Philadelphia, PA – On February 9th, 2023, Councilmembers David Oh (At Large) and Cindy Bass (8th District) co-introduced Charter Change legislation to provide for the creation of a Music Office in the City of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia’s creative economy generates $4.1 billion in total economic impact which equates to 55,000 full-time jobs, $1.3 billion in household income and $224.3 million in state and local taxes.
A major focus of the Report and Recommendations issued by the Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force was to enhance Philadelphia’s reputation as a leading center for the creation, recording, publishing and performance of music and thereby bolstering the City’s economy and increasing tax revenue.
The number one, and most important, recommendation of the Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force Report and Recommendations was to “establish a centralized, independent, permanent entity to continue the mission of the Music Industry Task Force.”
The establishment of a Music Office would create engagement in shaping the future of the Philadelphia music economy while growing and preserving our rich musical history. Like the Greater Philadelphia Film office, a Music Office could provide a consolidated list of internships, co-op opportunities and jobs to the local music community.
The passage of this legislation may be decided by voters in a special election this coming November.
“A Music Office in the City of Philadelphia is essential to grow and build the creative arts economy which creates job opportunities for musicians and industry leaders, fosters economic development and increases the overall tax base benefiting the entire City,” said Councilmember David Oh.
“It is absolutely imperative we embrace and nuture all the musical talent and expertise that exist in Philadelphia,” said Councilmember Bass. “We are not only the Cradle of Liberty, we are the cradle of music creativity in every genre imaginable. We owe it to our brilliant music creators to establish a permanent center that cements their and the city’s status as a leader in music innovation.”