Monday, November 23, 2015

DCASE Accepting Proposals for 2016 Lake FX Summit + Expo

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is accepting proposals for high quality professional development programming and creative services exhibitors for the 2016 Lake FX Summit + Expo, taking place May 13-15, 2016. Please pass the word to interested colleagues, and please consider proposing a Lake FX program yourself. See our sizzle reel with 2015 highlights, read details below. Deadline extended to December 14, 2015!

Lake FX 2016 will connect, inform and inspire emerging and established producers working in film, music, dance, design, theater, fashion, literary, culinary and the visual arts. The region’s largest FREE conference for artists and creative entrepreneurs, Lake FX will welcome thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations for inspiring keynotes by industry leaders, over 80 informative panel discussions & workshops, networking opportunities as well as performer showcases, an artisan market and resource expo.

The 2016 theme, “I’m In!” invites and challenges all participants to engage their careers and their creative communities.

Application for Lake FX Program Proposals:
Lake FX programs address professional development as well as topical issues and concerns for creative professionals. They can be formatted as Workshops, Panels, Labs, Conversations, Mentor/Coaching, Presentations or How-Tos, but they should focus on professional development and best practices for creative businesses, individuals and/or organizations. Suggested topics include marketing, planning, business development, space/housing, web/technology, branding, finance/fundraising, community-building, sourcing, as well as personal and organizational development. Proposals may address specific creative industries – such as Film, Music, Dance, Design, Literary, Theater, Fashion, Culinary or Visual Arts – in any multi-combination or with a general cross-discipline perspective. Please specify whether your program is Introductory or Advanced level and whether it is 60 or 90 minutes. All Lake FX program presenters are offered a complimentary Expo Exhibitor Booth.

Application for Lake FX Expo Exhibitors:
The Lake FX Expo is the resource fair for local and national businesses and organizations to communicate their services, information, space, equipment or other resources to creative artists and entrepreneurs. Past Expo Exhibitors include funders, professional associations, service organizations, chambers of commerce, space providers, recording studios, schools, attorneys and other professional services. The Lake FX Expo takes place in the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday, May 13–14, 10am–5pm, and Exhibitors must be present throughout the entire event. The 2016 Expo Exhibitor Fees are $500 for for-profits and $150 for non-profits, but confirmed Lake FX Program Presenters receive a complimentary Expo Exhibitor Booth.

Please note: This call is not for food vendors, art displays or other goods. This call is only for Exhibitors looking to showcase their resources/services. There will be a separate procedure for Marketplace vendors.

All applications must be received by December 7. Presenters and Exhibitors will be notified in January, 2016.


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