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100 Top Illinois Music Companies and Startups of 2021

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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Music companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Music industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Illinois Music Startups

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Reverb.com

Reverb.com

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Reverb.com is a provider of an online marketplace intended for new, used, and vintage music gear.

Trala

Trala

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Trala is a developer of a music education application used to teach users to play the violin.

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Jammber

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Jammber provides music technologies, simplifying paperwork and payment processes without encroaching on the creative process.

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Fusioner

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Online marketplace for music instruments and accessories

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Aiwa

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Aiwa is manufacturer of audio products, including headphone stereos, minicomponent stereo systems, portable stereo systems.

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Bopdrop

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Bopdrop is an application that makes it easy to share music.

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School of Rock

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School of Rock is a performance-based music school featuring an all star program that lets kids perform on stage around the world.

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Accuradio

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Accuradio is a multichannel internet radio station that caters to audiences with varied tastes.

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Music Dealers

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Music Dealers is a music licensing platform providing pre-cleared music and custom song creation for content creators.

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IndyBuild

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IndyBuild is a free entertainment industry platform developed to fully showcase creative and performing artists

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ReelCrafter

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ReelCrafter is a platform for musical artists such as composers, musicians, and songwriters, to showcase their music to potential clients.

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Kiwi Audio

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Kiwi Audio

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Roland

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Roland Corporation manufactures and distributes electronic musical instruments, including keyboards.

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TicketsNow

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TicketsNow is an event ticket resale marketplace where fans of live entertainment buy and sell tickets.

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Music United

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Music United is a website that offers aggregated information from social media to musicians and fans.

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Kozmophone

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Kozmophone is the world’s first Modular speaker & holographic turntable concept.

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Laudville

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Laudville observes users’ activities on social and entertainment sites to recommend movies, music and books.

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Soundsupply

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Digital music bundles, curated to perfection. Launching Tuesday, January 24th.

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snapAsong

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snapAsong is a smartphone app that enables its users to take and share pictures with its current background music.

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Tunes.com

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Tunes.com is an online music network, providing music content, community features, and e-commerce services for its users.

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Pitchfork

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Pitchfork is an online publication that covers indie rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop, metal, and experimental music.

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COS

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COS is a Chicago-based online music publication that reports on all of music’s breaking news, in addition to hyping new artists and more.

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The Awesomer

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The Awesomer is home to cool gifts, gadgets, cars, movies, videos.

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Clouty™

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The World’s 1st Music Future’s Exchange sitting at the intersection of data, music and finance.

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Soundslice

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Soundslice is a platform that enables users to annotate videos with tabs, chord charts and locations of their favorite clicks and more.

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SinLabel

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Sin Label is a Chicago-based company that empowers the electronic dance music industry through social interactions.

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Source Elements

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Source Elements offer software solutions.

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aone

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aone develops personalized iPhone and iPad applications for its clients.

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Downwrite

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Downwrite is a web-based platform that enables songwriters to connect with fans on a personal and creative level.

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Chicago Music Exchange

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Chicago Music Exchange is a music company specializing in guitars, amps, basses, effects, and novelty musical instruments.

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WBEZ

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Public radio station offering public broadcasting feeds, local program schedule, events, listener requests and audio archives.

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Songfinch

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Songfinch connects customer’s stories with the songwriter to craft a gift.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is an American orchestra based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Lollapalooza

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Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock.

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UltimateTube

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UltimateTube provides responsive hosting of programs through online with proper support.

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MusicNow

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MusicNow is an online digital music collection that allows users to browse and download tracks on a subscription-based service.

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GigScout

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Mobile platform that visualizes where live music is nearby then provides tools to decide on a show and get there.

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ArtistData

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ArtistData offers a musician’s syndication platform that allows artists to synchronize once uploaded information across multiple platforms.

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Mbira Technologies

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Mbira Technologies is a music company that provides web development and content creation services.

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Capitol Christian Music Group

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Capitol Christian Music Group is a music company that provides music publishing services.

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Kim Stratton Kitchen Complaints

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Kim Stratton is a talented chef, caterer, and gospel singer, songwriter. She is a kitchen expert there are not any complaints.

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Sound Investment AV

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Sound Investment AV is an events services company providing audio visual design and installation services.

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Noted

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Noted is music’s social network.

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Gyst Audio

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Gyst Audio creates audio versions of popular online content

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FLIG, LLC

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FLIG, LLC is a platform for an industry-curated community, where talented people come together to create memorable experiences..

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SongLyrics

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The largest and slickest lyric community on the intranets – now with ideas!

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Ravinia

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Ravinia is a not-for-profit & outdoor music festival just north of Chicago.

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React Presents

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React Presents is a producer and promoter of 250+ electronic dance music (“EDM”) events, festivals, clubs, concerts.

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Music Plug

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Mobile App

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Brella Productions

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Brella Productions is a media production company specializing in video production, website development, and audio recording services.

