Gala 2013




Join us for an evening with
Kirk Whalum & George Duke
 friday, June 28, 2013 VIP Reception 6pm-7pm House opens 7pm show starts at 7:30PM University of chicago/ the logan center for the arts
915 East 60th Street, chicago, il 60637
The concert will bring the best in jazz, R&B and Contemporary music in the country and will also feature the sounds of respected jazz bassists and host for the evening Michael Manson, who will debut his newest CD.
Kirk Whalum

Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his.


With seven Grammy® Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide. MAI is grateful and excited that Kirk has consented to headline our 2nd  annual gala concert .


George Duke

George Duke was named "R&B Keyboardist Of The Year" by Keyboard Magazine for the second consecutive year. Other honors include Grammy nominations for his production of "We Are The World" by the Children Of The World; "Sweet Baby" by the Clarke/Duke project; "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Deniece Williams; "Stay With Me Tonight" and "On The Wings Of Love" by Jeffrey Osborne; and "Fumilayo" by Dianne Reeves. Tutu, by Miles Davis with selections produced by George Duke, won a Grammy in 1986. Both Miles Davis Amandla (selections produced by Duke) and Al Jarreau's Heart's Horizon (produced entirely by Duke) received Grammy nominations.


Easily, he is one of the national treasures and a bridge between all forms of jazz an R&B music. His performances electrify the audience with both his technical ability and his heartfelt musical passages. We are elated that George has consented to be our headliner for the Musical Arts Institute 2nd Annual Gala Concert.


Michael Manson

With the release of his previous CD, ‘Just Feelin It.’ Michael Manson joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists. His first single "Coming Right At Ya" reached the top 10 on the R&B Smooth Jazz. Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage on his solo debut, ‘The Bottom Line.’


His passion and precision are displayed with both unrelenting power and laid-back grace on the album that, he says, "reflects the deepest expression of all I have felt making music for the last twenty years." "I’m happy to be joining the line up for this year’s gala. We will perform and have a great time with the purpose of helping our community foster a sense of excellence through music. Looking forward to it."

 about musical arts institute The Musical Arts Institute is a nonprofit, community-minded organization that provides exceptional Music training taught by a staff of highly qualified instructors. The heart of MAI’s mission is to offer solutions for children in under-served communities and areas where music lessons are unavailable and/or not affordable. March 2010, we opened the doors to our primary location on Chicago’s south-side for the purpose of providing superior Music instruction. Within less than one year, we have enrolled 130 students taught by 14 music professionals. Along with traditional music training, our unique program offering (private lessons, workshops, off-site learning, and clinics) utilizes an intensive level based curriculum. Included in the course offerings are private and group studies in voice, piano, string instruments, percussion, and wind instruments.




Platinum Sponsorship



-Company Logo on all marketing    materials, invitations

-Category Exclusivity

-Title Banner in reception area

-Logo on stage projection

-Inclusion in all TV, Radio and all print ads

-Web Banner with link to clients home page

-Full Page ad in the Gala Stage Bill (Cover Page if Available)

-Company named mentioned during program

-10 VIP Seats and reception invites

-10 Premium Gift Bags

Gold Sponsorship



-Company Logo on all marketing materials, invitations

-Logo on stage projection

-Full Page ad in the Gala Stage Bill

-Company named mentioned during program

-8 VIP Seats and reception invites

-8 Premium Gift Bags


Silver Sponsorship



-Half Page ad in the Gala Stage Bill

-4 VIP Seats and reception invites

-4 Premium Gift Bags

Official Sponsorship



-Quarter Page ad in the Gala Stage Bill

-2 reception invites

-2 Premium Gift Bags



Friends of MAI Sponsorship



-Honorable mention in the Gala Stage Bill

-2 Reception invites

-2 Gift Bags

2nd Annual Musical Arts Institute Gala Benefit Concert

Your generous gift will support the mission of giving quality music education that will make a difference in the lives of the children and adults in our community.


Ticket Price: General Adm $65 / VIP $125

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