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Play Together releases collaborations between a band and an artist, with profits benefitting a local art/music K-12 education program.
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Play Together is a new social impact record label that releases audio-visual “collaborations” between one musical artist and one visual artist. For each collaboration, Play Together commits funds to an after-school art or music program for students, to help support the next generation of Chicago artists.


How does it work?

Each Play Together Collaboration is made up of 3 things: a band, an artist, and a social cause. Our first project is a collaboration between the band Violet Crime, artist Julius Bautista, and non-profit, Intonation Music

Left: Julius Bautista, Artist. Middle: Violet Crime, Band. Right: Intonation Music, Non-Profit Cause.
Left: Julius Bautista, Artist. Middle: Violet Crime, Band. Right: Intonation Music, Non-Profit Cause.

Through this Kickstarter, Play Together will be releasing the new Violet Crime album, "Paper Queen", along with two paintings by Julius Bautista inspired by the Paper Queen album which will be turned into limited-edition fine art prints.  Profits from the sale of all Play together artwork and music from Collaboration 1 are directed to benefit Intonation Music, a Chicago non-profit which helps K12 students start rock bands.

  •  If you believe art is valuable, Play Together is your way to value it. 
  • If you believe that music matters, Play Together is your way to show it.
  • If you believe that arts education is too important to lose in our schools, Play Together is your way to protect it. 
  • If you believe it is your responsibility to create the community you want to live in, Play Together is your way to create it.  

Press about Play Together Collaboration 1

From the feature on Violet Crime and Play Together via The Daily Herald

  •  "A third of the proceeds from Violet Crime's merch and music sales -- along with a soon-to-be-released set of print interpretations of the band's music by Chicago-based artist Julius Bautista -- will go to benefit Intonation Music, a local organization that provides Chicago Public School students after-school opportunities to explore music." 

From the premiere for the Violet Crime single, "Paper Queen" via Substream Magazine

  •  "Violet Crime is an indie-pop band hailing from Chicago. There’s no shortage of local, up and coming acts in the Midwest — specifically Chicago — but there’s not a lot that are like Violet Crime. [...] However, what makes it special, is the EP will be released via Play Together — a social impact artist management company, co-founded by Violet Crime bassist, Kasey Gandham." 

From the premiere for the Violet Crime single "Heard You Like The Rolling Stones" via Atwood Magazine

  •  "Violet Crime’s first music video, “Heard You Like The Rolling Stones” is reminiscent of so many of the classic videos that aired on MTV in the early ’80s. It’s hard not to be drawn in by the bright colors on the thoughtfully designed paper instruments. [...]  Paper Queen EP is out June 14, 2019 via Play Together, a social impact artist management company (co-founded by bassist Kasey Gandham) that invests a portion of profits back into elementary art and music programs in Chicago." 

 Meet the Band: Violet Crime 

Violet Crime is a Chicago-based 5-piece Retro-Pop band, praised for their powerful dual vocal performances and their genre-bending “modern take on vintage sounds”. Their first major EP, "Paper Queen" will be released through the Play Together label in June 2019. Their album is produced by Sam Guaiana (Hopeless Records, Equal Vision, among others), with additional production by Derek DiScanio, lead singer of the pop-rock act State Champs

Watch the official music video for one of the tracks off of Violet Crime's upcoming EP, "Paper Queen":

 Meet the Artist: Julius Bautista 

Julius Dizon-Cruz Bautista is a Chicago-based painter, visual artist, and entrepreneur. Bautista’s pieces explore the emotional and psychological realm, using surreal embellishments to help portray the subject’s inner state. Most recently, Bautista has done portrait work for figures such as Bono (U2), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), and Steve Easterbrook (McDonald’s) through his work with the Chicago Economic Club. He is a prolific and unique Chicago artist, and his pieces are works that any serious art collector would value in their collection.

Learn more about Julius' story and influences as an artist:

 Learn about the Cause: Intonation Music 

Intonation Music is a Chicago-based music education cause that partners with Chicago Public Schools to enable students to explore their limitless potential by learning to play instruments and form their own rock bands. 584 Chicago Students are currently in bands through Intonation Music from 16 different partner institutions from all over the city of Chicago.


Who are we?

Play Together was founded by education entrepreneurs Jessica, Kasey, and Aneesh. Two of Play Together’s founders are co-founders of Packback, an education tech company based in Chicago that has been featured in the Fast Company, Forbes, ABC’s Shark Tank, Crain’s Chicago Business, and more. Our founders have run an arts community event, Makespace, for 2 years and both work at the intersection of arts and education. They have provided initial backing for Play Together out of personal savings, ensuring the project will be successful.  Read our co-founder Jessica's blog about why we started Play Together.


