The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced in a press release that Chicagoland-based musicians and bands are invited to apply to perform live for a panel of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) executives from major labels in downtown Chicago on October 22nd, 2016.

In addition to auditioning for the major label executives for a possible recording contract, one participant will be selected to perform at Taste of Chicago in 2017. The application and audition are FREE.

A&R Executives Participating:
Laurel Kittleson – A&R Manager | Big Machine Label Group
Tuo Clark – A&R | Def Jam/Universal Records
Jackie Winkler - A&R | Island Records

Video Submission Period: August 22 - September 8, 2016
Artist Notification: September 23, 2016
Auditions: October 22, 2016, 12-4pm

FREE Audition Spot Application

Apply HERE
To apply for an audition slot, musicians must submit a two-minute live performance YouTube video.

There is no cost to submit an application or to audition for the A&R executives.

Artist requirements:
Musicians may perform as a solo artist or as a band
All music genres are welcome
All performers must be at least 18 years old
All performers 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

All participants must be available Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Location: Claudia Cassidy 2nd Floor, Chicago Cultural Center - 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
Date/Times (subject to change)

***DCASE does not guarantee any outcomes from the auditions. If interested, label executives involved will contact participants directly***