$268.36M

Music Industry Contribution to state GDP

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5,308

Jobs Supported

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401

Music Businesses

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A2IM/RIAA

679

Royalty Recipients

SoundExchange

8,223

Songwriters

ASCAP/BMI

Arkansas boasts a rich and diverse music history,

home to legends like Johnny Cash, Al Green, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Levon Helm, and modern hitmakers including Evanescence and Ne-Yo, Arkansas boasts a rich and diverse music history. Mountain View, located in the Ozark Mountains, is the "Folk Music Capital of the World," and Helena in the Arkansas Delta hosts the King Biscuit Blues Festival each year, also broadcasting the longest-running daily blues radio show in the nation, "King Biscuit Time." In 2009, sections of US Highway 67 in Newport and Jackson County were designated as "the Rock 'N' Roll Highway," paying homage to the historical significance of the area, which featured regular performances by the likes of Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Some
Notable
Musicians

  • Al Green
  • Evanescence
  • Johnny Cash
  • Levon Helm
  • Ne-Yo

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Barton Coliseum
  • Cajun's Warf
  • Dickey-Stephens Park,
  • George's Majestic Lounge
  • Kings Live Music
  • Maxine's Live
  • Nomad's Southtown
  • Ozark Mountain Music Festival
  • Revolution Music Room
  • Smoke & Barrel
  • Stickyz
  • Rock'n'roll Chicken Shack
  • Temple Live
  • The Big Chill
  • Thirst N' Howl
  • Verizon Arena
  • Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
  • Walton Arts Center
  • War Memorial Stadium

Major Music Conferences

  • Northwest Arkansas Teach Music Conference
  • Arkansas Music Conference
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