INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ELECTRONIC MUSICFEST INNOVATORS KICK OFF DRIVE TO HELP DETROIT KIDS
Techno music founder Derrick May (Transmat), techno music innovator Mad Mike of Underground Resistance, fan, event and SCP founder Judy Shelton, John Collins (UR), Artistic Director and supporters, announce the 7th Annual SCP Backpack Music Festival 2012. The annual event raises thousands of dollars, backpacks and school supplies to benefit Detroit inner city children. This year’s festival will be held August 4-5 at New Center Park located in Detroit’s vibrant Midtown.
“We are very happy to be a part of this amazing tradition of helping kids,” said Derrick May. “This effort proves that Detroit’s music moves minds and hearts to do good for others.”
The annual festival is celebrating its seventh year. Nearly $30,000 in money and backpacks filled with school supplies have gone to about 1,500 students since it’s inception. Organizers hope to meet or exceed the seven year total in 2012.
“So many kids need help with the simple stuff. Having a backpack with just the basics like pens, paper and folders makes a big difference on the first day of school,” said festival founder Judy Shelton. “We are honored to have internationally acclaimed artists such as Derrick May and Mad Mike support our event. Detroit’s talent runs deep. So do their hearts.”
Thousands of people are expected to attend the August weekend event. The festival draws a diverse group of people from across southeast Michigan. The music festival began as a picnic on Belle Isle Park in Detroit, has evolved into a large festival and art exhibit that will feature DJ sets by Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes, Juan Atkins, John Collins (UR), DJ Skurge (UR), Terrance Parker, Rick Whilhite, DJ Minx, Pirahnnahead, Wayne Williams, DJ Suergeon and many more. In addition to live performances by Galaxy 2 Galaxy (UR). Timeline (UR) and International recording artist, Michelle Weeks.
Music is the common thread connecting art, education, and technology. The 7th Annual SCP/UR Backpack Music Festival 2012 is expanding its scope to include a highly anticipated art exhibit featuring visions of what Detroit could be in the future as seen through the eyes of some of the techno founders and innovators of Detroit Electronic music such as Jeff Mills, Mad Mike (UR) and Abdul Haqq. There will also be artwork from the Center For Creative Studies Student Art Competition.
The 7th Annual SCP/UR Backpack Music Festival 2012 will also release a limited edition compilation CD of music donated by some of Detroit’s most recognized Techno and House DJs. The winning art from the CCS Student Art Competition will be featured on the CD cover and booklet insert. You can also check the promotional trailer here: http://youtu.be/g5j5nzHYtls
The SCP-Backpacking For Success is actively recruiting volunteers for promotions and event crew, as well as students to participate in the Backpacking for Success Summer Internship program. The internship program offers college credits, community service hours, and letters of recommendation! All interested in joining the team as a volunteer are asked to request a Volunteer Application from Jacqueline Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in internships are asked to request an Internship Application from Amber Krumm at email@example.com.
About Serendipity, Collage and Potpourri (SCP) of Michigan:
SCP of Michigan is a tax exempt 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2004. SCP of Michigan is committed to assisting students in need by providing them with backpacks and school supplies to motivate them to achieve a successful school year. SCP Michigan is a proud supporter of Bennett Elementary, Bagley Elementary, Blackwell Elementary, Maybury Elementary, Nolan Preparatory School of Excellence, Denby Center, Homes For Black Children, Evergreen/Lahser -7 mile & 8 mile Community Council, COTS- Peggy's Place Women's and Children's Shelter, Rhonda Walker Foundation, and Michigan Transplant Kids - Camp Michitanki. For more information, visit SCPMichigan.org.