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What It Takes to Build a Successful Music City

Insights from America’s first Music Cities Convention.
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The Music Cities Convention, a global conference on the vital relationship between (you guessed it) cities and music, held its inaugural U.S. event last Sunday in Washington, D.C. The convention brought together policymakers, local entrepreneurs, data analysts, and musicians—all united by a common desire to improve and augment the role of music in our urban environments.

To be sure, the policies and programs that have made music thrive in one city might not always work in another. But there’s plenty that cities can learn from each other about how to cultivate a vibrant and lucrative music scene. In New Orleans, for instance, the music scene is mainly prioritized as a means to boost tourism. In Austin, the music industry is one of the top 10 contributors to the city’s economy. And over in Nashville, music has a $10 billion annual economic impact.