Creative Chicago - Music

Creative Chicago - Music Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Arts + Creative Industries Division - Music Program Chicago is a global music powerhouse, known the world over for its deep historic roots in jazz, blues, gospel, rock, folk, and house music, and for its unparalleled diversity of musical traditions, genres and styles.

Chicago’s innovative and thriving music scene is activated by musicians working across multiple genres at the highest level of artistry, and hundreds of venues and festivals serving every musical taste. The Arts and Creative Industries-Music Program of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) supports the city’s music industry through advocacy, promotion, policy, research, education and public programming. In line with the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan and DCASE’s Strategic Plan for the Creative Industries, we provide support in the following ways: • Serve as an advocate and point of contact for the music industry. • Assist venues, festivals, artists, and music professionals with navigating City permit and license processes. • Promote both individual businesses and the industry as a whole across sectors. • Be a research hub for the industry. Collect existing research and work with partners to create and share new research. • Convene the industry. Create forums for industry experts to interact and address shared goals.

Operating as usual

Calling all music venues...
01/12/2021
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Calling all music venues...

Join this Thursday's webinar for a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program.

CIVL - Chicago Independent Venue League
11/24/2020

CIVL - Chicago Independent Venue League

Episode one of CIVLization kicks off at 8pm CT on Black Friday, November 27th! Featuring performances by @Dos Santos, @ÉSSO, @Beats y Bateria and @Half Gringa, all filmed by the @Audiotree production crew. Tune in at CIVLchicago.com/CIVLization 🌎 #beCIVL #YearofChicagoMusic #saveourstages

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
10/05/2020

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Performing Arts Venue Relief Program will distribute $10,000 grants for up to 120 for-profit and nonprofit performing arts venues to cover lost revenue due to COVID-19.
Grants will be distributed via a lottery system. The application deadline is October 23 at 5pm Central Standard Time.
For more info, please visit http://chicago.gov/artsvenuerelief.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy shares his call to action regarding the music industry in a recent Rolling Stone article. Your thoug...
07/11/2020
Why Jeff Tweedy Is Calling for Reparations in the Music Industry

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy shares his call to action regarding the music industry in a recent Rolling Stone article. Your thoughts?

“American culture is Black culture,” says the Wilco frontman. “It is real and it is true that [royalty theft] is an unaddressed crime.”

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
05/29/2020

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

LAST Sunday Arts Takeover and it's gonna be a big one!
We continue to support #ArtsForIllinois and the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund alongside Mayor Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker and First Ladies MK Pritzker and Amy Eshleman – providing financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by #COVID19. Join us this Sunday, May 31 when local artists take over @ChicagosMayor for Instagram Live performances to raise support for artists and organizations in Chicago and throughout the state. Please donate at www.artsforillinois.org.

Imagine a quarantine without music, tv, stories, and art. Let's not leave our creatives behind in this critical time. #a...
04/30/2020

Imagine a quarantine without music, tv, stories, and art. Let's not leave our creatives behind in this critical time. #artsforillinois needs to raise an additional $65,000 in grassroots donations by May 4th. Donate here to help artists in need: https://bit.ly/ILArtsRelief

#YearofChicagoMusic can't be stopped!
04/08/2020
Local Guitarists Make Good Use of Downtime

#YearofChicagoMusic can't be stopped!

2020 was supposed to be the Year of Chicago Music. Now, the vast and vibrant local music scene lies dormant. We check in on a Chicago family that can play guitars – and make them too.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
04/04/2020

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

We're excited to support #ArtsForIllinois and the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund alongside Mayor Lightfoot, Governor Pritzker and First Ladies MK Pritzker and Amy Eshleman – providing financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by #COVID19.
Join us on Sunday, April 5 when local artists take over the Mayor's Instagram (@chicagosmayor) for live at-home performances benefiting the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund – including Third Coast Percussion (10am), Jamila Woods (Noon) and Steve "Silk" Hurley (5pm).
And don’t forget to visit www.artsforillinois.org to donate, explore and share!

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
04/03/2020
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

So exciting!
DCASE is partnering with Do312 to highlight local music venues and musicians that are now sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago" on virtual platforms.
Are you hosting a virtual concert or music-related event? We'd love to list it here! Email a link to your event details to [email protected] and please be sure to include any artwork! #YearofChicagoMusic

Very cool. "Under the final $2 trillion relief package, self-employed musicians, songwriters, and music support crew who...
03/26/2020
The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Gives the Music Industry a Fighting Chance

Very cool.
"Under the final $2 trillion relief package, self-employed musicians, songwriters, and music support crew who make under $100,000 annually are eligible to apply for relief grants and loans."
#YearofChicagoMusic

Thanks to music advocacy groups, relief package passed by the U.S. Senate will apply to songwriters, sound engineers, independent recording artists, and more

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
03/25/2020

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

DCASE understands the enormous economic impact the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) outbreak is having on our local arts community. The City of Chicago is aggressively exploring financial supports for this sector, and we will be in touch with those details very soon. In the meantime, please visit our Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) website for a new list of COVID-19 Arts Community Resources - a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.
👉https://bit.ly/3al1i1s

On behalf of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly, thank you again for your steadfastness, professionalism and inventiveness during this challenging time. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the City's website at www.cityofchicago.org/coronavirus. This site is updated several times daily by the Department of Public Health, led by Commissioner Allison Arwady, and will continue to be enhanced as we learn more about this challenge.

