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The Best Cities for Musicians 

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List Rules Top U.S. cities to start and nurture a music career

List of the best cities for musicians. Many of the best contemporary and classic musical artists in the United States got their start in cities with music at the center of their culture. Whether you’re a veteran guitar player with years of gigs under your belt or an up and coming jazz singer with a distinctive voice, there’s a city that is designed for your particular musical talents and preferences. If you’ve ever speculated “what is the best city for musicians and music lovers?” this list is perfect for you.

These cities have a strong history of foster talent like Kurt Cobain in Seattle and one of the founders of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry,in St. Louis. Whether you’re interested in the beginnings of Gospel music in Chicago or want to be involved in the Latin sound of San Antonio, there’s a city that matches your particular tastes. These cities house thousands of musical venues, from large stadiums to intimate clubs, recording studios at every corner, and producers who are constantly in search of the next big thing.

This list covers the top cities in the United States for people who have music in their blood. Those who are most passionate about music, from country to punk rock, often find themselves migrating to one of these musical states to make their dreams come true. 

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New York City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
New York
2
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee
3
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
4
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Minnesota
5
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Illinois
6
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Louisiana
7
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Pennsylvania
8
Austin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Texas
9
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Washington
10
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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Michigan, USA
11
Providence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Rhode Island
12
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
13
Boston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Massachusetts
14
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Ohio
15
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Missouri
16
Madison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Wisconsin
17
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
California
18
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Georgia
19
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Nevada
20
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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Ohio, USA
21
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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Maryland, USA
22
Louisville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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Kentucky, USA
23
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
Tennessee
24
New Haven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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Connecticut, USA
25
Fairbanks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cities for Musicians
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Alaska, USA