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.



The first ever Music Cities Convention in Australasia will bring together 300 delegates from around the world, to explore models for creating a city where music is embedded into every aspect of life.

This edition alongside Melbourne's Green goals, will aim to be the most sustainable Music Cities Convention to date.


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


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

Other Information:

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

If you have any further questions that have not been answered here or you want to get involved in the event please contact us.


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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