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General and Multi-Genre
Detroit Music Awards Foundation (DMAF / DMA) – “Our purpose is to honor Detroit area musicians working on a national, regional and local level, to nurture music that is being made in the Detroit metropolitan area, and to create a sense of music industry community that cuts across genres and styles.” facebook
New Motor Music Collective (NMMC) – formed in 2014. “Comprised of a group of people from various different aspects of the music industry that have joined forces to create a sustainable music scene in the Detroit area. Outta Nowhere Entertainment and the New Motor Music Collective have joined forces to give music artists the tools they need to create a sustainable income and contribute to the local economy.”
Detroit Sound Conservancy – “Founded in 2012, the Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC) will preserve what Detroit-native and renowned musician-producer Don Was has called the 'indigenous music of Detroit'. To that end, the DSC's goal is to become the go-to leadership for accurate information and effective strategy to increase and maintain Detroit';s capacity to conserve its musical past. Founded by Michigan-native Dr. Carleton S. Gholz, the current DSC working board includes musicians, preservationists, teachers, archivists, librarians, journalists, coders, ethnomusicologists, architects, photographers, filmmakers, publicists, DJs, urban planners, and, most importantly, fans of Detroit music.”
The Musicians Guild – “Has been promoting and helping local Detroit musicians since 2001. We work with Jam Rag and Michigan Artists.Com a lot, running info expos, open jams, outdoor festivals and other events.”
Detroit Metro Area Musicians & Entertainers Association (DMAMEA) – “The purpose is to make an easily accessible avenue for Detroiters who are involved in the performing arts and provide an opportunity to participate within a performing arts association, giving them a chance to share common resources, privileges, and services that are exclusive to it's members.”
Michigan Antique Phonograph Society (MAPS) – based in Battle Creek, “we are an educational, non-profit club with nearly 1,000 members worldwide. We publish In The Groove, monthly, for our members. We are dedicated to preserving and giving educational programs about mechanical music machines, such as phonographs, recorded music and recording performers from 1877 (invention of the phonograph) through 1959 (end of the 78 r.p.m. era).”
Detroit Blues Society (DBS) – dedicated to the preservation of the blues tradition. Information includes listings for festivals, events, showcases, performing dates at local venues (including bars), lists local individual blues artists with their websites or contact info, links to other blues societies, more. facebook
Marquette Area Blues Society –
American Music Research Foundation (AMRF) – “The AMRF is dedicated to the promotion, documentation, and preservation of American Music, particularly the blues, ragtime, boogie woogie, jazz, and rhythm and blues. A major focus of our work is making the connection between music and the artists who create it.”
Michigan Heritage Music Association – A non-profit educational and performing arts organization located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has been organized to promote heritage music and music appreciation by sponsoring concerts, festivals, and community events, also to cooperate and correspond with other music groups and organizations locally and around the world. It organizes The Annual CowPie Blues Festival held at Shagbark Farm in Alaska, Michigan.
Charity Music – provides Musical instruments on loan, at no charge to individuals wishing to explore their musical talents. Always in need of any and all donated instruments regardless of age or condition.
Music Mentors – non-profit organization dedicated to educating children in all aspects of music. It will expose youth to music education, performance, business, artists and all elements of the music industry, thereby enriching their lives and improving life skills.
Michigan Rock and Roll Legends and Legendary Michigan Songs – You can vote on-line at this website dedicated to the artists and music that are part of Michigan's rich and diverse rock and roll legacy. Originally started by a large group of rock and roll lovers who participated in The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Trivia Show formerly held in Bay City, Legends now encourages all Michigan residents to participate.
Rusted Chrome – Tribute to Motor City Rock 'n' Roll: 1966 - 1972.
Jazz Network – “Detroit based not for profit corporation which provides showcase opportunities for musicians, training for youth and international cultural exchange.”
Jazz Alliance of Michigan –
Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association (SEMJA) – a volunteer organization based in Ann Arbor. jazz listeners, performers or educators. provides jazz education and supports live performance of jazz in Southeastern Michigan.
West Michigan Jazz Society – Organized in 1986 with a goal to promote, preserve and perpetuate live jazz. It has offered mainstream jazz at monthly events and special programs showcasing local and national jazz musicians since its inception.
Country Rockabilly Bluegrass
DetroitCountryMusic.com – all about country music in Metro Detroit. events, bars, venues, performers, more.
West Michigan Country.com – a one stop site for infomation on country events, artist, venues, radio, and west Michigan country news.
Michigan Bluegrass.com – supports Bluegrass Music in Michigan. “... where Michigan bluegrass music fans can come and find information about festivals, shows, jams, news and more.”
West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association – “WMBMA is a non-profit organization established in 1995 for the promotion and preservation of Bluegrass Music.” Amongst other things, it promotes jams and a festival.
The Stilettoes – Detroit's second oldest nostalgia club dedicated to keeping alive the 50s and 60s. Return with us to the days of Greasers, Hots Rods, Sock Hops, Doo Wop, and Rock N' Roll. The Stilettoes attend and sponsor events such as car cruises, fundraisers, dances and street fairs.
