State of the Philly Music Industry 2015: Where we are and what’s next

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A little over two years ago, when I first started Rock On Philly, I wrote an article called, “Philly Disease and our Music Scene.” In it, I examined the state of the Philly music industry at the time and reasons for why we weren’t a major industry town despite the number of insanely talented artists that live here.

There was a study put out by The Atlantic back then that ranked Philadelphia as number 45 as a “music city.” That number shocked me considering we were then the 5th most populous metro region. These statistics inspired me to dig deeper and get a dialogue going. In the post, I ultimately concluded that our music scene’s biggest weakness aside from “Philly disease” was our lack of music industry infrastructure. You can read the post in full here.

Flash- forward to now and a lot has changed. There are more opportunities than ever before for musicians in the Philadelphia region to get their music heard and create sustainable careers. Philly is even increasingly in popularity as a home base for non-Philly musicians.

I want to take this opportunity to shout out some of the biggest players in Philadelphia that are making a difference for our music scene. I understand that some of these organizations have been making an impact for a long time, however, two years ago, I was relatively new to the city and unaware. I also understand that I may miss some key movers and shakers, and if I do, please comment below so we can spotlight them at Rock On Philly in the future.

The State of the Philly Music Industry 2015 (continue to next page)

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  1. William Miller

    August 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Excellent piece and so good to see things moving in the right direction. Keep at it JL!

  2. joey

    September 1, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Rock on philly? were is the rock? only one band that plays rock there and that i unit theory

    • Jennifer Logue

      September 2, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Hi Joey,
      Rock On Philly covers all genres of music.

      According to the dictionary, “Rock On” is an expression of celebration. While it may have had origins in celebrating “rock” music, its usage has expanded to cover all sorts of things. Rock On Philly is committed to celebrating music of all genres, both in Philly and beyond. And anyway, do artists really confine themselves to genres all that much these days? Even the biggest rock bands are incorporating bits and pieces of other genres into their music and it’s a beautiful thing. Labels are for cans.

  3. Lauren Silvestri

    September 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I am very excited to be living in a city that I feel is on the cusp of “breaking out” and has ingenuity, rather than a city that has exhausted its energy (cough cough NYC). This article reminds me why.

  4. Lauren Silvestri

    September 2, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Also, as a huge fan of 93.3 WMMR I have to give a shout out to them because they also advocate for local musicians. Jaxon, the afternoon DJ, has his “local shots” and “local artist of the month” he will play on air and advertise on MMR’s website. The opening band at the MMRBQ every year is also a local band.

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