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In 2012, the Port of Seattle introduced its live music program to showcase the diversity of music culture in the Northwest and enhance the traveler experience at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Since the program’s launch over 115 musicians have performed in the airport. In 2018, 1,452 gigs were performed at SEA, totaling 5,790 hours of live local music in the airport. The genres of these artists range from jazz to blues to folk and acoustic pop.
Music is scheduled seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explore the calendar of artists.
SEA is expanding its music program in 2020 with the addition of two permanent performance spaces in Central Terminal and Concourse A. A third and marquee performance stage will open in 2021 with the completion of the North Satellite Modernization Project. SEA will welcome up-and-coming artists as well as headlining names to these dedicated performance spaces in the coming months.
The SEA "Experience the City of Music" initiative is highly successful due to the contributions and collaboration of our community partners.
Introduced in 2012, the Experience the City of Music Program is a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork. It is a comprehensive effort to showcase the Northwest's diverse music culture and enhance the experience of millions of travelers who pass through the airport.
In 2013, the program was honored as Best Arrivals Experience by the Future Travel Experience Awards to recognize innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives and organizations in the airline industry. Travelers may experience:
- Live performances seven days a week at locations throughout the terminal
- Overhead music exclusively by more than 240 Northwest artists
- Videos featuring clips about Seattle’s music scene and history on terminal and baggage claim monitors
- Multi-genre web radio available through the airport’s free Wi-Fi Network
- Music-themed art exhibits curated by MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture).
How to Submit Your Music
All music, video and messaging added to the SEA Airport playlist will be selected by a committee with members from PlayNetwork, the Port of Seattle and the Seattle Music Commission. These submissions will be reviewed quarterly for inclusion in the program. Decisions will be made based on suitability for a public audience of all ages.
For music submissions
- Submit to Play Network via label representative, if possible. Interested musicians should follow the instructions below for submitting music and video content for consideration.
For FTP/digital delivery
- (preferred Format – 320kbmp3)
- Please send email for login information: PlayNetwork Gabriel Marowitz: Gmarowitz@playnetwork.com
- You must use a FTP software interface to transfer files – such as filezilla.
For CD hardcopies
- Please send to: PlayNetwork
- Attn: Sea-Tac Airport Music Submission 8727 148th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052
For electronic music submits for MP3s
- (using transfer such as YouSendIt, WeTransfer, DropBox) or a link from a hosted site
- Please email: PlayNetwork Gabriel Marowitz: Gmarowitz@playnetwork.com
Gigs4U helped create the live music program for the Port of Seattle at Sea-Tac International Airport in March 2013. Travelers may experience some of the three live performances programmed by Gigs4U seven days a week at locations throughout the terminal.
Interested in performing at the airport