The official citywide celebration of New York City's music industry, artists, and fans is back!
Full calendar of public events throughout the five boroughs, industry panels, workshops for musicians, free rehearsal space, walking tours of iconic music sites, and more
NEW YORK – Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) Commissioner Julie Menin and NY is Music co-founder Justin Kalifowitz today announced the return of New York Music Month for June 2018. Now in its second year, the official celebration of New York City's diverse and thriving music sector features 30 days of events designed to showcase and support the makers of New York City's soundtrack. The month-long initiative highlights and cements New York's status as an international music capital. More information about this year's offerings can be found at NYMusicMonth.nyc.
Some highlights of New York Music Month:
"We are so pleased to present New York Music Month, back for a second year with even more programming for musicians and music lovers alike," said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. "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. 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!"
"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."
Music is central to New York City's economy, social fabric, and cultural identity. From hip hop and salsa to folk and electronic, an enormous array of musical styles have emerged here in the city. New York Music Month celebrates this essential form of artistic expression, and creates opportunities for musicians and music lovers alike to experience everything the city's booming music industry has to offer.
Organized to coincide with other major New York City music events in June, the month's calendar boasts both public and industry-facing events, including Governor's Ball, the Annual Songwriter's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the National Music Publishers Association annual meeting, A2IM Indie Week, the Northside Festival, SummerStage and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival opening weekends, and many more.
Resources for Musicians
The talented artists who comprise New York City's creative communities are a vital part of what keep our economy humming, and the City wants to do its part to support and help music creators thrive. New York Music Month features tailor-made programs and free opportunities for members of the city's music-making community.
Conferences, Panels, and Workshops
Along with our events aimed at musicians, we are pleased to offer a range of opportunities for New Yorkers who are interested in learning about other elements of the industry.
Opportunities for Music Lovers
New York Music Month features a vast array of free concerts and events for New York City's diverse community of music enthusiasts, including:
"Queens is home to so much talent," said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. "The return of New York Music Month will continue the celebration and promotion of local musicians to an even larger audience."
"Brooklyn's music industry has been celebrated and uplifted through the years by iconic figures such as Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne, and Neil Diamond," said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. "I commend Mayor de Blasio, MOME Commissioner Menin, and NY is Music co-founder Justin Kalifowitz for continuing that enduring legacy with the second annual New York Music Month. The array of events at this year's celebration will undoubtedly shine a bright light on the vastness of our borough's diverse talent, while opening the doors for our communities to be enriched with the beauty of musical splendor."
"We are a global art and entertainment capital, and New York is Music Month is a wonderful celebration of that fact," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to engage with the music and nightlife conference, take advantage of the free rehearsal space, and take part in the many events, concerts, and tours that are part of New York is Music Month."
"I'm excited to see New York Music Month return for a second year," said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair of the City Council's Committee on Cultural Affairs and Libraries. "This month of events provides musicians opportunities to learn from each other and to create and share their music. It also gives New Yorkers the chance to experience local talent at free concerts. This is a fantastic way to highlight and celebrate our city's world-class music industry."
"Coming from a musical family, I understand the importance of music and the arts in New York City," said Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development. "Music has and continues to play an enormous role in shaping our city's culture and initiatives like this keep us on the path to remaining a goliath in the music world."