The Geography of America’s Music Scenes

From The Atlantic Cities:

To better understand the geography of music in America, my Martin Prosperity Institute colleague Charlotta Mellander analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics figures on the concentration of musicians and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis stats on music and recording industry business establishments, and combined the results into a Metro Music Index. It is important to point out that we are measuring the concentration of musicians and music-related businesses, not the vibrancy or impact or quality of artists to emerge from a regional scene.

There are a few surprises on the list when factoring in all metro areas, however, with populations of more than a million, Nashville, NYC, and LA came out on top. Not much of a surprise at all there.

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