• To be frank with you, this is what we talk about when we talk about The Michigan Difference.

    Dr. Lester Monts, Senior Vice-Provost of Academic Affairs
  • I am particularly interested in MUSIC Matters. They’re so effective, it’s inspiring.

    Ben Folds
  • The success that MUSIC Matters has had is unprecedented.

    Ken Fischer, President of University Musical Society
 

Make Noise. Make It Matter.

In  the Fall of 2011, a group of 10 University of Michigan students came together to found MUSIC Matters, an organization that was built to combine the power of music and the enthusiasm of college students to make the world a better place.

In order to do so, MUSIC Matters hosts a capstone event for the University of Michigan community, bringing people together to celebrate another successful year. This event begins with SpringFest, a SXSW-style gathering designed to promote innovation, creativity, and community and display the achievements of University students. The day’s festivities are capped off with a benefit concert, featuring a major headlining artist, with proceeds going to a unique philanthropic cause selected and designed by MUSIC Matters members. In year one, we brought Grammy-nominee J.Cole to Hill Auditorium and donated $10,000 to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. In year 2, we brought indie-rock legend Ben Folds and gave a $50,000 gift to endow the MUSIC Matters Big Thinkers Scholarship, one of the first of its kind.

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SpringFest

April 10 | 11AM The Diag

SpringFest 2014 is modeled after South by Southwest in Austin, TX and will feature a mash-up of student groups from the innovation, arts, sustainability, music and social justice communities on campus. The day will include exciting events such as a a live Shark Tank-style event, a student-entrepreneur product launch area, a food truck face-off, and an awesome lineup of live music, speakers, and other performances. Stay tuned for the official SpringFest 2014 Lineup announcement coming soon!

Grizfolk | Dan Henig | Sylvia Yacoub | Matt Daniels | San Cristobal | Silent Affair | Michigan Ice Carving Team | Hillel | Angels on Call | Enactus | Harmonettes | Jam! – Ann Arbor | Vinyl Surprise | National Pan Hellenic Council | Pure Dance | Seventh Mile Music | Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning | Women’s Glee Club
Solar Car Team | MPowered  |  optiMize  |  IEEE  |  TAMID Israel Investment Group  |  Computer Showcase
Manna Project International  |  CSG University Sustainability Commission  |  Students for Clean Energy  |  Greek Life Sustainability Team
Black Student Union  |  I Will & WTF  |  AIESIC  |  Straight But Not Narrow  |  Israel Cohort
MRelay  |  Detroit Entrepreneurship Network  |  Circle K International  |  EcoExplorers  |  Alternative Spring Break  |  PULSE and Nursing Student Government  |  Alpha Phi Omega

Executive Producers

Phillip Schermer

Phillip Schermer

President View Details
Darren Appel

Darren Appel

Vice President View Details
Brian Turner

Brian Turner

Treasurer View Details
Yvonne Kupfermann

Yvonne Kupfermann

Membership Chair, Secretary View Details
Gianna Marx

Gianna Marx

Communications Chair View Details
Shankara Bharadwaj

Shankara Bharadwaj

Talent & Concert Chair View Details
Nick Moeller

Nick Moeller

SpringFest Chair View Details
Erika Lutins

Erika Lutins

Charity Chair View Details
Hannah Crisler

Hannah Crisler

Fundraising Chair View Details
Nicholas Bashour

Nicholas Bashour

University Relations Chair View Details
Phillip Schermer

Phillip Schermer

President

Phil Schermer is a UM senior from Pittsburgh, PA who knew from a young age that he would one day win American Idol. When he got to college and realized that it was more difficult than it seemed, he founded MUSIC Matters so that he could use music to make a difference in the world.

Aside from MUSIC Matters, Phil is a Founding Member of the UM Central Student Government’s Entrepreneurship Commission and has worked as an intern at the White House’s National Economic Council and at BlackRock. He is a life-long Pittsburgh Pirates fan and is addicted to watching House of Cards.

Darren Appel

Darren Appel

Vice President

Darren Appel is a Michigan Junior who has been enamored with the opportunity to combine business and music with his experience in MUSIC Matters. While he has absolutely no musical ability, rhythm or soul, he still loves the art of music as well as the everlasting memories created by an awesome concert experience. Darren strives to continue growing and expanding the reach that our charitable gifts and concert going experiences can have on the community as the Vice President of MUSIC Matters.

