About Blue Ridge Music
Blue Ridge Music Trails is a creative economies development project planned around western North Carolina’s rich musical heritage. These music traditions are already key critical contributors to North Carolina’s economy and have the potential to bring greater benefits; they can create jobs, strengthen the tax base, and attract and retain people to live and work in North Carolina.
Research shows that arts and culture development builds community identity and pride of place, influences business development and expansion decisions, inspires downtown revitalization and historic preservation, promotes diversity and stimulates the growth of creative enterprises.
In order to more effectively meet these challenges, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area have entered into a collaboration to plan and implement the revised project. They will combine expertise and resources and engage additional stakeholders to achieve the goals and strategies that enable western North Carolina, and the state, to value our music heritage and utilize it appropriately to benefit citizens.
In 2010 the North Carolina Arts Council received funding support from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to update Blue Ridge Music Trail guidebook and map. The 2003 guidebook was reprinted by UNC Press and is available now.