Folk Acoustic Americana
White Crow Conservatory of Music in Saginaw. “Dedicated to the Education, Preservation and Pure Enjoyment of Acoustic Music. The White Crow hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Main Concert Season runs from Sept thru April. Five Days a week are filled with Concerts and workshops by Local and Statewide and National Performers, Band Class Concerts, Open Mics, Irish Sessions, One night a month is dedicated to Singer Songwriters, Acoustic Blues, Bluegrass, Irish, Gospel and Poetry Readings.”
Folk Music Society of Midland – “To promote interest and educate the public in traditional music, folklore, and dance; To provide a forum for musicians and dancers with an interest in traditional music; To provide services to the community via sponsorship of concerts, festivals, and workshops designed to maintain these traditional heritages and values.”
Flint Folk Music Society – festival, concerts.
Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association (GLAMA) – Southwestern Michigan area. “The organization is dedicated to the promotion, performance and preservation of music played on acoustic stringed instruments. Bluegrass, folk, traditional and mountain music are a few good examples in this category.”
Grand River Folk Arts Society – “Good Hearted Acoustic Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan”
Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society – “Promoting the appreciation of fingerstyle guitar through concerts, workshops and goodwill.”
Farmhouse Music Organization – a not for profit corporation, was formed for the purpose of promoting the performing arts. Goals included annual musical events and sponsorship of special community events focusing on blending nature and music. Net proceeds of these events are awarded as scholarships for the performing arts and used to develop musical opportunities.
Wheatland Music Organization – “Charitable and educational organization based near Remus, MI (central lower peninsula). Offers activities year-round to meet its mission of preserving and presenting the traditional arts. Traditional arts are considered those learned person to person, passed from generation to the next, and influenced by culture, family, ethnicity, and era.”
Chamber Music Society of Detroit – presents subscription and individual ticket music series and concerts September through May in Beverly Hills, MI (just north of Detroit).
Cranbrook Music Guild in Bloomfield Hills. providing Oakland County audiences with exquisite chamber music, performed by prominent artists in a beautiful location. Subscriptions and single event tickets.
St. Cecilia Music Center – “to promote the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the human spirit and enhance the quality of life for the residents of West Michigan.”
Sphinx Organization – to increase participation of Blacks & Latinos in classical music.
Plymouth Canton Symphony Society – concerts.
EDM Electronic Music
Polka and Accordion
Michigan Accordion Society (MAS) – “Established in June 1996, it is an association for promoting and sharing the music of the Accordion. Our monthly meetings include professional artists and amateurs playing a variety of music All members are encouraged to participate in the ACCORDION JAM. In addition we help advertise where and when our members are playing.”
Motor City Theatre Organ Society (MCTOS) – non-profit. Has organ concerts, plus owns and operates the Redford Theatre.
Choral and Singers
Marquette Choral Society – “mixed chorus composed of members of the community of Marquette, Michigan and its surrounding area and of students at Northern Michigan University.”
Remembering Music and Music Archives
Soulful Detroit – remembering different aspects of Motown and soul music through webisodes.
Grande Ballroom – The online home for Detroit's Grande Ballroom. “Our mission is to create an archive of information including images, sound clips, stories, interviews, biographical information related to the Ballroom from its opening in 1928 through its heyday in the 60's and 70's.”
Motor City Music – several CDs of unreleased/underground Detroit music of the 1970's.
Detroit Music – lists and displays CD/LP covers from Detroit-area bands from over the last 20 years or so. This site is
DetroitMusicHistory.com – document, provide resources, publish reasearch.
Motor City Music Archives – bands & musicians, lost venues, former festivals, etc.
Wally Jackson memorial page – on myspace.
MASTA – Michigan Unit of the American String Teachers' Association. “MASTA w/ NSOA is an organization dedicated to improving both the quality and frequency of string instrument and full orchestra performances throughout Michigan.”
MCBA - Michigan Competing Band Association – “A Michigan Non-profit Corporation dedicated to the promotion of instrumental music education in Michigan schools. It offers educational clinics for band directors, instructors and students featuring nationally known clinicians. MCBA sanctions marching band contests, which utilize rules and judging criteria developed and adopted by its members. MCBA holds an annual state championship contest.”
MMA - Michigan Music Association – “non-profit, tax exempt organization founded in 1967 for private music teachers in the State of Michigan. Its goals are to provide the public the opportunity to hear students in competition, to uphold a high standard of music education, provide a public outlet for the artistic talent of music students and most importantly to help students gain the experience and confidence they need to develop their musical talents.”
MMEA - Michigan Music Educators Association “Our mission is to advance the quality of music education in Michigan.”
MSVMA - Michigan School Vocal Music Association – “a non-profit professional organization of vocal music educators whose purposes are improving, promoting, and assisting vocal music education in the middle, junior high, and senior high schools of the state through a program of clinics, festivals, workshops, contests, and conferences, regulated by legitimate and effective means. MSVMA activities shall be available to all secondary students in Michigan without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or sex.”
Christian Gospel Religious
International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum - in Detroit.
Michigan Festival of Sacred Music (MFSM) – Kalamazoo area in West MI. “offers events which represent diverse religious traditions, promoting mutual respect and understanding through sharing the music treasured by these traditions.”
Square Dance Michigan – dances, clubs, classes, convention.
Detroit Square Dance Society facebook
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