'It takes a village to make a music city'

Melbourne April 2018

 Photo: ©John Gollings

Photo: ©John Gollings


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


 Photo: ©Melbourne Music Week

Photo: ©Melbourne Music Week

From the breadth of talent on our stages and our music-hungry audiences, to our iconic venues and the many industry professionals working hard behind the scenes – Melbourne’s music community is loud, proud and critical to the life and experience of our city.

We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne and being part of a global conversation about the role music can play in the health, liveability and vitality of cities.
— Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, State Government of Victoria