MUSIC CITIES EVENTS: WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA FOR 2019-2020?

In the first third of 2019 we’ve already hosted two sold out events in two separate continents and welcomed 600+ attendees from all over the world. So what’s coming up for Music Cities Events for the rest of the year and 2020?

Music Cities Convention - Chengdu, April 2019

Music Cities Convention - Chengdu, April 2019

We started 2019 with a Sound Development in London on February 5th and followed this up with our first-ever Asian Music Cities Convention hosted in Chengdu, China on April 10-12th. We had 100 delegates join us for our London event and 500 from all over the world join us in China.

Music Cities Convention - Chengdu, China, April 2019

Music Cities Convention - Chengdu, China, April 2019

Sound Development - London, UK, February 2019

Sound Development - London, UK, February 2019

Where do we go from here?

We have five events happening between May and September. We’ll start with another Sound Development in London on May 21st, then move over to Cannes, France for our first European Music Cities Forum held alongside MIDEM on June 6th, after Cannes we’ll head back to the UK for a Sound Development in Leeds on June 13th and then finish off September with our Music Tourism Convention in Liverpool on September 6th and another Music Cities Forum in Norrkoping on September 27th. Read on to find out about each event:

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We’ll start in London on May 21st with the spring edition of Sound Development, partnered with the Association of Independent Music and ING Media. Property developers and music industry representatives will gather to explore stronger strategies to develop and champion better spaces and places. The first event of its kind, Sound Development has been held five times in London and New York and has brought 700+ key stakeholders and decision makers together.

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Tickets are available on a 'pay what you like' basis, and all ticket revenue will be donated to Claire House Children’s Hospice. You can check out the schedule and speakers here and get your tickets at this link.

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June will see us host our first-ever French event. We’re thrilled to have partnered with MIDEM and to be bringing our Music Cities Forum to Cannes on June 6th. This will also mark the first time Music Cities Forum is held in Europe, as previous editions were hosted in Indianapolis, USA and Vancouver, Canada.

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Worldwide Village @ MIDEM in 2018

The event will take place at the Worldwide Village Conference Room in Cannes in the morning of June 6th and will feature presentations and panels discussing topics such as how music can steer economic development or help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the link between music companies and urbanism.

Check out our website for news and information - the full list of speakers will be announced in May.

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We’ll also be returning to Liverpool on September 6th for the fourth global edition of our iconic Music Tourism Convention!
The event is hosted alongside Visit Britain and Marketing Liverpool, with Lastminute.com as our key sponsor and will be held at the British Music Experience in Liverpool, the perfect setting for 200 international delegates to look into various areas of music tourism and expand on the opportunities the worldwide music and tourism sectors can gain from each other.


Music Tourism Convention - Liverpool, February 2017

Music Tourism Convention - Liverpool, February 2017

Line up, schedule and hotel deals will be announced soon on our website, but tickets are already on sale at a very special price: get yours here.

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September will be an exciting month, as our second 2019 Music Cities Forum will also take place in Norrkoping, Sweden, our first Scandinavian event.

Our Norrkoping Music Cities Forum will be hosted alongside Norrkoping City of Music on September 27th and will gather 200+ attendees and 15+ speakers for a day of learning, best practice and examples of music's role on cities in Scandinavian countries and beyond.

On the following day, attendees will also have the chance to experience Norrkoping and Sweden’s vibrant atmosphere at the Culture Night 2019, which will see music performances, dance shows, theatrical performances, yoga, movies, crafts, exhibitions, guided tours and more be held in 300+ sites all over the city.

Norrkoping Culture Night 2016. Ph: Nicole Olsson

Norrkoping Culture Night 2016. Ph: Nicole Olsson

More information can be found on the event page, while early bird tickets are available until June 30th and can be purchased here.

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Last but not least, our first 2020 event has just been announced!

On September 23-25 2020 Music Cities Convention will head to Denver, Colorado, USA to be hosted alongside Denver Arts & Venues, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado Creative Industries and The Music District. 40+ international speakers and 300+ attendees will meet in this creative, multicultural, innovative and thriving music city to dig deep into concepts such as urban planning, music, education, sustainability, creativity, community-building, health, tourism and much more.

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Music Cities Convention - Lafayette, October 2018

The first info are now online and tickets are already on sale with early bird discounts here.

We couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come and we can’t wait to meet you at one of our confirmed events! While waiting, check out the highlights of our last Music Cities Convention Chengdu in this photo gallery!


