When it’s okay to say “No” to a client or event

Musicians and entertainers have suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic; public health measures have made both private and public events few and far between. As Chicago begins to reopen, it is normal as an entertainer to feel both excited to book gigs and nervous about how they might look different. In this unprecedented time in global […]

How to get gigs without spending a lot of time or money

You have the talent, the equipment, the knowledge and you definitely have the hustle. You have everything you need to be the perfect entertainment for someone’s event — but when it comes to finding gigs, the only things you can’t seem to find are the ones you shouldn’t have to need: time and money. Chicago […]

The Impact of Coronavirus on Summer Festivals

Between the stay-at-home order, the closing of non-essential businesses, and the ban on large public gatherings, we have all felt the effects of COVID-19, especially in the arts and entertainment industry.  How will this rapidly spreading disease affect the future of summer festivals? What we know is this: the city of Chicago has shut down […]

10 Tips on How to Book a Wedding Band

From finding performers to choosing the setlist, these ten tips will give you pointers and insight about booking the perfect wedding band for your big day! Planning a wedding is no small task, but booking a live band for your wedding day can be, and should be, easy and fun. John Barry, CEO of Chicago […]

Sales & Marketing

What should bands do to get gigs? This is a question I get often as many acts want to perform for our clients or for StarEvents, our parent company. My answer is for them to treat the band like a business. Most bands feel that their sound and ability to perform should be enough to […]

Lake FX 2017! For Artist & Creative Professionals!

Lake FX 2017! For Artist & Creative Professionals!

April 21–22, 2017 Chicago Cultural Center FREE Admission & No Registration Needed! If you create, perform or produce…this is for you! Lake FX presented by Google is the Midwest’s largest FREE gathering of artists & creative professionals 50+ interactive workshops & discussions with national arts leaders April 21 Keynote with Kevin Liles, co-founder and CEO of […]

Calling All CEA Dancers!

Calling All CEA Dancers!

Calling all Chicago Entertainment Agency dancers! Check out this great opportunity and make your submission by May13th! We wish you all the best of luck! Please don’t contact us regarding your submission, use the contact information below. Thank you!

Calling All CEA Cover Bands!

Calling All CEA Cover Bands!

Want to share your love and passion for your favorite artist with the world? Some of the biggest names in music are coming together with their most talented fans for a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration. Submit your best cover for the hit song the artist selects, and you could win a spot on Best.Cover.Ever., […]