Date of Award

8-2014

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Economics

Advisor

Todd Gabe

Second Committee Member

Caroline Noblet

Third Committee Member

Tim Waring

Abstract

This paper seeks to greater understanding in the world of live music from the perspective of economics. In two chapters, this paper looks into the topics place, genre, and popularity and each of their interactions with the live music industry. The first chapter seeks to create a method to measure the music scene for any given metro. By creating ways to measure the influence of musicians, music producers, and music fans, a composite index is built that is then used to rank the top and bottom ten music scenes in the United States. The second chapter seeks to understand genres influence on concert revenue. By using several models, each increasing in complexity, a truer nature of how genre interacts with both concert revenue as well as with artist popularity is revealed.

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