Alternative rock music is on the upswing in Boston as more and more young musicians are finding success in the city, a new study found.
The Boston Music Awards announced last month that more than 100,000 members of the Bay Area’s indie rock scene had been awarded medals for their work at the Boston Music Festival and the annual Alternative Festivals event.
More than 1.5 million fans attended the festival in 2016, and the numbers continue to grow.
“The Bay Area is a great place to be in terms of people, culture and music. “
And to see the people from all walks of life, from bands to musicians, it is really exciting.””
The Bay Area is a great place to be in terms of people, culture and music.
And to see the people from all walks of life, from bands to musicians, it is really exciting.”
The study, released by the Boston-based Music Industry Association, also found that in 2016 there were nearly 10,000 bands on the Boston music scene.
That number rose to nearly 14,000 last year, with most of them from the Boston area.
The number of bands participating in the Boston Festivals has jumped by more than 50% since 2015, the study found, and more than 1,300 bands are actively performing in the venues.
That growth has been fueled in part by the city’s recent $1.5 billion plan to attract the country’s biggest and most popular independent bands, said Daniel J. Miller, president and CEO of the Boston MABA.
“There’s an enormous amount of money coming into the Bay, and there’s a lot of opportunity for bands to thrive,” Miller said.
The report also found a resurgence of bands from the Northeast, including Boston’s own band The Notorious B.I.G., which formed in 2011 and recently played in New York.
It also found several of the citys biggest bands, including Dizze Rascal, Dizzie Brown, Dolly Parton and the Dizzies, were among those who had their first shows in Boston in 2016.
Boston has been home to several of Boston’s biggest independent acts, including The Notables, the band of the late John Legend, who performed at the 2016 Festival.
Dizzi, the Boston native who formed Dizzieface, and Dolly, a Boston-area native, also have played festivals and have toured.
The BMA estimates there are more than 30,000 independent bands in Boston.
Boston has a population of more than 11 million, making it home to more than 6,500 musicians.
“We are thrilled that the Boston Musical Awards are celebrating the resurgence of Boston music,” Miller added.
“While the music industry has been experiencing tremendous growth in recent years, we are optimistic that this award shows that Boston is still the center of the independent music scene.”
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