Delivering Cardiff’s Music Ecosystem Strategy

In April 2019, Sound Diplomacy’s full report and strategic recommendations for Cardiff’s music ecosystem were made public by Cardiff Council, representing the culmination of 18 months’ work. In this time, we engaged with multiple council departments and over 130 stakeholders face to face, analysed answers from 1000+ survey respondents and organised multiple city visits. It is the biggest project of this kind we have completed in the UK to date.

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Over the course of the work, we delivered a Music Vision to lay down our strategic aims and how we hoped to achieve them. We hosted a series of roundtables, open door meetings, town hall style debates, and 1 on 1 interviews with stakeholders in Cardiff’s music ecosystem, ranging from CEOs to students, university professors to classical musicians, venue managers, funders and promoters to everything in between. We launched a Full Music Ecosystem Survey to ensure local residents and organisations outside the music industry also had a chance to have they voices heard, and we undertook a Music Infrastructure Mapping exercise and an Economic Impact Study of the city’s music ecosystem, benchmarking our findings to data from other comparator cities.  

We then completed a Comparative Analysis report, looking at how legislation in areas such as Licensing, Planning, Transport, Governance & Leadership and Funding held up against counterpart policy in five chosen international cities. This was accompanied by a comprehensive Regulatory Assessment of Cardiff’s legislative landscape, and specifically how it interacted with, allowed or prevented music to thrive within it.

Once we completed the qualitative and quantitative stages of the research, we delivered the final report, which included the Key Findings & Strategic Recommendations, and an Executive Summary.

The recommendations are designed to build on Cardiff’s music ecosystem’s strengths, address the areas of underdevelopment, and lay down a path to make music an integral part of the city’s daily life. We are pleased to say that the public reception has been fantastic, with some of Cardiff’s music ecosystem’s leading figures engaging with the work very positively.

Since then, Cardiff’s Scrutiny Cabinet has given unanimous approval to the report, and the full set of recommendations have been approved, with both the Cabinet and all the opposition political parties agreeing to them.

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I would like to thank every individual that worked with us, took an interest in the report, responded to the survey, attended a roundtable and shared information. Your participation and input has been invaluable and the work could not have been done without it. I look forward to the next stages of Sound Diplomacy’s relationship with the city, to see the recommendations being implemented, and work towards making Cardiff the Music City it aspires to be.

Read the Executive Summary here.

Rollo Maschietto, Cardiff Project Lead, UK Office



MUSIC CITIES CONVENTION - ON THE ROAD


MUSIC CITIES CONVENTION CHENGDU

April 10 - 13, 2019 - Chengdu, China


Our first-ever Asian event and biggest Music Cities Convention to date was held in Chengdu, China’s next Music City.

Traditional dinners and performances, two full Convention days, pandas, ancient towns and live music are just some of the highlights of this memorable edition.

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Two weeks ago, as we walked out of the airport, we were immediately inundated with Chengdu’s unique sounds, smells and charm. A long-established music center, the city’s creative ferment welcomed us and our enthusiasm about bringing our first event to China was further amplified when we saw Music Cities Convention billboards, subway ads and bus banners spread all over the city.

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48 speakers and 500+ delegates from all over the world got together in Chengdu for our biggest Music Cities Convention to date and discussed music, policy, planning, tourism and much more around this edition’s theme, “Districts to Countries: Envisioning Global Music Cities”.

We began the eighth global edition of Music Cities Convention on April 10th with a special VIP opening reception held at the Grand Hyatt, where we were immersed in Chengdu culture and heritage with traditional food, music and dances.

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On April 11th, Luo Qiang, Mayor of Chengdu, and our very own Shain Shapiro welcomed delegates to the Grand Hyatt and kicked off Music Cities Convention.

Our virtual journey around the world’s most prominent music cities started shortly after with presentations from cities such as Bologna, Chengdu, Beijing, Genoa, London, Kingston and Nashville; we then learnt more on the World Choir Games and the Chinese recording industry.

Other stops included Tenerife, Spain, the Sarawak province in Malaysia and Alaska, USA and completed a full day of insights and inspiring talks, rounded off by a panel discussion on how to develop world class music hubs featuring top minds from France, Brazil, China and the US.

Day 1 ended at the Level 12 French Garden at Grand Hyatt with food, drinks and a special performance from the Sichuan Province Song and Dance Theater Company.

