copies of The Phish Companion, answering questions and showcasing the book for fans. If you can’t wait until then to get your hands on the definitive book on Phish, order one now at

About the Mockingbird Foundation:

The Mockingbird Foundation is the leading provider of historical information about Phish and its music, having cultivated intellectual property through since 1994. A leading grantmaker in music education for children, the Foundation has now made 300 grants in 47 states, totalling over $1M. Proceeds are generated through comprehensive books, innovative recordings, special art prints, creative donation premiums, and fan community events. The Foundation has been operated entirely by volunteer fans of the band, without any salaries or paid volunteers, since its inception in 1996.

About Vertex:

Hosted in a stunning mountain valley setting of Cottonwood Meadows in Buena Vista, Vertex will showcase the best of Colorado. As a community-minded event that merges diverse musical genres, art, and a variety of experiences and outdoor adventures, Vertex promises an elevated experience that takes the U.S. festival and its culture to new heights – Colorado style. For its inaugural year, Vertex hosts over 40 diverse live music performances including headliners ODESZA, Alabama Shakes and the Trey Anastasio Band (2 sets), plus Duke Dumont, Gramatik, Lettuce, Seven Lions, Jai Wolf, Dopapod, Hiatus Kaiyote, Graham Nash, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Houndmouth, The Revivalists Emancipator Ensemble and many more.

Press Inquiries:

Ali Stone, The Mockingbird Foundation
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Carrie Lombardi, Vertex Music Festival
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