From its place in the birth of hip-hop to its famed rock clubs, New York is steeped in music history. New York Music Month (NYMM) returns to recognize that tradition for the third year this June, with a slate of concerts, walking tours, workshops and gatherings supporting the flourishing music community across the five boroughs.
The program began as a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and industry coalition New York Is Music, and held its first edition in 2017. What’s new this summer? The schedule for the first time includes an original radio show and podcast, CityFM, which will explore emerging local artists and trends every Friday at noon EST on WNYE.
This year, NYMM also teamed up with parks in the Bronx and Queens to offer nine free concerts. And on June 19, NYMM will host the inaugural Sound Thinking NYC Career and College Exposition, inviting middle and high school students to explore careers in the music industry.
The idea is to cater to all facets of the local music scene, says Anne del Castillo, who has served as interim MOME commissioner since June and officially took on the title last month.
“More than anything, we want to continue to remind people about the rich music tradition in New York City,” she tells Billboard. “What companies are forming around the music space? How do we support them and make sure they can continue to grow, so we’re creating opportunities for New Yorkers to build careers in the music industry? The music scene in New York is as diverse as the city itself.”
That includes resources for musicians, too. The MOME promises to underwrite more than 2,300 hours of free rehearsal space for NYC-based musicians, and is offering free workshops to help them hone their business skills.
This year’s lineup will also gather execs from Universal Music Group, Pandora, SoundCloud and others for the Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Tech conference on June 4, in partnership with the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program and sponsored by SoundExchange and Billboard.
“New York Music Month continues to be an exceptional showcase of the music industry’s broad cultural, educational, and economic impact on the city, and the diverse community of creators that choose to live and work here,” adds Justin Kalifowitz, co-founder of NY is Music and CEO of Downtown Music Holdings. “The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Commissioner Anne del Castillo’s ongoing support are among the reasons that New York City remains the global center of the music industry.”
View the full slate of NYMM programming here.