The Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) gathered yesterday (June 28) morning for its first-ever "New York City Music Industry Convening," intended as an industry-wide introductory and brainstorm session to help determine how the city can support the music industry and its creators. Representatives from more than 75 companies and organizations -- labels, management companies, recording studios, promoters, venue owners, publicity firms, rights organizations, publishers, brands, lawyers, distributors, universities and musicians themselves, among others -- attended the nearly two-hour summit. MOME Commissioner Julie Menin called it "a robust and productive" discussion.
"There was a tremendous response from everyone in the room," Menin tells Billboard of the meeting, which was closed to the press. "Everyone was excited that music is now housed within a City agency that, soup to nuts, is going to deal with issues within the music business, both focused on bringing new opportunities to New York City and being supportive of the music industry."
At the time of Menin's appointment, which followed two years as chief of the City's Department of Consumer Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded the purview of MOME -- previously focused on film, television and theater -- to include music, digital content, advertising and real estate related to each. Yesterday morning's convening was a way for the Commissioner to both hear the concerns from all corners of the music business and to explain the assets she her office have at their disposal; its Made In New York marketing credit, for example, as well as a State tax credit, has been part of the City's successful push to bring film and television production back to NYC after seeing it outsourced to cities like Toronto and Nashville in recent years.