$933.83M

Music industry contribution to state GDP

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16,089

Jobs Supported

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1,310

Music Businesses

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A2IM/RIAA

2,725

Royalty Recipients

SoundExchange

27,122

Songwriters

ASCAP/BMI

Touting its status as origin for many famous names

in blues, jazz, country, rock, hip hop, and metal, Virginia’s abundance of music venues, festivals, and institutions remains a draw for music lovers worldwide.

Some
Notable
Musicians

  • Chris Brown
  • Dave Grohl
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • GWAR
  • Jason Mraz
  • Missy Elliott
  • Old Dominion
  • Patsy Cline
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Pusha T
  • Timbaland
  • Trey Songz

Music Venues & Festivals

  • 5 Points Music Sanctuary
  • Attucks Theatre
  • EagleBank Arena
  • Filene Center
  • Floydfest Festival
  • Hampton Coliseum
  • Jiffy Lube Live
  • John Paul Jones Arena
  • Lockn’ Festival
  • MACROCK Festival
  • National Theater
  • Norfolk Scope
  • Old Fiddler's Convention Festival
  • Portsmouth Pavilion
  • Richmond Coliseum
  • Rooster Walk Festival
  • The Birchmere
  • The Norva
  • Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
  • Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition Festival

Music Schools

  • George Mason University
  • James Madison University
  • Liberty University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Shenandoah Conservatory
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Longwood University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Sweet Briar College

Major Music Conferences

  • Richmond International Film & Music Festival
  • East Coast Music Confernece
  • Independent Gospel Artists Alliance Conference
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