Washington 2015


The inaugural American edition of the convention, co-presented by Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano's Michael Bracy, was held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on 25 October 2015 to share ideas and experiences of connecting public policy and planning strategies to the music industry and economy.


Alan Miller, Night Time Industries Association (NTIA)

Anna Celenza, Georgetown University

Ben Berthelot, City of Lafayette LA - Visitors Bureau

Ben Herson, Nomadic Wax / Rebel Music (MTV) 

Ben Olinsky, Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workforce Policy

Fredrik Sandsten, Göteborg & Co Träffpunkt AB

George Lepauw, International Beethoven Project & Beethoven Festival

Ian Swain, Consultant

Ismael Guerrero, Denver Housing Authority

James Lockridge, The Big Heavy World Foundation

Jami Duffy, Youth on Record

Jim Peters, Responsible Hospitality Institute

John Abodeely, President's Council on Arts and Humanities

John Wardle, Live Music Office

Joyce Linehan, City of Boston

Karen Sofie Sørensen, BRAK

Karin Wolf, Office of the Mayor, City of Madison

Kate Becker, City of Seattle

Kokayi, Artist, Producer and Educator

Kwende Kefentse, City of Ottawa

Lisa Richards Toney, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Lolis Eric Elie, Writer

Mark Gordon, Generator NI

Martin Elbourne, Great Escape Festival Co-Founder

Martin Perna, Antibalas, TV on the Radio, Dap Kings Musician

Michael Bracy, BTBV

Michael Orlove, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Seman, University of Texas

Nikki Rowling, Titan Music Group

Peter Rogoff, Under Secretary for Transport Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

Sarah Slaton, SpokesBUZZ

Stefan Papangelis, City of Norrköping

Tracy Kane, Attorney and Sister Cities of Nashville and Belfast-Nashville


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I found it heartwarming to learn about the many exciting models and paradigm shifts beginning to take shape across the globe and meet the some of the people behind that.
— Martin Perna, Antibalas