Sound Music Cities was excited to release The Charlotte Music Ecosystem Study and Action Plan on May 6th, 2019. Over the last nine months and with a lot of hard work, together we helped our partners identify five central goals that will build their music community, including audience development, increased support and organization for music makers, music industry development, new structures for community collaboration, and increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in local music.
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.