January 27, 2017

Chicago’s Third-Annual Lake FX CreativeCon Features Keynote by Music and Entertainment Executive Kevin Liles

Midwest’s largest FREE conference for emerging artists and creatives includes A&R Audition for musicians, interactive resource fair, free professional development workshops and networking events April 21 & 22 at the Chicago Cultural Center

Mary May    312.744.0576, mary.may@cityofchicago.org

Christine Carrino    312.744.0573, christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the dates and highlights for the third annual Lake FX CreativeCon, the Midwest’s largest FREE conference for emerging artists and creatives, April 21–22 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The keynote address on Friday, April 21, at 5pm will be given by Kevin Liles, Co-Founder of 300 Entertainment and CEO of KWL Management. Liles will share his knowledge and experience as a successful brand expert and music and entertainment executive. In addition to keynote speakers, the event will feature professional development workshops, an interactive resource fair, networking opportunities, auditions in front of leading A&R label executives for selected musicians and much more. A complete schedule will be released in March.

“Now in its third year, Lake FX CreativeCon will bring thousands of emerging artists together to network with a local and national community of creative thinkers and entrepreneurs,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The City of Chicago is a cultural powerhouse and I hope this year’s event will encourage more creatives from across the region, the country and the world to discover Chicago and contribute their talents to our growing creative community.”


Kevin Liles, Keynote Speaker on Friday, April 21

Music and entertainment executive Kevin Liles, Co-Founder of 300 Entertainment and CEO of KWL Management, will deliver the keynote address on Friday, April 21. As CEO of KWL, Liles works with entertainers, athletes and models to develop brands, as well as forge partnerships and cultivate successful careers. In 2014, Liles partnered with his longtime mentor Lyor Cohen and friend Roger Gold to found 300 Entertainment, an entertainment-based content company backed by Google Ventures. 300's current artist roster includes Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Conrad Sewell, Young Thug and Coheed and Cambria. His notable career in the industry also includes serving as CEO of Def Jam Records and Executive Vice President of Warner Music Group. Beyond his work in the private sector, Liles is a committed philanthropist, community activist and advocate for youth empowerment and education.

Kevin Coval, editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors will interview Mr. Liles and lead the Q&A after the keynote address.


Lake FX 2017 A&R Auditions

Lake FX CreativeCon will once again present A&R Auditions, offering Chicagoland-based artists and bands the opportunity to showcase their work live in front of major label A&R executives. Both solo artists and bands are invited to apply for FREE starting on February 16. Details will be available at LakeFXChicago.us. All artists and bands must submit an application and YouTube video that is no more than 2-minutes to be considered. A committee of industry professionals will review all submissions based on performance criteria and pre-select artists/bands for the audition slots. Absolutely no walk-in auditions will be available.



New to Lake FX for 2017 is the ACCESS Lab, an energized resource fair connecting participants with industry leaders and organizations through fun and informative one-on-one and small group activities. Exhibiters will include businesses and industry organizations that provide services, information, space, equipment or other resources for Chicago-based creative artists and entrepreneurs. The ACCESS Lab will take place during Lake FX CreativeCon on April 21 and 22 from 10am to 4:30pm. Proposals for professional development activities and creative services exhibitors are now being accepted through February 17 at LakeFXChicago.us.

Lake FX CreativeCon also offers attendees professional development discussions, panels and workshops – on topics ranging from marketing and engagement strategies to legal, financial and space issues – all presented by industry experts for those working in creative industry fields including music, performing arts, design and visual arts. The full schedule of sessions will be released in March.

Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Lake FX CreativeCon takes place April 21 and 22 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and all aspects of the event are FREE.

For more information, please visit LakeFXChicago.us and join the conversation on Facebook (Lake FX Chicago), Twitter (@LakeFXChicago #LakeFX) and Instragram (ChicagoDCASE #LakeFX). To plan your trip to Chicago for the Lake FX CreativeCon, visit choosechicago.com.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.


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