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giving back and jamming out

Emily Koffsky, Copywriter

Jan 17th, 2018

 
“Between her love of music and her desire to make a change within her community, MUSIC Matters was seemingly the perfect fit.”   Avery Friedman is a junior from Cleveland, Ohio, is double majoring in English and Communications, and serves as MUSIC Matter’s Social Ventures Chair. She came across MUSIC Matters her freshman year at Festifall and was attracted to the charitable aspirations of the organization. Through her experiences, she has learned how to pitch, execute, and manage impactful projects and events while always sticking to her principles.   Serving in a leadership position has enabled Avery to realize first-hand just how much students are capable of when it comes to helping others. She has learned what it’s like to successfully manage a team with an abundance of moving parts, and expresses that “as the Social Ventures Chair, [she is] all about putting our hearts into service, while working with experts to make sure our passion meets a strategy that results in meaningful, ethical service.”   This semester, Avery and the Social Ventures team are looking forward to building a library in Flint, Michigan with our Community Partner and fellow student non-profit organization, Books For A Benefit. In February, the Social Ventures team will be selecting their two annual Big Thinker Scholarship recipients. Additionally, they are working with organizations like the Center for Educational Outreach to plan the second annual MOvE Summer Camp for 50 students from a charter school in Dearborn, Michigan.   Outside of MUSIC Matters, you can find Avery playing guitar, reading, snowboarding, or connecting with other people. Her profound love for music stems from growing up on the classic rock that her dad used to play for her, and that love of music has only grown – she is currently into indie-electronic. She continues to pursue her love of music and social change around campus as a writer for the music beat within the Arts section of the Michigan Daily, where she also recently started their podcast network. She also interned at a non-profit music festival this summer called Global Citizen.   It is clear that Avery has a passion for music and the way it can unite people and encourage change.  We can’t wait to see the incredible projects that Avery and the social ventures team take on in the future.

“Between her love of music and her desire to make a change within her community, MUSIC Matters was seemingly the perfect fit.”

 

Avery Friedman is a junior from Cleveland, Ohio, is double majoring in English and Communications, and serves as MUSIC Matter’s Social Ventures Chair. She came across MUSIC Matters her freshman year at Festifall and was attracted to the charitable aspirations of the organization. Through her experiences, she has learned how to pitch, execute, and manage impactful projects and events while always sticking to her principles.

 

Serving in a leadership position has enabled Avery to realize first-hand just how much students are capable of when it comes to helping others. She has learned what it’s like to successfully manage a team with an abundance of moving parts, and expresses that “as the Social Ventures Chair, [she is] all about putting our hearts into service, while working with experts to make sure our passion meets a strategy that results in meaningful, ethical service.”

 

This semester, Avery and the Social Ventures team are looking forward to building a library in Flint, Michigan with our Community Partner and fellow student non-profit organization, Books For A Benefit. In February, the Social Ventures team will be selecting their two annual Big Thinker Scholarship recipients. Additionally, they are working with organizations like the Center for Educational Outreach to plan the second annual MOvE Summer Camp for 50 students from a charter school in Dearborn, Michigan.

 

Outside of MUSIC Matters, you can find Avery playing guitar, reading, snowboarding, or connecting with other people. Her profound love for music stems from growing up on the classic rock that her dad used to play for her, and that love of music has only grown – she is currently into indie-electronic. She continues to pursue her love of music and social change around campus as a writer for the music beat within the Arts section of the Michigan Daily, where she also recently started their podcast network. She also interned at a non-profit music festival this summer called Global Citizen.

