New York Music Month returns in June for a second year of concerts, workshops, walking tours and conferences designed to support the city’s thriving music culture. A partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and industry coalition New York Is Music, NYMM also touts resources for musicians, including more than 2,000 hours of free rehearsal space — huge in a city lacking in traditional practice havens like garages and usable basements.
“This initiative is a celebration of all that our city’s incomparable music industry has to offer, whether you’re an artist trying to make your mark, a sound engineer interested in honing your craft or simply a music fan looking for free concerts this summer,” said Julie Menin, the city’s media and entertainment commissioner. “New York is home to the largest and most diverse music business ecosystem on the planet, and I invite all New Yorkers to join in the festivities this summer!”
During the 30-day event, there will be a range of conferences and panels, including “Innovation at the Intersection of Music and Nightlife,” featuring speed talks, interviews, and panels with leading voices from the music and nightlife scenes; “Divas Behind the Music” will gather 150 high schoolers from underserved communities to discuss diversity in the industry; and the multi-day “Interlude+” series of LGBTQ workshops.
A slate of free and ticketed concerts across all five boroughs is also planned, as are numerous walking tours of iconic music sites and a partnership with best-selling music brand KIDZ BOP, which is planning a free performance for elementary school children in the Bronx. And there’s those 2,000-plus free hours of rehearsal space for local musicians, via Spadeworks and underwritten by MOME.
“We are excited to extend our partnership with Commissioner Julie Menin and her extraordinary team at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in once again producing New York Music Month,” said Justin Kalifowitz, co-founder of NY is Music and CEO, Downtown Music Publishing. “With the global music industry continuing its resurgence, it’s an exceptional time to celebrate music’s broad impact on New York City’s culture, education, and the economy, while reflecting on the challenges and opportunities that sit before us. We thank the commissioner for her unwavering support of the City’s music community, and her work to ensure that we continue to be the music capital of the world.”
New York Music Month coincides with other major NYC music events, including Governor’s Ball, the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame ceremony and A2IM Indie Week, among others.
See a rundown of the schedule here.