Seattle Black Music Summit


The Black Music Summit was held at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Spring of 2016 and brought together music stakeholders including musicians, artists, technologists, promoters, venues, media, educators, community organizers and others to discuss the music industry, innovation and future of Black music in the Central District, Seattle and beyond.  

Sir Mix-A-Lot, a native of the Central District, Seattle Hip Hop icon and long time tech enthusiast, teamed up with local software developers to create new uses for Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and music studio equipment. They shared their “Internet of Things” application at the 2016 Black Music Summit, and discussed where the future of music, artificial intelligence, and technology is headed. This and other cultural innovations will also be presented at the upcoming Hack the CD Cultural Innovation Conference.

The purpose of this summit was to increase awareness of opportunities and strengthen networks for action. The goal was to address the current state and future of Black Music in Seattle and the Central District, and explore the opportunities and challenges in context of the Seattle's City of Music Initiative ( to make Seattle a global music mecca by 2020.