Help Support Free Music Education in Chicago with The People's Music School

Friends of TPMS 

Interested in becoming a Friends of TPMS mentor? Explore information below.


Friends of TPMS will work with students participating in TPMS's high school Service, Leadership & Mentoring program (SLAM).


SLAM students... 

… meet each Saturday at the Uptown Academy
… perform in ensembles across Chicago
… learn from music and non-music professionals to inform their own personal, academic, and career goals
… are leaders within the community of The People’s Music School


Friends of TPMS are professionals in the community who... 

… believe in the mission, work, and impact of The People’s Music School
… are interested in acting as mentors to help students begin thinking about college, explore career options, and consider lifelong music involvement
… can invest 2-5 hours each quarter during evening and weekend programming, and an annual contribution to help defray some of the program costs such as refreshments at events and celebrations.

Friends of TPMS is led by co-chairs Gaurav Kikani and Jay Venzon:

Gaurav started studying the piano at the age of four, picking up the violin and the Tabla (an Indian percussion instrument) along the way, which has resulted in a lifelong passion for music. Upon meeting Jennifer (President & Artistic Director of TPMS) and learning about the school, he was eager to find another avenue to engage with music and other music enthusiasts, including students. Gaurav graduated from Northwestern University and is currently a consultant at Bain & Company.

Jay previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of TPMS and is excited to be reconnecting with the school. He looks forward to working directly with SLAM students through Friends of TPMS. A lifelong amateur cellist, Jay continues to enjoy broadening his musical horizons through the exploration of new instruments – including bass guitar, guitar and, most recently, mandocello. Jay is the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of FPL Advisory Group and was formerly a partner in the Real Estate Department of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and attended St. Ignatius College Prep here in Chicago.


Interested in joining Friends of TPMS?

Please submit a Friends of TPMS Interest Form and our co-chairs will be in touch.


Additional questions? Contact our co-chairs:

Gaurav: gaurav.kikani@bain.com 

Jay: jayvenzon@hotmail.com