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What Are The

Music Cities Awards?

The Music Cities Awards is a global competition designed to acknowledge and reward the most outstanding applications of music for economic, social, environmental and cultural development in cities and places all around the world.

The awards also aim to promote best practice and demonstrate the value of music to the world.


Live Awards Ceremony
in partnership with Visit Bentonville

09 November 2021, 6.15pm - 12.30am UTC

There are a total of 10 Music Cities Awards spanning small to large city initiatives, tourism, sustainability, music offices, real estate and the night time economy.

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  2021 Awards Categories  

09 November 2021

Music Cities Awards 2021 Ceremony -in partnership with Visit Bentonville 
17 September 2021

Deadline for Submissions
18 October 2021

Nominees Announced



Our 2021 Music Cities Awards jury is comprised of an inclusive global mix of music cities professionals; from Grammy award winning musicians to economic development managers to festival organisers, and leading diversity professionals.

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  2021 Jury 

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Meet the 2021 Nominees
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Headline Sponsor


Bentonville is an up-and-coming music destination with musical roots that run deep throughout Northwest Arkansas. If you're a songwriter, musician, touring band, entertainment entrepreneur, or just someone who loves live music - this New American Town and its vibrant music scene is the place for you.

Supporting Sponsors


Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions that aren’t answered in our FAQs then please get in touch with Alice at alice@sounddiplomacy.com.

Become a 2021 sponsor

If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2021 awards then just get in touch with Cami for more information at camila@sounddiplomacy.com.

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