'It takes a village to make a music city'

Melbourne, Australia
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.

The theme 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.


The Music Cities Convention is a great event. Not only you can share what you’re doing in your city, but you can also learn about best practices, share problems and establish a network of corporation with others.
— Maria Claudia Lopez Sorzano, Secretary of Culture, Leisure and Sport, City of Bogota, Colombia