Every June is New York Music Month, the official New York City celebration of the most diverse music scene in the world. In partnership with NY is Music, we present events across all five boroughs, including free concerts, workshops, walking tours, and resources for musicians, industry professionals, students, and music fans.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the musician’s union AFM Local 802, have launched two programs together. Music for the Soul and Music Heals offer paid gigs to musicians and the chance to entertain, inspire and thank, the hardworking people on the front lines battling COVID, and their patients.
With funds from MOME and the Economic Development Corporation, BerkleeNYC was born by preserving and modernizing the historic Power Station Studios, the last recording studio in New York able to accommodate a full orchestra or live Broadway cast album recording.This facility also allows Berklee to expand its vision of nurturing the world's most promising musicians while engaging in meaningful community outreach.
Designed to leverage teenagers' passion for popular music to lead them towards viable career paths, Sound Thinking NYC focuses on increasing opportunities in the music industry for underrepresented groups, especially women. Participants learn about the tools, technologies, and job that power songs, concerts, and soundtracks during a summer intensive and during the school year, and are invited to apply for paid summer internships.
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Guitar Mash have partnered to present the #MyNYCSong contest, in which young New Yorkers produce original songs inspired by New York City to share their creativity, talent, and love for their hometown. The winners receive a professional recording session, mentorships, and the opportunity to perform live at City Winery, an annual play-along, sing-along event featuring renowned guitarists and singer-songwriters..
The "Made in NY" Talks Series presents a variety of free programs exploring multiple topics within the media and entertainment industry. Programs focus on film, television, theater and digital media and support the goals of career development, networking, training and recruitment.
In March 2017, MOME announced the findings of the first-ever economic impact study of NYC's music industry. The study found that the sector supports nearly 60,000 jobs, accounts for $5 billion in wages, and generates $21 billion in total economic output for the city.
Small and Medium Scale Performing Arts and Entertainment: NYS Department of Health Interim Guidance for Small and Medium Scale Performing Arts and Entertainment during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency