50 States of Music Site: U.S. Music Economy Supports 2.5 Million Jobs

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The numbers are in: while the health crisis has sidelined the live industry, the U.S. music economy remains a titan, collectively employing some 2.5 million folks and generating a whopping $170 billion in GDP.

Starting today (March 5), the 50 States of Music website has been updated with an interactive deep dive into the vital statistics of the music industry in each U.S. state.

Visitors can click through for state-by-state analysis on a wealth of music businesses, key artists and musicians, record labels, royalty recipients, songwriters, venues, and more.

Take Maryland. Drill down and you’ll discover its music industry contributes $1.4 billion to state GDP and it's the home of Billie Holiday and The Orioles, Brothers Osborne, Logic, and the Merriweather Post Pavilion, the large outdoor music venue designed by Frank Gehry. There’s 49 more spaces to explore.

The original iteration of 50 States of Music went live in 2019 and is pitched as a helpful tool for the music industry, fans and policymakers.

"Although COVID has taken a severe toll on the economy," says a spokesperson for 50 States of Music, "from the data you will find that music will continue to be an important contributor to its recovery."

The data set is provided by 10 industry organizations: The 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.

"It is widely known that music contributes to our lives in meaningful ways," reads a joint statement. "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."

50 States of Music was updated following yesterday’s ADP Employment Report and ahead of Friday’s monthly jobs report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics.

Each state’s data is downloadable to PDF. Dive in here.