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On Day 2, Music Cities Convention was held at the Eastern Suburb Memory, a music-themed park located in the east side of Chengdu. There, another full day began with presentations from Melbourne, Australia and Seoul, South Korea.

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Pierce Freelon then told us more on how to engage young people in music and why it is so important, followed by a panel discussion on music education and a presentation on the relationship between music and cognitive health; night-time economy challenges were discussed by Merlijn Poolman, Night Mayor of Groningen, just before lunch.

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In the afternoon, topics such as music tourism, traditional music export, Chinese music industry and economic development were addressed in a variety of presentations and panels before rounding off day 2 with a suggestive signing ceremony: by joining on stage and signing a symbolic document, delegates from all over the world expressed their interest in further collaborating with the city of Chengdu and in creating a global dialogue around Music Cities. The ceremony truly encapsulated the theme of the event and was the perfect ending to Music Cities Convention.

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We obviously couldn’t leave Chengdu without exploring its beauties and attractions. On Saturday April 13th, an additional tourism & networking day brought delegates to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base and to the discovery of Jiezi and Andren ancient towns.

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Our first Asian event was a huge success and we couldn’t have wished for more: great people, great insights, great music and great places, as well as the awareness that the Music Cities movement is growing every day and in every inch of the world.

A special thank you to our key sponsor Victorian Music Development Office, and to our hosts and partners: the City of Chengdu, Chengdu’s Musical Fun District, Sichuan Province Song and Dance Theatre, the New Silk Road Chamber of Commerce, Incenter Culture, Chengdu Music Industry Promotion Office, Chengdu Culture, Radio And TV, Press And Publication Bureau and Sichuan Federation of Industry and Commerce.

Our next confirmed Music Cities Convention will be held in Denver, USA in September 2020 and tickets are already on sale! Click here for more information.

Hungry for more Chengdu photos? Check out our Facebook photo album!


Sound Diplomacy at SXSW 2019

Guest post by Elizabeth Cawein.

I always know I’ve had a good SXSW when I’ve lost count of two things: number of tacos consumed and number of new bands discovered. This year was a win in both categories, so much so that it’s taken me almost a month to recover and put together a proper recap of the highlights!

I was honored to start off my week (truly, about an hour after my plane landed!) at the EU House, sharing some insights as part of a panel discussion on music export strategies.

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This is a topic I’m passionate about, and it was great to have the chance to highlight not just the economic possibilities of music export, but the cultural implications when we create opportunities for artists to build relationships and collaborations across borders.

Later in the week I had the chance to experience GovCity, the first gathering of its kind of innovators in government, and meet some stellar young people as a SXSW music mentor.

And of course, in between all of this I saw as much live music as I could! Naturally, I always love to check out what cities and countries are doing to represent at their own showcases and day parties, and this year was no exception – I took in bands at WeDC House, the Canadian Blast BBQ, Tulsa Boom Factory, and more. Sound Diplomacy was once again involved in organizing the German Haus at SXSW - 7 days of events around music, creative industries and tech - and I was glad to check out the new venue, meet my colleagues from Berlin and enjoy some live music. I also got to stop by the Recording Academy’s block party at the Four Seasons, another annual favorite, for some great live music presented by the Texas chapter. (And in case you missed it, they shared our Music Cities Manual on Grammy.com!).

My SXSW week ended as strong as it started, with our panel on music cities – I was thrilled to see how many people came out to be a part of this conversation at 5 o’clock on the Friday of SXSW, when a cold beer was most certainly awaiting them anywhere else! That turnout – along with so many conversations I had throughout the week with folks from across the U.S. and around the world – is an indication of how important this topic is, and how many people are invested in the music ecosystems in their home towns and cities. I so enjoyed moderating this conversation with Matthew Kowal from Majestic Collaborations, Kara Elliott-Ortega from the City of Boston, and Nick Mattera from Brand USA. You can check our Music Cities Manual here.

Furthermore, as part of 'Music Cities: The Impact of Music and Nightlife on Cities' programme at German Haus, Sound Diplomacy hosted a presentation on Music City Scope - an interactive model developed by the City Science Lab at Hafen City University, Hamburg in collaboration with Sound Diplomacy, Clubkombinat, and the Hamburg Music Business Development Association. Music City Scope is an interactive, digital model that analyzes the relationship between music and urban development and simulates development scenarios. The presentation session was attended by economists, researchers, business associations and night-time economy officials from European and US cities. 

