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West Virginia – 50 States of Music

$76.71M

Music industry contribution to state GDP

1,602

Jobs Created

130

Record Labels

RIAA/A2IM

181

Royalty Recipients

SoundExchange

2,879

Songwriters

ASCAP/BMI

This Appalachian state boasts Billboard staple Brad Paisley

and “Stand By Me”’s Bill Withers as native sons. Rich in folk heritage, West Virginia plays host to a number of music festivals, jamborees, and jubilees.

Some
Notable
Musicians

  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Bill Withers
  • Brad Paisley

Music Venues & Festivals

  • All Good Music Festival
  • Appalachian String Band Music Festival
  • Gardner Winter Music Festival
  • Heritage Music Bluesfest Festival
  • PattyFest Festival
  • Robin Kessinger Festival & WV State Flatpick Guitar Championship Festival
  • Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest Festival
  • Vandalia Gathering Festival

Music Schools

  • Shepherd University
  • West Virginia University
  • West Virginia State University

Major Music Conferences

  • Mountain Recording Retreat
  • Mountain Songwriting Retreat
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