Is Indy a 'Music City?'

Posted: Updated:
(Image of Fountain Square in Indianapolis courtesy of Sound Diplomacy.) (Image of Fountain Square in Indianapolis courtesy of Sound Diplomacy.)
INDIANAPOLIS -

An event Tuesday in Indianapolis will focus on developing a music strategy for the city by discussing its impact on tourism, economic development and policy. Indy Chamber Chief Executive Officer Michael Huber says the U.S. Music Cities Forum will help civic and creative stakeholders learn from influential leaders from other cities with high-profile music economies. The gathering is organized by the Indy Chamber and Sound Diplomacy, an organization based in the United Kingdom that advises governments and businesses on developing "healthy music ecosystems to create vibrant, exciting communities."

Sound Diplomacy founder Shain Shapiro says the forum will detail why music is important to Indianapolis. As the city competes to attract and retain talent and fight for investment from companies like Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Shapiro says it's important to recognize and support an arts and cultural scene and boost the "nighttime and evening economy" that comes with it. "By adding it all up like we would in any sector," Shapiro told Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, "we can understand where our strengths are, where the deficiencies are, what needs to be done to improve it and how to manage it better in the process." He says the discussions will help leaders understand which other sectors could benefit from the music scene.

Huber says the music economy is growing rapidly in Indianapolis and it's important to learn from the success of others. He says Indianapolis needs to do a better job of telling its music story -- from the jazz scene of the early and mid-20th Century to its current hip hop scene. "We also need to do a better job of connecting the things -- the pieces of who we already are -- to different industries." Huber says it is key to tell the story to existing companies and community members that might not realize the assets, talent and history of the Indianapolis music scene, and the U.S. Music Cities Forum can help do that.

You can connect to more about the forum, which will take place Tuesday at the HI-FI and Fountain Square Theater in Indianapolis by clicking here.

  • Perspectives

    • Can You Fulfill Your Quest?

      All of us have dragons to slay. At work or at home, in personal or professional relationships, each of us is on a Quest to find the treasure or save the prince/princess. Or perhaps, our goal is more prosaic: getting that promotion, standing up to that bully, or finishing that big project. In his book The Seven Basic Plots, Christopher Booker lists seven story forms which story tellers employ over and over. Each is plot is linked to a fundamental metaphysical Question that we...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • High Schools Launch Manufacturing Businesses

      Two student-run manufacturing businesses have launched in southern Indiana. The companies, Eagle Manufacturing at Brown County High School in Nashville and Lion Manufacturing at Loogootee High School in Martin County, are designed to give students hands-on, real world experience. The businesses were funded with grants from Bloomington-based nonprofit Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, ROI Chief Executive Officer...

    • Hoosier Companies Among 'Most Admired'

      Two Indiana companies are included in Fortune's 2019 list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." The list was determined by a survey of nearly 4,000 executives, directors and analysts who rated companies in their own industries based on criteria such as investment value, quality of management and ability to attract talent.

    • Buttigieg Launches Presidential Exploratory Committee

      South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced he has launched a presidential exploratory committee. The Democrat, who is in his eighth and final year as mayor, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and ran in 2017 for Democratic National Committee chair. Buttigieg was elected mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. In December, he announced he would not seek a third term. At the time, he would not comment on a possible presidential bid, but said he would continue working...
    • Hill Reaches $120M Settlement

       Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet. Under the settlement, Indiana will receive $3.5 million.

    • Talent Incubator to Open in Anderson

      Muncie-based Ontario Systems will Wednesday open a new tech training center at Anderson University. The incubator, that will be known as "The Cube," will provide students with real-life, hands-on software engineering projects.