SCP in the News

January 14, 2015

Celebrating 10 years collaborating with MSU Community School in Detroit…the date is set and the lineup will be set soon featuring:STD1

Kids Got Talent Stage
Kids Corner Activities
Kids Sunrise Breakfast
Detroit’s Talented DJ’s and Live Performances
Vendors, Food Trucks and Much More
www.backpackmusicfestival.net

 

July 27, 2014
Judy Shelton, SCP Executive Director, was on WXYZ, Channel
7 Action News to talk about the upcoming 2014 event and how the kids will benefit from all the gratitude from so many giving Detroiters.


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Backpack Music Festival
Media Coverage Highlights

The CW50 Street Team Was Glad to Be Part of The Change For Arise Detroit
CW 50 Detroit
8/12/13

Arise Detroit! Arise and shine, this day is for you! The 7th Annual ARISE Detroit Neighborhoods Day was on a mission. The event is a way for community service and improvement projects to demonstrate pride in the city. ARISE Detroit helps restore and rebuild neighborhoods, prepare schools to welcome back students to class, and recreational activities for families. The CW50 Street Team spent the day at Belle Isle for the Backpack Techno Music Festival; just one of the several activities occurring during the day.

The Backpack Techno Music Festival was fun. The purpose for this event is to collect and donate backpacks and school supplies for Detroit students. The event also provided live entertainment, foods, activities, and DJs playing the tunes of techno music. Jennifer and Sydney had fun jumping in the bouncer, and Krystle and Jennifer “walked the runway” as they modeled some backpacks! Street Team Member Krystle spoke with Mary J. Grant, former Detroit Public school teacher and now book author, explained what inspired her to write her book. “I was a teacher with Detroit Public Schools and I taught reading,” Grant said. “So I thought it would be real important to send out a message about reading and how parents can help their children with reading.” Also, a special thanks to Rosie Mesterhazy, who donated some backpacks with school supplies inside.

The Backpack Techno Music Festival was one of the activities going on day for the ARISE Detroit Neighborhoods Day Event. This event is dedicated to collecting and donating backpacks and school supplies to Detroit students. For more information on ARISE Detroit please visit the website. www.arisedetroit.org

Backpack Music Festival, Detroit
Natalie Frakes Blog
3/2/13

Every year for the past 8 years, Serendipity, Collage & Potpourri (SCP), a community non-profit in Detroit basically throws a huge dance party to raise money and collect school supplies for Detroit kids in need. It’s called Backpacking for Success and it has truly been a help to students in DPS since many of them cannot afford basic school supplies.

The Backpack Music Festival hosts some of the city’s greatest electronic artists, including the amazing Derrick May, who is credited, along with Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, for inventing the distinct electronic style we know as “techno”. Theirs and others’ talents are showcased at this event and the festival itself is also held at New Center Park – a beautiful park right in the heart of Detroit’s New Center.

Seriously cannot wait for this event this summer – July 27th, but this year it’s going to be on Belle Isle, most likely because there will be much more room for all that dancing! Check out their website for more info: http://www.backpackmusicfestival.com.

Excellent video documenting the 2012 SCP/UR Backpack Music Festival.
Ur061.com

Check out this video that documents the 2012 SCP/UR Backpack Music Festival in Detroit!!

Announcing Backpack Music Festival,
Where Techno and Kindness Go Hand-in-Hand
Cultivora
7/25/12

Ah, summer. The prime season for relaxing, catching up with old friends and family, and music festivals. Come August 4-5, you can do all three, and support a worthwhile cause in the process, at the seventh annual Backpack Music Festival.

The event is sponsored by SCP-Backpacking for Success, a nonprofit which provides local children with much-needed school supplies, and the Underground Resistance label. What began as a picnic on historic Belle Isle is being held right in the city, at New Center Park. Some of Detroit’s best producers and DJs will be playing, and in a setting that is much different from that of Movement. Unlike DEMF, which has gotten increasingly less family-friendly over the years, Backpack Music Festival is an all-ages event both in description and in spirit.

