Chicago is a global music leader. Its musical heritage is legendary as the birthplace of house and gospel music, urban blues and modern jazz, and today’s music scene is as strong as ever, spanning across genres including hip hop, indie rock, experimental, jazz, Latinx, classical and more. We are a city of stunning music halls, authentic neighborhood clubs, world-class festivals and a youth music scene that is lively and inspiring. In support of Chicago’s thriving music industry, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2020 as the “Year of Chicago Music.”
During the citywide, year-long Year of Chicago Music initiative, DCASE will work with key industry leaders and organizations to convene public and private resources in support of Chicago’s music industry. The goal is to place a spotlight on Chicago’s music landscape – one of the most influential and dynamic musical sectors on the globe – highlighting its legacy, expanding its audience and strengthening it through programs that support musicians and sustain creative and cultural development with a focus on the south and west sides of the City.