THE MUSIC CITIES MANUAL


How Music Increases Economic, Social
and Cultural Growth in Your City

Sound Diplomacy are proud to present the Music Cities Manual, a set of tools, case studies and lessons to increase the value of music in your city, town or place.


We hope cities, regions and places use this guide as a catalyst to improve their communities through music, because evidence demonstrates that this is what happens when music is incorporated in policy early and often.
— Dr. Shain Shapiro, Founder & President, Sound Diplomacy

This document is your introduction to realising what your music policy can deliver.  Music is a revenue stream you haven’t realised yet. And music, when successful, drives growth across a variety of sectors, from film to fashion, education to logistics.  

The Music Cities Manual provides 13 comprehensive, common-sense steps for any city, place or government to incorporate music into its overall strategic aims, goals and management plans. From planning and zoning to industry development, education to health and wellbeing, equity and social inclusion, music is an expansive, powerful tool to develop more representative, participatory urban strategies that can be used to improve urban policy, resilience and growth.

The Music Cities Manual helps to underline the massive cultural and economic contribution music makes to its environment. It is undoubtedly an important document for independent labels, artists and the musical ecosystem as a whole.
— Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM

The Music Cities Manual further supports a trend emerging around the world - cities are paying more deliberate and intentional attention to their music, culture and night time economies. A dozen new ‘Night Mayor’ posts have emerged over the last few years and music offices are growing globally, being incorporated into both economic development and tourism departments around the world.

Never before has a report been released that links music directly to every city department, and details how it is a tool to improve access, create jobs, drive wealth and support sustainable tourism. With this document and with Sound Diplomacy’s direction, your music policy will create jobs, drive economic growth, support sustainable development goals, increase tourists and improve quality of life.

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The full Music Cities Guide is available to download now. For more information about the guide or to be a supporter, get in touch here.

 

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The Music Cities Manual should be required reading for any city on the journey to develop sensible and effective music policies. Sound Diplomacy combines deep understanding of how cities function with broad, international experience designing music policy to create a clear, step-by-step guide that can benefit anyone passionate about preserving and improving their music ecosystem.
— Shira Gans, Senior Executive Director, Policy and Programs, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

I wish that a Music Cities Manual existed back in the 1960s and 1970s when I was running Stax Records. Then it would have been easier to develop relationships across city government and other city policy makers to demonstrate the value of music’s economic and social impact across all cities and all people. This report is a terrific synergy of music’s invaluable influence on society. I profoundly urge everyone to read it - carefully & thoroughly!
— Al Bell, Chairman, Al Bell Presents LLC | Chairman, Former Owner Stax Records

Without its musical heritage, Camden, like many parts of London, would have nowhere near the global status it enjoys. But we mustn’t take this currency for granted and only by planning music into regeneration can we help secure one of our most important legacies and art forms. This report sets out numerous straight-forward solutions that have proven successful globally and need to be recognised in cities around the world.
— Anna Lewis, Board Member, The Roundhouse and Director, Greycoat UK

MEET OUR U.S. LEAD ELIZABETH CAWEIN


As Sound Diplomacy announces plans for American outpost, get to know our first boots on the ground

Guest post by Elizabeth Cawein.


I don’t remember the exact day, month or year that I became obsessed with music – I imagine it really set in far too early for my recorded memory – but I do remember when I became obsessed with music and cities.

It was 2015, and I’d been spending the better part of the year working to build a nonprofit export office in my hometown of Memphis that would focus on leveraging our music for talent attraction, tourism and economic development, while creating a needed pipeline for our musicians to grow their national audiences. In the midst of that work I’d become interested in the interesting ways other cities – in the U.S. and across the globe – were approaching supports for their music ecosystems.

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Enter Sound Diplomacy and the Music Cities Convention, the first-ever in the states, held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in October of 2015. I saw a Billboard story about the conference by chance and was immediately intrigued. But it was just a few weeks away, so I figured it wasn’t practical to try to make it work. I decided to check flights, just in case, sure that the last-minute price gouging would make the decision for me.

Somehow, the flights were hovering around $115.

Almost as soon as I closed my Kayak.com search tab, I had an e-mail from my husband – he would need to be in D.C. at the end of the month for a conference. The exact dates of the Music Cities Convention. If I didn’t think it was kismet then (I did), I certainly know it was now.

