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Atlanta: A Music Cities Business Summit


Georgia Music Partners, a leader in improving and growing the music industry, announced recently a partnership with Sound Diplomacy to address the current state of Atlanta’s music economy. The first Atlanta: A Music Cities Business Summit addressed the potential for music to be a catalyst in bolstering Atlanta as a global business leader.

“The fact of the matter is, Atlanta is creating today’s global soundtrack and generates an estimated $1.67 billion for the city. Atlanta’s music ecosystem spans every genre, and as we have artists and creators competing worldwide, it is important for city and business leaders to understand how music is shaping cities around the world. We should be shining a light and leveraging everything happening in our backyard to maximize it for the community,” said Tammy Hurt, Georgia Music Partners Co-Founder and Chair of the Board, Recording Academy. “A vibrant music economy drives job growth, investment, and entrepreneurship. This music business Summit is an opportunity to bring together changemakers to discuss how to increase the impact that the industry in Atlanta has on the overall metro economy.”

With the support of music entities like Amazon Music and the Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, the Summit consisted of three signature panels, opening remarks by City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and a closing keynote by music industry icon L.A. Reid, with an introduction by Joel Katz, as well as other notable panelists.

“Atlanta’s music is one of the city’s most valuable exports, and yet it is one of the most undercapitalized resources the city has to offer,” said L.A. Reid before the event and the final keynote speaker at the Summit. “It drives the culture that has shaped the city. As one of the most equitable and diverse industries, I look forward to returning to Atlanta and building a strategic plan for metro Atlanta that brings together the music community as well as public-private partnerships. Music is a catalyst that can not only unite our divides but spark a stronger Atlanta in the process. I look forward to working with Georgia Music Partners at the first of its kind Summit.”

This hybrid event was in-person for panelists and sponsors, available online to the public.


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