Local Music Venues Band Together For Launch Of Emergency Relief Fund For Chicago Music Industry Employees Unemployed Due To Mandatory COVID-19 Shutdown

Intimate series features Chicago musicians performing at the city’s most recognizable independent concert halls, kicks off Friday Nov. 27

(CHICAGO) - Members of Chicago’s live music community are among 71,305 individuals in the art, entertainment, and recreation sectors who are at risk of permanently losing their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL) has partnered with The Giving Back Fund to launch the CIVL SAVE (Staff, Artists, and Venues) Emergency Relief Fund which provides grants to Chicago venues, their staff and local artists as each struggle to survive the moratorium on live events.

“The people who welcome concert-goers into Chicago’s independent venues and the artists who play their stages are as treasured as the venues themselves,” says Tim Tuten, co-owner of The Hideout and founding board member of Chicago Independent Venue League. “Live music fans have shown overwhelming support during the shutdown and have expressed a desire to do more. The CIVL SAVE Emergency Relief Fund allows them to support Chicago’s entire music community.” 

The CIVL SAVE Emergency Relief Fund is open to all music industry professionals who work in Chicago venues. Grants will be awarded in phases and applications accepted on a rolling basis beginning in January. Examples of how grants may be used include rent, utilities, and food.  The Giving Back Fund, a 501c3 non-profit organization will collect funds and oversee the application and granting process.

To support the CIVL SAVE Emergency Relief Fund, CIVLization, a virtual live music series featuring performances by some of Chicago’s most beloved hometown acts, kicks off Friday November 27, 2020 at 8:00 p.m (CST) with performances by ESSO (funk), Dos Santos (psychedelic), and Half Gringa (Latinx alt-country). Additional performances will be announced exclusively through CIVL’s social media platforms (CIVLChi on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.)

CIVLization will stream these performances for free in high definition, thanks to Audiotree who filmed and produced each performance, at CIVLchicago.com.  CIVLization underscores the unique ways business owners have united to support their communities.

“Chicago’s independent music venues, their staff, and great local artists have come together as a community to support one another,” says Matt Woodburn, co-owner of Chop Shop and producer of the CIVLization series. “Live music fans are invited to be part of the community and experience the joy of live music during a time when joy is sorely lacking.”

CIVLization features a lineup celebrating Chicago’s diversity: Wild Earp (country), Mucca Pazza (marching band), Frank Catalano (jazz), Quin Kirchner (jazz), AMI (R&B), David Boykin Expanse (jazz), SuperKnova (pop), Minor Moon (folk), Xoe Wise (folk), Beats y Bateria (global) and more to be announced.

CIVL member venues Avondale Music Hall, Chop Shop, Concord Music Hall, Dorian's, Empty Bottle, The Hideout, Lincoln Hall, Martyr's, Reggie's, Rosa's Lounge, Tonic Room, Schubas, Silver Room, Sleeping Village, and Subterranean will host.

CIVLization is supported by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Goose Island Beer Company.


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 CIVLChicago.com for more information or to contribute.


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