Shachar Oren with Georgia Music Partners, joing Sherri McConnell with Sound Mobility, and Fulton County Chairman Rob Pitts to announce a study of the economic impact of the county's music industry.
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Shachar Oren with Georgia Music Partners, joing Sherri McConnell with Sound Mobility, and Fulton County Chairman Rob Pitts to announce a study of the economic impact of the county's music industry.

Fulton County officials want to know more about the impact the music industry has on the county's economy.

County officials along with Georgia Music Partners and Sound Mobility announced Thursday they were launching a study to do just that.

County Chairman Rob Pitts said Fulton County is a national and international hub for arts and entertainment.

"We haven't had the facts to back that up,” Pitts said. “As a result of this study, what we will have now will be the facts to prove what we all know; that this is a capital and we should be recognized as such."

The study will cost the county about $60,000 and should be completed in six months. As part of the study, Sound Mobility plans to track and map county recording studios, rehearsal spaces, music venues and music festivals.

After tracking the spaces, stakeholders will be interviewed to help determine how much of an impact these spaces have on local businesses.

“Music is one of Fulton County’s and the region’s largest exports.” Shain Shapiro with Sound Mobility said in a press release. “And we know once it’s fully quantified, the support will continue to grow across Greater Atlanta and Georgia as a whole.”