Seattle Music Commission

The Seattle Music Commission

The SMC pledges to continue Seattle’s great musical tradition through concrete and impactful interactions with local government, communities and individuals. I feel a responsibility to the legacy left by such talents as Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Heart, Ernestine Anderson and many others who have enhanced our community with their music.
This Commission was established in June 2010 and is comprised of 21 members from our diverse and expansive music industry. The two subcommittees (Youth and Community, Policy and Communications) are passionate and inspired and have begun carrying out their individual workplans. While working to uphold the City of Music Initiative’s mission to make this a City of Musicians, City of Live Music and a City of Music Business, the Commission wants to hear from you about what you and your community are doing to make Seattle the City of Music. We encourage you to contact us at

More About the Commission

The 21 member Seattle Music Commission represents a cross section of Seattle's music sector, including a broad range of individuals from the local music community. This Commission is tasked with advising City officials regarding leadership and support in the music arena, and also serving as a forum for City employees and departments to share information on upcoming issues and opportunities of relevance to Seattle's music sector. This Commission strives to enhance the growth and development of Seattle's music sector and convey the City's commitment to the industry, musicians and audience.

The Commission will work with City departments and the greater community in an attempt to advance the goals outlined in the Seattle City of Music vision document



2015 Commission Meetings:

  • February 18
  • April 15 - Meeting location: City Hall Room L280
  • June 17 - Meeting location: Starbucks Support Center (2401 Utah Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134)
  • September 16
  • November 18

Meetings are from 12:15-2:00 p.m. at the Seattle Municipal Tower (40th floor conference room) unless otherwise posted here.


Current Commissioners

Jody McKinley
–Commission Chair–
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Holly Hinton
–Commission Vice Chair–
Content & Online Product Manager, Starbucks Entertainment

Adrian Burton
Founder and President, eMedia Music Corp.

Ricardo Frazer
CEO / Director / Executive Producer, ZakiRose Agency and

K. Wyking Garrett
Director, Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council/UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center

Hollis Wong-Wear
Musician, Songwriter, Producer

Megan Jasper
Executive Vice President, Sub Pop Records

Emmy Jordan
Senior VP, Membership & Business Development, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Alex Kochan

Ben London
Media Rights Manager, Hewlett Packard: Melodio

DeVon Manier
President & Talent Manager, Sportn’ Life Music Group

Tom Mara
Executive Director, KEXP 90.3 FM

John Roderick
Musician, Writer, Podcaster

Patty Isacson Sabee
CEO and Director, EMP Museum

Joan Sandler
VP, Musicians’ Association of Seattle, Local 76-493 AFM

Nicole Jon Sievers
Founder and Executive Director, Stand For Courage

Jon Stone
Executive Director, One Reel

Karen P. Thomas
Artistic Director and Conductor, Seattle Pro Musica

Marcus Womack
CEO and Co-Founder, Picadee, Inc.

Nadine Zgonc
VP of Client Management, PlayNetwork