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What Are The

Music Cities Awards?

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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.


The 2021 Music Cities Awards Ceremony, hosted in partnership with Visit Bentonville, was hosted virtually on 9 November 2021. 30 nominees and 250+ participants gathered online to share projects, insights and tips on how to use music to improve cities, lives and our world as a whole. 

Learn more on the 2021 Award winners below

  2021 Award Winners  


2021 Ceremony Programme

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Download the 2021 official event programme and learn more about our speakers, nominated projects, jurors and partners:


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  


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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2021 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.

2021 Supporting Sponsors


Become a 2022 sponsor

If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2022 awards then just get in touch with Cami for more information at camila@sounddiplomacy.com.

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