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Participating Artists Included Black Crowes, Train, Rolling Stones, Third Day, Sugarland,

Zac Brown Band, Drivin N Cryin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,

Corey Smith, and Anthony David

ATLANTA, Jan. 24, 2012 — Today is “Georgia Music Day,” as recognized by both the Georgia House of Representative and the State Senate, to identify the impact of Georgia’s music industry on this great state. Partners for this event include Georgia Music Partners (GMP), a nonprofit organization which promotes the music industry in Georgia, The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter, and the The Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD).

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Artists from diverse genres attended including: Johnny Colt (Black Crowes/Train); Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones); Mac Powell (Third Day); Corey Smith; Robert Spano (Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra); Kristian and Brandon Bush (Sugarland); Coy Bowles and John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band); Anthony David; and David V. Johnson(Drivin N Cryin).


“For our industry to thrive, we need the creative community, state and local government, and higher education to work as a team, ” said Georgia Music Partners Co-President and The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter President Tammy Hurt. “Today is a great day for the music industry in Georgia, and we are thrilled to honor all of those who make a living in music.”


“Today shines a spotlight on creators and performers of music, as well as on businesses which support and deliver music to listeners which curate the business in Georgia,” said Georgia Music Partners Co-President Simon Horrocks. “Georgia Music Day is an important step in recognizing the cultural importance and impact music has in our state.”


According to an economic impact study released last year, Georgia’s music industry employs nearly 20,000 individuals (direct and in-direct), who have a combined annual income of $280 million. The music industry produces a yearly economic impact of $3.7 billion and generates $126 million in tax revenues for the State and $188 million for local governments.  The study is available for download at


About Georgia Music Partners

Georgia Music Partners (GMP) is a 501c6 not-for-profit organization, which seeks to grow and protect the business of music and related music technology in the state of Georgia through economic development efforts, tax incentives and applicable educational opportunities.  GMP was formed from a subcommittee of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy® (which produces GRAMMY® Awards).  For more information, contact Scott Mills at 678-781-7201, or by visiting the organization online at:


About The Recording Academy

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @The GRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.


About Georgia Department of Economic Development

The Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), which plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drives the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspires tourist to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. Visit