The Quad Cities was just named among the top U.S. metro areas with the highest concentration of musicians and singers by Vivid Seats, a marketplace that uses its technology platform to connect millions of buyers with ticket sellers across hundreds of thousands of events each year.

The QC came in at number 11 behind such places as Nashville, Honolulu, and the Gulf Coast of Florida — but ahead of the New York City area, according to a Wednesday release from Visit Quad Cities.

Vivid Seats uncovered which metros employ the highest rate of professional musicians and singers by analyzing the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program, released on March 31, 2022. The analysis ranked metro areas by their number of musicians and singers per 1,000 jobs.

Pianist and singer Freddy Allen of Davenport makes his living as a professional musician.

According to Vivid Seats, the BLS defines musicians and singers as people who “play one or more musical instruments or sing,” adding these individuals “may perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.”

The BLS estimates there are 24,080 professional musicians and singers across the U.S. as of May 2021, suggesting a national rate of 0.17 per 1,000 jobs. The numbers do not represent traveling acts, but rather full- and part-time employees based in the cities listed. In the QC, there are 48.3 musicians and singers per 100,000 jobs, the release said.

“We often hear from visitors and recent transplants they are surprised how active our music scene is. As residents, we often don’t realize what a diverse, creative scene we have,” Tyson Danner, executive director of River Music Experience, said in the release. “It’s important for us all to celebrate this news. A strong music scene is not only important to the cultural vitality of a community but serves as a significant economic driver that helps our whole region succeed.”

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra in performance at Davenport’s Adler Theatre.

In their write-up on the Quad Cities, Vivid Seats mentioned the River Music Experience, jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke, and music festivals including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and the Bix Jazz Festival.

“The Quad Cities has long been known for its creativity and the talented people that inspire us every day,” said Dave Herrell, president/CEO, Visit Quad Cities. “Our local artists are important to our story, the QC brand, and how we connect them to our experiences for residents and visitors.

“We must continue to support them while we leverage the regional destination’s creative energy which is one of our core brand pillars and platform,” he said.