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Rapper Common will give the keynote address at Chicago Music Summit on Friday, September 20. 

This Friday, Chicago’s first-ever Music Summit comes to the Cultural Center.

Aimed at becoming the city’s own mini SXSW, the one-day affair offers a variety of educational panels, after-hours showcases featuring local talent, and a keynote address by hip-hop czar Common to kick things off at 9:15 a.m., at Preston Bradley Hall.

If you're an aspiring artist planning to attend, here are five panels you must see:


Licensing and Syncing: Getting Your Music on TV, Movies, Video Games

This is all about how bands are bringing in the money these days. Leo Burnett Music Director Gabe McDonough and Music Dealers exec Daniel Kuypers give tips on beginning the process, protecting your copyright, and becoming a “commercial” success. (10 a.m., Storefront Theatre)

Website Demolition Derby

Give it to me straight—does my website suck? That’s the question three industry experts will be answering for bands willing to get constructive criticism on the functionality, organization, and overall design of their websites. Check your sensitivity at the door. (11:30 a.m., Cassidy Theater)

Crowdfunding: Industry Savior or Untamed Roller Coaster?

Starving artists looking to begin a creative contribution campaign, beware, there’s more to it than getting free handouts. Execs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic show how to do approach it properly and with the right audience. (1 p.m., 5th Floor, Washington Room)

Success, Authenticity and the Chicago Music Industry

Big wigs Joe Shanahan (owner of Metro and Double Door), Chris Kaskie (president/CEO of Pitchfork) and Nan Warshaw (co-owner of Bloodshot Records) talk about their collective merits and explain how having local music empires can keep artists from jumping ship to NYC and L.A. (2:30 p.m., Cassidy Theater)

Hip-Hop Peace Summit

Chief Keef no doubt inspired this one. Andrew Barber of FakeShoreDrive, Def Jam artist Mikkey Halsted and others discuss how we can create harmony in hip-hop culture and inspire our communities with positive contributions from our city’s emcees. (4 p.m., Cassidy Theater)

The Chicago Music Summit takes place on Friday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with sessions held at the Cultural Center (78 E Washington and Storefront Theatre (66 E Randolph). Admission is free but space is limited and guaranteed only for badge holders who registered in advance.