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Grace Weber’s Music Lab receives $25,000 investment from American Family Insurance; performs at American Family Insurance House at Summerfest


88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s youth music education program will begin its fifth season on September 24.


Grace Weber’s Music Lab, a free music and arts education program for Milwaukee-area high school students operated by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, received a $25,000 investment from American Family Insurance to support the program’s fifth season, the station announced today. 

Additionally, a diverse lineup of past and present Music Lab participants will perform at the American Family Insurance House for a Summerfest Pop-Up on Saturday, September 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. American Family is the presenting sponsor of Summerfest.

“American Family is strongly committed to the city of Milwaukee through our numerous partnerships with nonprofits and organizations like Milwaukee World Festival,” said Judd Schemmel, American Family associate vice president of community investment and sponsorships. “We’re pleased to help Grace Weber’s Music Lab bring beneficial music and arts education experiences to Milwaukee-area high school students.”

The lineup of past and present Music Lab participants that will perform include producer DJ Sphinx Da God; pop singer Lovely Jackson; singer, rapper and saxophonist Nico May; and alternative pop artist Trinity Grace. Grammy award-winning artist, Milwaukee native and program founder Grace Weber will host the pop-up performance, along with Milwaukee musician and program director Britney Freeman-Farr (B~Free). 

“We are incredibly excited to showcase our talented students and program alumni in this Summerfest Pop-Up!” shared Freeman-Farr. “Performing live is a key component of each Grace Weber’s Music Lab and every time on stage is a wonderful learning experience for students.” 

Complimentary tickets to the pop-up performance are available for students age 13 to 18 at

The Music Lab operates in line with the academic calendar year and will host its first lab of its fifth season on Friday, September 24. Additional labs for the fall season will be hosted on Friday, October 29 and Friday, November 19, with guests for each lab to be announced. Students can sign-up to participate at 

Started in 2017 as a partnership between Grace Weber and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Grace Weber’s Music Lab is a free monthly music and arts education program for Milwaukee-area high school students. The Music Lab aims to give students a place to collaborate and connect with one another in order to create and feel valued. 

Grace Weber’s Music Lab is also generously supported by Advocate Aurora Health, Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust and MPS Partnership for the Arts & Humanities.

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About the American Family Insurance group
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, American Family Insurance has been serving customers since 1927. We inspire, protect and restore dreams through our insurance products, exceptional service from our agency owners and employees, community investment and creative partnerships to address societal challenges. We act on our belief in diversity and inclusion by constantly evolving to meet customer needs and preferences. American Family Insurance group is the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group, ranking No. 232 on the Fortune 500 list. The group sells American Family-brand products, primarily through exclusive agency owners in 19 states. The American Family Insurance group also includes CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance, The General, Homesite and Main Street America Insurance. Across these companies the group has more than 13,500 employees nationwide.

About 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) has been a positive force for Milwaukee on air, online and in the community since its 2007 launch. Through its creative programming and content, non-commercial Radio Milwaukee utilizes a multimedia platform for creating a better, more inclusive and engaged community. The station broadcasts and streams a unique blend of musical styles, including at least one song by a Milwaukee artist each hour, and short Community Stories that foster engagement and positive change. The award-winning station receives the great majority of its financial support from its 6,000 contributing members, more than 200 underwriters and 25 foundations. The station runs a separate 24/7 all-Milwaukee music HD2 broadcast channel and web stream available on HD2 radios and at online. Learn more about 88Nine and stream the station at or via the 88Nine mobile app.