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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.

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Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that a new office within the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 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 Dreamville, Lovin’ Life, and Merlefest).
  • Increase awareness of NC’s music scene + history.

North Carolina 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 our playlist featuring songs about Raleigh + NC and artists who hail from the Tar Heel State.

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