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ChicagoMade Music A&R Auditions

ChicagoMade 2017 A&R Auditions is a DCASE program that provides Chicagoland based artists and bands the opportunity to showcase their work live in front of A&R executives from major and independent record labels.  
Both solo artists and bands are invited to apply FREE of charge. All artists and bands must submit an application to be considered. A committee of industry professionals will review all submissions based on the criteria below and will choose artists/bands to fill a very limited number of audition slots.  

*One artist or group will be chosen to perform at the Taste of Chicago 2018
*DCASE does not guarantee any outcomes from the auditions. If interested, the labels involved will contact participants directly.

Special Guest Host
Chicago's very own, "The Boy Illinois"
"The Boy Illinois" a 2016 ChicagoMade A&R auditions Alumni and is now signed to Bornleaders/Priority/Universal Records.
A&R Executives Participating
  • Submission Period: August 21 - September 11, 2017
  • Artist Notification: September 26, 2017
  • Auditions: October 28, 2017, 11am-4:30pm


Artists/Bands Selection Criteria

  • Artists/Bands must submit a link to a two minute live performance Youtube video
  • Artists/Bands must be 18+ years old
  • All genres are welcome
  • Artists/Bands will be evaluated based on the following (in no particular order): Stage presence, voice, originality, and creativity.
  • All participants must be available from 11am-4:30pm on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
  • Artists/Bands 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



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