Professional Development Opportunities for Artists and Arts Organizations

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Volunteer for DCASE


Share your love of Chicago’s culture, history and architecture by volunteering with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

With DCASE you will connect guests (Chicagoans and visitors alike) with some of the city’s cultural treasures, such as Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Clarke House Museum, and the Taste of Chicago.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways: leading tours, providing information, assisting with events, and more.

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ChicagoMade 2018 Music A&R Auditions Public Performances

Saturday, October 27, 12:30–4:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

The ChicagoMade A&R Auditions give Chicagoland-based artists and bands the opportunity to play live for a panel of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) executives from major labels. The epic live showcase of up-and-coming local talent is hosted by Chicago's Matt Muse, who performed at the 2017 auditions and earned a performance spot at last summer's Taste of Chicago. In conjunction with Chicago's Year of Creative Youth, this year's auditions reduced the minimum age requirement to age 14, allowing younger artists to participate as well as adults.

Applications to perform are now closed. Absolutely no walk-in performances will be allowed.




2019 Individual Artists Program (IAP) Grants

Applications due November 15, at 5pm CST

The Individual Artist Program (IAP) grant applications are now open. The grants aim to assist Chicago's professional artists in creating work that elevates their careers and brings value to the City of Chicago. Applicants are encouraged to attend an Application Assistance Workshop. For eligibility requirements, grant calendar and to RSVP for workshops, please visit


Calls For Artists


Public Art Program - Request For Qualifications (RFQ)

Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:59pm, CST

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) , in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) invites professional artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for a public art design project in response to sites along Riverwalk East, located on the south bank of the Chicago River, between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Through the Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project, artists at the height of their field will develop ambitious, innovative design proposals that activate and enhance this beloved natural amenity and recreation area. More information is available at


Calls For Arts Organizations and Businesses


Chicago City Markets Call for Vendors

Chicago City Markets invites local entrepreneurs and artisans to apply to vend at one of Chicago's vibrant neighborhood City Markets. Markets are located in North Lawndale, Roseland and Austin. Applications are available at

DCASE is always accepting new vendors at the Maxwell Street Market. Information is available at


Call for Corporate Partners

DCASE produces Chicago's largest free festivals including Taste of Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival and Chicago Jazz Festival plus a variety of other festivals and events throughout the year. Our goal is to engage companies, agencies and other partners to add value to the City's events while bringing brands directly to local consumers to increase brand awareness, generate valuable press exposure, drive traffic and sales, and build customer loyalty. To learn more about partnership opportunities, visit or email at


Year of Creative Youth – Call for Community Highlights

Accepted for programs occurring in 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2018 as the “Year of Creative Youth”, a citywide initiative to celebrate Chicago youth in the arts and the mentors who inspire them. The new Year of Creative Youth website includes resources and event highlights from across Chicago’s youth arts community. Youth arts organizations are invited to submit youth performances, events or opportunities occurring in Chicago for the website or other channels. Submit your content for consideration today at!


Performance Opportunities at DCASE Events

Ongoing calls for artists and performers are listed on the DCASE website at


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