SpringFest grew out of a recognition — by a group of 10 music loving freshmen in their crummy dorms in 2011— that we needed more concerts in Ann Arbor. We realized there was a huge “market need” for great live performances on our campus. As we began to address that need, we realized there was an even larger need -- a “student need,” created by the realization that there needs to be more support for student-run ventures. In order to meet these needs, those 10 freshmen decided to do something about it -- they created the ultimate lifestyle festival, SpringFest.
SpringFest is a SXSW-style festival designed to promote innovation, creativity, and community while showcasing the unique achievements of university students. Today, over 65 student organizations unite on The Diag and on North U annually for live music, student performances, food trucks, art installations, and so much more. The festivities are capped off with a massive benefit concert featuring a major headlining artist (such as 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Migos, and Louis The Child), and we are proud to say that the proceeds go towards our very own social ventures. Each year, MUSIC Matters continues to expand SpringFest to achieve its goal of uniting the campus through music and sparking social change.
All day lifestyle festival and nighttime benefit concert
The largest student-run event on the U of M campus
MUSIC Matters is joined by 65+ student organizations
Past headliners are: J. Cole, Ben Folds, Common, Migos, 2 Chainz, and Louis The Child
Largest zero-waste event at the University of Michigan
SF 2017 was the first student-produced concert in Crisler Center since 1994
SF 2018 featured the first electronic dance genre headliner in the iconic Hill Auditorium