the inaugural edition

Brighton 2015

Initiated by The Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne and global music market development agency, Sound Diplomacy, Music Cities brought together top minds from municipalities, regions, academics, consultancies and the music industry.


Amy Terrill, Music Canada

Becc Bates, Arts SA Music Development Office

Carles Sala, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona Barcelona City Council

David Grice, Musitec

Dave Haslam, 

Johan Eurenius, Selam

Kevin McManus, Liverpool Vision

Mark Davyd, Music Venue Trust

Matthias Rauch, Mannheim City Government

Nico Zimmer, Technology Foundation Berlin

Patrick Donovan, Music Victoria

Paul de Rook, City of Groningen

Sebastien Nasra, M for Montreal

Teshome Wondimu, Selam

Valentino Barrioseta, Bridges for Music

Nothing brings a city alive like citizens losing themselves with complete strangers to soulful music. It’s the glue that ties a community together.
— Patrick Donovan, Music Victoria