Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville have always been hot spots for jobs in the music industry, but in terms of concentration of music industry jobs, Nashville is number one with 7.8 per 1,000 residents according to this article by Billboard. Los Angeles is a distant second with 2.8. Austin is third with 2.6. Charlotte, N.C has a score of 2.1, and New York surprisingly falls behind at 2.0. So, chances are higher that your neighbor works in the music industry if you live in Nashville. Makes sense, since there’s been so many new and young artists coming out of Nashville lately (Cherub, Wild Cub, just to name two)
Nowadays as DIY is pervasive in the music industry, it’s easier to work from home and there has only been increase in music industry jobs in certain cities. Also, these three cities take the top salaries in the music industry with Los Angeles at #1, Nashville at #2, and New York at #3. Those good salaries go far in Nashville. The city’s cost of living is 11.1% lower than the national average, Los Angeles is 31% above the average and New York at 125% above it.
Read more about music industry jobs at Billboard’s Website here