Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017

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

I dont think anyone would know this is here, Emanuel said. This is definitely a pearl in the oyster of Chicago.


Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tonight, the folks over at 2112 Chicagos hub for innovation and tech in the entertainment industry will celebrate the organizations one year anniversary.

And what a year its been.


Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The music business incubator at Fort Knox Studios is rocking.

In the year its been running in Chicagos 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 whats been done in the past year, I cant 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 Knoxs recent launch of The Hangar, a 7,200-square-foot film and video production space, its getting into the video and movie business. The goal: To support small filmmakers.


Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015

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.

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Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2015

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.

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Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015

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.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fort Knox is in the process of building its own incubator, modeled after Chicagos 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.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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 its 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.

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