Electric Music City Development

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MMMFK knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. Back in 2016, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Electric Music City.

The term “Music City” is becoming widely used in cultural communities and has penetrated the political vernacular in many cities around the world. Once identified solely with Tennessee’s storied capital of songwriting and music business, Nashville, Music City now also describes communities of various sizes that have a vibrant music economy which they actively promote. Alliances are being formed among cities that see value in partnering to enhance their music success, Music City accreditations are being discussed and defined, and Music City panels are popping up at conferences around the globe. Outside the cultural community, there is growing recognition among governments and other stakeholders that Music Cities can deliver significant economic and employment benefits beyond the long-acknowledged cultural and social benefits. Quite suddenly there is a lot of interest in becoming a Music City, and how to make one succeed.

There is nothing like music as a means to connect people, bridge linguistic and cultural divides and provide an avenue for identity and expression. Music is a transformative experience. Collectively, the music ecosystem generates rich social, cultural and economic benefits. Cities are increasingly assigning importance to these advantages and working with their music communities to accelerate the growth of the music economy, and identify and eliminate barriers. Small or large, they have the potential to become Music Cities. This report identifies the essential elements of Music Cities, details the benefits they generate, and describes the most effective strategies Music Cities employ to enhance their music economies. It provides a “roadmap” for music community leaders, as well as officials and elected office holders to develop a comprehensive music strategy for their municipality. These recommendations can be scaled to communities of any size; however, for the purpose of this report we will use the term “Music City

ELECTRIC MUSIC CITY KEY ELEMENTS AND BENEFITS AND STRATEGIES .......

The essential elements of Music Cities are: • Artists and musicians; • A thriving music scene; • Access to spaces and places; • A receptive and engaged audience; • Record labels and other music-related businesses. It is also important to have multi-level government support for music, a broader city infrastructure conducive to the sector, and music education programs, including music history and identity.

A vibrant music economy drives value for cities in several important ways: job creation, economic growth, tourism development, city brand building and artistic growth. A strong music community has also been proven to attract other industrial investment, along with talented young workers who put a high value on quality of life, no matter their profession. Key Strategy.....