“Top minds from municipalities, regions, academics, consultants and the music
industry to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking, action and structure to
develop more vibrant, global cities.” –
Tuesday 4th April 2017 marks the beginning of a new series of the Music Cities Convention, and the first in Europe outside of England, with Berlin hosting the next event.
The 4th edition of the conference will take place at the Rotes Rathaus (City Hall) and will follow on from the previous events last May in Brighton, England and Washington DC. 500 delegates from over 170 cities and 30 countries have attended the world’s most extensive conference series exploring the value of music in urban planning, quality of life, city policy and development strategies.
The theme for next year is a focus on Music and Urban development, “Started from the bottom, now we’re here”, a quote from a song by US artist Drake, is to represent the turbulent history and urban development of Berlin over the past 30 years.
The first topics announced for the event include:
- ‘Building Bridges Between Music Actors and Property Developers’
- ‘How do we keep cities affordable for musicians?’
- ‘The Importance of Music in the Economic Development of Havana’
First Speakers confirmed:
- Prof. Dong Yeon Lee – Master Planner of the K-Pop Arena Construction and Platform Changdong 61 by Seoul City Government
- Charlotte Girerd – Head Urbanist at SNCF Immobilier, France
- Dr. Janet Merkel – Lecturer for Culture and Creative Industries at City, University of London
- Alejandro Rivera Rojas – Programme Officer of Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Division (LAC) at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- Olivier Le Gal – Spokesperson of the French collective, Garage MU.
- Dr. Adam Behr – Lecturer in Contemporary and Popular Music at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University
- Dr. Shrikant B. Sharma – Group Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Music Cities Convention was initiated by Glastonbury booker and Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne along with global music cities advisors, Sound Diplomacy.
It is part of the Music Cities Events series. It is supported by Musicboard Berlin and the Berlin Convention office of Visit Berlin.