JUNE 12-14, 2020

In 2020, the world’s attention will be on Detroit as the Detroit Music Weekend meets the North American International Auto Show.

Are you ready to shift into overdrive?

Check back for updates on the largest one day festival of Cars & Stars on the planet coming on June 13th, 2020.

DMW commissions, produces, presents and markets a full spectrum of performances; music, dance and theater. Showcase stages offer opportunity to up-and-coming artists, invigorating the pipeline of next-gen talent. Cultural organizations, restaurants and retailers are invited to add to the fun by offering performances and activities whether on-site or in their own location.

Most importantly, the Detroit Music Weekend brings together the fans and supporters of each participating artist, performing company, and organization. Collectively, this begins a new narrative that we are a unified Metropolitan region using the arts to create productive working relationships between the city and suburbs.

Detroit Music Weekend proclaims it to the world: “Detroit is open for business!!!


  • Corporate sponsors: 46+

  • Individual sponsors: 53+

  • City, State and National government partnerships: Mayor Duggan, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Governor Snyder, Senator Gary Peters, Representative Debbie Dingell

  • Media links: 45

  • Local and global coverage: unprecedented…TV, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews, profiles, in-depth artist and sponsor features & exclusives

  • Media reach: worldwide including CNN and HLN

  • Youth receiving complimentary music education: 200 pre-k and elementary-age students

  • Consent letters and cooperation from site partners: 8

  • Funds raised for arts education programs: $200,000

  • Area restaurant and retail shops sales: reported increases district-wide

  • Addition of new digital fans, followers, and subscribers: 100,000+

  • Demonstration of the power of the performing arts to contribute to Detroit’s economic comeback: YES!

  • Total audience: 20,000+

  • Event days: 4

  • Economic impact: $1.5MM+

  • All-day Saturday audience for free performances: 15,000+

  • Outdoor stages: 4

  • Paid performers: 400

  • Civic significance: Madison Ave. renamed “Aretha Franklin Way”

  • City Council endorsement & street naming ceremony partnership

  • Part time jobs created: 300+

  • Emerging artist groups selected for paid showcase appearances: 20 (from 175 submitted)

  • Genres of performing arts presented: 25

  • Cultural & retail pavilion booths: 30



Founders of Detroit Music are partnering with the City of Detroit, Detroit City Council, Detroit Entertainment District Association, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Carr Center, Detroit Opera House, Motown Museum, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, R&B Music Hall of Fame, and over 40 arts organizations to create an annual destination weekend in Detroit.

Detroit Music will commission, produce and present a full spectrum of Metro Detroit’s performing arts with showcase performances and concerts. The weekend will also be filled with cultural exhibits from Detroit’s finest not-for-profit museums and galleries in addition to highlighting all the new restaurants and retail in downtown Detroit.

For the Inaugural weekend, the Board of Trustees and staff of Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will serve as the producing entity. This is a familiar structure to Music Hall’s production of the Detroit Jazz Festival from 1991-2005.

Most importantly, the Detroit Music Weekend harnesses individual cultural organizations’ lists of supporters into a single, unified marketing approach – signaling the beginning of a new era for a collaborative Detroit. It’s time for a new narrative and a performing arts-based cooperative that unites the city and its suburbs with durable, productive working relationships.

Who is behind this effort


Larry Alebiosu · Pamela Alexander · Maggie Allesee · Tina Bassett · Leland K. Bassett · Marvin Beatty · Maxine Beatty · Jessie Beld Elliott · Wayne Brown · Chuck Bennett · Gina Coleman · Janice Cosby · Ara Darakjian · Dr. David DiChiera* · Hon. Debbie Dingell* · David Di Rita · Pamela Dover · Maria Duey · Mayor Mike Duggan* · Cameron B. Duncan · Nicole Eisenberg · Sue Ellen Eisenberg · Byna Elliott · Anthony Elliott · Amanda Fisher · Linda Finkel · Gordon Follmer · Carol Friend · Janet Girodat · David Girodat · Renee Godin · Ed Gordon · Jennifer Granger · Tatiana Grant · Ann Hall · Joyce Hayes Giles · Karen Healy · Sonna Johns · Council President Brenda Jones* · Danialle Karmanos · Peter Karmanos · Hon. Damon J. Keith* · Paulette Koffron · Hon. Brenda L. Lawrence* · Don Manvel · Karen McBride · Jill Miller · Steve Miller · Juanita Moore* · Faye Nelson · Alex L. Parrish · Vincent C. Paul · Senator Gary Peters · Gail Perry-Mason · Vivian Pickard · Dr. William Pickard · Laura S. Raisch · Maureen Roberts · Roy Roberts · Janice Rosenhaus · James Settles · Governor Rick Snyder* · Hon. Debbie Stabenow* · Michael Steinback · Robin Terry · Donna Vanneste · Jeff Vanneste · Jim Vella · Joe Vicari · Rosalie Vicari · Ed Welburn · Tobin Williams · Sarah Winkler

*Honorary Chairs



A Sampling of invited SE Michigan Performing Arts Organizations


A Man Can Change

Academy of Russian Classical Ballet

Aletia Droba

All the worlds a stage

Anonymous Dance Crew

Argentine Tango Detroit

Ballet Americana

Ballet Detroit

Barefoot Productions Theatre

Biba Bell

Big City Dance Center LLC

Carr Center

Center of Music & Performing Arts (COMPAS)

Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Chinese Folk Dance of Metro Detroit

Companeros de Flamenco / Michelle Millman

Dance Dynamics

Dasan Mitchell

Deadly Dames Burlesque

Dee Watkins / Isisraks Dance

Detroit Actors Theatre Company

Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings

Detroit Children's Choir

Detroit Concert Choir

Detroit Institute of Music (DIME)

Detroit Public Theatre

Detroit Rep

Detroit Tap Repertory

Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy

DSO Civic Jazz Ensemble: need contact there

Eisenhower Dance

Erika Stowall / Big Red Wall Dance Company

Flint School of Performing Arts

Flint Youth Theatre

Garage Cultural

Geiger Classic Ballet Academy

Grosse Pointe Dance Center

Grosse Pointe Theatre

Haleem Rasul Hardcore Detroit

Hardcore Detroit

Harriet Berg

Heritage Works

Hilberry Theater

HNM Dance Company

Intrinsic Theatre Company / Monster Box Theatre

Jazz & Spirit Dance Theatre of Detroit

Jennifer Harge

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company

Kristi Faulkner Dance

Lakes Area School of Highland Dance

Legacy Dance Studio LLC

Lethal Rhythm Dance Crew

Link School of the Arts

Lisa LaMarre / LaMarre & Dancers

Lisa McCall / LM Productions Ent. Group

Living Arts

Luna Dancers

Marygrove Theatre/Dance


Meadow Brook Theatre - Oakland University

Michael Means

Michelle's Academy of Dance & Perf Arts Ctr

Michigan Ballet Theater

Michigan Classic Ballet

Michigan Dance Project / Kathy King

Michigan Opera Theatre

Michigan Philharmonic

Michigan State University Community Music School

MoreDances / Janet Clayton

Mosaic Youth Theatre

Motor City Brass Band

Motor City Dance Extension

Motor City Youth Theatre

Mt. Zion Dance Company

Northville Ballet Theatre

Oakland Choral Society

Opera Modo

People Dancing

Performance Network

Planet Dance

Plowshares Theatre Company


Pure Existence Dance Co

Rackham Choir

Raices Mexicanas

River Raisin Dance Academy / Centre for the Arts

Rochester School of Dance

Rosemarie Floyd School of Dance / TMB Ballet

Ryan Myers-Johnson

Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers

Shakespeare in Detroit

Southwest Dance / Living Arts

Sphinx Organization


Spotlight Dance Works

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook


Stereo Junkies Crew

Take Root Dance

Taylor Dance

The Hinterlands

The Purple Rose Theatre Company

The Ringwald

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill (Canton Village Theatre)

Timberlane Dance

Tipping Point Theatre

Two Muses Theatre

UD Mercy Theatre co

United Sound Systems

Valentina's School of Ballet

Water Works Theatre

Wild Swan Theater

A Sampling of invited SE Michigan Cultural offerings

826 Michigan, Inc.

Alfred Berkowitz Gallery

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Anton Art Center

Arab American National Museum

Artrain, Inc.

Arts and Scraps

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

Brighton Art Guild

Brighton Arts and Culture Commission

Cabaret 313

Cantata Academy Chorale

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History *

Cinetopia *

College for Creative Studies

Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Cranbrook Educational Community

Cranbrook House and Gardens *

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Creative Many Michigan:

Culture Source: Hillary / Brand & Community Strategist

Detroit Artists Market

Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3)

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Historical Society

Detroit Institute of Arts *

Detroit Is It *

Detroit Public Television

Detroit Music Foundation *

Detroit Repertory Theatre

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Zoological Society Ron Kagan


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House - Henry Ford Estate

FAR Therapeutic Arts & Recreation *

Focus: HOPE Community Arts Department (CAD)

Friends of Historical Hamtramck

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Grosse Pointe Art Center

Grosse Pointe Historical Society

Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Holocaust Memorial Center

Image and Arts Council of Troy

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Lorenzo Cultural Center *

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts *

Meadow Brook Hall

Michigan Dance Council

Michigan Science Center *

Michigan State University Community Music School


Motown Museum:

Northville Art House *

Oakland University Art Gallery

Paint Creek Center for the Arts


Pro Musica of Detroit, Inc.

Scarab Club

The Ark

The Art Experience, Inc.

The Arts Alliance

The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

The Community House

The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation

The Freer House

The Henry Ford

The Jewish Hour Radio Program

The Michigan Theater Foundation

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

The Scrap Box

Troy Historic Village

Two Twelve Arts Center

U of M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

U of M School of Music, Theatre and Dance

University Musical Society

University of Michigan Detroit Center

University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities

University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

University of Michigan Libraries

University of Michigan Museum of Art

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design

Village Fine Arts Association

Wayne State University Public Radio

WRCJ 90.9 FM

* Participating 

All artists, groups, cultural orgs, and district locations are invited to participate. If you have not received our email invitation yet,

it's because we don't have your email. So click here and send us your information and we will be sure to add you


Site Location

Additional Visual Arts Exhibits & Performances, Discounts and more!!!

  • Artist Showcase Tent 

  • Cultural Pavilion 

  • Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME)

  • Detroit Welcome Center 

  • Capitol Park

  • Madison Central Stage 

  • Music Hall Center 

  • Paradise Valley

  • 3Fifty Terrace

  • MotorCity Market

  • Grand Circus Park

  • Detroit Opera House

  • Q-Line