Music Policy Forum

Helping Lead The Future Of Music

Music Impacts Policy Policy Impacts Music

For nearly twenty years, Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano has been at the forefront of these conversations through our work representing cities, co-founding and helping lead the Future of Music Coalition and policy engagement work with organizations as diverse as American Ballet Theatre, Fractured Atlas, Native Public Media, Colorado Creative Industries and NPR. Through this forum we continue this important work.

But how can these conversations be connected? How can elected officials and public servants how musicians and music scenes intersect with their public policy goals, ranging from education to economic development to youth engagement to cultural tourism? And how can musicians effectively communicate their needs to government officials to accelerate a dialog about how public policy can truly be in service to these music communities? We recognize that our firm brings a wealth of relationships to build connections, strategic perspective to identify and solve challenging problems and a passion for engaging policymakers toward actionable, tangible ideas and solutions that can address specific needs. Now, we are moving onto our next great adventure: The Music Policy Forum.

The Music Policy Forum is a specialized consultancy that serves three goals:

  1. Advises governments, organizations and businesses on how effective engagement with the music community can advance their objectives, including from strategic planning, coalition building and campaign management
  2. Curates conferences, retreats and other events that build cross sector networks and connect dynamic working musicians with policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders who are eager for authentic engagement with that community.
  3. Resources activist musicians who are interested in learning more about issues, how they can effectively engage in the policy process and build power through collaboration with other musicians and advocates.


Music Policy Forum is led by Michael Bracy, co-founder and former board president of the Future of Music Coalition, and Tracy Tucker, leader of BTBV’s Cities Practice. We are supported by a network of partners, organizers, educators, musicians, researchers and policy experts who are activated on a project-by-project basis.

Music Policy Forum is launching with a conference on October 29, 2016 called “Building the Music Capital.” Building off of the highly successful Music Cities Convention BTBV co-presented in 2015, “Building the Music Capital” unites Music Policy Forum with Georgetown University and Listen Local First into a day-long exploration of the Washington music ecosystem with a particular focus on strategies, policies and business models that recognize and strengthen the local community.