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Relive Kollaboration Chicago Showcase 2016

By |August 22nd, 2016|

Breaking into the entertainment industry is not easy. Many factors play into “making it big” like knowing the right people, being better than the next guy and having the strength to keep swimming against the tide. For Asian Americans, it can be even harder with the abundance of media-driven stereotypes and lack of resources.

Kollaboration is an Asian and Pacific Islander (API) non-profit organization that hosts talent competitions and brings visibility to performers in mainstream entertainment and media. Kollaboration Chicago hosted Showcase 2016 on July 9th at the intimate Lincoln Hall. […]

Showcase 2015 – Special Guests

By |August 13th, 2015|

We all know that the showcase would not be possible without the staff and the support of our sponsors and fans. Along with six amazing finalists this year, we also have a great lineup of guest performers and judges who’ve helped pave the way for Asian Americans in the entertainment industry. They are inspiring individuals who not only believe in Kollaboration’s mission, they live it every day.  So let’s meet the special guest lineup for the 10th Annual Kollaboration Chicago Showcase!
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Open Mic Night at Mott St.

By |June 18th, 2015|

Thank you to everyone who came out to our second Open Mic Night and Social Mixer! This event was held at Mott St., located in Wicker park. Due to the perfect weather, we were able to host the event at the outside bar and patio area! We want to give a special shout out to Mott St. for their hospitality and great food and drink specials. The crowd certainly took advantage of the great deals. All of the proceeds from the event will be going to M.U.S.I.C. Inc. Chicago, a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire musicians through its strong and sustainable music programs. […]

2015 Showcase Venue Revealed: Lincoln Hall

By |April 28th, 2015|

We’re back in the city and in grand fashion!
This August 15th, our 2015 Showcase will be held at Chicago’s iconic Lincoln Hall! What greater venue than one with a history of amazing talent? Lincoln Hall is home to a variety of inspiring performances each month, featuring established recording artists as well as emerging musicians. […]

Kollaboration Chicago giving back to MUSIC

By |April 9th, 2015|

Improving Young Lives Through Music Education
Children’s interests vary far and wide. Sometimes it’s a hobby to pass the time. Other times, it could be learning a new skill that reveals their innate talents. But what happens when a child gravitates toward a musical instrument like the violin? Do their parents simply pick one up as routinely as they would a gallon of milk at the grocery store? For many families in Chicago, it’s simply not that easy. Aside from the cost of the violin, other expenses include weekly lessons, a music stand and music books to name a few, and often times these expenses are too great for their income to justify. As a result, children of these underprivileged families aren’t able to explore the world of music, and far too many are left not realizing their potential or experiencing the personal development that comes with it. […]

Auctioning for a Cause

By |March 24th, 2015|

A unique event to support music education
What’s a fun way to bring people together while raising money for charity? …Organize a date auction, of course!

That’s exactly what Kollaboration Chicago did on Saturday, March 21st in conjunction with Social Quarters’ fundraising mixer at Vora. […]

First Open Mic Night – A Success!

By |February 10th, 2015|

For those of you who came out, we hope you enjoyed our first Kollaboration Chicago event of 2015! On January 15th, we held our very first open mic night at Jerry’s, located in Wicker Park. Over 70 attended to support 18 very talented performers. The venue hit capacity with people fully engaged in the performances and simply having a great time. […]

Kollaboration Chicago 2015: New Year, New Heights

By |January 13th, 2015|

The Kollaboration Chicago Executive Board is excited to announce Peter Jang as the new Executive Director and he brings big changes to this year’s talent showcase.

Meet the Special Guest Lineup for the Kollaboration Chicago 2014 Showcase

By |July 18th, 2014|

We all know that the showcase would not be possible without the staff and the support of our sponsors and fans. Along with six amazing finalists this year, we also have a great lineup of performers, judges, MCs and DJs who’ve helped pave the way for Asians in the entertainment industry. They are inspiring individuals who not only believe in Kollaboration’s mission, they live it every day.  So let’s meet the special guest lineup for the Kollaboration Chicago 2014 Showcase!
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Tips for a Great Audition

By |June 17th, 2014|

Hello Everyone! Daphne here~ Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful summer weather.

Last month we had another successful audition for our annual showcase event.  With lots of hopefuls eager to perform on stage, we had the difficult decision in choosing our six finalists (you can hear more about them later on). What was all common with these talented individuals was that they had to go through our deadly audition process with our executive board members. *dun dun dun duuuunn* […]