Music people call it sound. Neighborhoods call it noise. We bring practical solutions to both.


Cultivate Music

Reduce Noise Complaints

Grow Your Economy 

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Music people call it sound. Neighborhoods call it noise. We bring practical solutions to both.


Cultivate Music

Reduce Noise Complaints

Grow Your Economy 

  • 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, 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 Austin Neighborhoods Council, Austin Texas
  • Don is the leading voice on sound management in cities. Don easily translates his experiences in Austin to other cities regardless of size and local dynamics, which is why he's a leader in the global music cities movement.
    — Bryce Merrill, Music Programs Manager of Bohemian Foundation, Ft. Collins CO
  • Don Pitts is the sound whisperer. Don has successfully led Austin in striking a balance between all parties that has resulted in a 70% drop in noise complaints.
    — 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, Music Venue Alliance Austin

Overview


Get expert strategy and solutions for sound issue management and music city development.

Overview


Get expert strategy and solutions for sound issue management and music city development.

For emerging and established music cities, proper sound management isn’t just about turning the volume down. It’s about finding the perfect balance that strikes a chord for all sides involved.

By working with local and municipal governments, venues, entertainment districts, music festivals, neighborhood associations, and other community leaders, Sound Music Cities enables you to solve existing sound issues and create strategies to avoid future issues through policy, training, and bridge-building best practices.

Your City Can Be The Next Great Music City

At Sound Music Cities, we believe every city has the potential to become a vibrant and thriving music city. We also understand that every city is different. That’s why we work closely with you to identify the sustainable solutions unique to your city.

From 2013-2016, our strategy helped the Live Music Capital of the World reduce noise complaints by 70%. With our knowledge and more than 10 years experience, we can help you create an entertainment ecosystem that’s music to everyone’s ears.

Some of Our Core Beliefs

•   Overlooked, practical solutions often solve most sound issues
•   Sound ordinances should build the foundation for music-friendly policies that enhance the quality of life for all citizens
•   Expectations must be properly managed for the people affected by sound and the people making a living by generating sound
•   Constant monitoring ensures success

The Benefits Of Sound Management

Proper sound management leads to a thriving music city.

A thriving music city leads to a better economy.

A better economy leads to more: 

  • Jobs
  • Spending
  • Tax Revenue
  • Tourism 
  • Cultural Development  

 

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The Latest from Sound Music Cities

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The Latest from Sound Music Cities

featured Blog Post: 


SPEAKING:

Music Cities Convention in Memphis, TN
Friday, October 27 - 1PM Round Table Session 3: 
DESIGNING MUSIC FRIENDLY NOISE REGULATIONS AND POLICIES


Join this Round Table at the Music Cities Convention in Memphis on Friday, 10/27 at 1pm to hear Don speak about designing music friendly noise regulations and policies including: 

- How does the framework of a sound ordinance support a healthy Music City?

- How is a sound policy presented to additional stakeholders, and the community at large?

- Why a city’s sound policy requires transparency in application and policies.

- How do behaviors, environment, and culture contribute to sound issues?


SPEAKING:

DC TALKS: Cross-Sector Dialogue in Today's Digital Culture
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 10am-5pm
2pm Roundtable: Research Research Research


2:00 - 2:45 Roundtable Two:
Research Research Research

 Artists across disciplines are eager to assert agency over the future economic structures of their industries. To do this, however, it is critical to have an understanding of the economics of their industry today and the best possible sense of how the economics of their sector are evolving.The recent NEA/IDA report on the sustainability of the documentary field calls for establishment of a "research council" to help assess both quantitative and qualitative research needs - basically what do we already know, what do we need to know and who needs access to the information. Different disciplines have looked at this question in different ways - how can we learn from each other?

Moderator: Rick Karr
Panelists: Sunil Iyengar | Director, Office of Research and Analysis, NEA
Don Pitts | President, Sound Music Cities (Austin, TX)
Keri Hoffman | CEO, PRX
Chris Naoum | Co-founder, Funk Parade