This year was claimed by many Georgians as the “Year of Georgia Music”. Georgia Tourism focuses its spotlight on the state as a destination for live music and music heritage. The state engages its visitors with more than 75 annual music festivals, live music venues, outdoor amphitheaters, recording studios, and numerous musical attractions and landmarks.
Insider Advantage reports in 2015, travel and tourism in Georgia generated $58.9 billion in business sales, an increase of 2.7% over the previous year, which outpaced the average growth rate nationwide (2.1%). The “Year of Georgia Music” campaign seeks to boost the number of visitors traveling to and within Georgia for music-themed experiences.
Oxford American magazine’s annual Southern Music issue dedicated entirely to Georgia. With insightful features and essays on artists including Outkast, the Allman Brothers Band, Fletcher Henderson, Sharon Jones, Col. Bruce Hampton, Killer Mike and many others, the astounding influence and diversity of Georgia’s musical landscape shines bright in the 176-page publication and accompanying CD.
The 2016 Georgia Travel Guide features Leesburg native and country music superstar Luke Bryan on the cover. Asked about favorite venues he’s played in his home state, Bryan notes several, including Aaron’s Amphitheatre in Atlanta and the Georgia Theatre in Athens, which is also the setting for a striking ensemble photo of 30 working musicians from around the state featured in the guide. The participating artists also recommend some of their favorite festivals and venues across the state.
Around the state, convention and visitors bureaus and other tourism partners are proudly promoting their music heritage, festivals and attractions to celebrate the Year of Georgia music and keep our cultural treasures on the minds of tourists and fans.