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District of Columbia – 50 States of Music


Music industry contribution to state GDP


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Serving as early stomping grounds for many prominent artists, musicians, and composers

– such as John Philip Sousa, Duke Ellington, Roberta Flack, Henry Rollins, and Dave Grohl – DC has played an outsized part in the establishment of several genres, including jazz, rap, go-go, punk, and EDM. A major hub for the arts, DC is loaded with musical venues, from the iconic 9:30 Club to the Kennedy Center, home of the National Symphony Orchestra. And the Levine School, the DC Youth Orchestra Program, and many other DC institutions are undoubtedly turning out the next wave of musical influencers.


  • Bad Brains
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ginuwine
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Minor Threat
  • Wale

Music Venues & Festivals

  • 9:30 Club
  • Black Cat
  • Capital One Arena
  • City Winery DC
  • D.C. Armory
  • DAR Constitution Hall
  • Echostage
  • Gypsy Sally's
  • Howard Theatre
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • National Theatre
  • Pearl Street Warehouse
  • RFK Memorial Stadium
  • Rock & Roll Hotel
  • Songbyrd Record Café and Music House
  • The Anthem
  • The Kennedy Center
  • U Street Music Hall
  • Union Stage
  • Warner Theatre

Music Schools

  • Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

Notable Music Facts

Major Music Conferences

  • Future of Music Policy Summit
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