CultureShift: Local nonprofit hosting mental health check-ins for Detroit musicians

Detroit Musix is hosting a series of events promoting mental health among local musicians that will kick off this week in Detroit.

Detroit Musix is a nonprofit organization with the main goal of highlighting, educating and supporting musicians throughout the City of Detroit.

As part of its effort to tackle mental health issues among Detroit’s musicians, the organization is hosting a series of events that will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Congregation, 9321 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit.

The events will also showcase six genres that the city is known for, including gospel, techno, rap, R&B, rock and roll, and jazz.

Samuel J. Donald, founder and president of Detroit Musix, joined CultureShift this week to talk about the events and the nonprofit’s passion for supporting Detroit musicians.

“We found that we really just need to honor what we do, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re just having fun honoring our heritage, that’s what we do. Detroit has a sound.”

For more information about the Higher Ground Music and Mental Health Symposium, or future events, visit

Listen: Full interview with CultureShift‘s Tia Graham and Detroit Musix founder and President Samuel J. Donald

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.