A Look at Miami’s Music Scene

When people think of Miami, they think of music, arts, culture and entertainment. Miami is almost synonymous with a vibrant, colorful, non-stop dance and club scene, churning out a seemingly endless stream of new, cutting-edge genres of electronic music. However, Miami is not simply a hub for Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and all the forms of music it inspires. Miami is a veritable melting pot of cultures, bringing together Afro-Caribbean and Latin American populations along with people from every other corner of the globe. The diverse Miami music scene has always embraced this rich mix of cultures and the musical heritage they have to offer. Miami’s artists and musicians seem to tire of working within single genres — they are constantly collaborating with one another across stylistic boundaries and creating innovative and original music. With an abundance of DJs, classical ensembles, orchestras, dance clubs, concert halls and premier music festivals, Miami has many opportunities for the aspiring professional with a music business degree. Earning an online Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries can help you prepare for a career in this exciting, ever-evolving music scene.

Latin and Caribbean Music

Miami is extremely diverse, racially and ethnically. A large segment of the population of Miami is Afro-Caribbean or Latin American, and Miami’s music scene reflects this. People can take dance classes in traditional Latin and Cuban styles like merengue, flamenco, samba, salsa and mambo, or they can party all night at the numerous Latin and Caribbean nightclubs throughout the city. In addition to the many Latin TV studios, Miami is home to international media companies like MTV Latino and Sony International, which can draw famous artists from around the world and add to the burgeoning Latin and Afro-Caribbean presence in Miami’s music.


Electronic Dance Music has been a staple of Miami’s scene for the past four decades, inspired by the rhythmic focus of Miami’s Latin and Caribbean music along with the growing popularity of dance music like disco in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Miami’s Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival made the city an epicenter of dance music world-wide. Ever since, EDM has continued to evolve, incorporating many different musical styles and branching into numerous popular sub-genres like Deep House, Electric House, Trap and Dub Step. As always, the Miami music scene continues to play a pivotal role in this musical genre’s development.

Miami Bass and Southern Rap

Following the dance music movement in Miami and the beginning of hip hop culture in the 1980s, another genre was born: Miami Bass. Drawing from bass-heavy EDM and rap, Miami Bass is a club-friendly form of hip hop that has been a staple of Miami’s club scene ever since the genre’s inception. Furthering the growth of hip hop in southern Florida, Miami also became a hub for Southern rap in the late 1990s, along with other large urban centers in the southeastern United States.

Classical Music

Although Miami may not be known for its classical music, it is becoming an increasingly important part of the city’s arts community. Symphonies, orchestras and ensembles — as well as conductors from all over the world — have been flocking to the city, attracted in part by its diverse and colorful art scene. Progressive and experimental composers and performers in Miami’s classical world have been drawing inspiration from the Miami music scene as well as the city’s visual and performing arts, from EDM to Latin music to slam poetry.

From Latin and Caribbean music to the many sub-genres of EDM to Southern Rap to experimental classical music to diverse forms of world music, the Miami music scene has something to offer just about everyone. Learning what this scene is all about while earning a music business degree can help you develop a career in one of the most exciting live music cities in the country.

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