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Creative Sector Summit | Rhyme or Reason: Measuring Patterns of Growth

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


2018 Creative Sector Summit

Rhyme or Reason: Measuring Patterns of Growth

Friday, April 20 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ The Grey Eagle

$25 AAAC members/$35 non-members – price includes lunch

Optional Tour of the River Arts District: $5 AAAC members/$10 non-members




Presenting sponsor:



Keynote speaker:

Bob Boilen

creator and host

NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert

Asheville is growing fast, in particular its music scene, and has garnered national attention from media and tourists alike in recent years. This rapid development has spurred many in the creative sector to wonder how we can ensure the social and cultural capital of our community keeps its unique and powerful draw while also increasing support for it. The Economic Development Coalition and many music partners collaborated on a study measuring the impact of the music industry on the local economy. Their findings were astounding, and indicated that Buncombe County’s music industry grew 52 percent from 2010-2016. The Asheville Area Arts Council’s 8th annual Creative Sector Summit, presented by Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, will feature keynote speaker Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert. Boilen will bring his stories and viewpoint as a journalist and artist on the music industry and the opportunities and challenges Asheville might expect as its music scene explodes. The Summit will also feature panels made up of locals who will discuss the economic impact case study of the Asheville music industry along with new collaborative initiatives to expand data on arts and culture to better understand and advocate for the creative sector of Buncombe County.

Optional Tour:

Explore the Hidden Assets of the River Arts District

3:00 pm OR 4:00 pm

$5 AAAC members/$10 non-members

The River Arts District is home to over 200 artists in working studios throughout 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along one mile of the French Broad River. The birth of the River Arts District began in 1985 and has continually grown ever since, including the current re-development in the District by the City of Asheville, which is scheduled for completion in 2020. Join this optional tour to hear its history, learn about some of its hidden assets, and why the City is focusing on re-developing this essential part of our community.

For questions or more information, contact Asheville Area Arts Council at 828.258.0710 or email info@ashevillearts.com.

The Creative Sector Summit is generously sponsored by:


 Presenting Sponsor:


  “This project was supported by the
N.C. Arts Council, a division of the
Department of Natural & Cultural
Resources, with funding from the
National Endowment for the Arts”






April 20
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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