What can happen when a creative industry is supported by business, city agency, university and more? A full-on revolution. And that’s just what’s happening in New York City. June will be the first-ever celebration of New York Music Month (NYMM).
Produced by New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and New York Is Music, the month-long celebration will offer a wide-range of free and paid concerts, workshops, walking tours, conferences, and resources for musicians including more than 2,000 hours of free rehearsal space underwritten by the city.
The new initiative was borne out of conversations between the MOME and music industry leaders following a summer summit in 2016, led by MOME Commissioner Julie Menin and attended by representatives of more than 75 music-centric companies and organizations.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the month-long initiative: "Throughout its history, New York City’s diversity has fueled remarkable innovations in the arts—and nowhere is this clearer than the city’s music industry.” MOME released findings of a music economic study of the city that showed the NYC music industry supported almost 60,000 jobs and $5 billion in wages, and drove $21 billion in overall economic value in 2015.
"As the global music business experiences a true renaissance, there’s no better time to recognize the industry’s broad impact on New York's economy, identify key challenges and opportunities for the creative sector and create new networks of common interest across all five boroughs," says New York Is Music founder Justin Kalifowitz.
These networks of common interest have resulted in partnerships that support NYMM all month long—free rehearsal space in conjunction with community development organization Spaceworks, an online map for the free walking tours in conjunction with recreation and entertainment expert Foursquare, a panel discussion on Women Behind the Music hosted by digital music portal Spotify, and a day-long Sound Development NYC conference that centers on the intersection of music, technology and real estate in conjunction with NYU Steinhardt and Sound Diplomacy, a leading global advisor in increasing the value of music and night culture in cities, places, and developments.
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