The music business incubator at Fort Knox Studios is rocking.

In the year it’s been running in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood, 2112 has programmed 75 education sessions, held a music hack-a-thon that drew 100 participants and hosted international trade delegations, and taken its act on the road to South By Southwest.

“Looking at what’s been done in the past year, I can’t image what this is going to be in five years; what this is going to be in 10 years,” said 2112 director Scott Fetters.

Well, with Fort Knox’s recent launch of The Hangar, a 7,200-square-foot film and video production space, it’s getting into the video and movie business. The goal: To support small filmmakersFull Article

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Blue Sky/Chicago Tribune
Music incubator 2112 expands to film with The Hangar; new cities next

Tonight, the folks over at 2112 — Chicago’s hub for innovation and tech in the entertainment industry — will celebrate the organization’s one year anniversary.

And what a year it’s been. Full Article

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Built in Chicago
How 2112 put Chicago's entertainment tech companies under one roof

The future of Chicago’s entertainment industry is taking shape in an overlooked industrial corridor nestled along the Kennedy Expressway in Portage Park, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday.

“I don’t think anyone would know this is here,” Emanuel said. “This is definitely a pearl in the oyster of Chicago.”

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DNA Info
A Portage Park 'Pearl': Music, Tech Hub Highlights Booming 'Hood, Rahm Says

“Fort Knox is in the process of building its own incubator, modeled after Chicago’s 1871 tech incubator. The incubator model relies heavily on mentorship and mutual learning. The goal is for musicians, music industry insiders, and technology entrepreneurs to co-locate and interact, creating a community and a common language. The ultimate outcome, according to Nielsen, would be a new template for how to develop a business in the music industry.”    Full Article

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Forbes Magazine
How Interdisciplinary Collaboration Can Help The Music Industry

“Chicago, meanwhile, has recently jumped into the music incubator game with 2112, a privately funded hub for music-focused tech startups that occupies 20,000 square feet of Fort Knox Studios, a 160,000-square-foot former factory building. The remaining space is taken up by band rehearsal spaces, recording studios and office space for managers, entertainment lawyers and other music-related professionals.” Full Article

Testimonial Austin Business Journal
Austin Business Journal
How Austin can follow Nashville's Lead to Amplify its Music Economy

“Last year, the founders established an incubator, called 2112 (the name inspired by an epic Rush song) for music, film and technology startups, under the direction of Scott Fetters, whose resume also includes music and business.” Full Article

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REEL Chicago
Creative Incubator Offers Startups a BIG Boost

“Chicago is ideally positioned to become one of the foremost music cities in the country, If we can create an environment where music businesses and music-aligned businesses are working together every day, not only can we catch up, we can develop something that no other city has.”       Full Article

Testimonial Crain's Chicago Business
Crain's Chicago Business
Getting the Band Together at Giant Northwest Side Studio Complex

“The popularity of Fort Knox has grown almost entirely organically, with the company doing next to no advertising outside of the occasional Craigslist post. And while it’s relatively young, Fort Knox has already housed musicians like Jennifer Hudson, Patti LaBelle and Kings of Leon, who recently popped in to work on some material before their headlining Lollapalooza set this summer.” Full Article

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Fort Knox: The Recording Studio and Incubator That’s Changing Chicago's Music Industry