The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), ASCAP, BMI, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and SoundExchange have unveiled a new interactive website called 50 States of Music, that for the first time aggregates various datapoints from throughout the industry to fully illustrate the powerful economic and cultural impact of the U.S. music industry throughout the country.
The new website highlights music industry’s massive $143 billion value to American economy, including 2 million jobs supported, notable musicians, labels, songwriters in each state and more.
Other data featured on the website includes the number of music businesses, the number of royalty recipients (musicians), and the number of songwriters in each state. Users can also filter by state to help them find a selection of notable local highlights, including prominent musicians from that state, hometown music festivals, music schools, and music conferences.
“Music is a uniting force – a beloved cultural asset that speaks to each and every one of us in our lives,” said Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO, RIAA. “We know this, but what is less known is the enormous economic value music provides in hometowns throughout the USA – from the local music store and concert venue to the music festival and hard-working songwriters and musicians in each and every state. Music is America, and America is music. This new site finally paints a proper picture of the U.S. music industry as one that is truly local, growing, and more important than ever. We hope that the entire music business, fans, and policymakers find this a useful resource as we continue our work toward a bright future for U.S. music.
“The power of music is undeniable, both from a cultural and economic standpoint,” said Mike O’Neill, President & CEO, BMI. “Many talented people across the nation are essential to the American music industry, and of course, it all starts with the songwriters and composers who provide the foundation for our business. Bringing this picture to life is the 50 States of Music site, an incredible new resource that highlights music’s cultural and economic impact across the U.S., state by state. BMI is proud to partner with the RIAA and other music organizations on this important project that showcases all that goes into the success of the American music industry.”
“50 States of Music captures the tremendous positive economic impact of our industry – one that extends far beyond music’s creators and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of professionals in communities across the country,” said Michael Huppe, President and CEO, SoundExchange. “We are proud to support these creators by providing them with the accurate and timely revenue needed to advance their work.”
Several sponsor organizations have been running their own grassroots and social media campaigns to help promote the site, titled #50StatesOfMusic.
You can check out 50 States of Music by heading here.