Apply to Perform at a DCASE Event or Venue

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 Gospel Music Festival

  • Dates: June 1-2, 2018
  • Location: Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center
  • Genres: Gospel, Contemporary Christian
  • Submissions Accepted: December 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

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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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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:

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 Blues Festival

  • Dates: June 8-10, 2018
  • Location: Millennium Park
  • Genres: Blues/ R&B, Traditional Blues, Contemporary Blues
  • Submissions Accepted: September 5-December 29, 2017

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Chicago Jazz Festival

  • Dates: August 30-September 2, 2018
  • Location: Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center
  • Genre: All forms of Jazz music
  • Submissions Accepted: October 1-December 1, 2017

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ChicagoMade Music A&R Auditions

  • Auditions: October 28, 2017
  • Artist Notification: September 26, 2017
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center
  • Categories: Artists & Repertoire (A&R) Auditions
  • Submissions Accepted: August 21-September 11, 2017

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Chicago SummerDance

  • Dates: June 28-August 25, 2018 (Thursdays-Sundays)
  • Location: Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
  • Genres: Tango, Salsa, Ballroom, Swing, and other Dance Music
  • Submissions Accepted: December 4, 2017-January 1, 2018

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Program Application for Chicago Cultural Center

  • Dates: Year-round
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center
  • Categories: Artistic, Educational, Outreach Programming
  • Submissions Accepted: Please check back in 2018 for more opportunities to apply to use space at the Chicago Cultural Center.

 

Taste of Chicago - Bud Light Stage

  • Dates: July 11-15, 2018
  • Location: Grant Park
  • Genres: All music styles will be considered
  • Submissions Accepted: November 15-December 31, 2017

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World Music Festival Chicago

  • Date: September 7-23, 2018
  • Location: Various locations
  • Genre: World Music
  • Submissions Accepted: December 5, 2017-January 1, 2018

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