$1.95B

Music Industry Contribution to state GDP

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40,330

Jobs Supported

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3,775

Music Businesses

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A2IM/RIAA

3,499

Royalty Recipients

SoundExchange

34,871

Songwriters

ASCAP/BMI

You don’t have to travel around to find great folk, jazz, country, hip-hop, rock, punk, or metal.

Some of the best artists in all genres can be found in just one state: North Carolina. Host to Moogfest, Epicenter Festival, and top university music programs, North Carolina is a leader in musical attraction and inspiration.

Some
Notable
Musicians

  • Ben E. King
  • Ben Folds Five
  • Betty Davis
  • Eric Church
  • George Clinton
  • J. Cole
  • James Taylor
  • John Coltrane
  • Luke Combs
  • Nina Simone
  • Randy Travis
  • Scott Avett
  • The Charlie Daniels Band
  • The Embers
  • Thelonious Monk

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Amos Southend
  • Apps & Taps
  • Asheville Music Hall & One Stop
  • Bank of America Stadium
  • Belk Theater
  • Beau Gunn
  • Bojangles' Coliseum,
  • Boone Saloon
  • Brooklyn Arts Center
  • Bull’s Tavern
  • Carolina Theatre
  • Cat's Cradle 
  • Coastal Credit Union Music Park
  • Connect Beyond Festival
  • Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Durham Performing Arts Center
  • Epicenter Festival
  • Hopscotch Festival
  • Fleetwoods
  • Free Range Brewing
  • Gears and Guitars Fest
  • Goodnights Comedy Club
  • Haw River Ballroom
  • Isis Music Hall
  • Kings
  • LaZoom
  • LEAF Festival
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • Live At Ted’s
  • Local 506
  • Loud Crowd
  • MaxxMusic
  • Memorial Auditorium
  • Merlefest Festival
  • Moogfest Festival
  • Morning Choir
  • Motorco Music Hall
  • Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall
  • Neighborhood Theatre
  • Nightlight
  • North Carolina Jazz Festival
  • NorthStar Church of the Arts
  • Paparazzi OBX
  • Petra’s Bar
  • PNC Music Pavilion
  • Skylark Social Club
  • Slim’s Downtown
  • Sly Grog Lounge
  • Snug Harbor
  • State Theatre
  • The Blind Tiger
  • The Blue Note Grill
  • The Evening Muse
  • The Fillmore Charlotte
  • The Grey Eagle Music Hall 
  • The Kraken
  • The Matthews House
  • The Mothlight
  • The Odditorium 
  • The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall
  • The Orange Peel
  • The Pinhook
  • The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop
  • The Ramkat
  • The Ritz
  • The Rooster’s Wife
  • The Terrace
  • Triad Music Festival
  • Visulite Theatre
  • White Oak Amphitheatre
  • Willingham Theater
  • Wilson Center

Music Schools

  • Ambassador Baptist College
  • Appalachian State University (Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music)
  • Brevard College
  • East Carolina University
  • High Point University
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Major Music Conferences

  • Moogfest
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Business Conference
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