Did you know that Texas' music industry contributed $6.52 billion to the state's GDP, or that New York State includes 18,322 music businesses? Perhaps you forgot that country singer Jewel was born in Alaska, or that Moby hails from the same state (Connecticut) as John Mayer and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. Or maybe you knew all of these and are really into interactive, informative websites. If you're all or some of the above, you're bound to enjoy a new project called "50 States of Music," unveiled on Tuesday (April 30).
Created by the American Association of Independent Musicians (A2IM), ASCAP, BMI, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and SoundExchange, "50 States of Music" presents new data collected by Stephen Siwek of consulting firm Economics Incorporated. His work demonstrates that the U.S. music industry contributes over $143 billion in annual value to the state's economy. That number is broken down to a state-by-state level that also includes the number of music businesses, musicians (coded on the site as "royalty recipients") and songwriters, along with local notable artists, 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."