Become an Art Collector through Play Together

The art you can purchase through this Kickstarter are not posters”; they are pieces of valuable, limited-edition artwork that are part of small, numbered ("editioned") runs, hand-signed by the artist. At some levels of backing, pieces will also be hand-embellished by the artist, making them truly one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork.

This is an amazing way to supplement an existing art collection while supporting a great cause, or buy your very first piece of serious fine artwork to start building you collection!

Painting #1: “Paper Queen”  

Photograph of Julius Bautista's first painting for the collaboration, "Paper Queen"
Photograph of Julius Bautista's first painting for the collaboration, "Paper Queen"
Close-up details of the painting, "Paper Queen"
Close-up details of the painting, "Paper Queen"

Painting #2: “Paper King”

Photograph of Julius Bautista's second painting for the collaboration, "Paper King"
Photograph of Julius Bautista's second painting for the collaboration, "Paper King"
Close-up details of the painting, "Paper King"
Close-up details of the painting, "Paper King"

For both of Julius’ works on canvas, inspired by Violet Crime’s music, you can own a piece of the art in one of the three ways:

1. One of two original paintings on canvas

  • Only 2 available.
  • Kickstarter Price: $1000
  • Julius Bautista's paintings of this size typically sell for $1,500-2,000. 
  • 18 x 24’’ on Canvas
  • Ready to Hang

2. Hand-Embellished, Hand-Signed, and Numbered Giclée Prints

  • Fine art reproduction, hand-embellished by the artist, making it an ‘original’ piece of one-of-a-kind artwork.
  • Kickstarter Price: $300 (or $500 for the pair, a $100 savings)
  • 18 x 24’’ giclée print on Hahnemühle Photorag Archival Art Paper
  • Framed and Ready to Hang
  • If you select the "Hand-Embellished" option, you are guaranteed a low number print (Edition #30 or under, out of 50 total printed per piece)
  • Hand-signed and numbered by the artist
  • You will receive one of only 50 total prints that will be made for each piece in this limited edition run of prints

3. Hand-Signed and Numbered Giclée Print, without Hand-Embellishment

  • Kickstarter Price: $150
  • 18 x 24’’ giclée print on Hahnemühle Photorag Archival Art Paper
  • Hand-signed and numbered by the artist
  • You will receive one of only 50 total prints that will be made for each piece in this limited edition run of prints. 

To preserve the value of your artwork, no more than 2 print runs of each image will ever be produced (100 prints). As a backer through this project, you are guaranteed a first-run print- which is the most valuable reproduction of a piece of artwork. 

👀 Sights Tier  

Become an art collector with art and fine art prints from Chicago artist Julius Bautista inspired by the music of Violet Crime.  

In addition to the original canvases, there are several other ways to collect a limited edition piece of Julius Bautista's artwork. You may choose Hand-Signed, Numbered 18 x 24’’ giclée prints on Hahnemühle Paper, with or without Hand-Embellishment. Hand-embellishment by the artist produces a one-of-a-kind piece of original artwork that is valuable, as no two are exactly alike.  

👂Sounds Tier  

Support the collaboration (and the cause!) by showing your love of Violet Crime's music. 

👀+👂 Sights & Sounds Tier 

Have a once in a lifetime artistic experience, while supporting a great cause.

How are the funds are going to be used?

The Violet Crime album, “Paper Queen” has already been funded, recorded, mixed, and mastered, and their music video is being released May 5th, 2019. Julius Bautista has completed both paintings and they are ready for high-quality art reproduction.

Funds from this Kickstarter are going to the creation and distribution of the artwork which will be produced as collectible, fine art prints. Funds will also be invested into marketing and PR for the album release and the artwork, and for each item sold, will help pay our artists and musicians on the project.

While Play Together has already pledged $3,000 in financial support for Intonation Music regardless of the amount of funds garnered from this Kickstarter, as this release exceeds $15,000 in all of 2019 and 2020, Play Together will increase its financial contribution to Intonation Music.

Risks and challenges

The Play Together founders have personally funded the project's commissions for the collaboration (the art, music, and music video) and have extensive experience building businesses from scratch through their work at Packback. We feel confident in our team's ability to deliver.

The elements of risk that still exist are:

1. As each hand-embellished print is individually worked on by the artist, if he encounters delays or challenges, the hand-embellished prints are highly dependent on his timeline. We've set a conservative delivery date of September 2019 for all customized pieces as a result to help mitigate the risk.

