$2.42B

Music industry contribution to state GDP

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38,005

Jobs Supported

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2,651

Music Businesses

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A2IM/RIAA

2,445

Royalty Recipients

SoundExchange

19,388

Songwriters

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Birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and grunge,

Washington has made an indelible imprint on music worldwide. From Bing Crosby to Nirvana to Macklemore, this music state has produced, and welcomed, some of the most remarkable music creators ever.

Some
Notable
Musicians

  • Alice in Chains
  • Bing Crosby
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Foo Fighters
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Kenny G
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  • Macklemore
  • Neko Case
  • Pearl Jam
  • Quincy Jones
  • Soundgarden

Music Venues & Festivals

  • 5th Avenue Theatre
  • Bass Canyon Festival
  • Benaroya Hall
  • Bing Crosby Theater
  • Bumbershoot Festival
  • Capitol Hill Block Party Festival
  • CenturyLink Field
  • Columbia City Theater
  • Crocodile Cafe
  • KeyArena
  • Marymoor Park
  • Moore Theatre
  • Neptune Theatre
  • Paradiso Festival
  • Paramount Theatre
  • Showbox SoDo
  • Summer Meltdown Festival
  • Tacoma Dome
  • The Gorge Amphitheatre
  • WaMu Theater

Music Schools

  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • University of Washington
  • Northwest University
  • Central Washington University

Notable Music Facts

  • Indie label Kill Rock Stars – home to rockers Kinski and other Washingtonians – has its headquarters in Olympia, Washington.

Major Music Conferences

  • Upstream Music Fest & Summit
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