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Media Credentials for the Chicago Blues Festival

 

Media Credentials for June 9, 10 & 11, 2017

We thank you for your interest in covering the 34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park.

To apply for press or photo credentials, please send your request on media letterhead before Friday, June 2, 2017, via

  • fax at 312.744.8523
  • or mail to:

Chicago Blues Festival Media Credential Requests
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

 

Note that space is limited, especially for the main stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and NOT all credential requests will be granted. Submission of a request or a past confirmation does not guarantee acceptance for this year’s festival. You will be notified if your request is accepted.

Press access is complimentary. It provides access to the press seating area only. Back stage access is very limited and will only be provided by request in advance of the festival for confirmed interviews only. All media going back stage will be escorted by a member of the DCASE PR Staff.

Please provide the names of each writer and photographer and specify which of the following media credentials are needed:

  • Main Stage MEDIA Credential for the Jay Pritzker Pavilion – due to extremely limited space, only one media credential will be granted per outlet
  • Main Stage PHOTO Credential for the Jay Pritzker Pavilion – due to extremely limited space, only one photo credential will be granted per outlet
  • General MEDIA Credential – general media credentials provide access to the Bud Light Crossroads, the Pepsi Front Porch and Jackson Mississippi Rhythm and Blues Stage seating areas, but not the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
  • General PHOTO Credential – general photo credentials provide access to the Bud Light Crossroads, the Pepsi Front Porch and Jackson Mississippi Rhythm and Blues Stage photo pits, but not the one at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

NOTE: If your outlet is assigning more than one photographer in order to capture all the stages (including the main stage) you will receive photo credentials for the side stages but ONLY ONE for the Jay Pritzker Pavilion main stage. Everyone is welcome to sit in the general seating area of the pavilion.

 

Freelance Media

Freelance writers and photographers must submit requests for the outlet he/she is representing on the company’s letterhead with the assignment editor’s signature and contact information. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and you will be notified if you are approved.

 

Online Media (websites, podcasts, eNews, etc.)

Press admittance is open to journalists working with commercial news or industry-related websites. The website must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link of past Chicago Blues Festival coverage or similar reportage with your request. Web designers, editors and creators do not qualify for media credentials.

 

Bloggers

Media credential requests from bloggers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Bloggers must host professional, industry-related blogs with original content. A link to the blog must be submitted along with the number of unique visits per month and how often it is updated.

 

Video/Audio Recording

Video and audio recording for broadcast is allowed up to 5 minutes for non-commercial use only. Any commercial use is prohibited without artist consent and written authorization by the Chicago Blues Festival and the City of Chicago (fees may apply).

 

For all media inquiries about the festival other than credential requests, please contact:

Mary May
Public Relations Coordinator
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
mary.may@cityofchicago.org.