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Crash Detroit 2019 is Almost Here!!!!

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 different brass bands from around the country—many having made Crash Detroit their first-ever Detroit appearance.


Crash Night

Friday July 20. At various businesses across Detroit

In the evening of Friday July 20st, 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.


Festival Day

Saturday July 21. Daytime at Lincoln St. Art Park. Nighttime at Marble Bar

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 9pm, the festival will transition from the Lincoln Street Art Park to a ticketed event at Marble Bar. 

Crash Detroit will feature local and national street bands. Visit or the Facebook event for the full schedule of performances.



Crash Detroit is a community-based music initiative that promotes unamplified brass and drum-based street music, performance in public spaces, free access to the arts, and music education for Detroit’s youth. Crash invites the community to get out of their houses and spend a summer day together enjoying music, food and the company of their friends and neighbors.

Entering our 5th year, this entirely volunteer-run festival is supported by local businesses, arts organizations and individual donors. Performers also donate their time and talents to the festival, enabling a free experience for attendees.

Crash Detroit is committed to supporting local businesses by making them a destination for our over 1,500 annual attendees and over 100 traveling performers. We do this by having bands “crash” at specific businesses on Friday and attracting thousands of attendees to the city. Detroit becomes the main stage, showcasing its beauty alongside amazing music performances.


Youth Crash Corps

Youth Crash Corps (YCC) provides music education to young adults in Detroit who do not have the option of taking a music class at school. Led by certified instrumental music educator, Nichole Hartrick, students in YCC will have access to a band instrument free of charge and will learn how to perform and read music. Classes will culminate in performances during the Crash music festival.

This year, YCC is proud to partner with Clippert Academy in Southwest Detroit. Clippert Academy is a Detroit Public School (5-8th grade) that has not offered music to students in over 15 years. We know that students who don’t have access to a quality music education are missing out on the benefits that learning to play an instrument provides. Studies have shown that students who study music perform better in their core classes and on standardized tests. Studies have shown that students who participate in an instrumental music class perform better in core subject areas and on standardized tests. Additionally, band kids have more self-confidence, a sense of community and an outlet for creativity and expression. Music education is a critical component of a well-rounded education and we are excited to provide this opportunity for students in Detroit.

Younger children attending the festival can also get in on the action by creating their own DIY instruments and participating in kid parades through the day on Saturday.

the steps

Our entirely volunteer organizers are already at work organizing the festival, which is held on July 20 and 21, 2018. 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 2018.


Disbursed Budget 8.6.18

Raised = $1,920.00

less ioby Platform Fee $35.00

less Payment Processing Fee (3%) $54.90

Total to disburse = $1,830.10

Artist travel reimbursement


Original Budget

Venue rental- $1500

Restrooms- $500

Posters- $150

Programs- $150

Event documentation- $500

Artist travel reimbursement- $1500

Food and water for performers and volunteers- $400

Sinage- $300

DIY instrument supplies- $250

Paint and supplies for signage- $100

Subtotal = $3,000

ioby Platform Fee $35

Donation Processing Fee of 3% $90

Total to raise = $3,125



Crash Detroit 2019 is Almost Here!!!!

Thank you again to all of our Crash Detroit 2018 supporters. You helped pull off an amazing free festival weekend for our community.


Crash Detroit 2019 is right around the corner, this year our main event will be held in Clark Park in Southwest Detroit.


We are writing to ask if the community would again support the festival. We totally rely on volunteers and donors to make this festival happen. Even the planning committee is totally volunteer run!


You can donate to our 2019 IOBY campaign here!!!!


Please give what you can, spread the word to your friends and family, and come out to the festival events on July 19, 20, and 21! Visit our website for details and this year's lineup.


Thank you for your ongoing support and can’t wait to see you at the festival!


We at Crash are overwhelmed with your support! We came a long way in funding the festival and evey contribution made by our donors was instrumental in making Crash happen. We hope that you will continue to follow us on social media, as we have events throughout the year, and keep a look out for our 2019 dates and locations.


See you at the next Crash!




the Crash Team

What a Weekend!!!

Thank you all for your help making the 5th Crash Detroit happen. This was the best festival to date!


You support really matters. Without donors and volunteers this festival would not happen.


This crash was also the debut of Youth Crash Corps, made up of students from Clippert Academy. They rocked it at the festival!


We are not done yet! We have 6 days to go to meet our goal! Please spread the word!


Thank you!




The Crash Detroit Team


Well on our our way, but so much more to do!

Thank you to everyone who as donated so far! You are so integral to making this Crash happen!

Bands are arranging travel, food is being organized, and port-a-potties are ready to roll!


But there is still a lot to do! Please share this crowdfunding page with other like-minded folks and on social media! We can use all the help we can get.



The Crash Team


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