Who doesn’t love music? Sure, you might know someone who doesn’t like smooth jazz or have a friend that hates anything but rap. But at the end of the day, music is a powerful force to which we all feel connected.
At Sound Music Cities, we not only love all kinds of music, but we also love what music can do for the heart and soul of a city. Through many years of talking with cities and countries around the world about music policy, community relationships, and cultural tourism, we’ve put together a thorough knowledge base of practical, real-life policy solutions for the most common challenges facing music and entertainment ecosystems.
With a few important best practices in place, we know that every city has the opportunity to start, reinvigorate, or grow their music economy.
The beginnings of Sound Music Cities
Three years ago, I worked with Titan Music Group to collect and publish the results of the Austin Music Census, a groundbreaking data-driven assessment of the commercial music industry in Austin.
A short time later, we co-founded and launched the North America Music Cities Best Practice Summit which is still going strong. And I discovered that as much as I enjoyed running the city music office in the Live Music Capital of the World, my core passion was helping colleagues in other cities to develop vibrant, prosperous, and sustainable music ecosystems of their own.
Through this, I discovered that as much as I enjoyed running the city music office in the Live Music Capital of the World, my true passion was helping colleagues in other cities develop vibrant, prosperous, and sustainable music ecosystems on their own. From this discovery, Sound Music Cities was born.
I look forward to hearing your stories and answering your questions, too!
In the coming months, I’ll dive deeper into what a music city is, what music-friendly policy means, and I’ll spotlight folks from around the world who we think are thought leaders in the realm of creating solid, practical solutions for music and entertainment ecosystems.
Are there any topics you’d like to see my cover in the future? Sound off in the comments below!