The concept for Play Together was born out of Jessica and Kasey’s experience as founders of the education technology company, Packback. Their experience working at the intersection of education, technology, and the arts inspired them to look for additional ways to support arts and education in Chicago.

We’re a team of technology entrepreneurs that care deeply about building community and breaking down segregation in Chicago through art. We’re also thrilled to bring forward a new model of releasing art and music!


The Play Together Team


Aneesh Kudavaralli



Jessica Tenuta

Creative Direction

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Kasey Gandham

Artist Management


Derek Blidy

Photography & Video


Ben Justice

Photography & Video


Friends of Play Together

It takes a village to build something special, and our collaborations are more than just our visual artist, musician, and cause. We’re grateful to have worked with some of the best:

Collaboration 1

Sam Guaiana, Room 21 Sound (Toronto, ON) - Producing, mixing, engineering

Derek DiScanio, State Champs (Albany, NY) - Additional vocal production

Alex Zarek, Alex Zarek Art & Design (Chicago, IL) - Music video

Hayley Brinkman, Big Picture Media (New York, NY) - Press

Our advisors

Glenn Curran & Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Sooper Records (Chicago, IL)

Gregg Latterman, Aware Records (Chicago, IL)

Our favorite Chicago show organizers

Jess Gervais & Alex Prevolos, Makespace

Stephanie Albano, SoFar Sounds

Kevin Singleton, Bottom Lounge

Brad, The Store

Donnie Biggins, Harmonica Dunn

Brian Bender, Elbo Room

Bruce Krippner, Martyrs