Developing an advanced
music policy for Huntsville
Sound Diplomacy is the global expert in developing long term and self sufficient music strategies. We have worked in over 40 countries and with over 100 clients, spanning public, private and third sectors, such as the Greater London Authority, City of Vancouver and UNIDO. We are proud to be working with the City of Huntsville.
This website will be updated regularly, with reports on what has been done, what is planned, key dates, and an opportunity for you to comment on the process. Email email@example.com with the Subject line 'SUBSCRIBE HUNTSVILLE' to get updates straight to your inbox, and to get an alert when new pieces of research or participatory surveys are published online.
Key upcoming dates:
We will deliver the final draft of the report, containing the economic impact analysis, the mapping and the set of recommendations. There will be a revision period after that.
What we have done so far
Katja Hermes, Director of the German Office and Head of Projects, and Azucena Micó, Senior Project Manager, spent a week in the city in June, conducting a series of roundtables and interviews with local stakeholders and visiting some of its main music spaces.
In June, we conducted nine roundtable sessions and several interviews, as well as an open discussion. Overall, we met around 150 people, and the Meet & Greet Open Discussion was attended by 200+ people.
We published a survey asking for your opinion on various aspects of Huntsville’s music landscape. The survey was online for six weeks and closed September 10. Over 1000 of you participated! We are currently analyzing the results.
On October 3, Shain Shapiro conducted two roundtables and a second Open Forum in which he showed the first findings of the survey and the ecosystem mapping. Thank you all for coming!
In November we analysed the music ecosystem survey, started gathering economic data on the value of the music ecosystem, and submitted the first audit deliverables, including a regulatory assessment and music asset mapping. In addition, we spoke to more stakeholders throughout the Huntsville music ecosystem.
Between December and March we have been analysing the results of all the pieces of research, that will conclude in the final draft of the report in April. There will be a revision period after that.
WATCh the video Mayor TOMMY BAttle presented during #StateofCityHsv ON December 4, 2018. MUSIC HAS NOW BEEN RECOGNIZED STRATEGIC FEATURE FOR ATTRACTING WORKFORCE AND IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE IN HUNTSVILLE!
Stakeholder Database Development
Comparative Analysis & Benchmarking
Survey & Interviews
Data Capture & Economic Mapping
Economic Impact Analysis
Presentation of Draft Strategic Plan
Music Strategy & Action Plan
Please contact us if you require any further information:
Katerina Ivanova, Research Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Azucena Micó, Project Lead - email@example.com
Nadia Niakossary, Local Consultant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Katja Hermes, Project Director - email@example.com
The audit in the press:
Katja Hermes, Project Director
Katja Hermes is the Head of projects at Sound Diplomacy. She founded the Sound Diplomacy Berlin office in October 2013. In this role Katja has consulted several cities on their Music City strategy, gave lectures about Music Cities at events over the world and initiated the Music Cities Network together with the Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM). She worked on the development of several funding projects for German institutions and has consulted with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, GIZ, Adam Mickiewicz Institute Poland, Nordic Embassies Berlin and many other institutions. Katja has been working in the music business for more than 12 years. She has worked in various fields in the industry including at Mutek Festival, Ableton and Initiative Musik, the German funding organisation, where she was responsible for the export projects. Katja holds a diploma in Geography and Economy, with a focus on urban planning and creative industries.
Azucena Micó, Project Lead
Azucena is Senior Project manager at Sound Diplomacy. She has managed some of the company's biggest projects, including music market analysis and music strategies for cities, countries and spaces. At the moment, she is working in music city strategies for the City of San Francisco, The City of Huntsville (Alabama) and the region of Northwest Arkansas; she is coordinating an economic impact analysis of a festival in Mallorca; she is managing the design of a two-year project to strengthen the Cuban music industry through UNIDO; and is the coordinator of Fabra i Coats Creative Factory Music Committee, among others. She holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Policies and Management and a Masters Degree on Cultural Production and Communication. She is an academic researcher in the field of social value of music in the urban environment and guest lecturer at Universitat Blanquerna Ramon Llull in Barcelona.
Katerina Ivanova, Research Manager
Kat is a project manager and researcher with six years of experience in market research and cultural industries management. She’s passionate about music, night-time culture, and urban planning. At Sound Diplomacy since 2016, Kat works on music and music tourism strategies for cities and countries (Armenia, Brisbane, Peru), as well as programming & management of events (Music Cities Convention, Reeperbahn, BIME, German Haus at SXSW).