Brian Turner

Brian Turner

Treasurer

Brian Turner is a Senior from West Bloomfield, MI. He is currently working towards a BBA degree at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In addition to his role as Treasurer of MUSIC Matters, he also serves as an executive of Ross Portfolio Management Club and plays a variety of IM sports. Brian has been with MUSIC Matters since the club’s inception, and is excited to see it continue to grow and reach new heights.

Yvonne Kupfermann

Yvonne Kupfermann

Membership Chair, Secretary

Yvonne Kupfermann is a Senior at the University of Michigan. She is a double major in Psychology and Political Science and is interested in pursuing a career in the field of law. After J.Cole held her hand at the first MUSIC Matters concert (and she nearly peed her pants because of it), she wanted to spread her passion for this organization to future members through her roles as the Chair of Membership and Recruitment as well as the Secretary of MUSIC Matters. So basically, if you think this organization is as cool as she does, contact her to join!

Gianna Marx

Gianna Marx

Communications Chair

Gianna Marx is a Michigan senior who knew she loved music from the moment she learned to drive her family crazy plunking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on the piano at the age of four. While her musical tastes may have matured, she still makes sure to spread the love of music to all through her role as Communications Chair of MUSIC Matters.

Shankara Bharadwaj

Shankara Bharadwaj

Talent & Concert Chair

Shankara Bharadwaj is a senior from South Brunswick, New Jersey. He is wrapping up his Industrial and Operations Engineering major and Economics minor this year, but doesn’t want to graduate. A music lover with a soft spot for hip-hop and rap, Shank loves to eat, play soccer, watch his Knicks and Jets, and do crazy thangs in his spare time.

Nick Moeller

Nick Moeller

SpringFest Chair

Nick Moeller is currently a Junior studying at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Music is one of his biggest passions, from listening to producing. Nick has been an active member of MUSIC Matters since his first year at Michigan. This year, he is serving as the Chair of the SpringFest Committee.

Erika Lutins

Erika Lutins

Charity Chair

Erika Lutins is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology and minoring in Gender and Health. In addition to her role as Charity Chair of MUSIC Matters she is enjoys her research position through the University of Michigan Hospital, being member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and her role as Vice President of External Affairs for Gamma Sigma Alpha Honors Society. In the future, Erika hopes to explore her interests in the health field. She is excited to plan the events for her committee and partake in the club at large!

Hannah Crisler

Hannah Crisler

Fundraising Chair

Hannah Crisler is a Michigan junior whose favorite past time was attending MC workshops at Ann Arbor’s Neutral Zone. Since her dream of becoming the next Nicki Minaj quickly faded, she is now passionate about singing in the shower, and working as the Fundraising Chair for the amazing student org MUSIC Matters. If you ever see this chick walking around on campus, feel free to say whattup.

Nicholas Bashour

Nicholas Bashour

University Relations Chair

Nick Bashour is a junior from Cleveland, Ohio studying Business and Computer Science. Nick joined MUSIC Matters his freshman year and is thankful to have been a part of the club’s tremendous growth. As Chair of University Relations, he works to solidify and leverage MUSIC Matters’ connections throughout University administration in support of the club’s endeavors. Aside from MUSIC Matters, you can find Nick hanging out with his brothers at Chi Phi or beating Dan McCarthy (see below) in Madden NFL. Nick’s music interests vary from Bon Iver to Dave Matthews Band, and he does not usually speak in the third person. Nick’s looking forward to being a part of MUSIC Matters’ success in the years to come!

Senior Producers

Brian Chiu

Brian Chiu

Communications Senior Producer View Details
Claire Ulak

Claire Ulak

Communications Senior Producer View Details
Shannon Maloney

Shannon Maloney

Communications Senior Producer View Details
Katie Koziara

Katie Koziara

Fundraising Vice Chair View Details
Jibran Ahmed

Jibran Ahmed

Fundraising Senior Producer View Details
David Laczynski

David Laczynski

Fundraising Senior Producer View Details
Jarrett Floyd

Jarrett Floyd

Talent & Concert Senior Producer View Details
Madeleine Choné

Madeleine Choné

Talent & Concert Senior Producer View Details
Marli Siegel

Marli Siegel

Talent & Concert Senior Producer View Details
Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy

University Relations Senior Producer View Details
Robert Calleja

Robert Calleja

Charity Senior Producer View Details
Jacob Decker

Jacob Decker

Charity Senior Producer View Details
Brian Chiu

Brian Chiu

Communications Senior Producer

Brian Chiu’s love for music began when he was belting out songs from Les Miserables in first grade. While his voice never improved, he picked up the drums in middle school and has been playing them ever since.

