City of Music Programs

Putting the City of Music Vision 2020 into action, City of Music programs have been developed by the Seattle Music Commission and produced in partnership with many local public, nonprofit, and independent organizations. These programs aim to provide support to the music industry and community in our city. Some of the key programs include:

The Creative Advantage:
The Creative Advantage is a program to restore access to arts and music for all students in Seattle Public Schools by 2020. The Music Commission played a significant role in building a swell of support for the SPS Creative Advantage campaign. A partnership was formed in Dec. 2014 between the Arts Commission and the Music Commission in a joint Youth + Community Committee. The unexpected increase in Admissions Tax Revenues from local tourist attractions provided for a dedicated position in the Office of Arts and Culture who engages with the joint committee to develop and implement the five-year plan to fund music and arts education for every public school student. Critical to this effort is the emphasis on racial and socioeconomic equality in access to arts and music education. The partnership between the two Commissions represents a significant bridging of efforts that can help to achieve shared goals regarding music education in Seattle.

Musicians Priority Load Zones:
In 2014, Seattle piloted a program that implemented a low-cost, phased approach to make it easier for musician load-in and load-out at live music venues around the city. Five music venues were selected to pilot the program, and nearby load and unload zones were modified to prioritize musicians' use through branded signs. They include a yellow regulatory sign and City of MusicTM branded 'Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading' sign. Phase one serves the following five music venues: High Dive (Fremont), The Crocodile and Tula's (Belltown), The Triple Door (Downtown), and The Showbox (Pike Place Market). Plans are currently underway to implement additional Musicians Priority Load Zones in other areas of the city.

Sea-Tac Airport's 'Experience the City of Music' program:
This cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle's Office of Film + Music, Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork, showcases the Northwest region's diverse music culture and enhance the experience of millions of travelers who pass through the airport each year. The award-winning, comprehensive program immerses visitors in the region's rich music traditions and history with live performances seven days a week at locations throughout the terminal, overhead music exclusively by Northwest artists, videos featuring clips about Seattle's music scene and history on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and music-themed art exhibits curated by EMP Museum. More information, images, videos, and musical performance schedule available online at Experience the City of Music at Sea-Tac Airport

Film and Music

Markham McIntyre, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5752, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94708, Seattle, WA, 98124-4708
Phone: (206) 684-8993

The Office of Film and Music is devoted to promoting Seattle's film and music industries. The Seattle Film and Music Office is a streamlined resource for all of your film and music needs.