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Chicago Jazz Festival > Citywide Funding Program
As part of the 42nd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival and the 2020 Year of Chicago Music, DCASE will continue to support local venues and Jazz-presenting organizations that offer free, public programs to encourage collaboration within the Jazz community, to build excitement for the festival and to promote Chicago as a destination for Jazz.
The Chicago Jazz Festival promotes all forms of jazz through free, high-quality live music programming, showcasing Chicago's local talent alongside national and international artists to raise awareness and appreciation for one of the city’s most beloved art forms.
In support of Chicago’s thriving music industry, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE have designated 2020 as the “Year of Chicago Music” with an investment of $3.5 million to highlight its legacy, expand its audience and strengthen its creative and cultural landscape with a focus on the south and west sides of the City.
In conjunction with INVEST South/West, the application evaluation criteria include the potential of the program to reach traditionally underrepresented areas of the city, including those located on the Chicago’s South and West sides. INVEST South/West is an unprecedented community improvement initiative from Mayor Lightfoot to marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations and corporate partners toward 10 neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides.
Applicants may request up to $3,000 to support free, public programs within the City of Chicago during the festival dates, August 28–September 2, 2020. Support may be applied to artist’s fees and up to $500 of production related expenses, but may not be applied to staffing costs, venue or facility maintenance or capital expenses, food, beverages or hospitality-related functions, fundraising activities or donor events.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted through CyberGrants until Friday, April 3
Applicants must are asked for the following information:
Name of Venue or Organization(s)
Primary Contact Information (Name, phone, email)
Applications will be reviewed by the Chicago Jazz Festival Committee and evaluated on the following criteria:
Disbursement of Funds
Selected partners will be required to complete an agreement with DCASE detailing the terms and conditions of support.
Upon receipt of the agreement and necessary forms, DCASE will disburse funding. The time and date will be specified in the agreement.
Credits and Media Availability
Selected venues/ organizations will be required to recognize the Chicago Jazz Festival, DCASE and the Year of Chicago Music branding materials by including name or logo in all advertisements, programs, and websites and other promotional information. DCASE will also include selected programs in Chicago Jazz Festival promotions and collateral.
Partners will be required to submit a brief final report to prove that the event was completed within the terms and conditions of the support.
Final Reports must include:
Partners who do not submit a final report by the deadline will not be eligible to apply for future programs.
Deadline to submit an application: Friday, April 3, 2020
Notification of support will be sent by email by April 17, 2020
All programming information must be submitted and finalized by Friday June 5, 2020
Disbursement of funds by August 2020
All programs must take place between August 28 and September 2, 2020
Final reports will be accepted no later than Monday November 23, 2020