 

It is clear that Avery has a passion for music and the way it can unite people and encourage change.  We can’t wait to see the incredible projects that Avery and the social ventures team take on in the future.


move 2017 recap: it's only the beginning

Lucie Rosenthal, Copywriter 

jan 10th, 2018

 
This week, MUSIC Matters had the chance to sit down with Sophomore Matt Szuromi, the 2017-2018 head of MoVE: A Michigan Overnight Experience. After 4+ years of planning, MUSIC Matters finally launched MoVE, the 2-day, 1-night summer camp, where 30 students from Henry Ford Academy in Detroit were able to have the opportunity to visit the University and get a glimpse of the college experience by touring campus, building friendships, and learning valuable information about the college application process from University officials and current students. Matt explained that MOvE centers around three main goals: to explore the University of Michigan campus and come to feel comfortable picturing oneself in higher education, to develop a better understanding of what civic leadership is and one can act as a positive leader in their community, and to improve the goal-making processes and increase one’s understanding of the connections between choices today and long-term future goals and realities. With this, the students were able to attend financial and career counseling sessions, explore the U of M campus and Ann Arbor, and received a personal tour of the Big House. Though, one of Matt’s favorite parts of the experience was just getting to know the kids through bonding activities and hanging out with them. “The kids were four or five years younger than me, but at the same time, they’re still teenagers, so at some base level they’re kind of your peers. It was fun to just sit there and just talk about music. Sometimes we would just throw on music and dance. It was really fun and they were really cute. Throughout it, it became less and less of a job.” Matt found the entire MOvE experience to be extremely rewarding.  “I think it’s just nice to give the kids an opportunity that they don’t normally get. And not all of them are going to even go to college, but even for those kids, it’s nice that they can just come here for a couple days and get a little more freedom than they do at home. Being on a college campus, sleeping in your dorm, hanging out with your friends more than your parents...it’s a cool thing.” MoVE received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the campers and the counselors and left the MUSIC Matters team with many ideas on how to expand the camp and build a better relationship with Henry Ford Academy. Matt also mentioned that the MUSIC Matters team will be going to the high school later this semester and giving a presentation on the summer camp, which will be the kickoff of MoVE Mentors, a program where the students who attended the camp will be mentors for younger Henry Ford students. This will allow the older students to have opportunity to complete their high school’s community service requirement while giving the younger students an idea of the values and information that were taught at the camp. MUSIC Matters is also hopes to host closer to 50 students this summer, with an extra day added on so that the students are able to do even more activities and hopefully hear from some big-name speakers from the music community. Just like the students who got to have this experience, MoVE is looking like it is going to have an extremely bright future.

This week, MUSIC Matters had the chance to sit down with Sophomore Matt Szuromi, the 2017-2018 head of MoVE: A Michigan Overnight Experience. After 4+ years of planning, MUSIC Matters finally launched MoVE, the 2-day, 1-night summer camp, where 30 students from Henry Ford Academy in Detroit were able to have the opportunity to visit the University and get a glimpse of the college experience by touring campus, building friendships, and learning valuable information about the college application process from University officials and current students.

Matt explained that MOvE centers around three main goals: to explore the University of Michigan campus and come to feel comfortable picturing oneself in higher education, to develop a better understanding of what civic leadership is and one can act as a positive leader in their community, and to improve the goal-making processes and increase one’s understanding of the connections between choices today and long-term future goals and realities. With this, the students were able to attend financial and career counseling sessions, explore the U of M campus and Ann Arbor, and received a personal tour of the Big House.

Though, one of Matt’s favorite parts of the experience was just getting to know the kids through bonding activities and hanging out with them. “The kids were four or five years younger than me, but at the same time, they’re still teenagers, so at some base level they’re kind of your peers. It was fun to just sit there and just talk about music. Sometimes we would just throw on music and dance. It was really fun and they were really cute. Throughout it, it became less and less of a job.”

Matt found the entire MOvE experience to be extremely rewarding.  “I think it’s just nice to give the kids an opportunity that they don’t normally get. And not all of them are going to even go to college, but even for those kids, it’s nice that they can just come here for a couple days and get a little more freedom than they do at home. Being on a college campus, sleeping in your dorm, hanging out with your friends more than your parents...it’s a cool thing.”

