SpringFest 2017: 4/14/17

2 CHAINZ. LIL YACHTY. Desiigner.

Michigan DIAG by day, Crisler Arena by night

SpringFest is the next generation festival: a lifestyle festival designed to discover and launch THE NEXT BIG THING across every field -- arts, technology, sustainability, social activism & identity, music, sports, health, and food. Attracting the brightest young minds from around the world, SpringFest is a cultural expression of the way that young people are reshaping every industry and aspect of society.

This year, SpringFest will be bigger than ever, including:

  • 60+ student organizations representing the efforts of 2,000+ students
  • Representation from students from every school within the university
  • 20-30 student startups in our Startup Village
  • Being the largest student zero-waste event on campus
  • 7+  live activations by corporate sponsors

Cultivating Community

The concept of MUSIC Matters grew out of a recognition -- by a group of 10 freshmen in their crummy first year dorms during 2011 -- that there was a significant “market need” for concerts in Ann Arbor. Though, in addressing this market failure, an even larger “student need” was brought forward that they could simultaneously address: most student-invented social ventures never progressed out of ideation phase due to lack of infrastructure to support those types of activities. We came to believe that if you could create an entrepreneurial student organization that could pull together and organize a concert “for charity,” you’d be attracting the same types of students who would also want to use the proceeds from those concerts to fund innovative student ideas on how to positively impact the world.

These issues are what helped fuel our flagship event, SpringFest; a SXSW-style gathering designed to promote innovation, creativity, and community while displaying the achievements of University students. The day's festivities are capped off with a massive benefit concert from a major headlining artist, with proceeds going to a unique philanthropic cause selected and designed by MUSIC Matters members. Each year SpringFest continues to expand and brings MUSIC Matters closer to its vision of hosting the world's preeminent, multidisciplinary festival, attracting some of the brightest minds in the world.


Learn more about our capstone festival and concert that brings together diverse student groups, artists, startups and much more.

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Social venture

Everything MUSIC Matters does works to cultivate collaboration and give back to the Greater Detroit community

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