PLAY ON: A Benefit Concert to Support Music Education



Doors: 5:00pm | Show: 7:00 pm

Join Merit School of Music for a special 40th Anniversary concert benefiting equal access to music education.

The jazz-infused benefit concert, hosted by Merit’s Associate Board and curated by The JuJu Exchange’s Lane Beckstrom, features an abridged version of the ensemble’s powerful new work called “Price of Peace” in addition to performances by other notable Merit alums, such as rising jazz pianist Alexis Lombre and vocalists Christine Whack and Kimberly Jones.

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With one foot in jazz and the other foot in everything else, The JuJu Exchange is a musical partnership of childhood friends who came up through Merit School of Music between 1998 and 2013 with three ensemble members graduating from Merit’s intensive, audition-based Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory.

Nico Segal, Julian & Everett Reid, and Lane Beckstrom use The JuJu Exchange as a way to build off of their past experiences in order to make a genre-bending style of music that looks to the future while dealing with the problems of the present. Drawing from hip-hop, jazz, classical and pop music, The JuJu Exchange will take you where anything is possible.


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Catie and Matt Wloch

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Presenting $12,500 

  • 15 comp tickets to the concert
  • Logo inclusion on printed event program
  • Half-page ad in 2019-20 Merit Concert Season program book
  • Logo inclusion on Merit e-blast promotions (dist. 2,000 per)
  • Logo on posters to be distributed throughout West Loop businesses (100)
  • Logo on promotional flyers (500)
  • Logo inclusion on slideshow that runs throughout City Winery

plus everything below except additional tickets- 


Gold $10,000 

  • 10 comp tickets to the concert
  • Listing on all City Winery and Merit promotions
  • Listing and website link on Merit event webpage
  • Listing on posters and flyers
  • Sponsor tagged in event-related social media posts
  • Mention in press release
  • Logo inclusion on all City Winery and Merit promo materials as above
  • Logo on Business Council recognition in 2019-20 Merit Concert Season program books, webpage, and TV screen in the lobby of the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center

plus everything below except additional tickets- 


Silver $5,000 

  • 5 comp tickets to the concert
  • Listing on all City Winery and Merit digital and print promotions including e-blasts, posters (100), flyers (500), web event pages, Merit program newsletters (2,000), Merit 2019 Annual Report (5,000 impressions)


Bronze $2,500 

  • 2 comp tickets to the concert
  • Recognition on event program listing, digital signage, lobby signs
  • Deluxe, signed JuJu Exchange Vinyl
  • Merit “Impact Report” listing (1,000 imp.)


Allegro | $1,000 

  • 2 comp tickets to the concert
  • Recognition on event program listing
  • Listing as member of Merit’s Business Council in all concert programs
  • throughout 2019-20 year
  • Listing on Merit’s website on the Business Council page


Call Cathy Wloch, Merit’s Director of Partnerships & Engagement, at 312-676-3692 or email with questions or for more information.