February 4, 2019

ChicagoMade A&R Auditions on March 16 Offers Opportunities for Music Artists and Previews the Chicago Gospel Music Festival

All participants will be considered to perform at the 34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival May 31–June 1 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center

Mary May    mary.may@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

 

The auditions are part of a series of professional development opportunities offered by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

In anticipation of the upcoming Chicago Gospel Music Festival this spring, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to present the ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R (Artists & Repertoire ) Auditions on Saturday, March 16, 6–9pm, at the Westpoint Missionary Baptist Church (3566 S. Cottage Grove). Emerging, Chicago-based gospel music artists will perform live for an audience including a panel of major and independent music label and entertainment industry executives. Applications for audition spots are open now through March 1.

The ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Auditions is part of the free DCASE Professional Development Series that includes an A&R Audition for all music genres this fall, as well as workshops, panel discussions, conferences and more. The program aims to support Chicago’s creative community and directly connect emerging artists to the City of Chicago’s most visible festivals, events and cultural programming.

Applications are being accepted from soloists and groups in the gospel music and contemporary Christian music genres interested for an audition spot on March 16. Selected artists will earn an opportunity to perform live for an audience including a panel of major music and marketing executives. Additionally, participants will be considered for a set at this year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The public is invited to enjoy the FREE performances of the hottest new music and cheer on their favorite local artists. The application and guideline information is available at chicagogospelmusicfestival.us. All artists and bands must submit an application by Friday, March 1, to be considered. Absolutely no walk-up auditions will be allowed.

Celebrating the music style’s deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music, the 34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival features local and national artists on May 31–June 1 in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). For complete details on the free admission festival, visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us, like us on Facebook at Chicago Gospel Music Festival or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiGospelMusic).

 

2019 Professional Development Series

The A&R Auditions performance is part of a series of free professional development opportunities offered by DCASE this year. A full schedule of programs and events is available at cityofchicago.org/dcase.

Other upcoming music-related events in the series include the Chicago House Music Festival Conference on Thursday, May 23, at the Chicago Cultural Center preceding the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park on Memorial Day weekend. The conference will present workshops and panels related to the artistry, business and culture of house music, the musical form born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally. The schedule for the conference and festival will be announced this spring. For additional details, visit chicagohousemusicfestival.us.

In partnership with Art of Culture, Inc., the Chicago Blues Festival will present Bridges to the Blues at the Chicago Cultural Center in early June. Bridges to the Blues will showcase, young hip-hop artists performing original blues material for a chance to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park, June 7-9.

Additionally, a ChicagoMade A&R Audition open to all music genres will be held on Saturday, October 25. Like the Gospel Music A&R Audition, local artists and bands will get the opportunity to showcase their work live in front of major label A&R executives. Both solo artists and bands are invited to apply FREE of charge. All artists and bands must submit an application to be considered. A committee of industry professionals will review all submissions based on the criteria below and will choose artists/bands to fill a very limited number of audition slots. Registration will begin in September.

The ChicagoMade A&R Auditions have become very successful and well received within the music industry. At the October 26, 2018 ChicagoMade A&R Audition, a number of participating artists received opportunities offered by industry executives that included:

  • A creative meeting with music producer Kosine at Chicago Recording Company
  • A talent consultation with Radio Disney Network’s Phil Guerini, with a possible performance opportunity on a Radio Disney
  • A meeting in Nashville, TN, with a Big Machine Label Group A&R staff member
  • A chance to perform for the A&R staff of Empire Distribution and Records at a private offsite listening session
  • And performance opportunities at the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago
 

The Professional Development Series is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For complete details on department opportunities, events and more, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook at Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#ChicagoDCASE + #ChicagoMade).

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

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