NYC’s mayor held ‘brainstorm’ to revitalize city’s music industry
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) held an industry-wide “brainstorming session” to search for ways the city can improve support for the music industry. Over 75 companies and organizations, with representatives from labels, management companies, studios, promoters, venue owners, brands, and musicians themselves, took part in the session.
New MOME commissioner Julie Menin, the former head of the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs, recently expanded the organization’s scope to include music; until her appointment the MOME had strictly focused on film, television, and theater. The meeting’s hope was to revitalize the city’s music industry, which has seen iconic venues like CBGB, Roseland Ballroom, and Glasslands, among others, close within the past decade. Of particular concern to the music industry are higher rent prices and byzantine city regulations.
“We were hearing the same kinds of issues emanating from the music industry; that when they’re opening up new businesses there are a lot of different agencies to deal with and a number of different regulations,” Menin said. She went on to suggest creating a position dedicated to expediting the process of getting regulatory approval.
This meeting was a starting point for the nascent partnership between the music industry and the MOME. With a baseline of concerns established by the industry, the MOME will now conduct further research and hope to release an economic study in the coming months, while continuing to meet with the industry and develop further solutions.