Washington State’s independent live music venues are the hub of our music ecosystem and are vital cultural and economic drivers for local communities.
From Spokane to the San Juans, from Walla Walla to Bellingham, local communities depend on live music venues to drive the economy, provide jobs, generate tourism and tax revenue, forge civic pride, and inspire meaningful opportunities for human and creative connections. Venues provide thousands of jobs, drive tourism, stimulate spending to area businesses, and pump tax dollars into the state.
Music is the world’s universal language and connector, but we need places in which to gather and listen. Washingtonians need live music venues.
“I found my career in the audio industry 21 years ago. I was trained in indie venues and went on to train and mentor many others. It took me years to hone my own talent. If we lose these venues, this talent will disappear as well.”
“I love my work – capturing memorable nights or performances and sharing them with the world. Without our independent venues, the community space where these moments occur will no longer exist.”
“The diversity that live music venues bring to a neighborhood, especially one like Capitol Hill, is integral to the economic success and the neighborhood vibe. Live music venues contribute to the structure of a vibrant healthy neighborhood!”
Owner and Operator | Café Pettirosso
“I don’t think a lot about the gold records on the wall, I think about the memories in small rooms.”
“Our venue is only viable if other venues in the region survive so bands can have fully re-established tour potential. So, us all coming together is so vital right now.”
Owner | Lucky You Lounge
“It’s important to me that our youth experience music at a live venue, surrounded by community. We need to do all we can to preserve our independent venues so they exist for the next generation.”
Karen Davis Alcide
Mother & Community Member