MoVE received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the campers and the counselors and left the MUSIC Matters team with many ideas on how to expand the camp and build a better relationship with Henry Ford Academy. Matt also mentioned that the MUSIC Matters team will be going to the high school later this semester and giving a presentation on the summer camp, which will be the kickoff of MoVE Mentors, a program where the students who attended the camp will be mentors for younger Henry Ford students. This will allow the older students to have opportunity to complete their high school’s community service requirement while giving the younger students an idea of the values and information that were taught at the camp. MUSIC Matters is also hopes to host closer to 50 students this summer, with an extra day added on so that the students are able to do even more activities and hopefully hear from some big-name speakers from the music community.

Just like the students who got to have this experience, MoVE is looking like it is going to have an extremely bright future.


soon he'll be the headliner

Lily Dipietro, Copywriter

dec 6th, 2017

 
“I joined MUSIC Matters this past January as a general member, and I never thought that this org would provide me with so many opportunities that not only confirmed my passion for the music and entertainment industries, but more importantly gave me valuable and unique experiences as I look begin my career.”  -Miller Guth, Head of Sales & Promotion     Miller Guth is a sophomore studying History and Performing Arts Management. This year, he heads up Sales & Promotion for MM. In this role, he leads up promotional and marketing strategies for our live events, ranging from building a network of promoters to figuring out what students are actually listening to.   Born in Connecticut, he splits his time between Nashville and Cape Cod (when he’s not in Ann Arbor that is).  Music has been a huge part of Miller’s life since he was little. He began playing the piano at five years old. From there, his love for music was augmented; he participated in piano competitions around New England, played cello in his school orchestra, and taught himself to play the guitar. However, the real transition came when he was 14. This is when Miller really started appreciating electronic music and eventually started making music on his own.   With the help of Apple’s Logic Pro and other introductory courses, he began to learn the basics of producing music. Miller began releasing his music on Soundcloud, which helped launch him into the NYC club scene where he has opened for DJs like Krewella and Hardwell at venues like Pacha NYC and Pier 94. Miller now does the same at venues in Ann Arbor, and most recently opened up for artists like Audien and Cash Cash. When asked what his coolest experience in music has been, he explained it was a tie between being featured on Spotify’s “dance POP” playlist and having his song uploaded to the Trap Nation YouTube channel. These are two places where Miller loves to discover new music, so his features there were extremely humbling.   Clearly, Miller has a passion for music, a passion that helped land him at the University of Michigan. He chose Michigan because it gave him the ability to pursue both his passion for music along with a more general liberal arts degree. He is majoring in History with a Minor in Performing Arts Management in hopes of one day working for a company that creates, organizes, and markets concerts and festivals. This ties directly into Miller’s favorite part of music, the live entertainment side. He loves that music has the power to bring thousands of people together. Having experienced live music as a fan, intern, and artist and performer, hopefully the next stage of his life he will be able to experience the music world from the business side.   If you want to check out his music for yourself, you can find him here on Spotify, and here on Apple Music.

“I joined MUSIC Matters this past January as a general member, and I never thought that this org would provide me with so many opportunities that not only confirmed my passion for the music and entertainment industries, but more importantly gave me valuable and unique experiences as I look begin my career.”  -Miller Guth, Head of Sales & Promotion

 

 

Miller Guth is a sophomore studying History and Performing Arts Management. This year, he heads up Sales & Promotion for MM. In this role, he leads up promotional and marketing strategies for our live events, ranging from building a network of promoters to figuring out what students are actually listening to.

 

Born in Connecticut, he splits his time between Nashville and Cape Cod (when he’s not in Ann Arbor that is).  Music has been a huge part of Miller’s life since he was little. He began playing the piano at five years old. From there, his love for music was augmented; he participated in piano competitions around New England, played cello in his school orchestra, and taught himself to play the guitar. However, the real transition came when he was 14. This is when Miller really started appreciating electronic music and eventually started making music on his own.

