Chicago is a global music powerhouse – activated by musicians working across multiple genres at the highest level of artistry. The Chicago Music Summit is a new conference presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to shine a spotlight on Chicago’s innovative and thriving music scene and connect professionals with local and national industry leaders. Featuring panels, concerts, and networking opportunities, the Chicago Music Summit provides free professional development and exposure to support Chicago’s music industry.
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.
Come check out panels such as:
How do we to build community unity in Chicago through hip‐hop culture? With the negative portrayals of hip‐hop culture in the media and its associations with violence, how do we leverage the positive contributions of hip‐hop culture to galvanize the artists and fans?
Location: Cassidy Theater
Co-Moderators: Leon Rogers, Comedian/DJ /On-Air Personality (WGCI 107.5 FM) and Kyra Kyles, JET Magazine
Dr. Adia Winfrey, Psy.D, Author/Clinician and Founder of H.Y.P.E.
Andrew Barber, Blogger/Owner, FakeShoreDrive.com
Monica Haslip, Executive Director, Little Black Pearl
Jabari "Naledge" Evans, Songwriter/Recording Artist and Youth Advocate
Mikkey Halsted - Recording Artist (Artium/Def Jam), Former Teacher
Presented in collaboration with The Brainiac Project
Networking, networking, networking… building relationships is what the industry is all about and how you make things happen. How do you connect and develop relationships with the people that can help grow your career, and how do you gauge and leverage opportunities that come your way for long term benefit?
Location: 5th Floor Millennium Park Room
Moderator: Scott Fetters, ChicagoMusic.org
Brian Zisk, Executive Producer, SF MusicTech Summit
Michael Dorf, Entrepreneur/Producer/Philanthropist, City Winery NY/CHI
Jen Richards, Managing Director, Eighth Blackbird Ensemble
Alex Fruchter, Closed Sessions
Learn to make money with streaming and digital distribution. What avenues exist, what is the financial breakdown and what makes it worth it? Also, understand how YouTube is the new money maker in the monetizing maze.
Location: 5th Floor Washington Room
Moderator: Syd Schwartz (Founder of Linchpin Digital – Formerly at EMI Music, Capitol Music Group, Virgin Records / EMI North America)
Kevin Browning (Umphrey’s McGee Management: Strategy & Development)
Jeremiah Seraphine (Founder and CEO – Groovebug)
Bruce Iglauer, Founder & Owner, Alligator Records
In this day and age if you don’t have a well developed online presence, your fans and music industry professionals will find it hard to take you seriously. Furthermore, it’s not enough to sit back and let your music do all the talking. You need to actively build a fan base and engage your audience‐‐ on and off stage. At some point in your career, you’ll realize the importance of defining your identity to distinguish yourself from the rest of the noise.
Location: Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.
Moderator: Dmitri Vietze, Rock Paper Scissors/Story Amp
Ashley Capps, Owner, AC Entertainment/ Co‐Producer, Bonnaroo
Ryan Heuser, Senior Director, Music Integration – David Brown Entertainment/The Marketing Arm
Mark Messing, Band Leader, Mucca Pazza
Zach Partin, React Presents
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