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First Ever Chicago Music Summit September 20

August 15, 2013

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is proud to announce the first ever Chicago Music Summit to be held September 20, 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street.)

The Summit will feature more than 20 panels with 100+ speakers. The Blues Panel, moderated by Janice Monti of Dominican University, will be 4-5pm and include Fernando Jones, Sugar Blue, Wayne Baker Brooks, Sharon Lewis, Omar Coleman, Matthew Skoller and Nellie “Tiger” Travis. The Claudettes (featuring Johnny Iguana), Toronzo Cannon, Matthew Skoller and Eric “Guitar” Davis and the TroubleMakers will perform from 6:45 – 8:50pm  in the Washington Room (5th floor).

Chicago is a global music powerhouse – activated by musicians working across multiple genres at the highest level of artistry. This free admission conference will shine a spotlight on Chicago’s innovative and thriving music scene, and connect professionals with local and national industry leaders. Featuring panels, workshops, concerts, and networking opportunities, the Chicago Music Summit provides free professional development and exposure to support Chicago’s music industry.

The summit will target local and national music industry professionals including musicians, managers, music tech companies, agents, recording studios, talent buyers, attorneys, labels, club owners, educators, talent buyers, inventors, radio/web streaming stations, government administrators and festival organizers.

Note: The Chicago Music Summit 2013 is now at capacity and registration is now closed. A limited number of badges will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8:30am on the day of the event.

No registration is required for concerts. Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center run 6:30-9pm, are free admission, open to the public.

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.

More than 20 panels on a wide variety of topics will feature 100+ speakers including representatives from Sony Music Entertainment, Kickstarter, Elastic Arts, Pitchfork, Bonnaroo, SoundCloud, Universal Republic, Live Nation, Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Monterrey International, and many others.

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