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Charlotte Talks: Turning Charlotte Into A Destination For Music

WFAE/Erin Keever

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

What would it take to make Charlotte a destination for music? We look into that with local artists and industry professionals.

Charlotte has a wealth of talented musicians and a vibrant music community. But some local leaders would like to see the city’s music scene grow. They want to make Charlotte a music destination.

But how do you do that? The industry has had its share of obstacles with popular venues like Tremont Music Hall and The Double Door Inn closing. And a recent studyfound that most Charlotte musicians consider themselves freelancers and only 15 percent make music their full-time job.

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Charlotte-based DJ Fannie Mae

Guest host David Boraks digs into the results of that study that surveyed music fans, artists, and industry professionals and explore their recommendations for growing Charlotte’s music scene.


Rick Thurmond, Senior Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Charlotte Center City Partners. Music Everywhere is an economic development initiative from CCCP to enhance Charlotte’s music scene.

Joe Kuhlmann, Owner of The Evening Muse, a live music venue in NoDa

Lonnie Davis, president and co-founder of Jazz Arts Charlotte, a non-profit organization to bolster jazz music in Charlotte. She’s also a jazz flutist.

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Left to right: guest host David Boraks, Rick Thurmond, Lonnie Davis, and Joe Kuhlmann in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.


Upcoming event: Music Everywhere Town Hall Meeting Tuesday June 4th at 7:00 at Neighborhood Theater in NoDa. Details.

Check out WFAE's music podcast Amplifierhosted by Joni Deutsch. Available wherever you get podcasts. 

Read the full study: The Charlotte Music Ecosystem Study and Action Plan

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.