Music and Economic Development for Cities
Music is an economic engine that drives how a city positions itself to attract business, young professionals and artists. Notable cities have created multiple entities to steward their cities growth in music and the arts. Some have robust state level incentives, and others focus on very specific programming and grants designed to incubate small businesses and to help artists have sustainable careers.
Dir of Dev & Communications
Memphis Music Foundation
Austin Music Foundation
Austin Music Foundation (AMF) strengthens and connects the local music community with innovative programs that empower musicians and fuel Austin’s creative economy. With expert panels, consultations and mentor programs, AMF helps local artists navigate opportunities in the music industry and services to unite the local music community.
Seattle Office of Film + Music
James Keblas is the Director for the City of Seattle's Mayor's Office of Film and Music. James is responsible for developing strategies and policies that support Seattle as a place to create, produce and enjoy film and music. Self described as a "punk rocker with an education" he has made waves in Seattle's music and political scene. He first made his mark working at NastyMix Records and later organizing events at the legendary Velvet Elvis Arts Lounge.
James took that experience and his passion for civic engagement to another level when he and other community members turned Seattle's once oppressive stance towards music into one of support and growth. James was Co-founder and the original Executive Director of the Vera Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit, music-arts center run by and for youth in Seattle.
Dir of Music & Business Dev/Music Commissioner
State of TN
Hank Adam Locklin
Director of Music and Business Development / Music Commissioner
State of Tennessee
As Director of Music and Business Development / Music Commissioner for the TN Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, Locklin identifies and strengthens partnerships between global entertainment companies and Tennessee’s one-of-a-kind music industry. A key objective for the state of Tennessee is recruiting entertainment companies to relocate jobs and headquarters to Tennessee. Locklin leads the state's efforts in this area. Most recently Locklin was Interim Executive Director / Board Chairman of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He was previously part of the Country Music Association’s senior leadership team, where he was responsible for developing CMA membership and other forms of outreach designed to formulate relationships in and out of the music industry. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Metro Nashville Tourism and Convention Commission, Locklin is a Steering Committee member for the Global South Summit and a member of Nashville’s Music City Music Council. A University of Alabama undergrad and law school graduate, Hank also has experience in artist management and music publishing.