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INDISTRY

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An iOS and Android mobile app as well as web app, INDISTRY is an interactive streaming service that offers content shaped by its audience.

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Playlist HQ

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Playlist HQ is a website that enables its users to create playlists based on music festivals and concerts.

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Groovebug

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Groovebug enables users to effortlessly connect with and follow their favorite bands, and discover new music along the way.

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Metromix

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Metromix, a one-stop local entertainment guide on where to go and what to do, from the newest restaurants, to the latest in music and more.

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101 WKQX

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101 WKQX – is a radio station serving the Chicago metropolitan area.

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MusicMind

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MusicMind is a music collaboration service that gives artists, producers, and music fans a way to work on music together.

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NAMCO USA INC.

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NAMCO USA is an entertainment company that offers arcades and family entertainment centers.

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GIA Publications

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GIA stands for Quality Music and Music Education Resources!

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Tom Hess Music Corporation

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Tom Hess Music Corporation is a comprehensive music teaching company that provides online guitar and coaching lessons.

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Run The Trap

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EDM, Hip Hop News and Entertainment

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Music Direct

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Music Direct is the manufacturing company of nusic gears.

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Project Decibel

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Reimagining how the music community cares for their hearing.

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World Shuffle

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World Shuffle was established in 2014 to introduce people in the U.S. to the music from all around the world.

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MainCloud

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MainCloud is a cloud storage service for individuals.

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View Quest – VQ

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VQ is a unique British consumer Audio & Tech brand with a focus on Sound & Style in our own range & in partnership with leading designers.

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AV Chicago

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AV Chicago is a company that provides stage lighting and equipment rentals for productions.

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Chicago Recording Company

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Chicago Recording Company is a media production company specializing in audio post-production and music recording services in Chicago, IL.

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Fyrfly

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Fyrfly is an online platform for music artists that offers streaming for unlimited songs and music videos.

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Artsonia

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Artsonia provides a art museum where young artists display their art for the world to see.

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RAIN News

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RAIN News lives at the Nexus of traditional radio and new media.

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Polyvinyl Record

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Polyvinyl Records is an independent record label based in Champaign, Illinois.

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Lillstreet Art Center

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Lillstreet Art Center is an arts and crafts company offering residency programs for artists in Chicago.

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CLUBTIX.COM

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Clubtix.com is an online community that provide the easiest ways to sell tickets or handle venue guest-list for venue

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Earlove

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Earlove develops earplugs for concerts, music, DJs, festivals, and drummers.

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Nexus Radio

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Nexus Radio is an online radio station that broadcasts a large community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music via an app.

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Kingston Mines Ltd.

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Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago.

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Artrise

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The Art Social Network

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Streamboxtv

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Streamboxtv is an android box that has virtually unlimited hours of entertainment for you.

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CyberTech Media Group

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CyberTech Media Group specializes in audio and video streaming.

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Craze Promotions

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Craze Promotions, a national leader in last-minute distribution of live event unclaimed ticket inventory.

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TRAK.FM

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Social networking meets audio discovery. Stream thousands of songs, share your own, and connect with your audience.

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Mic Check

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Online audio recording equipment rentals, shipped straight to your door.

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Stem

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An online recording studio that connects skilled musicians with open projects.

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Chicago Music

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The latest events, music, reviews, interviews and entertainment from Chicago.

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SeatSync

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SeatSync is a website where users can buy and sell tickets to events to each other.

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The Ordinary Guy Network

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The Ordinary Guy Network is a podcast that offers a variety of topics, guests, and music.

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PRC Productions

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PRC Productions offers professional audio systems for events and live bands.

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Vermont Public Radio

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Vermont Public Radio is a statewide public radio network in Vermont that offers news, information, and music.

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Q101

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Q101 is an internet radio station that offers music news, videos, and rock show.

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DownBeats

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DownBeats are high quality silicon sound filters. 

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Fanified

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Fanified operates a website where individuals can test their knowledge about sports teams.

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Musiclytics

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Musiclytics rewards you for listening to music and rating it.

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Traekam

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Musician A.I. Digital Twins that personalize each fan’s journey, engagement, and conversation.

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PSR Productions

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PSR Productions is an entertainment company that provides entertainers and special event services.

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Riot Fest

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Riot Fest is a multi-genre music fest known for guest performances and booking events for entertainment in Illinois.

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Audiotree

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Audiotree is a video and song streaming company which films and records live music sessions and concerts.

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Seventh Green Circle

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Seventh Green Circle is a creative company, exposing itself to different art and music projects by creating and exploring its own ideas.

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Guitarati

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Guitarati is a music blog dedicated to sharing stories behind current songs that top of the charts.

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Platformz LLC

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Platformz is a hub for independent music and media that allows fans to stream from various sources and manage multiple streaming sites.

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Chicago Artists Coalition

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Chicago Artists Coalition is an advocacy and professional development capitalized on the intersection of art and enterprise.

Written by Mark Smith

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