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


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

 

Measure, know, and grow

your music ecosystem.

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


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

 

Measure, know, and grow

your music ecosystem.

  • 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


Practical, data-driven solutions

for measuring and growing

your music ecosystem.

Overview


Practical, data-driven solutions

for measuring and growing

your music ecosystem.

Founded and led by music industry leader Don Pitts, Sound Music Cities is the expert advisor to cities seeking practical, data-driven solutions for measuring and growing their music and entertainment economy.

We work with civic leaders to provide industry-leading music ecosystem measurement, robust action plans, and innovative community sound management expertise developed through achieving a 70% reduction in sound complaints in Austin.
 

“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, there. In no small part, Pitts' work culminated in the voluminous Austin Music Census he commissioned and released in 2015…Pitts fostered an informal coalition of knowledge sharing among cities having similar problems, to learn from each other’s mistakes and replicate their successes.” 

- Andrew Flanagan, NPR music

When it comes to music ecosystems, cities share many of the same challenges. Notably, the causes vary, so the solution must be designed to fit the community.

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