Music Cities Think Tank

When you’re dealing with a complex problem, sometimes the best resource is a person who’s faced a similar one. The Music Cities Think Tank was created for that exact reason—our combined experience is more powerful than operating in a silo.

Bringing together music city leaders from around the world, The Music Cities Think Tank is a new community of practice where voices in the field share ideas, compare strategies and build a shared knowledge base for civic leaders to more effectively develop local commercial music activity. 

Since the inaugural 2014 North American Music Cities Summit (held during SXSW in Austin, Texas), Don Pitts has convened a small tight knit group of municipal leaders developing music ecosystems for their cities and regions. The tools these practitioners have shared and built together continues to grow, providing a vital sounding board for what works and what doesn’t for public sector responses to the full gamut of issues that impact its live music venues, industry support services and creative community.

The initial Music Cities Think Tank is made up of industry professionals and government officials who are actively implementing programs and initiatives in their cities, and who seek to develop and promote new ideas that foster the development of vibrant music city ecosystems.


Members of the Music Cities Think Tank set the topics, and new topics are created all the time. Some of the most-explored topics include:

  • Music Economy Measurement

  • Sound Management

  • Crowd Management

  • Industry Development

  • Music-friendly Policies

  • Musician Revenue

  • Tourism

  • Export

Participating Cities

  • Austin

  • San Antonio

  • Chicago

  • Dallas

  • Denver

  • Ft. Collins

  • Memphis

  • New Orleans

  • San Francisco

  • Seattle

  • Toronto

  • Vancouver

  • Washington DC


Learn from the Think Tank: Members of the inaugural group are available for panel discussions and webinars upon request. Feel free to contact us to get in touch with members of this group.

Join/Form a Think Tank: If you are interested in joining/forming a new a Music Cities Think Tank, please contact us.