Our advisers include musicians, preservationists, teachers, archivists, librarians, journalists, coders, ethnomusicologists, architects, photographers, filmmakers, publicists, DJs, urban planners, and, most importantly, fans of Detroit music.

In 2012, we organized our initial board, threw a party, and conducted a music tour for Allied Media Conference.

In 2013,we executed a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign to start an oral history archive for Detroit music online and in the city based on pre-existing recordings from Detroit’s music journalists.

In 2014, we began acting as an independent 501(c)(3) and executed our first conference.

In 2015, we accessioned the Graystone International Jazz Museum Collection, held our second conference, and moved our first exhibit space, office, and Vault into United Sound Systems Recording Studios.

In 2016, we turned four years old and then, in May, outgrew our space at United pushing us to engage patrons via Patreon for a new home. We also celebrated John Lee Hooker’s 99th birthday, convened our third sound conference, and rebuilt the Blue Bird Inn Stage.

In 2017, we installed the Blue Bird Inn Stage in France for a major design exhibition and celebrated the legacy of the Chess Mate Cafe. We turned 5 years old this spring…

Updated Summer 2017