Listen Local First (LLF) was established a little over 7 years ago for the purpose of creating alternate avenues for local music exploration and to raise the profile of working musicians living within the District.  The initiative aimed at creating connections between locally owned businesses, local artists, cultural institutions and government officials to better navigate our own music economy and create greater opportunities for musicians to have a say in their own success in this city.  In the past 6 years LLF has, hosted two local music policy conferences in coordination with the Music Policy Forum and Georgetown University, created connections between hundreds of local businesses and musicians, released quarterly playlist showcasing rising talent in all genres across the district, facilitated dozens of meetings between musicians and local government officials, produced over 50 smaller local events and panel discussions, co-produced the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival and co-founded DC’s largest all local music festival, Funk Parade.