This May, we held our second edition of Music Cities Forum and first to be held in the US. Indianapolis, Indiana was the host and the event included panel discussions, presentations and collaborative round tables, with attendees and guest speakers exploring the theme: 'Outlining A Music Strategy for Indianapolis and understanding its impact on Indianapolis' growth, competitiveness and creative development.'
Speakers were invited from Denver, Austin, Memphis, Atlanta and London UK to provide key insights for Indianapolis on how a music strategy for Indianapolis could be developed.
Hosted at intimate local live music venue The HI-FI and the historic Fountain Square Theatre, the day involved a range of presentations and panel discussions with music industry experts, artists and civic members.
All proceeds from the event were donated to Musical Family Tree a not for profit organisation with the mission of sharing and supporting Indianapolis’s music.
The forum, centred around harnessing the value that music can bring to Indianapolis, explored the needs and challenges of the local artist community, the restrictions and needs of the business economy, how to navigate local policy, as well as the effects that music can have on tourism and economic development of a city.
“Music impacts a city, and specifically bridges art and entrepreneurship, like few things in life,” said Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber. “As Indianapolis continues to build momentum in a 21st Century economy, it needs a talented, creative workforce to support future growth. Music and the creative class help us build a more diverse and inclusive community that challenges convention and encourages innovation. Indy’s rich musical roots, from jazz legend Freddie Hubbard to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, are a reminder of how Indy’s talented individuals can reach audiences across the world by simply sharing their passion.”
Alex Mann from the Music Venue Trust, (UK) presented on the subject of why grassroots venues are integral to the development of cities and culture and the difficulties and hurdles that they face at the MVT in the UK.
The day closed with an informative roundtable discussion where all attendees and speakers were divided into groups to look at the ways in which they would create a framework for the city.
The event finished off with networking and drinks, as well as free access to all the pinball machines in HI-FI. There was food from Thunderbird, followed by a concert featuring local bands The Wldlfe and Dream Chief.
Check out the Indianapolis playlist here to hear more from the city:
Music Cities Forum: Indianapolis was made possible with generous support from community sponsors and event partners including: Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indy Chamber, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Live Nation, HI-FI, Deylen Realty, Joyful Noise Recordings, Eskenazi Health, Visit Indy, Flaherty and Collins, Meitus Gelbert Rose, Tinker Coffee Co., MOKB Presents, Bohlsen Group, Fourth Sunday Music Co., Do317 Media.