Detroit Institute of Music Education (D.I.M.E.) and Axis Music will be streaming an 8 hour music marathon live on Facebook in order to raise money to provide instruments and music lessons for the kids of the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program.  The motto of the program is “books before boxing” as they have kids work with tutors to complete their school work before the boxing begins. The boxing angle is used to get kids interested, but the goal is to get kids off of the street, have them graduate high school and go to college. So far their graduation rate is 100% and over 90% of the kids have gone on to college. There are currently 147 kids sponsored into the program via corporate and private donors with a waiting list of over 800 kids. It’s quite a remarkable space with great energy and former Eminem producer Jeff Bass recently built a recording studio within the facility (see video below). It is our goal to now raise money to teach the kids how to use everything inside of that studio. Here is how we will do it:


WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 31st from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE: DIME Detroit (3 stages)


Every “like” that the live stream gets will earn a $2 pledge and every share will earn the program a $10 pledge courtesy of a community of donors. Attendees and online viewers watch musicians of all ages perform both solo and within groups, cover songs and originals, with over 40 musicians featured. Viewers simply click buttons to contribute to this amazing cause and are free to donate themselves personally.


LXL       GoComedy Musical Improv

Sami Mei     Paco Higdon Band

Ali McManus        Alison Buckman

Axis Students    DIME Students

Sponsorship opportunities are now available.

Email Donny at for more information on how to support this legendary event and the children of Detroit.


Axis Music Student Showcase & Fundraiser

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 20th, 2018

WHERE: 20 Front St. in Lake Orion @ 2:00 pm

Tickets to go on sale in December

Stay tuned to this site for more details



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    “The Axis Music Foundation helps kids discover the power of music education and exposes them to some really cool stuff.l”
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    “The partnership with Axis Music Foundation is a unique opportunity to enhance relationships with families in our community. Both Axis and Habitat are working together to improve the quality of life in Oakland County.”
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    “Axis helped me discover my strengths, and build on them. It’s a great academy, and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. Axis is an amazing music foundation. The teachers know exactly how to relate to the students and build on their strengths.”
    –Sami Lofman