Thanks for Rocking the Casbah with us!

October 22, 2014

Coming together to support innovative music programming

photoA most heartfelt thanks to our amazing community of guests, students, parents, partners, supporters, instructors, auction donors, volunteers, and sponsors for their generosity of time, resources, and spirit in making this year’s Rock the Casbah Gala Fundraiser an outstanding success!

After a night of fabulous live performances, one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, red carpet fun, and plenty of special surprises, we’re overjoyed to have raised $250,000+ to support our music programs during the coming year.

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To all those who bought tickets, donated services, bid on auction items, and volunteered your time to support this event, a thousand thanks. We’re especially grateful to our main sponsors Barnes & ThornburgBluhm Family Charitable FoundationMesirow Financial, and Shore Capital Partners for making the gala possible.


Special thanks to E. B. Velleman Photography and Photopalooza Photobooth for the wonderful photos!

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By the Numbers

September 19, 2014

IMW’s Impact 2013-2014: We’ve tallied it up and the results are in!

Click below for the full spread:

IMW Impact Sheet_Final_Back

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5th Annual Pickin’ On the Kids Bluegrass Benefit!

June 12, 2014


Join us on Saturday, June 28 for a night of talented bluegrass musicians at the 5th Annual Pickin’ on the Kids Bluegrass Benefit!

5th Annual Pickin’ on the Kids
Saturday, June 28 @ 8pm

The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia

Proceeds from Pickin’ on the Kids will go to support IMW’s year-round popular music programs at public and charter schools, park districts, and community centers all over Chicago!

9:00 – Miss Oneida, aka IMW staff Cyndy Fike and Hannah Shefsky

10:00 – Hayward featuring IMW Executive Director Mike Simons and Board Member Brian Black!

11:00 – Bubbly Creek

$10 in advance, $12 at the Door!



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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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