Music industry contribution to state GDP


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The term “rock n roll” was popularized by a Cleveland radio DJ,

so it only makes sense that the city hosts the world famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But with so many music programs and festivals, and with artists spanning from Doris Day to John Legend to Marilyn Manson, Ohio is virtually unmatched in its impact on a wide variety of music genres.


  • Bobby Womack
  • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
  • Chrissie Hynde
  • Dean Martin
  • Devo
  • Doris Day
  • John Legend
  • Kid Cudi
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Black Keys
  • The Isley Brothers
  • The O’Jays
  • Tracy Chapman
  • Twenty One Pilots

Music Venues & Festivals

  • Akron Civil Theatre
  • Blossom Music Center
  • Bunbury Music Festival
  • Express Live!
  • Fraze Pavilion
  • Great American Ball Park
  • Huntington Center
  • Jacobs Pavilion
  • Laurelive Festival
  • Lost Lands Festival
  • Midland Theatre
  • Nationwide Arena
  • Nelsonville Music Festival
  • Newport Music Hall
  • Phantasy Theater
  • Playhouse Square
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • Riverbend Music Center
  • Sonic Temple Festival
  • Stambaugh Auditorium

Music Schools

  • Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Capital University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Cleveland State University
  • Kent State University
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • The University of Akron
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • Wright State University
  • Youngstown State University

Major Music Conferences

  • Midwest Rhythm Summit
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