Local Kindie Musicians “Band Together” for Music Education!

March 7, 2014

Band Together FlyerWe’re excited and grateful that 8 stellar Chicago kindie musicians have “banded together” to benefit the IMW Kidz with a matinee concert at one of Chicago’s premier venues and a new digital compilation of previously unreleased tracks!

Come on out to the show, grab yourself a copy of the sampler, and support music education through IMW!

Saturday, March 8th at 3:00PM
Lincoln Hall
2424 N Lincoln Ave
Get Tickets Here

It’s all going down THIS SATURDAY at 3:00pm at Lincoln Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids, and free for non-walkers. Hear the artists perform the songs live and get a free download of the album with your ticket purchase!

Can’t wait til the show to hear the tunes from these local talents? Click here to purchase the album featuring singles from each band!

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IMW Night at The Charleston is Thursday March 6!

February 26, 2014


Need a break from the toughest Chicago winter in decades? We’ve got just the remedy! Join us on Thursday, March 6th at The Charleston for an evening out among friends in support of music education.

Our fun-packed evening includes live music from our favorite bluegrass band Hayward from 8:00-10:00 PM (featuring IMW Founder and Executive Director Mike Simons and Board member Brian Black) followed by a set of vinyl classics from DJ Scoopy (IMW’s own Kevin Claxton). We’ll be joined by Celebrity Bartender Psalm One AKA Hologram Kizzie – fresh from the release of her new LP “Hug Life” and ready to serve up your favorites all night!

The Charleston has generously offered to donate 100% of proceeds from the evening to support IMW’s in-school, after-school, and summer music education programs, which will serve over 650 CPS, charter school, and park district students this year.

All these good times for the low, low price of absolutely nothing, so do yourself a favor and come on out!

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New 2 Song CD Single Out Now!

February 18, 2014


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Hot off the press and ready to rock your eardrums! This just-released split single has 2 original songs by IMW student bands. Check out the infectious garage pop nugget ”Sizzle Pop” by The Pop Tots and the heavy classic sounds of “To The Top” by White Diamond, produced by the band’s mentor John Stirratt (Wilco, Autumn Defense), who also plays bass on the track.

Buy The CD here and Name Your Price!!

Special thanks also to Justin Barbin PhotographyJim Newberry Photography, Tim Sandusky, Tyler Gobberdiel,  the bands’ IMW Instructors, and Strobe Recording for making this happen!


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Today is Giving Tuesday! Give The Gift of Music to Chicago Youth

December 3, 2013


 IMW is proud to join Giving Tuesday, an international movement to jumpstart the holiday giving season starting TODAY on Tuesday, December 3rd. All over Chicago, IMW students are warming up their voices, tuning up instruments, and working together to discover their potential through music. With our 6th school year now underway, we’re asking for your help to turn up the volume on music education!

Every dollar raised helps us put a guitar in a student’s hands or start a music program in a school where one doesn’t exist anymore.

Support IMW and make a gift of any size today!



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Wilco Goes Above and Beyond for Music Education

November 7, 2013

Grammy Winners Get Involved with Chicago’s Intonation Music Workshop

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Chicago music legends Wilco have long been noted for their generosity, giving their time to support any number of worthy causes.

Over the last year, members of the band have chosen to highlight one hometown organization in particular, our own Intonation Music WorkshopA longtime supporter of IMW, Wilco bassist John Stirratt decided to roll up his sleeves and get involved, personally mentoring IMW student band WHITE DIAMOND for an entire term. Each week, he came to class at Fosco Park to work with the band on their original song “To the Top,” culminating in a recording session for the track, which Stirratt produced. He then joined the band onstage at Lincoln Hall to perform the track as part of IMW’s 3rd Annual Rock-N-Pop Circus. The track is currently available for download at

Soon after, the rest of the band joined Stirratt in helping the up and coming organization. To raise money for IMW, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy provided a rare treat for his fans: a private tour of Wilco’s famed Loft – their recording studio and de facto HQ – along with an intimate solo concert for 20 guests. This one-of-a-kind experience was offered as an auction item at IMW’s annual Gala last October, where it brought in a winning bid of $50,000. “A gift of that size makes an enormous difference for an organization like ours,” said IMW Executive Director Michael Simons. “That money has allowed us to add programs in neighborhoods where nothing of the sort existed.”

Drummer Glenn Kotche also recently donated his time and energy for a private drumming clinic for IMW students. Taking over Studio 47, IMW’s musical community center at Taylor Park in Bronzeville, for an afternoon, Kotche performed for and then with students, engaging them in a collaborative rhythm jam, and answered questions about his experience as a touring musician and composer. The masterclass was arranged by Noteworthy Mentoring, an IMW partner organization which connects aspiring young musicians with top professionals in the music industry.

“It would be impossible to overstate the importance of Wilco’s support to our program,” said Simons. “There’s a movement underway to keep arts and music curriculum in the schools, and organizations like IMW are playing a role in that effort. Wilco’s investment of time and money has literally extended our reach by a significant amount. Beyond that, the personal mentorship that John and Glenn have given provides a one-of-a kind experience for our students – they got to work alongside a major artist, and to learn through firsthand experience what it takes to be a pro. These guys are uniquely committed – they really stepped up for the kids we serve.”

For more information or to schedule a conversation with IMW Executive Director Mike Simons, please contact David Singer at 773.320.7824 or


To see how YOU can help IMW bring arts education to the neighborhoods that need it most, click here!

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IMW Gala 2013: A Rockin’ Success!

October 14, 2013

XR4A2787Thanks a million to all who made this year’s Rock the Casbah! Gala Fundraiser such a huge success!

With the gorgeous Alhambra Palace as our backdrop, it was truly an amazing evening from start to finish. A delicious dinner, great company, an exciting live and silent auction, thoughtful presentations by IMW parents, students, and instructors, and of course amazing performances by IMW kidz and staff…what a night! Events like this keep our programming running – thanks again to everyone who made it possible!

Check out more pictures from the event HERE and special thanks to Justin Barbin for the wonderful photos!

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