Chicago Gospel Music Festival Application Procedures

Music group performing at the 2017 Chicago Gospel Music Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

  • Dates: June 1-2, 2018
  • Location: Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center
  • Genres: Gospel, Contemporary Christian
  • Average Attendance: 30,000+
  • Submissions Accepted: Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2018

The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events is now accepting submissions for consideration to perform at the 33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival. We are looking to showcase the best of both up and coming and well-known favorite artists from the Chicagoland area, as well as young talented artists - including soloists, choirs, praise dancers, mimes and more.

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival has welcomed such performers as Grammy Award Winners - Queen of Gospel Music - Albertina Walker and Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Byron Cage, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, The Rance Allen Group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence, Tye Tribbett & G.A., Marvin Sapp, CeCe Winans, The Williams Brothers, Mary Mary, dozens of Chicagoland artists and so many more.


Application Process 

Submissions will be accepted from December 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018 for the 2018 festival. Previous year submissions are not held - you will need to re-submit materials for each year you wish to be considered. Information received before or after the submission dates will not be considered.

Please send the following information in one (1) email to

  • Brief bio highlighting past performances, list of venues/fests you performed at during the last twelve months
  • Photo
  • Links to streaming music/live performances
  • Press clippings are optional (please limit to 3)
  • Contact Information – contact name, email address, phone number, website, social media accounts


Artists/Bands must be residents of one of the following counties in Illinois:

  • Cook County
  • DeKalb County
  • DuPage County
  • Grundy County
  • Kane County
  • Kendall County
  • McHenry County
  • Will County

Due to an overwhelming amount of submissions, we will contact you only if your application was successful. If you do not hear from us, thank you for taking the time to apply and please check back in the fall of next year for our new round of submissions. The festival schedule will be publicized on

Please Do Not Contact Us About The Status Of Your Submission


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