Sound Music Cities was excited to release The Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Study in July of 2018. This body of work explores themes and recommendations around Leadership Development, Career Development, Regulatory Reform, Industry Development and Audience Development. It provides a comprehensive current state audit, but better yet – a clear path forward to ensure the local music industry’s future success. At the heart of this report is a theme of community and collaboration – parts to the whole – a theme Pittsburgh is well-positioned to deliver on with this new roadmap.
Music policy leaders from San Antonio, Seattle, Alberta, Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Francisco, Austin, Fort Collins, London Ontario, Victoria BC, Memphis, Washington DC, Toronto, Portland and even from Sweden, connected for two days of intensive discussions and presentations this month in Austin.
Today, let’s talk about venues. Just as musicians contribute to our music ecosystems, live music venues are an equally important part of the equation. This type of thinking needs to be incorporated into governmental operations. Cities of all sizes should be implementing strategies that incorporate best practice policies with venue success in mind.
In our last entry about Music Development Strategies, we discussed the key ingredients needed as a city embarks on creating a successful music development strategy. And the way to get this development underway includes building a vision, researching the potential solutions, and the discipline to create and execute the plan while getting all of your resources to contribute. Having a sound music strategy provides the beneficial economic impact across many sectors including tourism, city brand building, cultural development, and more.