Huntsville’s music city ambitions are taking a major step forward this week as it hosts the 2023 Music Cities Convention Oct. 18-20.
Now in its 12th year, the global convention explores music’s role in the cultural infrastructure of communities. The convention will feature educational panels and roundtables with subject matter experts who will share insights on how music impacts a City’s growth.
Several City of Huntsville representatives will also participate, including Mayor Tommy Battle, Music Officer Matt Mandrella, Urban and Economic Development Director Shane Davis and Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Kenny Anderson.
The event will also feature an array of live music at various venues, including The Orion Amphitheater and U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The public is invited to a free concert in Big Spring Park West on Oct. 19 featuring Cedric Burnside and WANDA Band.
See a full schedule of events for the 2023 Music Cities Convention here.
Becoming a music city
Huntsville’s hospitality industry is enjoying a music-related boost, according to Charles Winters, Executive Vice President of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau.
“We are seeing significant increases in the number of hotel rooms used countywide, which can be partially attributed to concerts, performances and music events,” he said.
Winters attributed a lot of the growth to Huntsville’s variety of music venues, from The Orion and Propst Arena to smaller venues like Mars Music Hall and Electric Bell at Stovehouse.
“We look forward to seeing the impact increase,” Winters added. “We’re ready to provide our visitors with the information, accommodations and service they need to make lasting memories.”