We are Michigan Undergrads Serving In the Community; we are MUSIC Matters
Who We are
Founded in 2011, we realized the power of music could not only unite the University of Michigan campus, but could also create social change to strengthen our surrounding community.
So how do we do it? We put on unique events on and off campus (like Open Mic Nights and Battle of the Bands) that use music to bring people together. Our capstone event each year is SpringFest, and we’re proud to say that it’s the largest student-run lifestyle festival in the country (plus the largest zero-waste event on our campus!), catering to approximately 10,000 people. SpringFest is the ultimate event to unite our campus because we showcase the incredible things happening at U of M. Over 65 student organizations come out to provide interactive activities, live music, performances, food trucks, art installations, and so much more for all of Ann Arbor to enjoy. The incredible day comes to a close with a benefit concert attended by thousands of Michigan students, people from surrounding communities, and proud alumnus. Past headliners include 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Migos, and most recently, Louis The Child.
But this wasn’t enough for us. We wanted to take the proceeds from these spectacular events to spark even more positivity in the community. Together, we launched our very own social ventures. Today, we are proud to grant one of the only student-run scholarships on campus, using a $50,000 endowment to help deserving students get educated at our esteemed university. We didn’t stop there. In 2017, we launched MOvE: Michigan Overnight Experience. MOvE brings underprivileged Detroit high schoolers to campus for an inspirational weekend filled with campus tours, bonding and self reflection activities, and an inside look at the opportunities a college education can offer. Our first year of camp was so successful that our campers returned as Junior Counselors the next summer, proud to return to campus and serve as mentors to the next wave of campers. But, still, this wasn’t enough for us. Despite MOvE’s ongoing impact, we were determined to further grow our social ventures. 2017 also brought MUSIC Matters’ launch of the CoMMunity Partnership, a $2,500 grant program to assist other social action groups on campus (such as our first CoMMunity Partner, Books for a Benefit) in making a positive impact on the community.
Like we said before -- we are Michigan Undergrads Serving In the Community, and we don’t take our namesake lightly. We will never cease to grow in pursuit of causes that are close to our hearts. We are here to use music to unite our campus and make a change for our community. We make noise. We make it matter. Thanks for visiting our website and being a part of our story.