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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) periodically accepts artist submissions for consideration for its festivals and programs. All events take place in Chicago, IL.

(dates are subject to change)

 

Currently accepting submissions for:

 

Chicago Blues Festival

  • Dates: 2017 TBA
  • Location: Grant Park
  • Genres: Blues/ R&B, Traditional Blues, Contemporary Blues
  • Submissions Accepted: September 1-December 30, 2016

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Program Application for Chicago Cultural Center

  • Dates: Year-round
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center
  • Categories: Artistic, Educational, Outreach Programming
  • Submissions Accepted: Ongoing

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Claudia Cassidy Theater Public Programming

  • Dates: Year-round
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
  • Categories: Screenings, Panels, Discussions, Series, Film Festivals
  • Submissions Accepted: Ongoing

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Chamber Mondays

  • Dates: Year-round on Mondays
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
  • Genres: Western Orchestral Compositions, Contemporary Improvisational Forms, International Classical and Jazz Traditions, Instrumentalists and Vocalists
  • Submissions Accepted: Ongoing

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Wired Fridays

  • Dates: October through May on the first and third Fridays of every month
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square
  • Genres: DJs and Electronic Music
  • Submissions Accepted: Ongoing

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Under The Picasso

  • Dates: Year-round, Weekdays at Noon
  • Location: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
  • Categories: Dance, Music, Flag-Raising, Theater, Other
  • Submissions Accepted: Ongoing

 

Maxwell Street Market

  • Dates: Year-round on Sundays
  • Location: 800 S. Desplaines St.
  • Genre: All music styles will be considered
  • Submissions Accepted: Ongoing

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Not currently accepting submissions for:

 

ChicagoMade Music A&R Auditions

  • Auditions: October 22, 2016
  • Artist Notification: September 23, 2016
  • Location: Downtown Chicago
  • Categories: Artists & Repertoire (A&R) Auditions
  • Submissions Accepted: August 22-September 8, 2016

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Artists and Organization Residency Program (ARC)

  • Dates: October 1, 2016–May 31, 2017
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center
  • Categories: Residency Program
  • Submissions Accepted: Through September 9, 2016 at 5pm CST

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Chicago SummerDance

  • Dates: June 23-September 10, 2017 (Fridays-Sundays)
  • Location: Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
  • Genres: Tango, Salsa, Ballroom, Swing, and other Dance Music
  • Submissions Accepted: TBA

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Chicago Gospel Music Festival New Artist Showcase

  • Dates: February 27 & March 19, 2016
  • Location: Feb. 27, West Point MB Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove; Mar. 19, New Mt. Pilgrim MB Church, 4301 W. Washington Boulevard
  • Genres: Gospel, Contemporary Christian
  • Submissions Accepted: February 8, 2016

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Lake FX A&R Auditions

  • Dates: May 13 & 14, 2016
  • Location: The Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Ave.
  • Genres: All music styles will be considered
  • Submissions Accepted: February 5, 2016

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Downtown Sound / Millennium Park Music Series

  • Date: June/July/August, 2016
  • Location: Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
  • Genre: All music styles will be considered
  • Submissions Accepted: November 6, 2015-January 4, 2016

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Chicago Gospel Music Festival

  • Dates: June 3-4, 2016
  • Location: Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center
  • Genres: Gospel, Contemporary Christian
  • Submissions Accepted: November 1-December 31, 2015

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Taste of Chicago - Bud Light Stage

  • Dates: 2017 TBA
  • Location: Grant Park
  • Genres: All music styles will be considered
  • Submissions Accepted on Sonicbids: November 1-December 31, 2016

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World Music Festival Chicago

  • Date: September 9-25, 2016
  • Location: Various locations
  • Genre: World Music
  • Submissions Accepted: November 3, 2015-January 4, 2016

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In The Works

  • A performing arts residency program giving emerging and established dance and theater artists the opportunity to create, develop and test new work.
  • Dates residency space is available: March 14–September 16, 2016
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, Studio Theater and other spaces on a case by case basis
  • Genres: Dance and Theater
  • Submissions accepted: November 16–December 14, 2015

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Chicago Jazz Festival

  • Date: 2017 TBA
  • Location: Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center
  • Genre: All forms of Jazz music
  • Submissions Accepted: October 1-December 1, 2016

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DCASE Theater and Dance Program

  • Dates: January–December 2016
  • Location: The Storefront Theater, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio and other locations.
  • Genres: Theater, Dance, Performance
  • Submissions Accepted: February 6-March 16, 2015

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