That one-day event left me feeling the best kind of exhausted: my brain absolutely swimming with ideas, my passions ignited, and my preconceived notions smashed. I was hooked.

At the close of the conference I marched up to Shain Shapiro, Sound Diplomacy President and Founder, and asked what I needed to do to bring the Music Cities Convention to Memphis. Two years later, that’s exactly what it did. The Memphis edition of Music Cities Convention, held in October 2017, was in a way the beginning of my working relationship with Sound Diplomacy, as I spent a year working with them to put together the conference programming and logistics.

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A year later, I had the pleasure of working with the Music Cities team again for the Music Cities Convention in Lafayette, La., handling publicity and marketing for the convening. And in January of this year, we made it official. I’m thrilled to join the Sound Diplomacy team, especially at such an exciting time of growth with the opening of a new U.S. home base.

The reality is that America traditionally has lagged behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to funding and supports for arts and culture, so to see so many U.S. cities interested in thinking about innovative ways to grow their music ecosystems and understanding the broad impact that a healthy music community can have for their citizens is exciting, and I hope a sign of a paradigm shift ahead. The prospect of being invited to so many incredible places to discover their music cultures and to help them realize the potential in their own cities is a thrill for my music-and-cities obsessed brain, and an honor.

And beyond my hometown of Memphis – one of America’s richest and most important music cities – Sound Diplomacy is already working with some of my favorite American music hubs: New Orleans, Muscle Shoals and San Francisco.

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I also can’t wait to discover the music of Indianapolis, Fort Worth, and Huntsville. (And so many others I can’t mention just yet!) What I know to be true is that music makes our cities better. It drives economic impact, it creates jobs and attracts talent. It invites people to our cities, brings in hotel tax dollars and creates cultural connection through tourism. It improves education, it brings life to our neighborhoods. It gives us pride in a shared civic identity and makes us invest and care deeply in who we are as a city. And when our musicians thrive, our cities are full of creative people who can very often bring creative solutions to civic problems.

When our musicians thrive, our cities thrive. I’m driven by that belief, and lucky to be part of an organization that believes it, too.


SOUND DIPLOMACY IN THE U.S.


SOUND DIPLOMACY TO OPEN U.S. OFFICE IN 2019


Press Release, March 5th, 2019

GLOBAL CONSULTANCY SOUND DIPLOMACY TO OPEN U.S. OFFICE IN 2019

Announcement made in exclusive Billboard Magazine story out today

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Sound Diplomacy will open a U.S. office in 2019 to be headquartered in one of the country’s most revered music cities, New Orleans, it was announced today via an exclusive story in Billboard Magazine.

 The international consultancy, which has offices in London, Berlin and Barcelona, has already begun working with diverse U.S. cities to develop strategies for growing the economic impact of music, including historic music regions like Muscle Shoals and emerging music cities like Indianapolis and Fort Worth. The U.S. office – which will open a brick and mortar location later this year – brings with it the growth of Sound Diplomacy’s U.S. team and myriad exciting music and strategy projects from coast to coast.

"The U.S. is one of the most diverse music markets in the world and for us, where we've seen interest in our music cities work since 2015,” says Shain Shapiro, Founder and President of Sound Diplomacy. “Since we staged our first Music Cities Convention in 2015 in Georgetown, to launching our first strategy in Huntsville, Ala., last year, the U.S. has shown us that city leaders are open to music's role and keen to see its value increase. It was a no-brainer for us to choose the U.S. as our next outpost, and something we're very excited about.”

 In January, Greater New Orleans, Inc., announced the launch of the New Orleans Music Economy Initiative, a comprehensive music strategy which will be led by Sound Diplomacy.

“New Orleans is without a doubt, a global leading music city,” Shapiro says. “But it's also one that's emerging, through its burgeoning tech and entrepreneurial community. It's diverse, rich in culture and unique. It also has a direct flight from London and benefits from a progressive incentive scheme provided by the State of Louisiana that directly targets music-focused businesses like ours. The business community there, from Greater New Orleans, Inc., to the Recording Academy, has been incredibly welcoming, helping us identify space, partners and alliances. We can't wait to put our boots on the ground there later this year, in addition to us working with them on the New Orleans Music Economy Initiative (NOME).”

