Intro



Strategic, community-driven
solutions for measuring and
growing your music ecosystem.

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Intro



Strategic, community-driven
solutions for measuring and
growing your music ecosystem.

Sound Music Cities was born from direct experience in music-related policy, music development program implementations, and leadership of sound management initiatives. The team has extensive experience in music strategy that balances the needs of the music and nightlife industry with the needs of the community. Our growing list of clients includes WYEP Pittsburgh, The City of Pittsburgh Office of Nighttime Economy, The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Charlotte Center City Partners, The City of Seattle Office of Film and Music, and the Government of the District of Columbia Office of Cable TV, Film, Music and Entertainment.


  • Don Pitts brings unique insights on how to meld these resources in harmony and assist your city to realize its full potential as a music city.
    — Jim Peters, President of Responsible Hospitality Institute, Scotts Valley CA
  • Don Pitts is, without a doubt, one of the global leaders in music city strategy development and implementation, with hands-on experience leading Austin, one of the busiest music cities in the world.
    — Amy Terrill, lead author of The Mastering of a Music City, Toronto, Ontario
  • When it comes to sound ordinance issues, Don Pitts is the best thing since sliced bread.
    — Mary Ingle, President of Austin Neighborhoods Council
  • During his seven years inside Austin’s city government, Pitts was something of a trailblazer, tasked with diagnosing and treating the many problems facing the music economy, large and small.
    — Andrew Flanagan, NPR Music
  • A leader of music strategy, and an ace at balancing the needs of the music and nightlife industry with the needs of community.
    — Kate Becker, Director of Film and Music Office, City of Seattle
  • Don thinks outside the box when obstacles present themselves, and is always looking for the right combination of dots to connect so that parties who may have been historically adversarial, actually find common ground.
    — Rebecca Reynolds, President of Music Venue Alliance Austin
  • Sound Music Cities brought the depth of knowledge and expertise along with the collaborative spirit and intuitive approach to team building that the project needed to maintain credibility.
    — Abby Goldstein, General Manager of WYEP Pittsburgh

Overview


“You can’t improve what you
don’t measure.”

Measure, know, and grow
your music ecosystem.

Overview


“You can’t improve what you
don’t measure.”

Measure, know, and grow
your music ecosystem.

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MUSIC AS A KEY COMPONENT TO A LIVABLE CITY

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Music Ecosystems and Sound Noise Policy

Founded and led by music industry leader Don Pitts, Sound Music Cities is a passionate partner to cities seeking to measure and grow their music and entertainment economy. Sound Music Cities looks deep within each city, hand-crafting music ecosystem strategies that speak to the city’s unique, local dynamic. Our philosophy is centered on the notion that music is a key component of a livable city. No stranger to hard work, Pitts stands alongside each city to facilitate active forums with musicians, their fans, civic leaders and local governments—providing not only data or insights, but a clear path forward and innovative community sound management tactics.

Tactics such as these reduced sound complaints in Austin by 70%, which was one of many successes within Pitts’ seven-year tenure with the City of Austin. His experience lends a seasoned perspective and strong appreciation for supporting data. But it’s his ability to successfully find common ground between the political world and the music industry landscape that gives Sound Music Cities an edge.

Co-founder Peter Schwarz brings a perfect balance to Pitts’ expertise, and almost four decades of experience as a musician and business leader. They first officially joined forces when Pitts recruited Schwarz to work on Austin’s Long Term Music Industry Strategy. Together, along with a wide range of industry experts and technical consultants, they make Sound Music Cities.

Sound Music Cities knows that roadblocks to a healthy music ecosystem are not unique to Austin, and recognizes that each city’s music economy has important differences. It’s a lot like music. Each city has its own rhythm with stakeholders working and learning from each other. And when it all comes together, that’s when the magic happens.

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