Big Heavy World teams up with NVU-Lyndon to publish interactive music directory

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Above: NVU-Lyndon Students work together on the new Vermont Music Sector Directory.

USDA Rural Business Development Grant Support Funded this Collaborative Project

Vermont Business Magazine A new interactive directory of Vermont’s music industry has been published to, a website celebrating Vermont’s original music. The directory was created through a collaboration between Big Heavy World, Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office, and Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Music Business and Industry program students. The project was supported in part by the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant program, designed to provide technical assistance, training and other resources for small rural businesses.
“The Vermont 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy makes special note of Arts & Culture as a ‘Priority Sector’ for its contribution to quality of life,” said James Lockridge, Big Heavy World Executive Director. “Vermont is taking notice of how critical the arts are to the state’s economy, social wellbeing and brand. Investments in public resources like this music sector directory reflect these values and show that many Vermonters can benefit when diverse allies work together.”
NVU-Lyndon Music Business and Industry program students Cameron Delouis, Christopher Finn, AJ Gonzalez, and Charlotte Morris participated in the project as paid interns in the university’s Learning and Working Community Initiative. The students researched diverse information sources to update and broaden directory content, and were paid through USDA Rural Business Development Grant funds awarded to Big Heavy World for this project. 
“I take a lot of pride in being part of working with fellow students on this project,” Gonzalez said. “It was my first internship within the music industry, and I hope there is a lot of public benefit that comes from it. It’s really exciting to be able to attach my name to something so publicly available and beneficial.”
The new map-based guide shows the music sector ‘ecologies’ of five regions of the state: Southeast, Southwest, Central, Champlain Valley, and the Northeast Kingdom. It includes filterable listings for broadcast media, festivals, instrument shops, music venues, print media, record labels, record stores and recording studios.
The directory was developed in the ArcGIS Online environment by Stone Environmental. “The ArcGIS Online platform is an excellent tool to help develop Low Code/No Code web applications at a low cost,” said Warren Rich, Project GIS Specialist at Stone Environmental. “It’s ideal for this project, making the directory usable and appealing for anyone that uses it.”

As a community-driven arts nonprofit, Big Heavy World welcomes anyone to reach out if they have updates or additions to this first draft of the living document, [email protected] Future additions will include instrument makers, music-specific healthcare providers, and other sectors recommended by the music community and public. The directory is free to the public. 
“NVU’s Music Business and Industry students benefit from our partnership with Big Heavy World in many ways,” said Joe Gittleman, NVU-Lyndon Associate Professor of Music and Performing Arts. “But with this particular project, students played a crucial role in identifying Vermont’s music industry resources. These resources represent opportunities for our students, too, so it was really cool to be involved.”

The new Vermont Music Sector directory.
Big Heavy World is an independent, nonprofit volunteer-run music office serving the state of Vermont. Founded in 1996, it has leveraged a technology heavy D.I.Y. ethic and inclusive philosophy to support musicians and advance the music sector, preserve Vermont’s music legacy, and empower young adults in an environment that focuses their passions and intellect. The organization was selected by an international jury to receive the 2020 Music Cities ‘Best Global Music Office Award.’ Learn more at

Northern Vermont University is a two-campus institution of higher education that combines the best of these campuses’ nationally recognized liberal arts and professional programs. At Northern Vermont University, the goal is to guide curious, motivated, and engaged students on their paths to success and their places in the world. NVU Online offers flexible, affordable, high-quality options for learners pursuing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as certificates. NVU offers a full range of associates, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as credit and non-credit certificates and professional development courses. On July 1, 2023, Northern Vermont University will join together with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University, a reimagined higher education institution building on the strong legacies of its founding institutions. Learn more at


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