How Music Transforms a Community, Contributes to Economic and Social Development:
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There is no segment of my book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” in which the power of music is absent: early childhood development, creative aging, the integration of the arts in medicine, improving life for those with dementia, healing trauma in communities and individuals…the list is never-ending. Music can also be a powerful driver of economic development and the transformation of community culture.
This post examines only one way that music is affecting the economic and social development of communities: the emergence of the music festival. Richard Florida, the guru of the creative economy idea, interviews Jonathan Wynn for City Lab about his new book, Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville, and Newport.
This interview offers a good overview of the development of music festivals, their impact on communities, and the concept of placemaking, a relatively new development in making specific spaces in a community centers for active people-participation.
I would also suggest a look at Louisville, Kentucky and the creation of Music Makes a City. I will do a separate post on Louisville later in the week.
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“A conversation with Jonathan R. Wynn on his new book, Music/City.”
Source: Music Festivals Like SXSW Help Shape Cities – CityLab
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