WIth the economy continuing to sputter along and funding for the arts facing deep cuts, it's no surprise to hear that local creative communities are struggling. But is this the whole story? Some music scenes are taking things into their own hands and forging a bold new way forward. From creative partnerships between arts and business sectors to audacious efforts in social engagement, musicians and their supporters are making local matter in the 21st century. But improving your community takes more than commitment: it also takes resources. Who is in position to help? How far can you stretch DIY? What tools might make creative community building easier or more efficient? Will what works in one particular location be useful to other towns and cities? What role can music scenes play in American recovery? This panel will highlight the self-determination and self-sufficiency of a few vital local music scenes while providing examples of how your creative community can thrive in a challenging time for culture.

Shannon Daut, Deputy Director, Western States Arts Federation
Brandy Doyle, Policy Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Bruce Fife, President, AFM, Local 99; International Vice President, AFM
Craig Havighurst, Associate Producer and Writer, Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Café
Ashlye Keaton, Professor, Tulane Law School
Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Artist/Community Activist
Yolanda Hippensteele, Consultant, Arts and Democracy Project (moderator)

This panel was recorded live at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 2011 during Future of Music Policy Summit 2011.

Event website: futureofmusic.org/events/future-music-policy-summit-2011

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