June is now “New York Music Month”
June is now New York Music Month, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Media and Entertainment (MOME) Commissioner Julie Menin, and NY is Music co-founder Justin Kalifowitz. The announcement reads, “The first-ever citywide celebration of New York’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 the music capital of the country, if not the world.”
June was already a busy month for music in NYC, with Governors Ball, Northside Fest, Make Music NY, the opening weekends of SummerStage and the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and other free summer shows. Now all of those events, and tons more, are listed as NYMM events. The full schedule of what it includes is HERE.
Here are some other highlights:
* 2,000+ hours of free rehearsal space for NYC-based musicians through community development organization Spaceworks, underwritten by MOME.
* Free walking tours of iconic music sites as well as a digital map produced in partnership with Foursquare.
* Online toolkit for musicians: MOME is putting out an RFP to create a first-of-its kind on-line resource to help musicians with the business side of their careers, with contracts templates, guides for registering music and ways to generate revenue.
* Music, tech and real estate conference: A day-long event at NYU Steinhardt, “Sound Development NYC” will explore what comes next at the intersection of New York City’s music, tech and real estate industries with panels on venue preservation, music tech innovations, and more.
There will also be free entrance to the Museum of the City of New York on June 18, free entrance to the Rubin Museum on June 24, a music-movie portion of Movies Under the Stars, and panels:
* Sound Development: NYC, a full-day conference at NYU Steinhardt that will explore the intersection of music, tech, real estate, and economic development on June 1. More information about the conference is available on the New York Music Month website.
* Women Behind the Music: A panel discussion and career fair aimed at young women aspiring to careers in the technical side of music production with hosted at Spotify on June 21.
* LGBTQ music workshops: A month-long, three-part series bringing together LGBTQ musicians, artists and industry professionals to provide new perspectives to LGBTQ youth. Each session will focus on a different theme in music, art, and industry, taught by influential LGBTQ figures in interactive educational environments.
Head to the NY Music Month website for even more.