Why Music Matters: Voices from Seattle ‒ Music and Money

photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

Did you know that the music industry in King County is as big as the maritime industry? In this exclusive feature, KEXP examines the power of music in our local economy, speaking with hip-hop entrepreneurs, real estate agents and the Seattle Office of Film and Music.


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Wyking Garrett teaches the Music Biz & Artist/Label Development class at the Hip-Hop Communiversity

Rosemary Pham and Kristen Meyer Lapriore at Keller Williams Realty

The Wall Street Journal says Seattle is the number one place to attract the hip kids (tied with that other Washington). It’s no coincidence that our music scene has something to do with that ranking.

Music used in this piece: “This Town” by Macklemore, and “Windowsill” and “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire.

More stories in the Why Music Matters story series.

Produced by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, AIR’s Live Interactive Resident for Fall 2010. Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering help by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

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One Comment

  1. Mathieu
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    music does matter. music can turn a bad situation into a good one and vice versa. The music industry made billions in the 90s but they are having problems transisting to the new economy cause they have not adopted the internet. Sites like http://www.downloadmusicfree.org and http://www.mp3ringtone.info, http://www.facebookmp3.net are taking them out of business. I’m not affiliated with any of those sites though…

    my 2 cents

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