Chicago Farmer’s Markets looking for performers

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is seeking musicians or other performers for the 2011 Chicago Farmers’ Markets. These markets run from May through October in neighborhoods throughout the city. This year, musicians and other family-friendly performers are invited to submit to take the stage at the markets throughout the summer. While these are … Continue reading

Musicians at Work Forum: Booking your band

This month’s Chicago Artists Resource Musicians at Work Forum focused on booking your band, and featured some good, practical advice from local experts: Mary Jones:  Artist management & booking, Mary Jones Management/Road Jones Booking Ben Gray: Musician/booker Brian Keigher: Senior program manager for Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture Angie Mead: Programming & PR at Uncommon … Continue reading

COLLABO and CAR collaborate on music industry panel discussion, networking event

Last night COLLABO and the Chicago Artists Resource joined forces to present a forum about songwriting and music production. A panel of experts Moderator Mary Datcher: founder of COLLABO, President of On The Street Promotions and founder of the Global Mixx Music Retreat Ryan McGuire: President of Wuli Records (Lee DeWyze’s label), musician Louis Svitek: Co-Founder of … Continue reading

New resources for Chicago writers

Last week I attended a launch event for two new resources for Chicago-area writers: Chicago Publishes and CAR-Literary. The sites are meant to support local writers and the local publishing industry to help spotlight current authors in Chicago. Chicago Publishes features news, a Chicago Publishers Gallery spotlight, events and resources for publishers and writers. The website … Continue reading

Touring tips from the Musicians at Work Forum

I’m beginning to really love the Chicago Artists Resource & Chicago Music Commission’s Musicians at Work Forums (yes, that was a mouthfull). This month’s panel discussion covered touring. The panel was made up of diverse experts, offering a nice and well-rounded point of view from bookers, managers, labels and artists: Moderator: Joanna Quargnali-Linsley, from Misery … Continue reading

Putting Musicians to Work in Social Media

I had the chance to attend a Musicians At Work Forum about “Standing Out in a Digital Age,” where panelists spoke about social media for musicians and how to leverage online technologies. I learned a lot, including that my BlackBerry does not get reception in the auditorium of the Chicago Cultural Center. The diverse  panel offered helpful online resources, … Continue reading