 

With the help of Apple’s Logic Pro and other introductory courses, he began to learn the basics of producing music. Miller began releasing his music on Soundcloud, which helped launch him into the NYC club scene where he has opened for DJs like Krewella and Hardwell at venues like Pacha NYC and Pier 94. Miller now does the same at venues in Ann Arbor, and most recently opened up for artists like Audien and Cash Cash. When asked what his coolest experience in music has been, he explained it was a tie between being featured on Spotify’s “dance POP” playlist and having his song uploaded to the Trap Nation YouTube channel. These are two places where Miller loves to discover new music, so his features there were extremely humbling.

 

Clearly, Miller has a passion for music, a passion that helped land him at the University of Michigan. He chose Michigan because it gave him the ability to pursue both his passion for music along with a more general liberal arts degree. He is majoring in History with a Minor in Performing Arts Management in hopes of one day working for a company that creates, organizes, and markets concerts and festivals. This ties directly into Miller’s favorite part of music, the live entertainment side. He loves that music has the power to bring thousands of people together. Having experienced live music as a fan, intern, and artist and performer, hopefully the next stage of his life he will be able to experience the music world from the business side.

 

If you want to check out his music for yourself, you can find him here on Spotify, and here on Apple Music.


nov 29th, 2017

MM in la, fall '17

Zach Moore, Creative Director

I’m about 40,000ft in the air flying back to Ann Arbor from Los Angeles. And even though I’m sitting in what feels like the most crammed seat on Spirit and there’s a baby crying in 14B, I’m dreading the prospect of walking back into class tomorrow even more. The MUSIC Matters LA trip has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had, but it’s always been so tough to explain to people exactly why that is. The natural reaction people have when hearing about the trip is that it’s an excuse to skip out on a week of class under the guise of some sort of ‘professional development’ experience. While it’s not to say that the trip may include an occasional concert or trip to the beach, the objective of the trip extends far beyond that. The purpose of the trip is two fold: to gain valuable insight from leaders in the entertainment industry that we can bring back to the org, and to give an inside look at careers in the industry for those of us that aspire to such roles. That, and making your friends jealous on Instagram.

I’m about 40,000ft in the air flying back to Ann Arbor from Los Angeles. And even though I’m sitting in what feels like the most crammed seat on Spirit and there’s a baby crying in 14B, I’m dreading the prospect of walking back into class tomorrow even more. The MUSIC Matters LA trip has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had, but it’s always been so tough to explain to people exactly why that is. The natural reaction people have when hearing about the trip is that it’s an excuse to skip out on a week of class under the guise of some sort of ‘professional development’ experience. While it’s not to say that the trip may include an occasional concert or trip to the beach, the objective of the trip extends far beyond that. The purpose of the trip is two fold: to gain valuable insight from leaders in the entertainment industry that we can bring back to the org, and to give an inside look at careers in the industry for those of us that aspire to such roles. That, and making your friends jealous on Instagram.

I am fortunate that this was my second LA trip with MUSIC Matters, and it’s safe to say that this time was on another level. We had eleven people (including our two washed up, alumni chaperones), five full days of meetings, and too many orders of In-n-Out. Our Airbnb may have gotten a bit crowded, but it wasn’t a big deal as most of our time was spent meeting with some of the most prominent companies and leaders in the music, media, and entertainment industry. A personal favorite was when we met with John Westphal at Sony Pictures Studios. We were able to sit down with him and discuss the state of the TV industry and the studio system in LA. John also gave the team some great advice for breaking into the entertainment industry. With graduation right around the corner, that was particularly insightful (please hire me). Oh, and we got to visit the set of Seinfeld in the Sony Pictures Museum. I slid into the apartment Kramer style… it was pretty cool.

I am fortunate that this was my second LA trip with MUSIC Matters, and it’s safe to say that this time was on another level. We had eleven people (including our two washed up, alumni chaperones), five full days of meetings, and too many orders of In-n-Out. Our Airbnb may have gotten a bit crowded, but it wasn’t a big deal as most of our time was spent meeting with some of the most prominent companies and leaders in the music, media, and entertainment industry. A personal favorite was when we met with John Westphal at Sony Pictures Studios. We were able to sit down with him and discuss the state of the TV industry and the studio system in LA. John also gave the team some great advice for breaking into the entertainment industry. With graduation right around the corner, that was particularly insightful (please hire me). Oh, and we got to visit the set of Seinfeld in the Sony Pictures Museum. I slid into the apartment Kramer style… it was pretty cool.

