Washington, D.C. (March 5, 2021) Today, ten music groups unveiled an updated version of their interactive website, 50 States of Music. First launched in 2019, the site showcases data that illustrates the significant financial and cultural contribution of the U.S. music industry in each state.
One of the site’s key features is its compilation of new data by Economists, Inc. that details the economic impact of the U.S. music industry state-by-state–collectively supporting nearly 2.5 million jobs for American workers and contributing $170 billion in GDP annually to the country’s economy. In response to the COVID crisis and the unique risk to live performances, the website also includes a list of clubs and music venues – creating a living roster of these vital local institutions that anchor music communities nationwide.
By clicking on state-specific pages, users will find a breakdown by state of the number of music businesses, notable artists and musicians, record labels, royalty recipients, songwriters, venues, and more.
In a joint statement the groups said: “It is widely known that music contributes to our lives in meaningful ways. It comforts us in times of sorrow and punctuates moments of joy. What is less known, however, is the tremendous value music provides to towns and cities across America in the form of jobs, community, culture, and revenue. We hope that policymakers, fans and artists everywhere will continue to use this site as a resource to better understand and appreciate the full breadth of music’s impact on every community.”
The full list of organizations contributing to the site are American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Global Music Rights (GMR), National Independent Venues Association (NIVA), National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), SESAC, and SoundExchange.