Founder/Co-Owner, The Hideout
Katie Tuten is a founder and co-owner of the Hideout in Chicago for the past 25 years. The Hideout is consistently listed as one of the best loved music venues in Chicago and around the world. For over two decades Katie has identified, supported, promoted and consulted artists, musicians, small business owners and not for profit organizations. For thirty years, Katie has worked for not for profit organizations. Katie is a social justice activist involved in numerous projects. Katie is an Advisory Board Member of Chicago Film Archives, After Supper Visions; and Board member of BandWith. Katie is considered a highly respected leader understanding the intersection between art, music, culture, politics, education and social justice. She is the founder and Co-Chair of Chicago Independent Venue League (CIVL). CIVL was established to unite and organize many of the diverse music venues in Chicago. CIVL unites the voices, best practices and common concerns of the independent small venues in Chicago. Ms. Tuten is a founding member of NIVA National Independent Venue Association. Ms. Tuten was the Recipient of the Foundation of Music 2017 Award. The Hideout was named Chicagoan of the Year 2019. Ms. Tuten won the Venues Now 2020 award. Ms. Tuten received the 2021 Executive Service Corps Nonprofit Board Member of the Year Award for her work with BandWith.