June 11th, 2019 // CHICAGO
Subhi, Indian-American Artist is awarded the prestigious 2019 Individual Artist program (IAP) Grant by the City of Chicago
CHICAGO, May 10, 2019 -- Subhi, a Chicago based Indian-American artist is awarded the prestigious Individual Artist program (IAP) Grant by the City of Chicago to partially fund her upcoming studio album. The first single from her upcoming album is available on all leading digital channels including Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube Music, Amazon Music and more. More listening options can be found here: https://song.link/chaand
“I am so thrilled to be a part of the IAP program,” says Subhi, a SXSW 2019 showcase artist. “It is an honor to be selected for this prestigious grant. I will be using the grant towards my upcoming folk-pop studio album. Half of the songs on this album will be in Hindi and half will be in English.”
The Individual Artists Program aims to assist Chicago’s professional artists in creating work that elevates their careers and brings value to the City of Chicago. Project-based grants are made across Chicago projects, touring projects, mobile and city-wide projects, works in progress, social practice and professional advancement, and creative research.
“The experts in music discipline that reviewed Subhi’s application were very excited about it,” says Kalena Chevalier, program director of Cultural Grants at DCASE. “They thought it was a really original concept and expanding audiences for her artistic work.”
As an emerging Indian American artist, Subhi was born in New Delhi, studied in New York and now lives in Chicago. Both the Indian and American cultures define Subhi as an individual and as an artist. She embraces this contrast and acknowledges that she should not have to choose between the two cultures. Her upcoming album is a celebration of her two cultures and the world we live in.
“The music panel liked the dichotomy of the content and that it was going to include two different languages,” Chevalier continues. “There’s a lot of audience reach potential, creativity, and originality to her work.”
In May, Subhi was invited to speak and perform at the Facebook offices in Chicago as part of the Asian American Heritage month. Last year, Subhi performed at the world renowned Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and opened for the band, ‘Red Baraat’ during their Festival of Colors Midwest Tour. With Subhi’s multicultural-inspired performances, she became a speaker and performer for ‘Talks at Google’ series at Google Headquarters, a featured artist for ABC’s Emmy Award winning annual show, ‘Asian Influences’, receiving an invitation to perform live at ABC7 Studio, and a featured speaker and performer for TEDx Naperville. Her next appearance will be at the office of Facebook Chicago where she will be a guest speaker and performer.
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