About Porchlight Music Theatre

 

As the leader in musical theatre in Chicago, Porchlight Music Theatre has staged 52 critically-acclaimed productions—including three world premieres and nine Chicago premieres—earning growing passionate audiences.  Porchlight is known for its bold, edgy and intimate musicals: this year, more than 10,000 people came through the Porchlight doors and witnessed the drama, the song and the dance “up close” from Chicago’s finest music theatre talent. 

Porchlight knocked it out of the park in 2012/13, and ended the season with electric back-to-back hits—the searing, sold-out sensation—Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, featuring a tour-de-force performance from Alexis J. Rogers as the troubled jazz star, Billie Holiday, and the high-energy, song-and-dance smash, Pal Joey, set in 1939 Chicago, which wowed audiences with its sexy, brash showgirls, socialites and scam artists.

 

As Porchlight’s reputation and acclaim grow, we continue to attract a wide-ranging, diverse audience to our community.  Now is the time to become a partner with Porchlight!

GET IN ON THE ACT AND PARTNER IN PORCHLIGHT’S 2013-14 SEASON!

Our spectacular upcoming season includes the hilarious musical farce, Double Trouble, the rowdy and rollicking Harlem Renaissance Fats Waller revue, Ain't Misbehavin' and the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  In addition to these top-rate musicals, we are unveiling a new and highly-anticipated lost musicals concert reading series, Porchlight Revisits…, and enhancing our Off the Porch musical development program and our work at the School at Porchlight Musical Theatre, providing education and mentoring to Chicago’s next generation of musical artists.  Audiences will also revel at our signature ICONS Gala at the Fairmont Millennium and our annual Chicago Sings! concert and celebration.

Your company’s partnership with Porchlight provides an affiliation with a recognizable Chicago brand that is synonymous with quality, excellence and innovation.  We will tailor a package to fit the specific priorities of your company.  For more information about sponsorships, please contact Development Manager Cynthia Frahm at (773) 777-9884 or via email at Cynthia@porchlightmusictheatre.org.

 

Official Season Sponsor - $25,000 

Our Official Season Sponsor receives the entire wide range of our promotional opportunities, plus the added distinction of being recognized throughout the year as an Official Sponsor of Porchlight’s season! Your company will be recognized via:

  • Season subscription brochures (reach: 15,000) and production postcards for each show (reach: 15,000; 45,000 impressions)
  • Porchlight’s website home page with link to your site during the entire season
  • All season promotion materials, posters and signage, in e-newsletters promoting production, including editorial features and logo placement
  • Porchlight CTA posters at the Belmont EL Station (viewership at 175,538 per production)
  • Twelve e-blast mentions with logo & link during the year (reach: 6,000; 72,000 impressions)
  • Production program “spotlight” listing for each production (reach: 7,500)
  • Ten complimentary tickets to opening night productions/reception for all season’s shows
  • Exclusive mentions on Facebook to Porchlight’s 1750 followers and tweets to 500 Twitter followers
  • Four ICONS Gala tickets with Title Page listing in the program and recognition from stage at event
  • Invitation for four to Porchlight Season Preview exclusive donor event

 

Individual Production Sponsor - $10,000

For one of the following shows:  

Double Trouble (August 31 – October 6, 2013)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (February 1 – March 9)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (April 26 – June 1, 2014)

Individual Production Sponsors will be recognized via:

  • Season subscription brochure (reach:15,000) and production postcards (reach: 45,000)
  • Porchlight website’s home page with link to your site during the entire season
  • All season’s promotion materials, posters and lobby signage
  • Company mention in three press releases
  • Porchlight CTA posters at the Belmont EL Station (viewership at 175,538 per production)
  • Six e-blasts mentions with logo during the year (reach: 6,000; 34,000 impressions)
  • Production program “spotlight” listing for each production (reach: 7,500)
  • Six complimentary tickets to opening night production/reception for sponsored production
  • Invitation for four to Porchlight Season Preview exclusive donor event
  • Four ICONS Gala tickets and advertisement in the program

 

Porchlight Revisits…1964 - $1,000. $3,000, $5,000

This season, Porchlight Music theatre has created a brand new program, Porchlight Revisits… to preserve and present the rarest of the great works of musical theatre from a single year that may have gotten “lost” behind the big name shows that appeared on Broadway that season.  Utilizing Chicago’s top talent, we will present three rare musicals in one-night-only performances, each with an educational multimedia presentation. The inaugural year in focus is 1964 and includes a special evening for audiences to discover and celebrate each of the following musical treasures: Anyone Can Whistle, Golden Boy and Fade Out - Fade In.   

Sponsors of Porchlight Revisits…1964 receive prominent recognition and exposure to both our Porchlight Revisits audiences and our main stage audiences. 

For more specific Porchlight Revisits… sponsor information and donor levels, CLICK HERE.

Porchlight Company Sponsor - $2,500 - $5,000

Company Sponsors support the general and artistic operations of Porchlight Music Theatre and receive recognition via:

  • Porchlight website home page with link to your site during the entire season
  • All season’s promotion materials and signage
  • Six e-blasts mentions with logo during the year (reach: 6,000; 34,000 impressions)
  • Support listing in all season production programs (reach: 7,500)
  • Two complimentary tickets to opening night/receptions for each production of the season
  • Two ICONS Gala tickets and advertisement in the program

 

Official ICONS Gala and Chicago Sings! Sponsors - $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 Levels

Porchlight’s signature annual ICONS Gala is a spectacular event with dazzling musical theatre performances celebrating the life and work of an American musical icon. This spring gala includes the presentation of the prestigious Guy Adkins Award for excellence in the advancement of music theatre in Chicago, a sumptuous brunch and exciting auctions. The annual summer event, Chicago Sings!, is the must-see concert of the season and takes place in the summer.  Each of these amazing events attracts 200 friends of Porchlight.  Sponsorship opportunities are available with varying significant recognitions for our partners through logo on invitations, press release mention, posters and program, e-mail promotions, etc.  

For more specific ICONS Gala sponsor information and donor levels, contact Cynthia or visit our website.
 


About Porchlight’s Audience

Approximately 10,000 theatre patrons, theatre artists and the general public come through Porchlight’s doors for productions, programs and special events each year, and the numbers keep growing!  Our audience is from all areas of Chicago and represents Chicago’s diverse population. Additionally, we consistently attract out-of-towners who specifically visit Chicago to take in

Porchlight shows. Our house file mailing list includes 7,000 individuals who

receive ten promotions pieces: brochures, production postcards, invitations to the ICONS Gala, invitations to opening nights of each Porchlight Productions, etc. Our e-mail list includes 9,800 individuals who receive bi-weekly e-blasts and newsletters, production promotions, event invitations and special announcements.  Porchlights social media fan base includes 1,750 Facebook followers and 500 Twitter followers.

 

So, come partner with Porchlight.  We’ll welcome you to our community of donors, foundation and civic leaders, artists and angels!  Please contact Cynthia at (773) 777-9884 or Cynthia@porchlightmusictheatre.org.

 

 

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