Other Market/Industry Research
ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY
City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
David is currently working with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural & Special Events (DCASE) on a comprehensive study that will quantify the city’s music industry. The study includes a wide range of data and research and is intended to measure and identify the size, scale, and location of Chicago’s music-based economy. Our work includes analyzing demographic data, City license/permit and tax records, ticket sales, and Pollstar data; inventory of facilities and events that offer live music and their characteristics; interviews with venue operators and event promoters; and many others. Chicago’s music industry includes many leading festivals, such as Lollapalooza, Blues Fest, Spring Awakening, Pitchfork, North Coast, Riot Fest, and others. Among others, the results of the study will include an estimate of the value of the industry to the City, including spending, income, and employment.