Another favorite was meeting with VaynerMedia. With our growing Creative Committee, it was great to speak with them on their process for going about creating compelling content and engaging stories. From the importance of varying content forms, changing consumer interests, and the keys to good branding, there were so many great takeaways. Though, some of the biggest highlights were those that weren’t on the itinerary. What made the trip special were times like wandering the beach in Santa Monica because we arrived too early for our meeting with Uber or hearing stories about the Grammies from CBS that I probably shouldn’t repeat. And having the pullout couch all to myself in our Airbnb.

Another favorite was meeting with VaynerMedia. With our growing Creative Committee, it was great to speak with them on their process for going about creating compelling content and engaging stories. From the importance of varying content forms, changing consumer interests, and the keys to good branding, there were so many great takeaways.

Though, some of the biggest highlights were those that weren’t on the itinerary. What made the trip special were times like wandering the beach in Santa Monica because we arrived too early for our meeting with Uber or hearing stories about the Grammies from CBS that I probably shouldn’t repeat. And having the pullout couch all to myself in our Airbnb.

Just like that, the best field trip ever has come to an end. Even though I took a staggering 589 photos, I still don’t think they can capture how special of an experience it was. There’s just something about it. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the content worthy sights. Maybe it’s meeting the coolest people in entertainment. Maybe it’s driving down Mulholland Drive listening to Future’s “I Serve the Bass”. Maybe it’s just vibing with everyone else on all of your eclectic tastes in music. Whatever it is, it was a hell of a lot better than sitting in this Spirit seat. Seriously it’s like I have six inches of leg room. The baby still hasn’t stopped crying by the way. With that said, I’m going to get back to catching up on all the homework I missed.   For your added enjoyment, here are some tunes that had heavy rotation on our bluetooth speaker: “Havana” by Camila Cabello “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump “RAF” by A$AP Mob “Biscuit Town” by King Kruel “No More Parties in LA” by Kanye West “Touch of Grey” by Grateful Dead

Just like that, the best field trip ever has come to an end. Even though I took a staggering 589 photos, I still don’t think they can capture how special of an experience it was. There’s just something about it. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the content worthy sights. Maybe it’s meeting the coolest people in entertainment. Maybe it’s driving down Mulholland Drive listening to Future’s “I Serve the Bass”. Maybe it’s just vibing with everyone else on all of your eclectic tastes in music. Whatever it is, it was a hell of a lot better than sitting in this Spirit seat. Seriously it’s like I have six inches of leg room. The baby still hasn’t stopped crying by the way. With that said, I’m going to get back to catching up on all the homework I missed.

 

For your added enjoyment, here are some tunes that had heavy rotation on our bluetooth speaker:

“Havana” by Camila Cabello

“Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump

“RAF” by A$AP Mob

“Biscuit Town” by King Kruel

“No More Parties in LA” by Kanye West

“Touch of Grey” by Grateful Dead


nov 15th, 2017

 

nov 8th, 2017

mmaking a social impact

Kayla Ladis, Copywriter

This fall, MUSIC Matters launched our newest social venture – “CoMMunity Partnership” to maximize our social impact on campus and in the local community. MUSIC Matters puts on hype concerts and events, but more than that we immerse ourselves in social ventures to engage with and give back to our community along the way. MUSIC Matter’s own Head of New Social Venture Initiatives, Morgan Fenton, shared that “A big goal of this partnership is to get all members of MM more involved with social ventures, so we gave each individual a vote in who we chose to team up with this fall.” Now what is the CoMMunity Partnership? We are offering a grant to a student organization at the University of Michigan that holds a compelling philanthropic mission. In this partnership, both organizations will support and promote one another’s greatest goods and MUSIC Matters specifically will offer the organization volunteers, a prime spot at SpringFest to showcase the partnership, and features in our marketing and social media campaigns. Over twenty student orgs applied and after narrowing it down to three, MM voted on:     BOOKS FOR A BENEFIT!

