Hamilton is home to a vibrant music scene with a huge variety of talent, venues and events. The local music scene is growing, dynamic and diverse. It is an eclectic mix of performers, producers, products and performances. Hamilton’s music scene is founded on a long and established music history. In addition, established and emerging artists, businesses, professionals and festivals help make up what is often referred to as a 'music city'.
A city that celebrates and supports a 'music city' has many elements. Whether you are a musician, work in the music industry, or are a music fan you can find a collection of resources here.
Loans, Grants & Support for Musicians
There are many loans and grants that are for artists and musicians.
Get Out & See Live Music
The best way to support local artists and our music scene is to attend a live show.
The Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT)
HMAT is a group of local music industry representatives who advise on the Music Strategy.
Music Industry Events
View a list of music industry events like the annual Musician Entrepreneur Conference.
Attend a free live show on Mondays at noon outside of City Hall.
Hamilton’s Live Music Venues
Hamilton has a long list of places and spaces across the city where you can listen to live music.
Music in Hamilton Blog Series
Read the first article in our new blog series introducing traditional and alternative music venues in the city.
Explore, Support & Discover the Many Elements of Hamilton’s Music Scene
It takes a lot to be a music city. Using Music Canada’s Mastering of a Music City template, here are some elements that help tell Hamilton’s story:
Explore these lists of amazing and diverse Hamilton musicians and playlists:
Places & Spaces
Music Organizations in Hamilton
Projects that Engage the Community & Grow Audiences
- Share Your Music Stories Project
- Live Music Stories Video project (launching in September)
- Music Career Day
Music Friendly & Musician Friendly Policies
- Noise By-law (PDF, 70 KB)
- Busking Policy (PDF, 178 KB)
- Musician Welcome Signs & Loading Zones at live music venues
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