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Music Cities Convention returns to Brighton in May

The night mayor of Amsterdam, the executive director of Sydney Fringe and the promoter of Tramlines festival are among the first names confirmed for the Brighton event

By IQ on 19 Feb 2016

Georgetown University hosts the Music Cities Convention on Sunday, October 25, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Photos by Leslie E. Kossoff/Georgetown University) MICHAEL BRACY, MARTIN ELBOURNE, JOYCE LINEHAN, KOKAYI, MARTIN PERNA, Ben Herson, Michael Orlove, Lolis Elie, Nikki Rowling, Mark Gordon, Tracy Kane, Berlin Club Commission, Stefan Papangelis, Ian Swain, Kwende Kefentse, John Wardle, Sarah Slaton, Ben Berthelot, James Lockridge, Karin Wolf, Lisa Richards Toney, Fredrik Sandsten, Ismail Guerrero, Jami Duffy, Michael Bracy, Peter Rogoff, John Abodeely, Ben Olinsky, Anna Celenza, Kate Becker, Karen Sofie Sorensen, Michael Semen, Jim Peters, Alan Miller

Delegates at the Music Cities Convention in Washington, DC, in November 2015

The Music Cities Convention, which focuses on “the relationship between city planning, strategy, development, policy and the music industry”, will return to Brighton on 18 May, the day before The Great Escape.

The first convention, in Brighton this time last year, was initiated by The Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne and music market development agency Sound Diplomacy and attracted 120 attendees from 20 countries and 50 cities. The inaugural US edition – in Washington, DC, in November 2015 – exceeded that, with 170 attendees from 60 cities. According to organisers, the Washington conference also generated over US$170,000 worth of direct economic impact.

The latest Music Cities Convention will be held at the University of Brighton and boasts an initial speaker line-up of Mirik Milan, Amsterdam’s night mayor; Busk in London’s Dr Julia Jones; New York University’s Carlos Chirinos; Jocelyn Kane, executive director of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission; Sydney Fringe executive director Kerri Glassock; Sheffield Tramlines organiser Kate Hewitt; and South Australian government advisor Joe Hay.

Other highlights include presentations by BIMM Brighton, which will discuss the impact music has had on the English seaside city, and environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle, “with many, many more to be announced”.

Tickets are limited to 200. They’re available now and include access to the delegate database, the Music Cities newsletter and lunch, refreshments and the evening reception.