Department of Geography and the Environment

Music and American Geographies

Mon, April 25, 2011
Music and American Geographies
Center for American Music Lecture Series

In 1991, Austin, Texas, branded itself the “Live Music Capital of the World,” a designation that has impacted the city’s urban development and changed its musical sound and space.   Since then, the economic contributions made by live music have grown and millions of dollars in annual revenue are directly or indirectly derived from local music  performances, supporting a vibrant downtown.  Meanwhile, the economic profitability of live music also has become more important to the national music industry during the last decade, as revolutions in the digital means of distribution (legal and illegal file-sharing), have transformed the monopsony (demand-side monopoly) power held by large national and international corporate conglomerates. 

Elliot Tretter will explore how Austin city has harnessed the value of its indigenous live music infrastructure in the service of their economic development  agenda since the 1991 branding of the city as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” 

See the Lecture: Thursday
April 28, 2011
4:00-5:00 pm
MRH 2.634

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