melbourne, australia

Key Information

Join us in Melbourne, Australia for the 2018 edition of the Music Cities Convention, 19 - 20 April 2018. 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.



It Takes a Village to Make a Music City: Music Policy from top to bottom.

Music Cities Convention is heading to Melbourne for its first ever Australasian edition! With the theme 'It takes a village to make a music city: Music Policy from top to bottom' the event will bring together 300 global leaders from government to academia to the music industry to showcase best practices on the use of music - and all its variants - to improve city life. 

There will be 40+ speakers from Europe, Asia, Australasia, Africa, North America and South America.

Topics will range 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.



Thursday 19th April 2018 - Main Convention
Friday 20th April 2018 - Main Convention


Day 1: Arts Centre Melbourne
Day 2: Deakin Edge


$175 AU - Early Bird 1 (Until Nov 30th) 
$200 AU - Early Bird 2 (Dec 1st - Jan 31st) 
$225 AU - Early Bird 3 (Feb 1st - Feb 28th) 
$250 AU - General Admission (March 1st - April 19th)

Tickets include:

Two day convention
Access to delegate database
All meals & refreshments
VIP Reception
Discounted hotel rate

Melbourne Steering Committee:

Kirsty Rivers

Manager, Contemporary Music / Music Works + Partnerships, Creative Victoria

Patrick Donovan

CEO, Music Victoria / Chair, Australian Music Industry Network


Our official travel provider is The Appointment Group (TAG), who have access to special flight and accommodation rates for delegates travelling to Melbourne for the event.

Information on booking through The Appointment Group is available here.

Other Information:

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

This edition of Music Cities Convention will fully carbon neutral.

If you have any further questions that have not been answered here or you want to get involved in the event contact us at (based in UK) or (based in Australia).


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Photo: ©John Gollings

Photo: ©John Gollings

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