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Inspired and fueled by the feedback we receive about our annual Festival, mainly the sentiment that it's the one day a year that artists of all disciplines come together in one place to learn, create, perform, and discover. The Music Industry Alliance will welcome and encourage people from all genres, experience, and interest. 

The Music Industry Alliance was created to connect those in and around the music industry in WNY and educate, collaborate, and strengthen our creative community. Since 2003 Music is Art has offered programs for our community to highlight the value of music. Invest in yourself...join The Alliance today to get motivated, stay inspired, share your passion, become a leader/mentor, and give back to the WNY community.

Additionally, we are now offering free spots on our Artist Roster. If you are a band, solo artist, or instrumentalist/session musician from the WNY area, please fill out the Artist Roster form below to be listed on our website and considered for performing opportunities through Music is Art and other community partners.

For more information, email or join our Facebook group, "WNY Music Industry Alliance," to read about all of the great things we've got coming up! 

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Invest in yourself...join The Alliance today to get motivated, stay inspired, share your passion, become a mentor, and have your voice heard. The Alliance will meet monthly to share the following:


Get to know other members of our diverse WNY music scene. Monthly meetings will include time for networking with friends, old & new!


Monthly educational topics of interest to those in the music industry. Optional book club/study group for students and those new to the industry.


Learn from your peers during open, guided discussions. Members may submit questions in advance to ensure they get the answers they need.


Access to tools to help you find the answers you need. From articles to directories, from job boards, to gig opportunities.


Help with promoting your upcoming events and a list of local businesses who offer member discounts.


We'll match you with a local professional to help guide you down a path to develop your aspirations and interests.

Monthly sessions may follow this basic format:

  • Educational topic (we'll let you know what this is in advance)

  • Insight Q&A (discussion topics of interest to the music industry)

  • Highlights (:30 second commercial from everyone in attendance)

  • Networking


 A few years ago I relocated back to Buffalo after a stint working out of state. I felt disconnected from a music scene that I used to be very involved in. I decided to work on my chops and begin performing again. Around that time I learned of the WNY Music Industry Alliance. Since joining I've been able to rekindle past friendships, make new friends, and find that sense of belonging that I missed in the scene. Learning about better booking practices, digital music distribution, and networking has helped me tremendously. I'm particularly fond of the songwriting peer group. The folks in the group give great constructive criticism.

Michael Chmiel


Music is Art reserves the right to reject, revoke, or cancel memberships at any time for any reason based on a board vote, in which case the annual membership fee will be refunded immediately.

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