University Musical Society (UMS)

  • Burton Memorial Tower
  • 881 North University Avenue
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1011

Through an uncompromising commitment to Presentation, Education, and the Creation of new work, the University Musical Society (UMS) serves Michigan audiences by bringing to our community an ongoing series of world-class artists, who represent the diverse spectrum of today’s vigorous and exciting live performing arts world. For more than a century, strong leadership, coupled with a devoted community, has placed UMS in a league of internationally-recognized performing arts presenters.

While proudly affiliated with the University of Michigan, housed on the Ann Arbor campus, and a regular collaborator with many University units, UMS is a separate not-for-profit organization that supports itself from ticket sales, corporate and individual contributions, foundation and government grants, special project support from the University of Michigan, and endowment income.

Learning is core to UMS’s mission, and it is our joy to provide creative learning experiences for the entire community. Every season, UMS offers a spectrum of education and community engagement activities focusing on K-12 students, teachers, teens, university students, families, adults, and cultural and ethnic communities. They exist to create a spark in each person, young and old alike, exposing them to things they haven’t before seen, and leaving them with an ongoing and lifelong passion for creativity and the performing arts.

UMS was selected as one of the 2014 recipients of the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest public artistic honor, awarded annually by the president of the United States at the White House to those who have “demonstrated a lifetime of creative excellence,” according to the National Endowment for the Arts, which oversees the selection process. In the photo above, UMS president Ken Fischer receives the award.