Coming this June! NY Music Month

New York City has long been a cultural hotbed of music, synonymous with genres as diverse as hip-hop, punk, jazz and classical music, just to name a few. Now, the city is taking steps to both celebrate and support that rich musical past, present and future by announcing that June will be the first-ever celebration of New York Music Month, with a wide-ranging slate of both free and paid concerts, workshops, walking tours, conferences and utilities for musicians including more than 2,000 hours worth of free rehearsal space that will be underwritten by the city.

Now, the city is taking steps to both celebrate and support that rich musical past, present and future by announcing that June will be the first-ever celebration of New York Music Month, with a wide-ranging slate of both free and paid concerts, workshops, walking tours, conferences and utilities for musicians including more than 2,000 hours worth of free rehearsal space that will be underwritten by the city.

The new initiative was borne out of months of conversations between the MOME — ¬†and music industry leaders, which kicked into high gear following a June 2016 summit ¬†attended by representatives of more than 75 music-centric companies and organizations. The idea is to really highlight all the incredible things that are happening in music in New York City that are already concentrated in the month of June, but also to bring some new elements to the table. Governors Ball, Northside Festival, SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn! events, as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and A2IM’s Indie Week, were already plotted for the month and will now become part of the larger initiative.

In March, the Mayor’s Office of Music and Entertainment released the findings of a music economic study in 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. But it also pointed to other issues within the city that were hurting emerging, independent musicians.

 

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