April 11-12, 2019 • Chengdu, China

The first Asian Music Cities Convention is set to be our biggest event yet: find out why.

On 11-12 April 2019, Music Cities Events will travel to Chengdu for the first ever Music Cities Convention to be held in China. The event will feature two full days of panels, presentations and roundtables, a traditional Chinese dinner and performance, a concert, an amazing extra tourism and networking day and the guarantee to meet key representatives from all over the world.


So far we’ve confirmed 24 amazing speakers from China, Australia, UK, USA, Germany, France, Jamaica, Brazil, Malaysia and South Korea. Alongside this we’ll have delegations from Japan, Israel, Russia and of course delegates from all over China. Our current speaker list looks like this:

  • Ariel Blum, Co-founder, Grid Series (Australia)

  • Bonnie Dalton, General Manager, Victorian Music Development Office (Australia)

  • Chloé Nataf, Head of Cultural Entrepreneurship, Trempolino & Coordinator, European Music Incubator (France)

  • Craig Ray, Director, Visit Mississippi (USA)

  • Dani Ribas, Head of Research, Data and Studies, SIM SÃO PAULO (Brazil)

  • Denise Stanley-Chard, Founder, Clock Your Skills (UK)

  • Dennis Madsen, Manager of Urban & Long-Range Planning, City of Huntsville (USA)

  • Francesco Leonardi, Project Development, Interkultur and World Choir Games (Germany)

  • Gillian McDaniel, Principal Director, Culture and Creative Industries Policy Division, Ministry of Culture Gender Entertainment & Sport (Jamaica)

  • Grace Meadows, Programme Director, Music for Dementia 2020 & The Utley Foundation (UK)

  • Councillor Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council (UK)

  • Isabella Pek, Founder, SEAMEX (Malaysia)

  • Janie Finlay, Councillor & Former Mayor, City of Launceston (Australia)

  • Jasper Donat, Co-founder and CEO, Branded Ltd & President of Music Matters (Hong Kong)

  • Jesse Elliott, Director, The Music District in Fort Collins (USA)

  • Kamel King, Bureau Manager for Music & Culture, Visit Mississippi (USA)

  • Kate Ben-tovim, Associate Director of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia Topa) & Creative Director Of Turning World (Australia)

  • Kurtis Blow, Hip Hop legend, First Ever Certified Gold Record Rapper, Associate Producer on The Get Down & NYC Nightlife Advisory Board Member (USA)

  • Prof. Lee Dong Yeoun, Author, Professor at Korea National University of Arts, General Director of Platform Changdong61 by Seoul City Government, and Co-Organiser of DMZ Peace Train Music Festival (South Korea)

  • Lisa Gedgaudas, Program Administrator, Create Denver, Denver Arts & Venues | City and County of Denver (USA)

  • Martin Elbourne, Co-Founder, Music Cities Convention & The Great Escape and Head booker at Glastonbury (UK)

  • Dr. Michael Seman, Director of Creative Industries Research and Policy, College of Arts & Media , University of Colorado Denver (USA)

  • Pierce Freelon, Professor, Director, Musician, Emmy-Award winning producer, and former candidate for Mayor of Durham, NC (USA)

  • Lord Tim Clement Jones, Chair of the Music in Society Inquiry & Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence, the House of Lords, UK Parliament (UK)

  • Yin Long, CEO, MIDI Music Media (China)

  • Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Executive Director, Northern Culture Exchange & Founding Director of Spenard Jazz Fest (USA/Norway)

Learn more about our speakers here.

And have a look at the initial schedule here.

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We can’t wait to meet you in Chengdu and discuss the role music plays in our cities.
Our final Early Bird runs till 15th March and tickets are available at the special price of $145 USD. Get yours now by heading here.

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