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North Carolina establishes NC Music Office

The NC music office will increase awareness of NC’s rich music history + current music scene and will be housed under the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Source: N.C. Folk Heritage Committee / Shindig on the Green

The 58th season of Shindig on the Green, one of Asheville’s biggest music events, begins Saturday, July 6.

Photo via the Folk Heritage Committee and Shindig on the Green

Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that a new office within the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) will be established to promote + celebrate NC’s music. The NC Music Office was announced by Cooper on June 21, Make Music Day.

The new office will:

  • Facilitate music-related programming and investments across the state.
  • Attract music industry investments (think: festivals like AVLFest, Lovin’ Life, and Merlefest).
  • Increase awareness of NC’s music scene + history.

NC will be one of just a few states with a dedicated music office, joining Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. “We are excited to expand our resources and opportunities for the state’s thriving music industry — one that creates jobs and improves quality of life in all 100 counties,” said DNCR Secretary Reid Wilson in a press release.
We have to say, we’re big fans of NC’s music scene, too. Check out the “Asheville Music Scene” playlist, created by reader Lark Frazier, to get in tune with local artists.

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