lafayette, louisiana, USA

Key Information

Our 7th Music Cities Convention is scheduled for 11-12 October 2018 and will be held in the 'happiest city in America', and heart of Louisiana's Zydeco, Cajun & Creole Country, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Partnering with Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, delegates will experience two days of inspiring and informative presentations, as well as have the opportuntiy to experience the international Festivals Acadiens et Creoles.



Music Cities Convention is the world’s first event to explore the relationship between city planning, strategy, development and the music industry.  From venue and community space development to education, employment, event provision, licensing, regulation and demographics, music industries impact a number of issues prevalent in city planning, strategy, regulative and legislative aspects.  Music Cities Convention will bring together the top minds from municipalities, regions, academics, consultancies and the music industry to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking, action and structure to develop more vibrant, global cities. 


It will be our 7th edition of Music Cities Convention and 3rd to be held in the USA.

300 delegates, from all over the world, will participate in two full days of presentations, panels, and roundtable sessions as well as a lot networking opportunities and live music!

You will also get the opportunity to immerse yourself in Louisiana's Zydeco, Cajun & Creole Country, and attend the amazing Festivals Acadiens et Creoles  taking place from October 11-14, 2018.



Wednesday 10th October 2018: Opening Reception – Cajun Jam at the Blue Moon Saloon
Thursday 11th October 2018, Main Convention & Evening Reception
Friday 12th October 2018, Main Convention & Festivals Acadiens et Creoles launch
Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th October: Festival Acadiens et Creoles

Lafayette Steering Committee:

Ben Berthelot, President & CEO, Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission
CREATE Lafayette
Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President, Lafayette Consolidated Government
Kate Durio, Assistant to Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, Lafayette Consolidated Government


We will provide discounted hotel rates for delegates. Info coming soon.

Other Information:

Spread the word about Music Cities Convention using the hashtag #musiccities and our Twitter handle @MusicCitiesSD

Tickets include:

Two day convention
Access to delegate database
Mobile App
All meals & refreshments
VIP Reception and evening events
Discounted hotel rate


$100 - Early Bird 1 (Until Jan 31st) 
$115 - Early Bird 2 (Feb 1st - April 30th) 
$135 - Early Bird 3 (May 1st - June 30th) 
$155 - Early Bird 4 (July 1st - Aug 31st) 
$175 - General Admission


Main Convention Venue: Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St. Lafayette, Louisiana 70501


CREATE is a collaborative initiative of Mayor-President Joel Robideaux that strengthens and supports the authentic cultural, recreation, entertainment, arts and tourism assets that make up our cultural economy in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Read more here


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