This edition's theme = 'It takes a village to make a music city: Music Policy from top to bottom'
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.
About the convention = The event brings together global leaders from governments to academia to the music industry to showcase best practices on the use of music - and all its variants - to improve city life.
First speakers include (18 speakers from 6 continents):
*Brian Ritchie, Executive Director, MONA & Artist, Violent Femmes (TAS)
*Helen Fang, Lead Singer, Nova Heart (CN)
*Jesse Elliott, Director, The Music District, Fort Collins (US)
*Maria Claudia Lopez, Secretary of Culture, Bogota (CO)
*Farai Monro, CEO, Magamba Network (ZW)
*Lauren Roth de Wolf, Director, Africa Express (UK)
*Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, Malaysia Major Events, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MY)
*Dominique Greco, Project Manager, Nighttime Economy, Downtown Development Board/Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Orlando (US)
*Raffi Niziblian, Creative Director & Founder, Deem Communications & Senior Project Manager, EU Delegation in Armenia (AM)
*Sadia Sadia, Award Winning Record Producer & Artist (UK/AU)
*Nick Tweedie SC, Barrister (AU)
*Faith Gonsalves, Executive Director, Music Basti, Integrated Development Education Association (IN)
*Chris Robb, CEO, Mass Participation Asia (IDN)
*Bree Taverna , Research Manager, Arup Australia (AU)
*Robin Malau, CEO, Musikator (IDN)
*Dr. Andrea Jean Baker, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University (AU)
*Dr. Will Straw, PhD, James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University (CA)
*Larry Heath , Director, Heath Media (AU)
Dr. Shane Homan PhD, Associate Professor, Monash University (AU)
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