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Last night, music fans gathered at EMP to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal album, Nevermind. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic hosted the affair, which saw performances by local bands like The Presidents of the United States of America, The Fastbacks, Ravenna Woods, The Long Winters, and many more paying homage to the album that help put Seattle on the map as a City of Music. The event was also a fundraiser for local luminary Susie Tennant, who is battling ovarian cancer. Above is a video of last night’s concert, which was recorded via livestream.

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Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
The Seattle Tour of Music
Seattle City of Music
In partnership with the Seattle Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission, the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will serve as the City of Music’s Rock Ambassador. Now visitors can pick up a brochure at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle’s Rock Shop that introduces some of the city’s top live music venues. Additionally, visitors can book The Seattle Tour of Music at the cafe. Hosted by White Moustache Urban Adventure Company, the two-hour tour takes guests through the streets of Seattle to see where legends created the music that made our city famous. Featured musicians include Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Heart, Pearl Jam, Ray Charles, and more. At the end of the tour, guests will return to the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle and view memorabilia specific to the Seattle music scene. “We love that people who come to the Hard Rock Café will learn about Seattle’s history of music before going to see history in the making at our live-music venues,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. The City of Music Initiative was conceived in October 2008, its purpose being to honor Seattle’s rich music history, to celebrate its ongoing importance to the city’s economy and culture, and to further enhance Seattle’s renowned music culture. The initiative is led by the 21-member Seattle Music Commission and strives to grow Seattle as a city of musicians, live music, and music business by creating action that enhances the climate for the music industry. Click the links above to learn more about the Hard Rock Cafe, The Seattle Tour of Music, and the City of Music Initiative.

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April 6, 2011, 12:49 pm
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Northwest Music Archives
Blast to the past with Northwest Music Archives, a local blog that continually combs the rockin’ annals of our region’s history to chronicle “old discoveries, recent finds and enduring mysteries.” Covering a wide array of little-known local music stories and events, the archives track as far back as the 1800s. With featured blog-lines like “Seattle’s Bango Gal: 1800s,” “Seattle Harmony Kings: 1920s,” “Ivan Haglund, the Seafood-selling songster: 1946,” “Beatles in Seattle” and “The Dawn of Grunge Rock,” the blog has unearthed some real historical gems that reveal even more about our City of Music’s colorful legacy. The site’s latest offering is a piece on fabled Seattle jazz joint, the Old Rocking Chair Club, which played host to the likes of Ray Charles. Follow the link to read this new post and more.

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February 24, 2011, 3:15 pm
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Seattle City of Music Honors
The third annual City of Music Honors will be held October 5 at The Triple Door, and the Seattle Music Commission is seeking your nominations for each of the event’s three accolades: The Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Breakthrough Award and the Impact Award. To submit your nominations, read up on the nomination criteria via the link above and then email us at with your suggestions by no later than Wednesday, March 2. Tell us who you are nominating and why they should be considered as an award recipient in a specific category. Each of your submissions will be carefully considered by the nominations committee and made public in or around September. We look forward to hearing your ideas, and don’t forget to mark your calendars!

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February 15, 2011, 2:46 pm
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Seattle Channel
The Seattle City of Music initiative was created to celebrate and further enhance our renowned culture of music. Seattle Channel has partnered with City of Music and created a web page on their site to host Seattle music related videos. The Seattle City of Music initiative is about leveraging our community’s accomplishments in music for an even brighter future. The success of City of Music will be built around three core components: a City of Musicians, a City of Live Music, and a City of Music Business. Follow the link above to watch the City of Music kickoff event, a celebration of Seattle’s musical achievements with live performances and statistics that illustrate how Seattle is truly the City of Music.

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June 14, 2010, 2:08 pm
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City of Music
Today Mayor Mike McGinn introduced the Seattle Music Commission, a diverse group of community, business and industry leaders, who will guide the city’s efforts to support, promote, expand and encourage Seattle’s vibrant culture of music. The 21-member Music Commission will serve as an ongoing city body representing a cross section of the music sector with the goal of advancing the City of Music vision throughout the larger community and providing guidance and direction regarding the city’s support of music. “Music is such a part of the fabric of our city, and is one of the reasons why it’s so great to live here,” said Mayor McGinn. “I’m pleased that this group of individuals has agreed to serve together and leverage their collective efforts to continue to make sure that Seattle is the City of Music.” The installation of the Music Commission with such a diverse group of engaged community members is a major step toward the goal of bringing musicians, audiences, business leaders, educators and politicians together in enthusiastic support of the creative, economic and culture value of music. “As an original advisor to the efforts that built the City of Music vision, I’m proud to be a member of this new Commission,” said Holly Hinton, Content & Online Product Manager for Starbucks Coffee Company. “It’s an amazing group of people coming together for the same purpose – to support the growth of the thriving music community in Seattle.”

The inaugural members of Seattle’s Music Commission who will help shape and define Seattle as the City of Music are:

Mayoral Appointments:
Jason Finn – Musician, Presidents of The United States of America
K. Wyking Garrett – Director, Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council/UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center
Kyle Hopkins – Head of Music Acquisitions, Microsoft X-Box/ On-Air DJ,
Megan Jasper – Executive Vice President, Sub Pop Records
Alex Kochan – Vice President, AEG Live (Showbox Venues)
Marcus Lalario – Entrepreneur / Nightclub Owner
Tom Mara – Executive Director, KEXP 90.3 FM/
David Meinert – Owner, Fuzed Inc./National Trustee: The Recording Academy (Grammys)
Larry Mizell, Jr. – Writer, Musician, On-Air DJ at
Griff Morris – Principal, Content Licensing and Vendor Management, Amazon MP3
Marcus Womack – Product Management, iLike Inc./

Council Appointments:
Kate Becker – Co-Founder, Vera Project/Director of Development, Seattle Theatre Group
Elena Dubinets – Vice President of Artistic Planning, Seattle Symphony
Holly Hinton – Content & Online Product Manager, Starbucks Entertainment
Jason Hughes – Co-owner, Sonic Boom Records/Owner, Sonic Boom Recordings
Ben London – Executive Director, The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter
DeVon Manier – CEO, Sportn’ Life Records
Mike Meckling – President, SNMA/Co-Owner, Neumo’s and Moe Bar
Jon Stone – Executive Director of Festivals, One Reel
Annette Taborn – Executive Director, Pacific NW Blues in Schools

The Music Commission’s first meeting will be Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

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June 10, 2010, 12:57 pm
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City of Music
Seattle is the City of Music, and on Monday, June 14 at 12:00 pm at City Hall, Mayor Mike McGinn will host a press conference to formally introduce the newly appointed 21-member Seattle Music Commission. This new commission will help set a path forward to strengthen and grow Seattle’s thriving music community for the next decade. The commission is made up of a diverse group of community, business and industry leaders who are all actively engaged in supporting, promoting, expanding and encouraging Seattle’s vibrant culture of music. The Music Commission was formed as part of Seattle’s City of Music Initiative and will serve as an ongoing City of Seattle body. The appointees represent a cross section of the music sector and are commisioned to advance the City of Music vision in the larger community and to provide guidance and direction to the City of Seattle regarding its leadership and support of music. At the press conference Mayor McGinn will introduce the appointees as well as define the commission’s vital role in supporting Seattle’s vibrant and growing music culture and industry. This event is open to the public, RSVP to

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