This fall, MUSIC Matters launched our newest social venture – “CoMMunity Partnership” to maximize our social impact on campus and in the local community. MUSIC Matters puts on hype concerts and events, but more than that we immerse ourselves in social ventures to engage with and give back to our community along the way. MUSIC Matter’s own Head of New Social Venture Initiatives, Morgan Fenton, shared that “A big goal of this partnership is to get all members of MM more involved with social ventures, so we gave each individual a vote in who we chose to team up with this fall.”

Now what is the CoMMunity Partnership? We are offering a grant to a student organization at the University of Michigan that holds a compelling philanthropic mission. In this partnership, both organizations will support and promote one another’s greatest goods and MUSIC Matters specifically will offer the organization volunteers, a prime spot at SpringFest to showcase the partnership, and features in our marketing and social media campaigns. Over twenty student orgs applied and after narrowing it down to three, MM voted on:

 






 

BOOKS FOR A BENEFIT!

“Books for a Benefit was founded to foster an appreciation and understanding of the benefits of literacy. Our organization aims to support our community by providing access to books and other academic resources through fun and productive environments. We recognize education as a path to innovation and success, and we dream of a world where that path is open to all students, regardless of background.”   Books for a Benefit will be using the grant for their Library Building Initiative. They travel to underprivileged community centers in order to create beautiful libraries full of donated books and a space where they can host read-aloud sessions. Their goal is to encourage students to read in order to promote academic drive, self-expression, and an appreciation of literature. Co-founders Nadine Jawad and Essam Al-Snayyan are both extremely passionate about their project. As the first ever recipient of the CoMMunity Partnership, we are thrilled to be working and volunteering with them for the 2017-2018 year!

“Books for a Benefit was founded to foster an appreciation and understanding of the benefits of literacy. Our organization aims to support our community by providing access to books and other academic resources through fun and productive environments. We recognize education as a path to innovation and success, and we dream of a world where that path is open to all students, regardless of background.”

 

Books for a Benefit will be using the grant for their Library Building Initiative. They travel to underprivileged community centers in order to create beautiful libraries full of donated books and a space where they can host read-aloud sessions. Their goal is to encourage students to read in order to promote academic drive, self-expression, and an appreciation of literature. Co-founders Nadine Jawad and Essam Al-Snayyan are both extremely passionate about their project. As the first ever recipient of the CoMMunity Partnership, we are thrilled to be working and volunteering with them for the 2017-2018 year!

from music lover to music business

Kayla Ladis, Copywriter

“MUSIC Matters has opened doors for me that I didn’t know existed; it has solidified my desire to be in this business.” -Matt Ladis, President of MUSIC Matters   Matt Ladis is a senior, Miami-born music lover, and is majoring Economics with a minor in Music. While he now oversees all of MUSIC Matters as president, as a freshman he entered the overwhelming, maze-like, student organization showcase that is ~Festifall~ and saw a big sign that said “Bring Grammy Winning Artists to Campus.” He signed up and has never looked back. Even though MUSIC Matters tends to overtake all of our lives, Matt is also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and Wolverine Support Network, and he’s not too shabby at intramural basketball either. His passion for music doesn’t fall far from the tree – Matt’s dad used to book concerts in college too. After playing guitar for eleven years and saxophone for eight, it’s evident that music is a constant in his life. Some of his favorite memories and experiences with music include spending four full days at the Electric Forest festival this past summer and seeing Roger Waters’ “The Wall” tour sophomore year of high school with his dad. Right after SpringFest 2016, he knew he wanted to be a leader in the organization and took up the position of treasurer the following year. After being fortunate to have been awarded a spot on the annual MM trip to LA in 2017, he knew he wanted to set his sights higher. As the current president, Matt hopes to create more opportunities for students interested in the entertainment business and help them discover ways to get there. And, you know… selling out the evening SpringFest concert and increasing MM’s overall brand awareness on campus would be cool as well. Matt’s favorite experience with MM was attending the trip to LA in January of 2017, and he is thrilled and humbled to to have been selected to return on the trip again this November. For someone interested in the entertainment industry, Matt says it is the trip of a lifetime. He couldn’t encourage up and coming MM members more to apply for this trip, and after all, our alumni do pick up the tab 😉. Matt is “1000% pursuing a career in the music/entertainment industry” after he graduates this spring, and couldn’t be more grateful for the doors MM has opened.   Current jams “Surreal” by Louis Futon “Finest Ones” by Rakim “I Used to Love H.E.R.” by Common “rockstar” by Post Malone “You Enjoy Myself” by Phish “Somethin’ Else” by Cannonball Adderley “Crazy Dream” by Tom Misch   All time favorites and classics “Reminiscing” by the Little River Band “I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Miles Davis “Peace Frog” by The Doors “Just Friends” by Charlie Parker “Crossroad Blues” by Robert Johnson “Thug Mansion” by 2Pac For game day: Come on Eileen

