Robby Takac and Anthony Chase speaking to a crowd

Music is Art Festival Comes to Buffalo State University


Music is Art, Buffalo State University, and the Buffalo AKG Art Museum have announced that this year’s Music is Art Festival will be held on the Buffalo State and Buffalo AKG campuses on Saturday, September 21. This return to Buffalo’s Elmwood Arts area highlights Music is Art’s connection to the city’s rich artistic traditions.

Since its founding by Goo Goo Dolls bassist and Buffalo native Robby Takac in 2003, the Music is Art Festival has served as a showcase of Western New York talent and a celebration of artistic community. This year will be no different; the festival promises a diverse mix of music, art installations, live performances, and interactive experiences. 

“SUNY Buffalo State University is pleased to be part of Music is Art 2024,” said Lisa Krieger, interim vice president for management and operations. “As a diverse and inclusive urban campus that inspires a lifelong passion for learning, creative activity, and cultural enrichment, the alignment between our organizations’ missions is clear.”

“AKG and Buffalo State are not just venues; they are symbols of the rich artistic heritage and vibrant community spirit that this festival celebrates,” said Music is Art founder Robby Takac. “We’re committed to creating an immersive experience that highlights the incredible talent of Buffalo’s artists, musicians, and creatives.”

“It is always such a pleasure when we can collaborate with others in our community to bring exciting events like the Music is Art Festival to the campus for all to enjoy,” said Buffalo State University Interim President Bonita R. Durand, Ph.D. “I thank Robby Takac, Music is Art, and all our other community partners, along with our Buffalo State staff who worked to make this possible.”

“Buffalo State is always seeking ways to enrich our local community,” Krieger added. “We indeed share the notion that music is art. We look forward to an entertaining and dynamic festival.”

Music is Art 2024 takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Stay tuned for announcements regarding lineup, ticket information, and special events. For more information, including participation and attendance guidelines, please visit

Above: Anthony Chase, Buffalo State University assistant dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, announces the new Music is Art Festival location at Friday's news conference.