The star-studded lineup includes Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Juan Atkins, Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Terrence Parker, and several others from the UR family. Each day will have 12 hours of music.

Since the inception of this festival-as-fundraiser, over $30,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies have been distributed, and this year’s 5,000 backpack goal can only be reached with your support. Simply donate a backpack, school supplies, and $10 (or $20 without the backpack). It’s a win-win situation: students get what they need to do well in school, and you get great music. Discounts available for children under 12, high school students, and teachers. Pre-sale and VIP tickets can also be purchased.

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ELECTRONIC MUSICFEST: INNOVATORS KICK OFF DRIVE TO HELP DETROIT KIDS
JamBase
7/10/12

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.
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 its inception. Organizers hope to meet or exceed the seven year total in 2012.

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), Terrence Parker, Rick Wilhite, DJ Minx, Pirahnahead, 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 for the festival below. Click here for single-day and weekend passes.

Click here to see this listing in our festival guide

CONFIRMED FESTIVAL LINE UP:

Juan Atkins
Derrick May
Eddie Fowlkes
Galaxy 2 Galaxy (UR)
Timeline (UR)
Terrence Parker
John Collins (UR)
DJ Skurge (UR)
DJ Minx
Pirahnahead
Rick Wilhite
Wayne Williams
T. Linder
DJ Seoul
Todd Perrine
Michelle Weeks
Diviniti
Al Ester
Czarina Mirani
Jenny LaFemme
Hottwax Hale
Bruce Bailey
Dan Bain
DJ Jay Daniel
Sporeprint
Kero and Annie Hall
DJ Chyll
DJ Tone
Wajeed

Detroit House Music Festival Organizers deliver backpacks to kids getting organ transplants.
News Talk WCHB
6/28/2012

The efforts of internationally acclaimed Detroit House and Techno Music Innovators Derrick May (Transmat) and Mad Mike (UR) pay off. Media get a sneak peek at preview party this Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ Centaur Bar 2233 Park Ave Detroit, MI 5:30p-11p

Detroit – House music producer/innovator John Collins and Backpacking for Success event founder Judy Shelton recently delivered 100 backpacks for kids attending camp Michitanki sponsored by the University of Michigan Transplant Center. The backpacks will be used for children who have to carry around lifesaving medical equipment during their recovery from surgery.

The donation is part of the 7th SCP/UR Backpack Music Festival Fundraiser August 4-5 in Detroit. This event raises thousands of dollars, backpacks and school supplies to benefit local school children. The festival is organized locally with internationally acclaimed techno music founder Derrick May, (Transmat) and Detroit House Music innovator Mad Mike, (UR).

“When kids are going through a lifesaving organ transplant the last thing they need is to worry about having a way to carry around their medical supplies and equipment,” said Derrick May. “I am happy our collective effort to help children is paying off in more ways than one.”

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 its inception. Organizers hope to meet or exceed the seven year total in 2012. This was the first time that backpacks were delivered to children in the transplant center.

“These are brave children who face their situations with a positive outlook on life,” said festival founder Judy Shelton. “We are honored to have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives during these challenging times. This effort would not be possible without the support of so many music innovators and fans from around the world. 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 and has evolved into a large festival and art exhibit.

The two-day music festival will feature two performance stages and a Visionaries Art Exhibit. This year’s guests include some of Detroit’s best electronic, techno, house, funk, hip hop DJs, musical and visual artists.

Music is the common thread connecting art, education, and technology. The SCP Backpack Music Festival is expanding its scope to include a highly anticipated art exhibit featuring the works of some of the founders and innovators of Detroit electronic music such as Jeff Mills. There is also artwork from the Center for Creative Studies Student Art Competition.

The festival will also release a limited edition compilation CD of music donated by some of Detroit’s most recognized Techno DJs. The winning art from the CCS Student Art Competition will be featured on the CD cover and booklet insert.

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 alleyesonyou@yahoo.com. Students interested in internships are asked to request an Internship Application from Amber Krumm at electroness@gmail.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, Homes for Black Children-Foster Care and Michigan Transplant Kids – Camp Michitanki.

For more information, visit SCPMichigan.org.