Leading Sound Diplomacy’s expansion efforts in the U.S. is Shapiro, with the support of Elizabeth Cawein, a long-time music publicist turned strategist and advocate based in Memphis. Cawein brings to the role eight years’ experience in music publicity and expertise on music ecosystem strategies gained through her work with Music Export Memphis, an innovative nonprofit that leverages public and private funding to act as an export office for the city’s music culture.

“As a passionate believer that smart cities are music cities, I’m thrilled to be leading Sound Diplomacy’s work in the U.S.,” Cawein says. “We know that when music ecosystems thrive, our cities thrive. I’m particularly excited to connect with leaders across government, tourism, and economic development, to illustrate the immense value of music, in quality of life, in talent attraction, in civic identity and civic pride.”

 In addition to previously announced projects in San Francisco, New Orleans, Huntsville and the Shoals Region, the story in Billboard today also mentions Sound Diplomacy North American projects in Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Northwest Arkansas, and Vancouver, Canada.

For more information, visit www.sounddiplomacy.com or contact:
Elizabeth Cawein
Signal Flow PR
901.268.9038 | elizabeth@signalflowpr.com


NOCTURNAL CITIES - ON THE ROAD


NOCTURNAL CITIES FORUM & CONFERENCE

3 & 22 November 2018
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada & Bogotá, Colombia


With 10 events in three different continents, 2018 was a fantastic year for Music Cities Events. One of the highlights was the launch of our brand new event series, Nocturnal Cities, with two November editions taking place in Canada and Colombia. The events explored the important role played by the night-time economy and its relationship with city planning and welcomed a total of 410 attendees and 43 speakers from all over the world.

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The inaugural edition of Nocturnal Cities Forum was held in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 3rd as part of Nova Scotia Music Week and the theme was “Building Stronger Music Communities”. 75 delegates from Canada and the world discussed the role of the night-time economy in a full day of panels, presentations and roundtables.

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November 22 saw Sound Diplomacy, Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and Bogotá Mayor’s Office host the first-ever edition of Nocturnal Cities Conference in Bogotá, Colombia. The Conference hosted 335+ delegates from all over Colombia and the world and featured a full day of panels and presentations, as well as an afternoon work session and an evening concert.

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Prior to the events, Sound Diplomacy and Andreina Seijas published a Night Time Economy Guide outlining the benefits that the evening and night-time economy create, this laid the foundation for the ideas explored in the events.

The conference also led to the creation of a Manifesto aimed at providing guidelines and strategies on how to improve the night-time economy in Latin American cities. The document provides a detailed analysis of the night-time economy and the challenges and opportunities that come with it. The document is now available for download here.

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Here are the events in numbers:

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A huge shout out goes to our partners:

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The next editions of Nocturnal Cities Forum & Conference will be confirmed soon. In the meantime, have a look at our Bogota event report!

#NocturnalCitiesNS   #NSMW2018
#BogotáNocturna  #NocturnalCities

https://www.nocturnalcities.co/



MONTHLY ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY


WHAT WE’VE BEEN DOING IN FEBRUARY

A month of events, exciting announcements
and U.S. activity.


Highlights from last month:

  • We announced Julia Eberdal’s appointment as Sound Diplomacy’s new CEO, we’re so pleased to welcome her to the team. Read the press release here.

  • To kick start the Sound Diplomacy events calendar for 2019 and to engage with an increasingly hot topic concerning the urban planning and culture sectors, we hosted Sound Development, our quarterly mini-series discussion at East London’s newest destination, Republic. Our event chair Kat Hanna has written a little overview of the event here.

  • Earlier this month saw the launch of the Cultural Cities Enquiry report, looking at developing a new model to help culture flourish in our cities. Our Founder Shain Shapiro was part of the Board leading the Enquiry whose purpose was to "consider how we can radically increase the ability of our cities to use culture to drive inclusive growth". The report is now available to download here.

  • We returned to the House of Lords for our penultimate session in our Music in Society inquiry, this month investigating the role of music in driving economic growth. Read more here.

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What we’ve been reading:


What we’ve been listening to:

Paloma from our Barcelona office lays down a Diva themed playlist. In her words, "February is a tough month, so it's good to have some diva pep talk to support you!"


What we’re looking forward to…

This month we’re starting by heading to ITB in Berlin to promote our Music Tourism Convention, at the same time Danny will be at ILMC talking about how music can be used to boost tourism. We’ll also be at SXSW with lots of activity happening there and MIPIM. Come and say hello if you’re there!