Coalition seeks $500 million in funding for the arts in Illinois

by Staff Writer (The Times Weekly - May 25, 2021)

“Independent venues have been hit especially hard by the pandemic, and we aren’t sure how long it will take to begin serving our community like we did before,” added Robert Gomez, owner of Subterranean and Beat Kitchen in Chicago, “I am glad venues are standing with the rest of the arts community. Performers, technicians, non-profit groups - they all come through our doors. We need comprehensive relief for all of the arts, because it’s all connected.” Robert Gomez is also Co-Chair of the Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL).

About CIVL | Chicago Independent Venue League

Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) advocates on behalf of Chicago’s independently owned and operated concert venues and music halls. Founded in 2018, CIVL works to ensure the long-term viability of its member venues so they may continue to provide event-goers with enjoyable live music experiences.

Chicago’s reputation as a world renowned live music hub is largely due to independently owned and operated music venues’ legacies of nurturing homegrown talent. Performers from every genre are afforded opportunities to earn national recognition. More than 50 CIVL member venues proudly represent Chicago’s culture and musical style.

CIVL is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. Visit for more information or to contribute.


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