“MUSIC Matters has opened doors for me that I didn’t know existed; it has solidified my desire to be in this business.” -Matt Ladis, President of MUSIC Matters

 

Matt Ladis is a senior, Miami-born music lover, and is majoring Economics with a minor in Music. While he now oversees all of MUSIC Matters as president, as a freshman he entered the overwhelming, maze-like, student organization showcase that is ~Festifall~ and saw a big sign that said “Bring Grammy Winning Artists to Campus.” He signed up and has never looked back.

Even though MUSIC Matters tends to overtake all of our lives, Matt is also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and Wolverine Support Network, and he’s not too shabby at intramural basketball either. His passion for music doesn’t fall far from the tree – Matt’s dad used to book concerts in college too. After playing guitar for eleven years and saxophone for eight, it’s evident that music is a constant in his life. Some of his favorite memories and experiences with music include spending four full days at the Electric Forest festival this past summer and seeing Roger Waters’ “The Wall” tour sophomore year of high school with his dad.

Right after SpringFest 2016, he knew he wanted to be a leader in the organization and took up the position of treasurer the following year. After being fortunate to have been awarded a spot on the annual MM trip to LA in 2017, he knew he wanted to set his sights higher. As the current president, Matt hopes to create more opportunities for students interested in the entertainment business and help them discover ways to get there. And, you know… selling out the evening SpringFest concert and increasing MM’s overall brand awareness on campus would be cool as well.

Matt’s favorite experience with MM was attending the trip to LA in January of 2017, and he is thrilled and humbled to to have been selected to return on the trip again this November. For someone interested in the entertainment industry, Matt says it is the trip of a lifetime. He couldn’t encourage up and coming MM members more to apply for this trip, and after all, our alumni do pick up the tab 😉. Matt is “1000% pursuing a career in the music/entertainment industry” after he graduates this spring, and couldn’t be more grateful for the doors MM has opened.


 

Current jams

“Surreal” by Louis Futon

“Finest Ones” by Rakim

“I Used to Love H.E.R.” by Common

“rockstar” by Post Malone

“You Enjoy Myself” by Phish

“Somethin’ Else” by Cannonball Adderley

“Crazy Dream” by Tom Misch

 

All time favorites and classics

“Reminiscing” by the Little River Band

“I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra

“Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix

“Going to California” by Led Zeppelin

“Shine on You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd

“Bye Bye Blackbird” by Miles Davis

“Peace Frog” by The Doors

“Just Friends” by Charlie Parker

“Crossroad Blues” by Robert Johnson

“Thug Mansion” by 2Pac

For game day: Come on Eileen


Nov 1st, 2017

SpringFest 2017 Recap: Bigger and Better Than Ever

Clare Duckworth, Copy Director

Last April, the University of Michigan’s campus was taken over once again for the sixth annual SpringFest. This year, we put on the biggest (and arguably best!) SpringFest to date. Through a unique, first of its kind partnership with the world’s largest record label, Universal Music Group, we were able to scale up the production to a whole new level. We worked hand in hand with their College Marketing and Lifestyle Division in order to continue to successfully execute this truly amazing festival.

