"Location, Location" written by Dean C. Minderman sums up a few main points: Music is being used to create an economy for the geographic locations that are willing to take a risk by stepping out of the box.
Music has been used as a means to
boost the economy by creating jobs as well as its appeal to create
tourism. Because of music, people are
finding a reason to move to a certain area for a job or visit a certain area
for a vacation. Minderman mentions the Mizzou New Music Initiative as an example.
The Mizzou New Music Initiative has been promoting new music while creating a
way for musicians to earn a living by creating a concert series, hosting the
International Composers Festival, as well as engaging in compositions written
specifically for prominent landmarks around the area such as the Missouri
After I read this article, I thought
of Rockport, Massachusetts, where I had been a summer marketing intern for
Rockport Music. The town of Rockport, MA is the definition of
grassroots musician entrepreneurship. In 1981, the Rockport Chamber Music
Festival began with the vision of singer Leila Deis and composer-pianist David
Alpher. Small concerts were held at the
local art gallery, then came the educational components, and finally the Shalin
Liu Performance Center was built in 2010--- And if you haven’t been able to see
this beautiful music venue that overlooks the ocean, then you should consider finding the time to do so! Rockport Music has grown so much from starting off as a
twelve concert series of chamber music. The entity now produces a jazz festival
as well and hosts concerts throughout the year.
It goes to show that with a lot of
elbow grease, the world can be a better place. If you build it, they will come.