File #: 150708    Version: Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 9/17/2015 In control: Committee on Global Opportunities & Creative/Innovative Economy
On agenda: Final action: 11/12/2015
Title: Creating the Philadelphia Commission on The Music Industry.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. CertifiedCopy15070801.pdf
Creating the Philadelphia Commission on The Music Industry.

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has historically been home to a vibrant musical heritage including world-class music from all genres, including classical, opera, Hip Hop, R&B, rock, jazz, and soul. Prominent artists and professionals include Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Billy Paul, Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Dick Clark and the American Bandstand, Will Smith, Boyz II Men, Sarah Chang, Mario Lanza, Pattie LaBelle and many more; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia is home to a variety of music venues and institutions such as the famed Academy of Music (which is the longest continuously operating opera house in the country), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (which is home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadanco, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society), the Mann Center for the Performing Arts (which is one of the largest outdoor amphitheatres in the country), the Dell Music Center (Philadelphia's premier historical outdoor entertainment venue), the Curtis Institute of Music (one of the foremost schools of music in the nation), and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (which showcases more than 170 performances every year); and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has a historically prominent jazz and cabaret culture that consists of organizations and night clubs such as the John W. Coltrane Cultural Society, Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and more; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia has the most prominent Indie Music scene today; it is one of the best Hip Hop and R&B locales in the Nation; it has a large fan base for Country Music and Folk Music; venues on Walnut Street and the renowned Avenue of the Arts host robust musical theater; and it is home to many other genres of music; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia's ethnic communities have established organizations to preserve and promote their cultural music, which greatly enriches the presence a...

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