Chicago Blues Festival
03/19/2020
Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago Blues Festival

A great initiative via Chicago Blues Revival!
"Given the hard times that we’re in, we need blues music now more than ever. As fans, we can listen to the music while we make sure that musicians can pay their bills – even when we’re not out in the clubs."

03/16/2020

This being the #YearofChicagoMusic we'd like to give a quick shout to our friends at #312Soul... An Unfinished Retrospective of Chicago’s Black Music History!
Take a looksee at https://www.312soul.com/

ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions application is due next week on February 12th!
02/04/2020
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions application is due next week on February 12th!

#ChiGospelMusic singers and groups: You're invited to apply RIGHT NOW to be a part of the annual ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions! Perform in from of independent and major music label executives. APPLICATION IS DUE NEXT WEEK February 12th.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
01/29/2020

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Tomorrow!
👉 Panel on Music Modernization Act + Networking & Performances
FREE via Next Showcase and Music Managers Forum - US.

Two more weeks to apply! Only solo artist or band LEADER needs to have a proper Chicago address. Other band members can ...
01/28/2020
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Two more weeks to apply!
Only solo artist or band LEADER needs to have a proper Chicago address. Other band members can live outside city limits.

Great news!
The Chicago Band Roster application has been extended through February 14th — open to solo musical acts, DJs, bands and music ensembles. Click below for more info.
#2020isYOCM

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
12/17/2019
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

New artist opportunities below including the NEW Chicago Band Roster Application — As a part of the Year of Chicago Music,DCASE will launch a searchable database of high-quality musical performers that are based in the Chicagoland area. Apply by January 31st!

Congrats to all our A&R auditionees this year! Was a real strong group. Heading fast into the 2020 Year of Chicago Music...
10/26/2019

Congrats to all our A&R auditionees this year! Was a real strong group. Heading fast into the 2020 Year of Chicago Music! #2020isYOCM

Chicago Cultural Center
10/25/2019

Chicago Cultural Center

TOMORROW is the big day!
Join us in Claudia Cassidy Theater to cheer on local up-and-coming pop/rock/hip hop and country artists as they showcase for music label executives! FREE!
👉http://bit.ly/2ph9gGL

Chicago Recording Company
09/18/2019

Chicago Recording Company

Attention artists and bands! Creative Chicago - Music is hosting an A&R event to perform live in front of major and independent A&R music executives! Sign up deadline is this Friday, September 20th.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chicagomade

This fall's A&R Audition application is up and ready for you to apply! Get it in by September 20th.
09/04/2019
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

This fall's A&R Audition application is up and ready for you to apply! Get it in by September 20th.

Chicago musicians: the application is now LIVE for the 2019 A&R Auditions! Application must be received by September 20th.
DCASE invites Chicagoland-based artists and bands, age 14 and up, to apply for the 2019 ChicagoMade A&R Auditions, taking place in downtown Chicago on Saturday, October 26, 2019. A limited number of artists will be chosen to showcase their work live in front of A&R (Artist & Repertoire) executives from major and independent record labels to be considered for the following possible opportunities:

- A talent consultation with Radio's Disney Network's Phil Guerini, with possible performance opportunity on a Radio Disney-hosted show and/or an on-air interview and "First Listen" of your song on Radio Disney
- Meeting in Nashville, TN, with Curb Records A&R staff member
- Performance opportunities at the 2020 Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, Chicago

Last chance to vote for Chicago panelists at this year's SXSW EDU Festival. Get them in by this Friday.
08/20/2019
Creative Chicago - Music

Last chance to vote for Chicago panelists at this year's SXSW EDU Festival. Get them in by this Friday.

Now's the time to be voting on next year's SXSW EDU Festival panelist and there are SO many from Chicago! Help represent by voting on our local doers below.

Now's the time to be voting on next year's SXSW EDU Festival panelist and there are SO many from Chicago! Help represent...
08/09/2019
PanelPicker | SXSW Conference & Festivals

Now's the time to be voting on next year's SXSW EDU Festival panelist and there are SO many from Chicago! Help represent by voting on our local doers below.

PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform. Enter ideas and vote to help shape Conference programming for SXSW and SXSW EDU.

Chicago magazine
07/12/2019
Chicago magazine

Chicago magazine

Forty years ago, Disco Demolition pushed dance music underground. There, Frankie Knuckles reinvented the genre.

Here's a copy of the map and schedule for this weekend's Chicago Blues Festival! See you soon!
06/07/2019

Here's a copy of the map and schedule for this weekend's Chicago Blues Festival! See you soon!

Taste of Chicago
05/16/2019
Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Here we go. The lineup is OUT!
1) Tix are on sale NOW at www.TasteofChicago.us
2) Price goes up June 1st so cheapest time to buy is NOW.
3) NEW this year is PRIME viewing tickets with lounge seating, private cash bar, free food and MORE! Those will run out very, very quick so tag your friends and make plans immediately!

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
03/03/2019
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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NEW opportunities for artists & creatives including weekly residencies at Millennium Park, the Year of Chicago Theatre Playwright program with Definition Theatre Company, your chance to be a part of LUMA8's Arts in the Dark processions and more!

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