2. As the funds are being used to produce the actual print runs themselves, we could run into challenges with the print shop as we go through the proofing process. Again, we've set a conservative timeline for delivery to account for this, and have several print shops selected as backups if our first choice presents any challenges.

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    Get the Album

    By backing at this level, you receive a digital download of Violet Crime's upcoming album, "Paper Queen". You'll also receive a vinyl Play Together sticker.

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    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Digital download of unreleased single, "Funerals"
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    Album Release Show Ticket (6/29)

    Hang with Violet Crime at their album release show for "Paper Queen" on June 29th at the famous Bottom Lounge in Chicago. They'll be playing alongside some other incredible Chicago acts, to be announced soon!

    Come on by the merchandise table at the show and show us your Kickstarter backer email to claim a Play Together Sticker on us!

    Your name will be on the list at the door.

    **Pick up sticker in-person ONLY, the night of the show!** (No Shipping for the sticker at this reward level)

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    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Digital download of unreleased single, "Funerals"
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    T-shirt + Digital Album

    Backers at this level can wear their love of art and music on their sleeve!

    As a backer at this level, you'll receive a t-shirt of your choice; either the white minimalist Play Together brand t-shirt, or the Violet Crime band logo t-shirt. Both are printed on soft, Next Level brand tees and are sure to become your favorite t-shirt! Let us know in your order if you want the Play Together shirt, or the Violet Crime shirt.

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    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Digital download of unreleased single, "Funerals"
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    Album Release Show Ticket + T-Shirt

    Be there for the live show at Chicago's famous Bottom Lounge venue to celebrate the release of Violet Crime's album, Paper Queen, on June 29th. The new Violet Crime album officially drops June 14th, but the band will be celebrating alongside some incredible Chicago acts (to be announced soon!).

    Show your Kickstarter pledge email at the merchandise table at the show, and claim your choice of Violet Crime T-shirt or Play Together T-Shirt, along with a Vinyl Play Together Sticker.

    Your name will be on the list at the door at the Bottom Lounge.

    **T-shirt and sticker must be claimed in-person with this package (No Shipping)**

    Includes:
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    • Your choice of Violet Crime - or- Play Together T-shirt
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Digital download of unreleased single, "Funerals"
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    Guitar Lesson with Tom from Violet Crime

    Get a private guitar lesson by Skype or in-person at Tom's apartment in Logan Square by Tom Goier from Violet Crime. In addition to being a part of Violet Crime, Tom is "Instagram famous" in his own right as a popular guitar player. If you're just learning guitar, or already know how to play but want to learn how to shred like Tom, this is a great reward for you!

    **Must be scheduled in advance with Tom at a time that works with his schedule between now and September 2019**

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    Cover Song + Handwritten Note

    By backing at this level, you can request a song of your choice for Violet Crime to cover for you. You'll receive a recording of your requested cover song, along with a handwritten note from the band signed by all five members of Violet Crime.

    Includes:
    • A recording of a song of your choosing, covered by Violet Crime
    • A handwritten thank you note from the members of Violet Crime
    • Digital download of unreleased single, "Funerals"
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
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    Limited-Edition Art Print, "Paper Queen"

    If you back the first Play Together collaboration at this level, you'll receive a signed, limited-edition print of Julius Bautista's first painting, "Paper Queen" inspired by the Violet Crime EP, Paper Queen.

    This print will be limited to a total run of 50 giclee prints on archival paper.

    This is a piece of fine art and a collector's item and is hand-signed and hand-numbered by the artist.

    As a backer at this level, you will also receive a copy of Violet Crime's EP Paper Queen, a Play Together T-shirt, and sticker.

    Includes:
    • Limited-Edition (one of 50), Signed Art Print of "Paper Queen"
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Play Together T-Shirt
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    Limited-Edition Art Print, "Paper King"

    If you back the first Play Together collaboration at this level, you'll receive a signed, limited-edition print of Julius Bautista's second painting for the collaboration, "Paper King" inspired by the Violet Crime EP, Paper Queen.

    This print will be limited to a total run of 50 giclee prints on archival paper.

    This is a piece of fine art and a collector's item and is hand-signed and hand-numbered by the artist.

    As a backer at this level, you will also receive a copy of Violet Crime's EP Paper Queen, a Play Together T-shirt, and sticker.

    Includes:
    • Limited-Edition (one of 50), Signed Art Prints of "Paper King"
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Play Together T-Shirt
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    EMBELLISHED, Framed Print, "Paper Queen"

    If you back the first Play Together collaboration at this level, you'll receive a signed, hand-embellished, limited-edition print of Julius Bautista's first painting, "Paper Queen" inspired by the Violet Crime EP, Paper Queen.

