The 5 Best Cities for Musicians Are….
#5 Chicago, Illinois
Number of Artists: 1300
Chicago became the hub for jazz and blues in the northern hemisphere, and helped build the popularity of the genres. Jazz and blues are still huge today in Chicago. There are bars and clubs all over the city for the starting professional to perform in. Chicago has birthed artists like “Fall Out Boy,” “Smashing Pumpkins,” “Kanye West” and “Styx.” Lollapalooza is one of its better-kn wn annual events.
#4 Los Angeles, California
Number of Artists: 4700
With large arenas like the Staples Center and Club Nokia, and smaller locations include Avalon Hollywood and the famous Hotel Café, Los Angeles is the hot spot for talent agencies and young artists. LA was huge in the creation and popularization of hip hop music, and today it’s the home of the “Red Hot Chili Peppers,” “The Doors,” “Motley Crue,” “The Eagles” and more. It’s also the home of the famous “Star Walk.”
#3 Austin, Texas
Number of Artists: 750
Population: 678, 000
Austin is home to a number of huge festivals: SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and a variety of country music festivals. It’s been nicknamed “Live Music Capital of the World” for good reason, and has birthed legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Janis Joplin and Willie Nelson. With more than 250 live music venues and weekly music events, Austin is the city many burgeoning musicians go to to test the waters.
Genres with Hispanic influence are also very popular in Austin, given that almost one-third of all Texans are Hispanic in heritage.
#2 NYC, New York
Number of Artists: 5800
New York has a large number of concert halls, including Webster Hall, Terminal 5 and Bowery Ballroom. It’s theater district includes Broadway and Radio City, and its large stadiums, like Madison Square Garden and the Barclay’s Center, provide ample room for larger concerts.
New York has thousands of ad agencies and talent representatives, giving hope and building careers for incredible artists for generations, including The Ramones, Kiss, Sinatra, Wu Tang Clan, Biggie, and Simon and Garfunkel.
#1 Beverly Hills, California
Number of Artists: 110
Host of the International Music Festival, Beverly Hills deserves its own start. An enormous number of celebrities, including actors and musicians, live in Beverly Hills — it was/is home to Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Whitney Houston and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few — and has the highest number of artists and celebrities in any city per capita.
Home to the top talent agencies in the entire country, and in close proximity to Hollywood and Los Angeles, California, it is no wonder that every aspiring actor and musician sets his eyes on Beverly Hills as the city to launch a musical career from.