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New York Music Month schedule includes free concerts and studio time for city artists

The monthlong event in June highlights the city's music industry with programs for both musicians and fans.

Glen Hansard will perform on June 1 at

Glen Hansard will perform on June 1 at Beacon Theatre.  Photo Credit: Getty Images/Rodin Eckenroth

Free concerts, a new radio show and podcast about the city’s music scene and a songwriting competition are all part of New York Music Month, taking place in June.

The annual event highlights the city’s music industry with programs for both musicians and fans. Other plans include music history walking tours and business workshops — all free of charge.

“This initiative is a celebration of all that our city’s thriving music industry has to offer, whether you're an artist trying to make your mark, a sound engineer interested in honing your craft or a music fan looking for free concerts and music-related activities this summer,” Anne del Castillo, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, said in an announcement detailing the lineup of programs.

The agency plans to underwrite more than 2,300 hours of rehearsal space for city-based musicians. In addition, middle and high school students can attend a Sound Thinking NYC Career and College Expo to learn about careers in the music industry.

Free concerts by artists including Bobby Sanabria, Disco Unlimited and Dirty Sock Funtime Band will be held in parks around the city.

For a full schedule of events, go to www.nymusicmonth.nyc.

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