Claire Ulak

Claire Ulak

Communications Senior Producer

At a young age, Claire Ulak declared that her dream job was designing album covers. Though her career aspirations have changed, her love for music and design has not. She combines her passion for the two today through her roles as the club’s graphic designer and Senior Producer of the Communication Committee.

Shannon Maloney

Shannon Maloney

Communications Senior Producer
Katie Koziara

Katie Koziara

Fundraising Vice Chair

Katie Koziara is a junior studying public policy at the Ford School. When she isn’t debating health care policy or watching the Smithsonian’s Panda Cam, she can be found at the nearest Starbucks, drinking a grande latte and completing tasks for her role as Vice Chair of Fundraising.

Jibran Ahmed

Jibran Ahmed

Fundraising Senior Producer

Jibran Ahmed is a sophomore who at times confuses mythical gods with Kanye West. When not idolizing Yeezus, Jibran likes to attend concerts, follow sports to a fault, and be an active political player. Jibran is impassioned to make a difference in the community, and he does so by serving as a Senior Producer of Music Matters’ Fundraising Community.

David Laczynski

David Laczynski

Fundraising Senior Producer

David Laczynski is a senior studying Cellular & Molecular Biology. He will be attending medical school in the fall. David has a very complex taste in music and an ear for perfect pitch. You can follow any one of his critically-acclaimed Spotify playlists. He has collaborated with Treasurer Brian S. Turner on a study playlist that was been cherished around the world.

Jarrett Floyd

Jarrett Floyd

Talent & Concert Senior Producer

Jarrett Floyd is a junior in the Performing Arts Technology program at the University of Michigan. He has been playing music since he was 6 years old and continues to do so whenever possible. His favorite thing to do is go to concerts, and he plans to help put on one of the greatest concerts the university has ever seen through his work on the Talent and Concert Committee.

Madeleine Choné

Madeleine Choné

Talent & Concert Senior Producer

Madeleine Choné, known to fans as DJMadChill, has had a passionate romance with music ever since she was first exposed to Duke “all his b****** love him” Ellington. As a result, her philosophy of life has been founded on the belief that “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” and aims to perpetuate this powerful principle through her role as Senior Producer of Talent and Concert.

Marli Siegel

Marli Siegel

Talent & Concert Senior Producer

Marli Siegel is a junior who fell in love with music ever since she discovered the keyboard in nursery school. From studying music all through childhood to now going to concerts year round and pursuing a career in the music industry, she hopes to bring the same passion for music she’s gained to others through being a Talent & Concert Senior Producer in MUSIC Matters.

Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy

University Relations Senior Producer
Robert Calleja

Robert Calleja

Charity Senior Producer

Robert Calleja is a Michigan junior that wants to give back to the community. As a senior producer of MUSIC Matters Charity Committee, Robert knew it would be a perfect combination of community and showing what The Michigan Difference is all about in an impactful and revolutionary way.

Jacob Decker

Jacob Decker

Charity Senior Producer

Jacob Decker’s love for music was more of an infatuation until he heard the sweet and profound musical stylings of Lil B the Basedgod. Jacob aims to live out this modern day philosopher’s ideals of positivity and respect by acting as a Senior Producer of Music Matters’ Charity Committee. TYBG.

Board of Directors

Mike Muse

Mike Muse

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Mike Muse

Mike Muse

Sponsors

Office of the President | Office of the Provost| College of Literature, Science and the Arts | Michigan Hillel | Central Student Government

College of Engineering | Ross School of Business | School of Information | LSA Student Government | 5-Hour Energy

Office of Student Life | School of Natural Resources & the Environment | Medical School | School of Public Health | Law School Student Government | Center for Entrepreneurship

Office of University Development – Student Philanthropy | Alumni Association | College of Pharmacy | University Health Service | Ford School of Public Policy | Nonprofit & Public Management Center | Afternoon Delight

Honors Program | School of Dentistry | Law School
 

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