What Is EMU?

EMU (Electronic Music Umbrella) is a not for profit which raises monies for music and arts education through the production of outdoor events. EMU will continue to push the boundaries of outdoor events and accomplishes this goal through sponsors, volunteer efforts and grassroots marketing.

How we began

Post September 11th, 2001; EMU was founded to help unite and build community through the art of dance and electronic music. In 2003, EMU hosted its first event in Battery Park, Festivus. Now legendary in the forward thinking crowd of electronic music lovers, EMU hosts Festivus each summer since 2005 in Central Park. 

Where we are headed

In 2008, EMU completed its filing for official 501.c3 not-for-profit charitable status. To add, EMU made its first donation to The Lavelle School for the Blind in. With its non-profit status secure, EMU intends to continue supporting the arts and music education of New York City's children.

How you can help

Join us as we continue promoting the simple, life enriching pleasure of music and art shared with friends and family in a like-minded community. The main goal of EMU is producing events that make people smile. Inspiration breeds creativity and raising funds that help to make the children of New York City smile will do just that.

The Team

Mike “SmileZ” Longo - Executive Director

Mike has been making people smile his whole life. He has been involved in many facets of the entertainment industry, from event planning and promotion, to sound engineering, and even stand-up comedy. Mike was drawn to EMU as it brings his love of electronic music together with his passion to make people happy. He became directly involved with EMU in 2004 as a volunteer and had been an integral part of EMU ever since. In 2008 Mike took over as the President of EMU. Michael studied psychology at Rutgers, New Brunswick and after graduation moved to New York City. Michael enjoys film, travel, and fencing and currently resides in Brooklyn.

Ruben Akerman - Technical Director

Ruben is a perennial fixture in NYC's electronic music scene. In addition to producing and promoting a myriad of events over the years, Ruben owns and operates Groovanauts.com, one of the country's premier online electronic music communities. Ruben is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, having majored in Business Administration, with a minor in Mechanical Engineering.

John Dill - Creative Director

John Dill has been living in the East Village for the past nine years, where he's currently self-employed as an Art Director / Graphic Designer by day. By nights, he moonlights as a DJ, which feeds his alter ego! The one thing he can't seem to put down by day or by night is his camera, as it feeds his soul.

Joe Foxton - NYC Operations

Joe Foxton is an Aussie expat living in Brooklyn with a passion for house, techno and outdoor events. Joe has spent the last twelve years in NYC working for media companies and tech startups, and has now started his own consulting business Foxton Creative to help entrepreneurs realize their creative vision. Joe moonlights as DJ Jaux Pas and is a contributor to the new Williamsburg club, Verboten.