$1.15B

Music Industry Contribution to state GDP

Stephen Siwek/Economists Inc.

26,885

Jobs Supported

Stephen Siwek/Economists Inc.

2,197

Music Businesses

Stephen Siwek/Economists Inc.
A2IM/RIAA

1,093

Royalty Recipients

SoundExchange

11,084

Songwriters

ASCAP/BMI

Generations of musicians can thank Wisconsin

for producing Les Paul, one of the fathers of the electric guitar. His contributions led to other Wisconsin notables such as Steve Miller, Bon Iver, and the Violent Femmes.

Some
Notable
Musicians

  • Steve Miller
  • Violent Femmes
  • Bon Iver
  • Lyle Mays

    Music Venues & Festivals

    • Alliant Energy Center
    • American Family Insurance Amphitheater
    • Artspire
    • Arts Wisconsin
    • Barrymore Theatre
    • Big River Theatre
    • Big Top Chautauqua
    • Blue Ox Music Festival
    • Cactus Club
    • Cafe CODA
    • Campanile Center for the Arts
    • Cavalier Theater
    • Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild's Grand Theatre
    • ComedySportz Milwaukee
    • Company Brewing
    • Country Fest Festival
    • Country Jam Wisconsin Festival
    • Country On The River Festival
    • Country Thunder Wisconsin Festival
    • Country USA Oshkosh Festival
    • Crystal Grand Music Theatre
    • Driftless Books and Music
    • Eagles Ballroom
    • Eagles Club
    • Eau Claire Children’s Theater
    • Eaux Claires Festival
    • Funk’s Pub
    • Gibson Community Music Hall
    • Grand Theater
    • High Noon Saloon
    • Historic Temple Theatre
    • Hodag Festival
    • Hypervibe
    • Jewels Carribean Bar & Restaurant
    • Kohl Center
    • Linneman’s Riverwest Inn
    • Liquid
    • Live @ The Lakefront
    • LuCille Tack Center for the Arts
    • Menominee Nation Arena
    • Mile of Music Festival
    • Miller High Life Theatre
    • Music Muses
    • Old Gem Theater
    • Overture Center for the Arts
    • Pablo Center at the Confluence
    • Pabst Theater
    • Pine Hollow
    • Pump House Regional Arts Center
    • Riverside Theater
    • Rock Fest Wisconsin Festival
    • Ruby - Madison
    • Sad Summer
    • Shank Hall
    • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
    • Site 1A
    • Skyline Comedy Club
    • Somerset Amphitheater
    • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series
    • Stoughton Opera House
    • Summerfest Festival
    • The Back Room
    • The Cooperage
    • The Grand Oshkosh
    • The Jazz Estate
    • The Lakely
    • The Mabel Tainter
    • The Metro
    • The Mineral Point Opera House
    • The Miramar Theatre
    • The Plus
    • The Rave
    • The Shitty Barn
    • The Sylvee
    • The Venue on Winnebago St.
    • Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
    • Turner Hall Ballroom
    • Ugly Mermaid Venue & Cultural Centre
    • Var Gallery and Studios
    • Walker’s Point Music Hall
    • Warehouse
    • Weber Center for the Performing Arts 
    • Westby Area Performing Arts Center
    • WideSpot Performing Arts Center
    • X-Ray Arcade

    Music Schools

    • Lawrence Conservatory of Music
    • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

    Notable Music Facts

    • Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, and his techniques served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul.
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