Northern Arts and Entertainment (NAE) is asking the on- and off-campus community to help determine who will perform for the next big concert at the university.

Founded in 1983, NAE has brought many shows to campus including Second City, Rodney Atkins, Seth Meyers, Big Gigantic, All-American Rejects and more. Earlier this year, they brought a Chinese acrobatic troupe on October 18.

VIEW MORE: See the Chinese Acrobats perform at Northern Michigan University

The survey offers six different artists that Northern Arts and Entertainment has shown interest in. The artists descriptions come from NAE’s Chris Salgot and the videos are of live clips to better show the performance aspects of the artists. The artists are:

Meghan Trainor

Known for her popular song ‘All About That Bass’ and her newest single ‘Lips Are Movin’ just jumped 20 places on the Billboard top 100.

Chance The Rapper

After gaining recognition following the release his mixtape “Acid Rap”, the album was mentioned on many ‘top 50 best albums of 2013’ lists including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Complex Magazine. His follow-up album “Surf” is expected later this year. Editor’s Note: The clip contains some explicit lyrics.

Beats Antique

An American experimental world fusion and electronic music group. Known for their mix of different genres as well as their live shows which mix samples and heavy percussion with tribal fusion dance and performance art.


A ‘pop-rap’ duo who released their debut EP in 2011 which topped the iTunes hip-hop chart. In 2012, their reggae-tinged ‘The Bright Side’ topped iTunes albums chart. In 2014, the duo returned with a self-titled album that peaked at #24 on Billboard’s top 100. Editor’s Note: The clip contains some explicit lyrics.

The 1975

English indie rock group from the UK. Their most recent album debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart and they have played internationally including at Coachella in 2014.

Dan + Shay

American country music duo who released their debut album “Where It All Began” earlier this year, which peaked at #1 in US country charts and #6 overall. They have opened/toured with artists such as Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.

NAE has included the estimated ticket price for NMU students this year, which is new for their survey process.

“We understand that college students don’t have the most expendable income, so while they may love a certain artist, they may not be willing to pay the ticket price associated with such artist,” said the press release sent to Marquette Social Scene.

According to NAE, the survey has already seen over 1,700 responses from students, but now NAE is interested in getting feedback from community members as well.


“Decisions about artists we bring should not come solely from inside our group, so this is why we like to do surveys and engage with fans on social media. Our main job is to represent students and bring them the entertainment they seek,” they said.

The winner of the survey is not guaranteed to be the artist brought to campus. Mac Miller topped the survey a few years ago and people thought he was coming, but NAE got a similiar artist.

“I think a lot of the time students, along with the community, don’t understand the size of our budget or how it works. That’s why it is important to know what people want to see before we book someone,” said NAE secretary Kelsey Segerstrom. “Artists pricing changes almost every day. Sometimes emerging artists start asking for more and more money and usually bigger schools have more flexibility with their budget where they can enter into a bidding war. When asking for more money, NAE has to ask the Student Finance Committee for more funding or we can partner with another organization.”

The survey can be filled out by clicking HERE.

For more information, contact Chris Salgot at Northern Arts and Entertainment is on Facebook and Twitter for more information about this and other events.

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