'It takes a village to make a music city'
Melbourne April 2018
Hosted in April this year, Music Cities Convention Melbourne, was the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. 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.
Thetheme of the event was 'It takes a village to make a music city'. Bringing together 300 global leaders from the government to academia and the music industry to showcase best practices on the use of music - and all its variants - to improve city life.
There were 40+ speakers from Europe, Asia, Australasia, Africa, North America and South America.
Check out the line up of global speakers that came to share their knowledge and expertise at Music Cities Convention, Melbourne.
Topics ranged from 'music policy in Asia' to 'the visitor economy' to 'the role of landowners' and much more, with the first schedule being released at the end of January.
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Melbourne Steering Committee:
Kirsty Rivers, Manager, Contemporary Music / Music Works + Partnerships, Creative Victoria
Patrick Donovan, CEO, Music Victoria / Chair, Australian Music Industry Network
Bonnie Dalton, Music Cities Convention Melbourne & Music Victoria
Dr Kate Shaw, Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in Urban Geography and Planning
Dr Jane Sewell, Communications & Education Manager, Hearsmart
Chelsea Wilson, Musician, Chair Music Victoria Artists Advisory Panel
Bec Bates, Manager, Contemporary Music, Arts South Australia, Music Development Office
Dr Shane Homan, Associate Professor, Research Coordinator, Monash University
John Wardle, Director, Live Music Office
Helen Marcou, Bakehouse Studio, Convenor, Save Live Australia’s Music
Marcus Westbury, Collingwood Arts Precinct
Frank Henry, Program Delivery Manager Pollution Control, Brisbane City Council
Hugh Nichols, Arts NSW
Francesca Valmorbida, Arts and Culture Policy Advisor, Municipal Association of Victoria
Chris O’Neill, National Manager – Writer Services, APRA/AMCOS
Shaun Adams, Regional venue booker, manager Good Music Neighbours
Mike Harris, Chief Executive, West Australian Music Association
Maree Fewster, Senior Strategic Planner, City of Melbourne
Lawrence Harvey, Associate Professor, Design and Social Context School, RMIT
Jane Slingo, Producer, Electronic Music Conference Sydney