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Due to COVID-19, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have extended the “Year of Chicago Music” to 2021 expanding its audience and strengthening its creative and cultural landscape with a focus on the south and west sides of the City. The initiative has garnered significant funding from outside partners including lead donor, the Walder Foundation, along with Chicago Community Trust, the Illinois Arts Council, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Allstate and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as well as sponsorship from the Chicago Transit Authority.

Acts Of Kindness Cabaret - A volunteer, not-for-profit association of cabaret professionals (performers and technical artists) who provide cabaret performances, largely free of charge, as fundraising events for other Chicago-area non-profit organizations.

The first Chicago Cabaret Week, a 10-day festival of shows has been cancelled due to COVID-19. CCW was a part of Music In The Key Of Chicago, its organizers included CCP, AOKC, Working In Concert, and The Cabaret Project, with sponsors Choose Chicago and WDCB.

Chicago Jazz Magazine - Podcasts, Interviews, Articles, Reviews and more. Dedicated to promoting the musicians of Chicago, places and venues that help to create the Chicago Jazz scene!

Chicago Music Commission - An all-inclusive advocacy organization for live music in Chicago. CMC organizes the Musicians at Work forums - see their website for future dates and topics.

Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion - An international exchange to advance the art of cabaret. Initiated by Chicago artists, the Cabaret Connexion began with a three-day conference in Paris, September 2017. Chicago hosted an 8-day conference in 2018. The third conference in Fall 2019 took a delegation of 25 US performers to three cities in France. Chicago will host again in 2021. 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's African American Network - The mission of the CSOA's African American Network is to engage Chicago's culturally rich African American community through the sharing and exchanging of unforgettable musical experiences. The AAN seeks to serve and encourage individuals and families; educators and students; musicians and composers; and churches and businesses to experience the timeless beauty of music.

Choose Chicago - Explore our city, find things to do, start planning your trip, and discover your own unique Chicago style.

WDBC is a public radio station broadcasting a jazz format, serving primarily the Chicago area, and beyond through its streaming audio.

Working in Concert is a nonprofit performing arts collaboration dedicated to delivering songs and stories "up close and personal". It supports Bellissima Opera, SongShop Live (workshops and concerts), Cabaret and Opera in the Classroom, and the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion. It is one of four coordinating bodies for Chicago Cabaret Week.  



Boston Association of Cabaret Artists - Promotes public awareness of cabaret and provides advocacy and support for cabaret artists and audiences in the greater Boston area.

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Represents New York cabaret, jazz, live comedy performance

Cabaret West - Promotes awareness and advancement of cabaret on the west coast. Our members include performers, presenters, and patrons - everyone who loves Cabaret and wants to see it fourish in communities on the West Coast. Benefits of joining include reduced admission to shows and events, inclusion of performances in the events online Calendar and e-Newsletter and invitations to seminars and shows presented by or sponsored by Cabaret West.



American Society of Composers, Authors, and Performers - A performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters, and music publishers

Mabel Mercer Foundation – The first not-for-profit arts organization to perpetuate the American Popular Song through the Art of Cabaret


Cabaret Scenes– The Magazine of the American Songbook Association

American Songbook Association – An arts and education not for profit dedicated to stimulating and promoting public interest in the legacy of American song. Through the talents of composers, lyricists, singers, music directors, arrangers, and other creatives, America has given this gift to the world.