Third Annual New York Music Month Detailed

Courtesy of New York Music Month
– New York Music Month
New York Music Month returns for a third year this June.

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and local advocacy group NY Is Music announced the third annual New York Music Month on Wednesday.

“We are so pleased to present New York Music Month, back for a third year with a terrific slate of diverse programming for musicians and music lovers of all ages,” said MOME Commissioner Anne del Castillo in a statement. “This initiative is a celebration of all that our city’s thriving music industry has to offer, whether you’re an artist trying to make your mark, a sound engineer interested in honing your craft or a music fan looking for free concerts and music related-activities this summer.

Encompassing the entirety of June, this year’s iteration of the event will include CityFM, a new radio show and podcast about the Big Apple’s music scene produced by WNYE; nine free concerts in the Bronx and Queens; Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Tech, a conference on music and tech; free music history walking tours; 24-hour songwriting competition Songathon; the Sound Thinking NYC Career Expo for middle and high school students interested in music careers; and other programming.

“New York Music Month continues to be an exceptional showcase of the music industry’s broad cultural, educational and economic impact on the city, and the diverse community of creators that choose to live and work here,” said Justin Kalifowitz, co-founder of NY Is Music and CEO of Downtown Music Holdings, in a statement. “The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Commissioner Anne del Castillo’s ongoing support are among the reasons that New York City remains the global center of the music industry.”

Many New York Music Month events feature industry power players. For instance, Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Tech, presented in conjunction with the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program and sponsored by SoundExchange and Billboard, will include officials and executives from Universal Group, Facebook, Nielsen, Google Music, Pandora, Soundcloud, Songtrust, Genius and more.

Meanwhile, the career expo, slated for June 19, is hosted by the CUNY Creative Arts Team, MOME and VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

Other programming ranges from 2,300 hours of free rehearsal space underwritten by MOME, in partnership with Spaceworks, to the World Refugee Day Free Concert, scheduled to take place June 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Brooklyn Conservatory.

“There’s nothing quite like the energy and excitement of a concert in the park,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with MOME this June to bring free live concerts to parks in Queens and the Bronx, so that New Yorkers can be exposed to new artists right in their own backyards.”

For a complete New York Music Month schedule and additional programming details, visit the event’s official website.