Musicians are leaving Seattle. Can Paul Allen stop them? | KUOW News and Information

Musicians are leaving Seattle. Can Paul Allen stop them?

Aug 11, 2016

Bill Radke speaks with music journalist and Seattle native Ann Powers about Paul Allen's newest venture: a three-day music festival and industry conference called Upstream.

Festival organizers say they will "collide music, gaming, tech, media, design, and more to tackle today’s toughest industry challenges and open up opportunities within the new entertainment economy."

The festival also hopes to identify ways that local musicians can stay local. "Nothing breaks my heart more," Upstream executive director Jeff Vetting told the Seattle Times, "than to have a band that started in Seattle describe itself as a ‘Los Angeles band.’"

The first Upstream will take place in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood in May 2017.