Melbourne 2017

 Known as Australia’s music capital, Melbourne is home to more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the world. The city boasts a strong live music culture, a diverse slate of music festivals, renowned music educators and passionate audiences. This is backed by the support of government at both city and state levels.


Justine Avila, Executive Director, Music City Music Council, Nashville Mayor’s Office (USA)

Emily Barker, Musician (USA)

Oona Bean-Mitchell, Co-Owner, Royal Studios (USA)

Ben Berthelot, President & CEO, Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission (USA)

Robert Burack, Fellow, Harvard Ash Center (USA)

Elizabeth Cawein, Founder, Music Export Memphis (USA)

Patrick Donovan, CEO, Music Victoria & Chairman, Australian Music Industry Network (AU)

Tonya Dyson, Marketing and Programs Director, Memphis Slim House Collaboratory & Founder, NeoSoulsville (USA)

Jennifer Sien Erickson, Manager of Arts & Culture, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (USA)

Scott Fetters, Director, 2112 (USA)

Dayna Frank, President & CEO, First Avenue Productions (USA)

Aaron Friedman, President, Make Music Alliance (USA)

Dr. Carleton S. Gholz, Founder & Executive Director, Detroit Sound Conservancy (USA)

Elka Gotfryd, Senior Associate, Project for Public Spaces (USA)

Deron Hall, Chief Executive & Innovation Officer, Memphis Arts Engine (USA)

Tammy Hurt, Founding President, Georgia Music Partners (USA)

Darren Isom, Executive Director, Memphis Music Initiative (USA)

Jaanus Juss, Founder & CEO, Telliskivi Creative City (EE)

Kevin Kane, President & CEO, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau (USA)

Ashlye M. Keaton, Co-Founder & Supervising Attorney, ELLA Project (USA)

Shawn King, Devotchka & Colorado Music Ambassador (USA)

Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir, Director, Harpa (IS)

Dan Lee, Managing Director, Gaw Capital Advisors (USA)

Igor Lozada, Head of Culture, City of Guadalajara (MX)

Betty Marin, Artist, Educator, and Social Justice Worker (USA)

Matt Masters, Program Leader, Alberta Music Cities (CA)

Lawrence Matthews, Musician (USA)

Glenn Max, Artistic Director, Village Underground (USA)

Dr. Bryce Merrill, Music Programs Manager, Bohemian Foundation (USA)

Kirsty Rivers, Manager for Contemporary Music, Creative Victoria (AU)

Adrian Tonon, Co-Founder, The Detroit Music Foundation &
Director of Customer Service, Detroit (USA)

Phil Trenary, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber (USA)

Anasa Troutman, Founder & CEO, Eloveate (USA)

Kim Vu-Dinh, Clinical Faculty, University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law in Little Rock (USA)

Tom Windish, Director, Paradigm Agency (USA)

Chris Zacher, Founder & Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion Denver (USA)

Mr. Xuewen Zhang, Deputy Director, Chengdu Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Press and Publication Bureau (CN)

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Presentations to download

A Non-for-Profit Amphitheatre from the Ground Up: The Case of Denver’s Levitt Pavilion

Chris Zacher, Founder & Executive Director, Levitt Pavilion Denver Download


Everyone is an Artist: Mass Participation in Cities

Aaron Friedman, CEO, Make Music Alliance Download

Artists & Development: The LA Case Study

Tom Windish, Director, Paradigm Agency
Dan C. Lee, Managing Director, Gaw Capital Advisors Download

The thing that I’ve loved is being able to connect to so many cities who are doing the same work that I’m doing.
— Tonya Dyson, Marketing & Programs Director, Memphis Slim House Collaboratory & Founder, Neosoulsville