MUSIC Matters was founded in 2011 with a mission to ignite positive social change through large-scale, disruptive events that simultaneously build community, spark ideas and help repair the world.
The main way MUSIC Matters engages the University of Michigan community is by hosting a capstone event called SpringFest. This event is 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.