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The Economics Of Music: New Economic Impact Study On The Horizon

By Jeffrey Martin One of the music strategy’s original goals was to have a full blown economic impact study conducted for Hamilton. Other “music cities” like Seattle, New York, Melbourne, Austin, Toronto know the importance of these studies. They provide a measure for the industry in terms of its size and breadth, number of jobs and the overall financial impact on the local economy. The music strategy team was unanimous that a proper economic impact study of Hamilton’s music industry is long, long overdue. “To be honest, an economic impact study is the most important task that needs to be done,” says Madeline Wilson, former music strategy team co-chair. “Anything that we can use to measure the financial impact of music on our city’s economy should be embraced. It can help our music businesses. We see how busy local restaurants and businesses are so busy before concerts and music shows – so the indirect impact is big. Very big.” The impact study should’ve been done three years ago when the music strategy was launched. It’s a time-consuming process and there are not a lot of companies that do them. The fact that Hamilton has not conducted one is like going into battle without a sword says Wilson. “It’s critical if we want to be able to identify Hamilton as a strong music economy,” says Wilson. “We need to know...

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IT’S A-LIVE: Taking The Pulse Of Live Music In Hamilton

By Jeffrey Martin In June and during Supercrawl, members of the city’s music strategy team launched a short online survey about live music attendance in Hamilton. And although the results are not scientific, they do provide some insight as to how we can help grow live music audiences in Hamilton. Price was not an obstacle for the majority of respondents, as seven in 10 respondents would pay up to $20 to attend local live performances. Almost half of the respondents said the price didn’t matter. And while price and location are not big considerations, finding out about a club...

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Cross-club Collaboration: Hamilton Bars Form The “Live Music Venue Alliance”

By Jeffrey Martin The establishment of the Live Venue Music Alliance in 2015 may be another first of its kind in Canada. Music strategy team member Lou Molinaro (This Ain’t Hollywood) co-chairs the Alliance, and says the group really reflects the spirit of the Hamilton music community at large – collaborative, friendly, supportive. “It’s given us an opportunity to learn about each other’s rooms and the obstacles each of us face, and how to improve the audience experience. We all recognize and respect each other, and vibe and direction of our respective music presentation. My peers in Toronto were...

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cityofmusic.ca: A Digital Home For Hamilton’s Music Community

By Jeffrey Martin A Hamilton music industry directory, a live music event source, a constant stream of local music industry news, and music playlists to showcase Hamilton’s diverse music scene. The site’s project team quietly launched the long-awaited “cityofmusic.ca” website during August and September. Despite a very small budget and limited resources, music strategy team member and Greater Hamilton Musician publisher Glen Brown took on this critical project and made “function” a priority for the new website. “We wanted to give Hamilton musicians, professionals and businesses a place to call home, in a sense being part of something bigger...

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New Micro Loan Program Launched To Support Hamilton Musicians

By Jeffrey Martin Two significant issues were identified at a public workshop for musicians this past spring. One, there are not enough financial and professional resources available for musicians in Hamilton. And two, the “elephant in the room” issue that has challenged musicians for years – getting paid a fair and decent wage for their performance – their work. It comes down to having enough income to live – to pay rent and bills. Kojo Damptey, who co-chairs the music strategy team’s Musicians sub-committee with local singer-songwriter and industry supporter Dan Medakovic, co-ordinated the workshop. “Musicians need to know...

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