Promoting Inclusion in the Detroit Music and Art Scenes
In November 2013, Lauren Rossi began Seraphine Collective as a blog project featuring interviews and individual profiles of female-identified Detroit musicians. Her hope was to highlight, inspire, and encourage current and aspiring musicians in the area. These conversations sparked a rich exchange of ideas, including the need for a female-owned and operated venue, record label, recording studio, and workshops and classes where women could share their skills. Determined to actualize these ideas, Lauren created the Seraphine Collective – a group of ambitious women determined to promote inclusion in the Detroit music and art scenes.
The collective now includes a board of nine women and a small army of volunteers who work tirelessly to advance a supportive and collaborative community of female-identified musicians and artists in Detroit. We do this in part by providing opportunities for individuals to connect through music appreciation and expression. We regularly curate shows and festivals that feature local and touring female musicians, and continue to feature emerging and established female musicians on our website and social media outlets. The ultimate goal of the collective is to create a collaborative, female-owned and operated music and art community space.
Inspired by feminist ethos, our collective aims to be accessible to those who may typically feel excluded from or underrepresented in Detroit’s independent music scenes, and encourages honest expression of both feminist unity and differences. We hold monthly open meetings and other events that provide a forum for thoughtful exploration of how music intersects with identity, community consciousness and socially just activism efforts in Detroit.