On July 12, Chicago's music tech incubator 2112 will celebrate its one year anniversary. What began as Fort Knox Studios, a massive rehearsal and recording space for musicians has now become an even grander vision for music tech startups across the country. The anniversary celebration will entail an invite-only event where Chicago government officials and music and tech industry VIPs will be treated to performances at Ft. Knox, member showcases, facility tours and announcements about 2112’s plans for the years ahead, including a national expansion.
Kent Nielsen and Dan Mahoney, owners of Ft. Knox, conceived of 2112 and brought on director Scott Fetters in 2015. The creative industries business incubator - named in honor of the epic Rush - album was created to unite Chicago’s fragmented music industry under one roof while developing businesses at the intersection of music and technology.
Scott Fetters explains:
This is one of the few places in the world with the proper resources and community to support the development of a startup in music technology
Companies have flown in to their quarterly Who’s Who in Music Tech Meetups for the chance to introduce themselves to coders, investors, and others in the industry. Several members have either relocated from other cities or maintain space in their home city and at 2112 to be a part of the action.
More info on 2112 and the anniversary event: http://2112.rockpaperscissors.biz/