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For the first time ever, you can join our biggest night of the year from across the country!

Part virtual concert, part extended family gathering, and named in honor of our fierce and fearless founder Dr. Rita Simó, our Big Night 2021 celebrates over 40 years of transformative impact, plus the power and gifts of music. Join us for the most uplifting night of the year for just $50 – your dollars will provide critical support for 100% free music education across Chicago and in East Palo Alto, California.

What to Expect in 1 Hour

Live performance by four-time GRAMMY Award winner Esperanza Spalding
“Esperanza Spalding is determined to turn her music into an event…[her 2018 album ’12 Little Spells’] furthers her genre transcendent vision”
 Rolling Stone



An opening act by the New Orleans sensation: The Soul Rebels
“It’s hard to overstate the infectious energy and thrill of a live performance by the New Orleans band The Soul Rebels”
NPR Music


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Heartwarming performances from our young musicians
Messages of hope from our families
And a live auction and paddle raise with fabulous prizes!

Meet Our Community

Know what your ticket supports. Learn about the communities we serve.
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"Music is a gift - pass it on!"
- Dr. Rita Simó, People's Founder
(1934 - 2020)

Your support goes far beyond this one night of celebration. If you can't join us for our Big Night but would like to #PassOn your support by making a gift, you can do so below! You can also jam out to this specially curated Big Night Playlist.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Imagine supporting a large-scale renovation of our learning facilities for our students!

  • All Producing Sponsor benefits plus
  • special recognition from featured guest artist during program
Imagine a full year’s worth of high-impact, high-inspiration orchestra rehearsals!

  • All Presenting Sponsor benefits, plus
  • Signed memorabilia from guest artist

Imagine welcoming a new student cohort for a year of transformation!

  • All Artist’s Level benefits, plus
  • Mention in all social media and promotions leading up to event
  • Prominent recognition from featured celebrity guest artist during virtual program, with logo displayed

Imagine sponsoring a year of high-impact, high-energy high school SLAM rehearsals!


  • Invitation to a private reception for you and 10 guests with featured guest artist
  • Acknowledgment as lead sponsor on all marketing collateral, event materials and email invitations

Imagine supporting a semester of band sectionals on the South Side!


  • Invitation to a private reception for yours and one additional household with featured guest artist
  • Acknowledgment of support on email invitations and event materials

Imagine covering much needed instrument repairs and supplies for an ensemble!


  • Invitation to a private reception for your household with featured guest artist
  • Acknowledgment of support on email invitations and event materials
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Questions? We’re here to help! Please reach out to development@peoplesmusicschool.org.