School of Music, Theatre and Dance

OU, DIME collaborate for holiday-themed open mic event to support Detroit Children’s Center

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OU, DIME collaborate for holiday-themed open mic event to support Detroit Children’s Center
Tosha Owens
Singer/songwriter Tosha Owens will join OU students Nathalie Ali and Ayanna Akua for a special holiday-themed open mic event on Dec. 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at at The Dovetail Café in Warren, Mich. (Image courtesy Jane Cassisi Photography).

On Thursday, December 7, Oakland University students, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), will host a special holiday-themed open mic event from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at The Dovetail Café in Warren, Mich.

“We’re looking forward to hosting a fun, musical event and doing some good for The Detroit Children’s Center,” said Drew Schultz, OU@DIME faculty member.

Donations of used winter clothing — as well as monetary donations — will be accepted throughout the event and will benefit The Detroit Children’s Center, a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.

The event will feature performances by multi-award winner Tosha Owens — a highly sought after singer/songwriter whose unique style mixes Blues, Rock, Funk and R&B — and two students from OU’s Music Industry Event Management course, Nathalie Ali and Ayanna Akua.

“We are so excited and grateful to have these talented musicians be a part of our event,” said Neisa Moumdjian, a student in the Commercial Music Event Management class at OU who is overseeing the event.

In addition, the event will also feature more than an hour of round-robin style open mic performances of songs that are about the holidays or bettering the world. Sign-up for the open mic portion of the event begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to attend and all ages are welcome.

Those unable to attend the event can still make a donation by visiting

“We truly hope to make a difference for The Detroit Children’s Center this holiday season and are looking forward to a fun and successful holiday event,” Moumdjian said.

The Dovetail Cafe is located at 29200 Hoover Rd., Warren MI, 48093.

About DIME Group (DIME Detroit, DIME Online)

DIME is a group of music institutes dedicated to teaching the next generation of modern musicians and entrepreneurs. DIME Group has been named in Billboards Top Music Business Schools for the second year running (2020 & 2019). DIME is a Pathway Partners for DSA providing lessons and curriculum in songwriting, the art of emceeing, music production and music business.

Founded by music industry veterans Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman, DIME offers advanced music students a unique study experience in contemporary music, with expert musicians and music industry professionals teaching programs in guitar, bass, vocals, drums, songwriting and music industry studies. Nixon and Clayman launched DIME Detroit in 2014, joining the effort to revitalize and reinvigorate Detroit’s music landscape.

DIME Online programs are delivered entirely online, allowing students true flexibility in their studies. Among the higher education awards that will be offered to students via DIME Online are: RSL Level 4 Extended Diploma in Creative Industries, and RSL Level 5 Extended Diploma in Creative Industries. DIME also owns Original 1265 Recordings, an independent record label distributed worldwide by Caroline/Capitol Music Group.

About Oakland University

Oakland University is a doctoral, Carnegie Classification R2 “High Research Activity” university located in Oakland and Macomb counties, Michigan. The main campus is located on 1,443 acres of scenic land in the Southeast Michigan cities of Rochester Hills and Auburn Hills. The university also maintains program space at the University Center in Clinton Township.

Oakland University offers bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees and certificate programs, and is dedicated to delivering a distinctive college experience. Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences (which includes a School of Music, Theatre and Dance), the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, and The Honors College.

At Oakland, the student experience is enhanced as students work alongside inspired faculty and community mentors in laboratory, field and corporate workplace settings. Students enjoy small class sizes, countless research and social opportunities, and a high rate of job placement after graduation. In fact, 96 percent of OU graduates stay and work in the state. This rich campus atmosphere is complete with residence halls, Greek life, Division I athletics and more than 300 student groups that lend to the total college experience. Learn more at

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