$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
    • Blue Ox Music Festival
    • Country Fest Festival
    • Country Jam Wisconsin Festival
    • Country On The River Festival
    • Country Thunder Wisconsin Festival
    • Country USA Oshkosh Festival
    • Eagles Ballroom
    • Eaux Claires Festival
    • Grand Theater
    • High Noon Saloon
    • Kohl Center
    • Mile of Music Festival
    • Miller High Life Theatre
    • Pabst Theater
    • Rock Fest Wisconsin Festival
    • Shank Hall
    • Summerfest Festival
    • The Sylvee

    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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