Chicago Music City compares the strength and vitality of music industries and scenes across the United States. Sociologists, urban planners, and real-estate developers point to quality of life and availability of cultural amenities as important indicators of the health and future success of urban areas.
Students interested in careers in the cultural sector were invited to an informal discussion with two cultural practitioners: Cheryl Hughes, former Executive Director of Science Chicago and Director of Program Development for the City of Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events, and Sarah Lee, Harris School Ph.D. Candidate and Senior Associate for Museums at SloverLinett Strategies. This was the first in a continuing workshop discussion series to link students with cultural practitioners in Chicago.
On January 24, 2008, the Chicago Music Commission hosted a panel discussion of area experts to discuss economic opportunities generated by the city’s music industry. Chicago Music City researchers Lawrence Rothfield, Sarah Lee and Dan Silver launched the discussion with a summary of the study findings. Led by the Commission’s Dan Lurie, city officials and music industry leaders addressed points of contention and future opportunities to collaborate.
Listen to the panel discussion
Lasting Effects Conference Summary and Edited Transcript (PDF) — Edited for clarity as well as concision, this document highlights the major themes of this conference. It provides a clear and brief introduction to current thinking about economic impact analyses. This document also contains a very informative introduction by Jonathan Katz and a glossary of economic terms.
Caryn, Sarah, and Jennifer, all second-year master's students at the Harris School, will present the approach that they've taken to define and measure the arts and culture as a sector of the workforce, and discuss the implications for cultural policy making of their approach in comparison to the approach taken by Richard Florida in The Rise of the Creative Class. This work stems from research undertaken in conjunction with the City of Chicago's initiative, "Advancing Chicago's Civic Agenda Through the Arts."