Music Industry Contribution to state GDP

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Jobs Supported

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Music Businesses

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Any proud Minnesotan can tell you

that their state launched the careers of some of music's most influential superstars, including Prince and Bob Dylan. Minnesota has a vibrant folk music scene, a feature of its famous radio show, "Prairie Home Companion," and is home to Sound 80, the first recording studio to engineer and release a digital recording. It boasts a rich tradition of jazz, blues, indie rock, and Scandinavian music, and is known for "the Minneapolis Sound," a mixture of funk, rock, pop and R&B.


  • Bob Dylan
  • Dr. Demento
  • Morris Day
  • Owl City
  • Paul Westerberg
  • Prince
  • Soul Asylum
  • The Andrews Sisters
  • The Jayhawks
  • The Replacements

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Amsterdam Bar & Hall
  • Aster Cafe
  • Basilica Block Party Festival
  • Bluestem Amphitheater
  • Dakota
  • Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
  • Elision Playhouse
  • Fine Line
  • First Avenue
  • Fitzgerald Theater
  • Grenada Theater
  • HUGE Improv Theater
  • Kato Ballroom
  • Le Musique Room
  • Mayo Clinic Event Center
  • Mid West Music Fest
  • Minneapolis Eagles 34
  • Minnesota Music Cafe
  • Moondance Jam Festival
  • Mortimers
  • Myth Live
  • NorShor Theatre
  • Orchestra Hall
  • Orpheum Theatre
  • Palace Theatre
  • Pantages Theatre
  • Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • Sacred Heart Music Center
  • Skyway Theatre
  • Snowta Fest Festival
  • Soundset Festival
  • State Theatre
  • TAK Music Venue
  • Target Center
  • The Armory
  • The Cabooze & Whiskey Junction
  • The Cedar Cultural Center
  • The First Line
  • The Fitzgerald Theater
  • The Garage 
  • The Parkway Theater
  • The Pioneer Place on 5th
  • The Pourhouse
  • The Warming House
  • Turf Club
  • Vetter Stone Amphitheater
  • We Fest Festival

Music Schools

  • McNally Smith College of Music
  • St. Cloud State University
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth
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