During a time of imbalance in the education system in the inner-city, groups and organizations like MUSIC matters come out to make a difference. This year the festival will feature rapper Common to raise funds for the organization said the Huffpost.
According to a quote made by Madeleine Chone, Talent and Concert chair of MUSIC matters, MUSIC matters is a student organization in the University of Michigan set on using the arts to bring together communities and using the arts as a means of social justice. Founded in 2011, the organization will be hosting its fourth annual Springfest, a SXSW-style gathering “to promote innovation,creativity and community while displaying the achievements of University students” according to their website.
MUSIC Matters holds a spring festival annually to bring together all the different groups on campus hoping to make strong community ties in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. The event is topped of with a benefit concert to raise money for a particular organization. This year, the show, planning to be held at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, will feature hip hop artist Common to continue to raise funds for the student leadership camp that MUSIC Matters is aiming to start in 2016 for underrepresented Detroit youth.
For the event, Common was chosen to headline because, as a stated by Chone, because of his outlook on the inner-city communities
We really want to use the platform to give a voice to someone who speaks in the community in an effective and engaging way and I really can’t think of someone more powerful than Common right now, said Chone, he’s been one of the most cohesive forces in hip hop and just an inspiration in terms of that. His artistry expands so much farther than hip-hop. The way he’s demonstrated to the public is just inspiring and the truths he speaks he really acts out.
MUSIC matters had started funding for the program last year, with artist such as 2 Chainz, J.Cole, and Ben Folds headlining during the Springfest. where a few of them contributed to raising money for the program and/or for others. The student program was able to raise a combined total of$60,000 in the past three years. The leadership program they are planning to develop is a five-day overnight camp held at the University of Michigan, where students will be chosen from underserved for their skills and talents that were overlooked.
The festival will start April 17th.