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Detroit Sound Conservancy wants to show city cares about its sonic past

Carleton Gholz, founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Sound Conservancy.
Mercedes Mejia
Michigan Radio
Carleton Gholz, founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Sound Conservancy.


There’s no arguing that Detroit has a rich and diverse musical heritage.

There’s also no arguing that Detroit has had its challenges in preserving its history and heritage.

That’s why the Detroit Sound Conservancy came to be.

Its mission is to support Detroit’s musical heritage through advocacy, conservation, and education.

This Saturday the DSC is holding its 3rd Annual Music Conference, free and open to the public.

Carleton Gholz is the founder and executive director of the DSC. He sat down with us today to talk about how the organization came to be and what we can expect from Saturday’s music conference.

“The argument of the Sound Conservancy has never been that other people haven’t been working or there isn’t communities that care. That’s not it at all. What there is is that there needed to be -- my generation needed to come in and bring some new energy. There was a vacuum,” Gholz told us.

“The idea is to actually talk about the continuity of preservation and archiving over many, many years, and to show the community that we do care, that there are people who care about these issues. They want to push Detroit music history further. Motown’s not the only story. It is an incredible story, but there are so many other stories.”

More information about the conference can be found here.

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