Metro Detroit native Grant Kwiecinski, an electronic musician better known as “Griz,” is teaming up with Lyft for a charitable cause during the upcoming Movement Music Festival. As part of the ride-sharing company’s Round Up and Donate program, those headed to the festivities in Hart Plaza — whether to see Griz or any of the other acts scheduled throughout the weekend — will have the option to support local students when they ride with Lyft.
Lyft users always have the option to donate to a cause when riding with the app. They can do this by clicking on the app’s “donate” menu and selecting a cause, such as Black Girls Code, the American Civil Liberties Union, or the Detroit Public School Foundation, a nonprofit that offers career and college prep tools to students. The fare of each user’s trip is rounded up to the nearest dollar, and the difference is then donated to the selected cause.
From May 25-27, however, riders will have the opportunity to donate even more. Throughout the Movement Music Festival weekend, any donations made to the Detroit Public School Foundation will be matched and donated to Seven Mile, a nonprofit that provides music, art, and computer science programs to Detroit school children.
In an effort to promote the donation option, Griz will offer a code for Lyft on his social media pages on May 27 — the day of his Movement performance. “I love my hometown of Detroit, and I’m stoked to pair my show with a way to give back to it,” he says. “It’s all about funding creative arts programs in Detroit public schools, and Lyft makes it easy. Always happy to support DPSF and Seven Mile however I can.”
The artist has previous experience with philanthropic efforts in the city. For the past five years, Griz has produced an event called Grizmas, which features 12 days of festivities in Detroit and raises funds for music and arts education in local schools. The event has donated more than $100,000 to Seven Mile. Griz received the Spirit of Detroit Award in 2015 for this charitable project.