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Lauren K
5926 Lincoln St
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Crash Detroit 2018!

the project

Crash Detroit is a free, annual music festival first launched in 2014 by musicians from the Detroit Party Marching Band and members of the Detroit community. For a Friday and Saturday each summer, a collection of America’s most acclaimed street bands and performers come together to delight the community with music, dancing, arts, crafts, and youth engagement.

Street bands are un-amplified ensembles with the power to surprise and inspire their audiences, bringing life to the spaces where they perform. Crash Detroit brings this power to the city, encouraging the community to revel in the joyous sounds and movements found in street band culture and music. In total, over 9,500 people have attended just the Saturday festivals, experiencing 17 different brass bands from around the country—many having made Crash Detroit their first-ever Detroit appearance.

Crash Night- Friday July 21. At various businesses across Detroit

Festival Day- Saturday July 22. Daytime at Lincoln St. Art Park. Nighttime at Marble Bar

In the evening of Friday July 21st, attending bands will “Crash” Detroit by roving the city and surprising audiences at local bars, businesses, and public spaces with impromptu performances. While the performances will be spontaneous, audience members can catch up with the performers as hints to locations will be released the day before and are live tweeted throughout Friday night.

The main festival, held on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln Street Art Park, features sets from each band, food and drinks from local trucks and establishments, and fun for everybody in attendance. With the Youth Crash Corps initiative, kids and adults can make their own instruments on-site and join in on spontaneous DIY parades. At 8pm, the festival will transition from the Lincoln Street Art Park to a ticketed event at Marble Bar. The Marble Bar event will have a donation-based cover charge. Donations will benefit the fees associated with 501c3 filing and help secure Crash Detroit as a non-profit organization that will thrive for years to come.

Crash Detroit will feature local and national street bands including Detroit Party Marching Band, March Madness Marching Band, Bitch, Thunder!, Detroit Pleasure Society, Gabriel Brass Band, Kavazabava, The Drumadics, The Roving String Group and James Cornish Ensemble. Visit or the Facebook event for the full schedule of performances.

Crash Detroit is a community-based music initiative that promotes un-amplified brass and drum-based street music, performance in underused and unexpected spaces, free access to the arts, and youth music education and activities. Our entirely volunteer-run festival is supported by local businesses, arts organizations, performers and individuals who donate their time and talents to the festival, enabling a free experience for everyone. This gesture promotes our vision of social interaction and universal humanity through music.

Crash Detroit is committed to supporting local businesses by making them a destination and driving foot traffic with our 2,500 annual attendees. Crash Detroit is expanding its festival to include such activities as a youth-based brass band (Youth Crash Corps), an instrument donation collection, workshops, and kid-friendly educational music events. All of these efforts culminate with the live performances and activities of the annual Crash Detroit festival.

the steps

Our entirely volunteer organizers are already at work organizing the festival, which is held on July 21 and 22, 2017. We have secured dates, venues, performance acts, and have begun fundraising and collecting in-kind donations. With cash raised from this campaign will be used to reimburse the volunteers for the costs they have incurred for the necessary budget items during the planning process. We rely on donations to cover the costs of the festival.

Crash Detroit Productions is expanding its festival to include such activities as Youth Crash Corps, instrument donation collection, workshops, and music education events. All of these efforts culminate with the live performances and activities of the annual Crash Detroit festival. We have already filed for our state non-profit status and are working with our volunteer lawyer to file our IRS paperwork and fees in August, following the festival.

why we're doing it

Our purpose is to use street band music and culture to inspire, educate, and entertain the Detroit community.

Youth Crash Corps is a music initiative aimed at providing young people with free and alternative music experiences in public spaces. This year Youth Crash Corps will host DIY instrument parades during the main festival event on Saturday. Information will also be available for joining Youth Crash Corps, a new radical brass band founded in 2016.

To learn more about Crash Detroit, check out our website and social media accounts.


Disbursed Budget (8.4.17):

RAISED = $2,427.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $69.67

Original Budget:

Venue rental- $600

Insurance- $1500

Restrooms- $500

Posters- $150

Programs- $150

Event documentation- $500

Artist travel reimbursement- $1500

Food for performers and volunteers- $375

Drinks for performers and volunteers- $175

Decorations- $300

DIY instrument supplies- $250

Paint and supplies for signage- $100

Non-profit filing fees- $1000

Project Subtotal =  $3,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $90
Total to raise on ioby = $3,125



Crash Detroit 2018!

Hello Crash Supporters!

This is Lauren from the Crash Detroit volunteer planning team. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since last Crash thank you so much for your help making is a swimming success! 

I have sent many of you an email announcing Crash Detroit 2018! We are again running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the festival and our new your band, Youth Crash Corps from Clippert Academy!

I am writing to tell you about the Crash Detroit 2018 festival we are leading in Detroit. You can learn more about it at

This is where you come in. The most successful campaigns raise 25% of funds in the first few weeks by getting friends, family and like-minded colleagues to commit to donating up front! We’re asking you to help us out. I am asking our previous supporters to help us kick-start our crowd funding campaign before we begin advertising, by contributing $25, $50, $500, make our year with $1000 or an amount you are comfortable donating today – every dollar helps!

Your tax-deductible contribution can be made directly to our project by giving here

Every dollar of your contribution will go toward supporting our efforts to produce and entirely volunteer run free music festival for our Detroit community and to running our youth education program, Youth Crash Corps.  I will be following up with you to share more about our community building project!

Thank you + Kind Regards,



Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our ioby campaign! We couldn’t do this without your support and it means the world to us! Your donations not only helped pay for the cost of this years festival but will also help toward future projects including things like Youth Crash Corps and becoming a 501c3 Non-Profit!


Check out images from the festival and keep in touch about upcoming events and programs on our social media sites:


That you all!




The Crash Detroit Team



This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Anonymous
  • Austin Fan of Crash Detroit
  • Nina
  • Seagles
  • Dan P.
  • Gerald Polk
  • Jeremy and Nycole
  • sfs
  • Roxie McUmber
  • Barbara & Steven S.
  • s8n
  • KT
  • Joe @ioby
  • kristine
  • Cara Graninger
  • Anonymous
  • B Rob
  • Jack & Jo Ann Cline
  • Bradley S.
  • Derek M Wingfield
  • George + Judy Majoros
  • Anonymous
  • robert j.
  • Taylor Monday
  • Dave & Sharon
  • Tromb1
  • Daniel Patton
  • karen honeycombe
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Steve & Sara Majoros
  • Alex Pritchard
  • Anonymous