    This is an original piece of artwork as it will receive hand-embellishment by the artist himself, making each of the prints at this level unique. The piece will also be hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    Your piece will arrive framed and ready to hang.

    As a backer at this level, you will also receive a copy of Violet Crime's EP Paper Queen, a Play Together T-shirt, and sticker.

    Includes:
    • Hand-Embellished, Limited Edition Art Print of "Paper Queen"
    • Frame with artistic mat to display your print
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Play Together T-Shirt
    • Play Together Vinyl Sticker
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    EMBELLISHED, Framed Print, "Paper King"

    If you back the first Play Together collaboration at this level, you'll receive a signed, hand-embellished, limited-edition print of Julius Bautista's first painting, "Paper King" inspired by the Violet Crime EP, Paper Queen.

    This is an original piece of artwork as it will receive hand-embellishment by the artist himself, making each of the prints at this level unique. The piece will also be hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    Your piece will arrive framed and ready to hang.

    As a backer at this level, you will also receive a copy of Violet Crime's EP Paper Queen, a Play Together T-shirt, and sticker.

    Includes:
    • Hand-Embellished, Limited-Edition Art Print, "Paper King"
    • Frame with artistic mat to display your print
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
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    Bundle: Both EMBELLISHED Prints, Framed

    If you back the first Play Together collaboration at this level, you'll receive the pair of prints, "Paper Queen" and "Paper King" framed, hand-signed, and hand-numbered, inspired by the Violet Crime EP. By backing at this level, you are guaranteed a low-number print (desirable for art collectors) between #6 and #20, out of a total run of 50 giclée prints on archival paper.

    This set of prints is a piece of fine art and a true collector's item, and is hand-signed and hand-numbered by the artist.

    As a backer at this level, you will also receive a copy of Violet Crime's EP Paper Queen, a Play Together T-shirt, and sticker.

    Includes:
    • Limited-Edition (one of 50), Signed Art Print of "Paper Queen"
    • Limited-Edition (one of 50), Signed Art Prints of "Paper King"
    • Frame with artistic mat to display your print
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Play Together T-Shirt
    • Play Together Vinyl Sticker
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    Private Concert by Violet Crime

    Chicago & Greater Chicagoland Area Only.

    Backers at this level can schedule a private concert by Violet Crime in their home, or venue of choice.

    Bring out your friends and host a big party with Violet Crime as your band...or have an intimate get-together for you and a few special people. Bring music into your home or office, while supporting the next generation of musicians in Chicago through Intonation Music!

    If you back at this level, we will work with you to schedule your desired date, time, and place.

    Includes:
    • Private Concert by Violet Crime at your venue of choice
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
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    Private Concert + Both Prints + Sketch

    Chicago & Greater Chicagoland Area Only.

    As a backer at this level, you are supporting both the band, the artist, and the cause at the same time!

    You'll receive a Private Concert by Violet Crime at your venue of choice. Plus you will receive both limited-edition fine art prints in the set, "Paper Queen" and "Paper King", framed (ready to hang) and hand-signed.

    With this special, very limited backer level, you will also receive one of Julius' original sketches that he made while we worked on the two paintings for the collaboration so you can see his process!

    Includes:
    • Private Concert by Violet Crime at your venue of choice
    • Limited-Edition (one of 50), Signed Art Prints of "Paper King"
    • Limited-Edition (one of 50), Signed Art Print of "Paper Queen"
    • Frame with artistic mat to display your print
    • Original sketch by Julius Bautista
    • Digital download of Violet Crime's EP, "Paper Queen"
    • Play Together T-Shirt
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    Original Painting, "Paper Queen"

    One backer at this level will receive the original painting by Julius Bautista, "Paper Queen". All of the prints sold through Play Together are pieces of collectible fine art, and this is the original piece. Julius is a quickly-rising Chicago-based artist who is prolific and deeply experimental in his work. This is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of art that would be a highlight of any collection.

    This piece is on canvas is 18'' x 24'' and is ready to hang.

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    • Original Bautista Painting on Canvas, "Paper Queen"
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    Original Painting, "Paper King"

    One backer at this level will receive the original painting by Julius Bautista, "Paper King". All of the prints sold through Play Together are pieces of collectible fine art, and this is the original piece. Julius is a quickly-rising Chicago-based artist who is prolific and deeply experimental in his work. This is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of art that would be a highlight of any collection.

    This piece is on canvas is 18'' x 24'' and is ready to hang.

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Funding period

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