THE SHOALS REGION

MUSIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT & STRATEGY


Sound Diplomacy is the global expert in developing long term and self sufficient music strategies. We have worked in over 40 countries and with over 100 clients, spanning public, private and third sectors, such as the Greater London Authority, City of Vancouver and UNIDO. We are proud to be working with the Shoals area (Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia) to develop a music impact assessment and strategy and help to increase its economic value across the region.

This website will be updated regularly, with reports on what has been done, what is planned, key dates, and an opportunity for you to comment on the process. Email katerina@sounddiplomacy.com with the Subject line 'SUBSCRIBE SHOALS’ to get updates straight to your inbox, and to get an alert when new pieces of research or participatory surveys are published online.


 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

As part of the work we are carrying out to develop a Music Audit and Strategy for the Shoals region, we've released a survey to assess the area's music ecology, evaluate the economic and social impact of its music and determine its strengths and weaknesses. 

 

Key upcoming dates:
 

OCTober – Survey close

The survey will close on October 10th. You have until then to participate. 

 

What we have done so far 

Katja Hermes, Director of the German Office and Head of Projects, and Azucena Micó, Senior Project Manager, spent two days in the are, conducting a series of roundtables and interviews with local stakeholders and visiting some of its main music spaces.

We conducted roundtable sessions and several interviews, and spoke with over  30 local stakeholders to get more insights on the area's music ecosystem.

On October 4, Shain Shapiro travelled to the are to conducto more roundtables and an Open Forum where he explained the next steps of the project. Thank you all for coming!

 

Overall timeline:
 

 

Step 1

Stakeholder Database Development

Comparative Analysis & Benchmarking

June 2018

June-Aug 2018


 

step 2

Interviews & Survey

Aug-Sept 2018


 

step 3

Data Capture and Economic Mapping

Sept 2018


 

step 4

Economic Impact Analysis

Presentation of Draft Strategic Plan

Oct-Nov 2018

Oct-Nov 2018


 

step 5

Music Strategy & Action Plan

tbc Q1 2019


General information

Please contact us if you require any further information.


Katerina Ivanova, Project Manager
katerina@sounddiplomacy.com

Kat is a project manager and researcher with six years of experience in market research and cultural industries management. She’s passionate about music, night-time culture, and urban planning. At Sound Diplomacy since 2016, Kat works on music and music tourism strategies for cities and countries (Armenia, Brisbane, Peru), as well as programming & management of events (Music Cities Convention, Reeperbahn, BIME, German Haus at SXSW).

Azucena Micó, Project Lead
azu@sounddiplomacy.com

Azucena is Senior Project manager at Sound Diplomacy. She has managed some of the company's biggest projects, including music market analysis and music strategies for cities, countries and spaces. At the moment, she is working in music city strategies for the City of San Francisco, The City of Huntsville (Alabama) and the region of Northwest Arkansas; she is coordinating an economic impact analysis of a festival in Mallorca; she is managing the design of a two-year project to strengthen the Cuban music industry through UNIDO; and is the coordinator of Fabra i Coats Creative Factory Music Committee, among others. She holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Policies and Management and a Masters Degree on Cultural Production and Communication. She is an academic researcher in the field of social value of music in the urban environment and guest lecturer at Universitat Blanquerna Ramon Llull in Barcelona.

Katja Hermes, Project Director
katja@sounddiplomacy.com

Katja Hermes is the Head of projects at Sound Diplomacy. She founded the Sound Diplomacy Berlin office in October 2013. In this role Katja has consulted several cities on their Music City strategy, gave lectures about Music Cities at events over the world and initiated the Music Cities Network together with the Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM). She worked on the development of several funding projects for German institutions and has consulted with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, GIZ, Adam Mickiewicz Institute Poland, Nordic Embassies Berlin and many other institutions. Katja has been working in the music business for more than 12 years. She has worked in various fields in the industry including at Mutek Festival, Ableton and Initiative Musik, the German funding organisation, where she was responsible for the export projects. Katja holds a diploma in Geography and Economy, with a focus on urban planning and creative industries.