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Media Credentials for May 29 and May 30, 2020

We thank you for your interest in covering the 35th Chicago Gospel Music Festival. For all media inquiries about the festival please contact

To apply for press or photo credentials, please send your request on media letterhead before Friday, May 22, 2020, via email at, fax at 312.744.8523 or mail to:

Chicago Gospel Music Festival Media Credential Requests
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Please note that NOT all credential requests will be granted.


Press and Photo Passes

Media credential requests for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival must be submitted by Friday, May 22, 2020. Acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Press access is complimentary and is for the press area only and does not provide backstage Access. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography request as space is limited.


Freelance Media

Freelance writers and photographers must submit requests for the outlet he/she is representing on the company’s letterhead with the assignment editor’s signature. Eligibility will be determined case-by-case and you will be notified if you are approved or we require further information.


Social Media, Websites, Podcasts, eNews, etc.

Press admittance is open to journalists working with a commercial news or industry-related website. The website or platform must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link of past Chicago Gospel Music Festival coverage or similar reportage with your request. Web designers, editors, marketing and PR representatives do not qualify for media credentials.



Media credential requests from bloggers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Bloggers must host professional, industry-related blogs with original content. A link to the blog must be submitted along with the number of unique visits per month and how often it is updated.


Video/Audio Recording

Video and audio recording for broadcast is allowed up to 5 minutes for non-commercial use only. Any commercial use is prohibited without artist consent and written authorization by the Chicago Gospel Music Festival and the City of Chicago. You must advise Festival Media Contact if you are planning record for – please note, fees may apply. Drones Are Prohibited In Millennium Park.

Please note before making your request:

  • Press credentials and photo passes are limited and you must be on assignment from a media outlet to cover the Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
  • Applicants should be prepared to supply copies of recent and relevant coverage (links are sufficient). Clippings can be from previous year’s coverage or coverage of similar types of concerts and festivals.
  • College newspapers and photographers will have limited access. Cases will be reviewed and each request must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty advisor on college or University letterhead.
  • Because you are working, if credentialed, there are no opportunities to bring a guest.
  • Some Artists’ management will have final decision on credentialing.
  • Photographers: We appreciate the offer but do not contact us to offer your services. We have photographers in place with the City of Chicago.


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Corporate Partnership Opportunities

To partner with the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, visit our Corporate Partnership Opportunities page.



Press Releases

April 18, 2019: 34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival Celebrates City’s Music Legacy in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center, May 31 & June 1, Showcasing Winners of the Stellar Awards

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