Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Q: What is the music and arts guild?

A: The Music and Arts Guild is a non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the growth of the arts in our local community in Ypsilanti, Michigan and the surrounding area.

Q: What do you do? 

A: We provide educational, performance, and networking opportunities through workshops, music & art showcases, and face-to-face meetings. We also volunteer to help each other and to support other local events. 

Q: Where do you meet? 

A: Informal meetings are held most Sundays at the Taproom in Ypsilanti at 7:00 pm. Anyone is welcome. 

Q: What’s in it for me?  What are the benefits? 

A: Some of the many benefits include:

  • Personalized member page can be provided for you, or your group. Your page can be used as a promotional tool for your projects. You can even use it as your web page.  Do members have access to potential paid performances and show opportunities?
  • Members can connect with each other on the Guild Facebook group to share information, provide mentoring, and help each other solve problems. 
  • Members have access to the Guild stage, sound system, and sound engineer services.
  • Members are supported by the Guild through volunteerism. If you need help hanging pictures, or need someone to run your merch table at your show, don't hesitate to ask!

Q: How much does membership cost? 

A: Membership dues are $50.00 per year. 

Q: What activities and events does The Guild do?  

A: We book talent and host the monthly First Fridays after party at the Taproom in Ypsilanti, we provide helping hands to Grove Studios, we manage the stage and book the talent for DIYpsi (art and music festival), we book and manage the Art Throwdown at Festival of the Honeybee. 

Q: Who are your partners? 

A:  We are proud partners with the following local community organizations. We all work together to help build the cultural 'scene' in Ypsi and provide opportunities for musicians and artists : 

Growing Hope  http://growinghope.net/

DIYpsi  http://www.diypsi.com/

Grove Studios  http://grovestudios.space/

ypsiGLOW  https://wonderfoolproductions.org/ypsiglow/

First Fridays Ypsilanti  http://www.firstfridaysypsi.com/

The Ton-Up Music & Motorcycle Festival http://www.tonup.com/ 

Q: What is the time commitment? 

A: There is no required time commitment for Guild members. But, keep in mind that you get out of your membership what you put into it. Volunteering on the scene helps BUILD the arts scene.  This creates more opportunity to connect with the public and make money.

Q: Who can sign up? 

A: Anyone can sign up. 

Q: Is it a non-profit group?

A: Yes! We are a legit 501(c)3. Your membership dues and donations are tax deductible. 

Q: Is it fun?  Is it a social club? 

A: If you love local music and art, want to connect with super-talented, like-minded people, then...YES it is FUN. We are not specifically a social club, yet many members have become friends and we have a great time at the many local events we frequent.