Last April, the University of Michigan’s campus was taken over once again for the sixth annual SpringFest. This year, we put on the biggest (and arguably best!) SpringFest to date. Through a unique, first of its kind partnership with the world’s largest record label, Universal Music Group, we were able to scale up the production to a whole new level. We worked hand in hand with their College Marketing and Lifestyle Division in order to continue to successfully execute this truly amazing festival.

With this, we were very excited to bring on two massive new sponsorship activations with the Clorox tie-dye booth and the SONY Sound Lounge. At the Clorox tie-dye booth, participants used bleach to tie-dye t-shirts that featured musical icons like the Beatles, Justin Bieber, and Travis Scott. The SONY Sound Lounge was bumping all day with giveaways, DJ sets, and panelists. The daytime portion also included 60+ student organizations and startups, several Detroit and Ann Arbor pop-up shops, corporate and university sponsors, a startup pitch competition called “MTank,” food trucks, a rap cypher, and students from every corner of campus. And if you weren’t at any of these amazing festivities, you probably found yourself at the day stage jamming to local and national artists including Shmongo, Saint Mesa, Nightly, and Ocean Park Standoff.

With this, we were very excited to bring on two massive new sponsorship activations with the Clorox tie-dye booth and the SONY Sound Lounge. At the Clorox tie-dye booth, participants used bleach to tie-dye t-shirts that featured musical icons like the Beatles, Justin Bieber, and Travis Scott. The SONY Sound Lounge was bumping all day with giveaways, DJ sets, and panelists. The daytime portion also included 60+ student organizations and startups, several Detroit and Ann Arbor pop-up shops, corporate and university sponsors, a startup pitch competition called “MTank,” food trucks, a rap cypher, and students from every corner of campus. And if you weren’t at any of these amazing festivities, you probably found yourself at the day stage jamming to local and national artists including Shmongo, Saint Mesa, Nightly, and Ocean Park Standoff.

As for the nighttime portion of SpringFest, we moved our benefit concert from Hill Auditorium (as it had been years prior) to the Crisler Center, home of the University of Michigan men and women’s basketball teams. The concert was headlined by rap legends 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, and Desiigner and brought in over 4,000 attendees. The move to Crisler was a paramount milestone for MM, as there had not been a concert at the Crisler Center for over 15 years. Following the concert, there was an afterparty and meet and greet with Desiigner at the popular bar Skeeps (or Scorekeepers for the uninitiated). Quite a few of our members might have had very similar profile pictures as a result.

As for the nighttime portion of SpringFest, we moved our benefit concert from Hill Auditorium (as it had been years prior) to the Crisler Center, home of the University of Michigan men and women’s basketball teams. The concert was headlined by rap legends 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, and Desiigner and brought in over 4,000 attendees. The move to Crisler was a paramount milestone for MM, as there had not been a concert at the Crisler Center for over 15 years. Following the concert, there was an afterparty and meet and greet with Desiigner at the popular bar Skeeps (or Scorekeepers for the uninitiated). Quite a few of our members might have had very similar profile pictures as a result.

Even though we’re in the heart of fall here in Ann Arbor, we still can’t get over how amazing SpringFest 2017 was. We think our SpringFest chair, Ayla Ahmed, said it best herself in that “SpringFest is an incredibly powerful and inspiring space for students across all disciplines. By pairing the best of student work with activations and activities, the day brings campus alive with excitement and energy." See you in April!

Even though we’re in the heart of fall here in Ann Arbor, we still can’t get over how amazing SpringFest 2017 was. We think our SpringFest chair, Ayla Ahmed, said it best herself in that “SpringFest is an incredibly powerful and inspiring space for students across all disciplines. By pairing the best of student work with activations and activities, the day brings campus alive with excitement and energy."

See you in April!