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The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is closely monitoring developments around the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and sharing safeguards and best practices as outlined by federal health authorities and state and local officials. Due to the recent cancellation of several music festivals and the closure of local music venues, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE will extend the 2020 Year of Chicago Music into 2021. The Year of Chicago Music will continue to amplify the excitement and momentum building across the local industry.
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Chicago is the city that knows how to strike a chord. It’s the city that overflows with rhythm and warmth, even during the coldest winters. It’s a city that knows how to find its harmony in the hustle. It’s a city where everyone knows how to move to their own beat, yet everyone comes together to play in the same key – The Key of Chicago.
What does the Key of Chicago sound like? It sounds like performers belting their hearts out. It sounds like riffs filling bars, like beats interacting with the music of our 77 neighborhoods – sounding big, bold, and proud. It sounds like home. It sounds like Chicago.
Wherever you encounter it – whether it’s at a club, in a concert hall, or on the street – Music in the Key of Chicago speaks to your soul. It speaks to the breadth of knowledge, of rhythm, and history. Chicago continues to transform and elevate their sound into a new era of Chicago Music. You’ll always feel it, because our notes always ring true in the Key of Chicago.
In support of Chicago’s thriving music industry, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2020 and 2021 as the “Year of Chicago Music” with an investment of $3.5 million to highlight its legacy, expanding its audience and strengthen its creative and cultural landscape with a focus on the south and west sides of the City. The initiative has garnered significant funding of $1.4 million from outside partners including an unprecedented donation of $500,000 from lead donor the Walder Foundation, along with the Chicago Community Trust, the Illinois Arts Council, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Allstate and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as well as sponsorship from the Chicago Transit Authority.
Year of Chicago Music Virtual Concerts
Recognizing that the music industry has moved to #DoStuffAtHome, DCASE is partnering with D0312 to continue to celebrate the 2020 Year of Chicago Music. A new listing of virtual events and concerts has just launched at www.do312.com/yearofchicagomusic.org to highlight the local music venues and musicians sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago." If you are hosting a virtual concert or music-related event, please share the link to event details and artwork with email@example.com.
2020 Chicago Jazz Festival Citywide Funding Program
Application Deadline Extended: Friday, April 17
As part of the 42nd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival and the 2020 Year of Chicago Music, local venues and Jazz-presenting organizations are invited to apply for support from DCASE to offer free, public programs within the City of Chicago during the festival dates between August 28 and September 2, 2020. Applicants may request up to $3,000 to be applied toward artists' fees and up to $500 of production-related expenses. All selected events/venues will also be marketed as an official part of the Chicago Jazz Festival, listed on the festival's website, brochure and on-site program. For guidelines and application, visit chicagojazzfestival.us.
Tag Your “Music In the Key of Chicago”
Download the Year of Chicago Music marketing toolkit. Whether you’re an artist, a music venue or an arts organization, tag and share your events as part of “Music In the Key of Chicago.” Download the toolkit.