Nashville and Toronto have led the charge on valuing entertainment industries as city business and now New York looks to explore what it can do with the music industry.
If you’re not from the States, you may know New York City mayor Bill de Blasio from his bid to reach out to Kanye West after he attempted to do his own make-up concert when festival Governors Ball had a rain cancelation. de Blasio’s interest in music expanded earlier this week when he and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) met with 75 businesses and organizations, including venues, labels, publishers and more, reports Billboard.
The aim of the meeting to was to start outreach to the music industry in hopes that they will partner with and do business in New York the same way it has with the film and television industries. (If you’re a local, you’ve certainly seen that Made In NY tag on plenty of movie ads on the subway.)
With continued talks, the music industry could be “housed within a City agency that, soup to nuts, is going to deal with issues within the music business, both focused on bringing new opportunities to New York City and being supportive of the music industry,” said MOME commissioner Julie Menin.
Billboard also spoke to Downtown Records’ Justin Kalifowitz, who has worked with everyone from Cam’ron to Major Lazer in their early days (and full disclosure is a former coworker of mine), who said: “Not only do the media and entertainment sectors constitute more jobs, but more importantly media and entertainment are actually outpacing finance and insurance in terms of annual growth. So anything, for example the tax credit, is important, because it drives economic growth within the City, within this industry.”