Chengdu, China
10-13 April 2019

 

On April 10-13, the eight global and first-ever Asian edition of Music Cities Convention was held in Chengdu, China. 

The event’s theme was “Districts to Countries: Envisioning Global Music Cities” and it explored the relationship between city planning, strategy, urban development, economic growth and the music industry.

48 speakers and 400+ delegates from China and the rest of the world joined us in Chengdu for two full days of talks, debates and presentations, as well as two evening receptions, a signing ceremony and a special tourism day.

48+
Speakers

3x Conference days

2x
Evening events

30 
Presentations
& Panel Discussions

450+
Delegates

100+
Internationals

 

Wednesday

10 April 2019

Visit to the Chengdu Planning Exhibition Hall

2.30pm-4.30pm

Music Cities Convention Opening Reception

5.00pm-9.30pm / Grand Hyatt Chengdu

Thursday 11 April 2020

Day 1 : Music Cities Convention Official Welcome

9.30am-9.45am / Grand Hyatt Hotel

Shain Shapiro, CEO & Founder, Sound Diplomacy (UK)

Martin Elbourne, Co-Founder, Music Cities Convention (UK)

Luo Qiang, Mayor of Chengdu (China)

Presentation - Building a music city between tradition and innovation: The case of Bologna, Italy

9.45am-10.05am 

Marilena Pillati, Deputy Mayor, City of Bologna (Italy)

Presentation - Chengdu: China’s next music city

10.05am-10.25am 

Duoyang Namu, General Director, Chengdu Culture, Radio and TV, Press and Publication Bureau (China)

Presentation - Interkultur & the World Choir Games

10.25am-10.45am 

Dr. Christoph Wirtz, Secretary-general, Interkultur (Germany)

Presentation - Acknowledging the power of music in our societies

10.45am-11.05am 

Lord Clement Jones, Chair Of The House Of Lords Music In Society Inquiry (UK)

Presentation - Chinese market for recorded music

11.05am-11.25am 

Fan Guobin, General Manager Of China Recording Group (China)

Presentation - Integrating music within tourism promotion

11.25am-11.45am 

Claudia Pinna, Senior Tourism Data Analyst & City Tourism Marketing Manager, City Of Genoa (Italy)

Presentation - Chinese digital music industry report

11.45am-12.10pm

Nelly Jin, Director Of Iresearch Academy, & Partner Of Iresearch Consulting (China)

Lunch Break

12.10pm-1.25pm

Keynote presentation - My music city: New York City, USA, North America

1.25pm-1.50pm

Kurtis Blow, Hip Hop Legend, First Ever Certified Gold Record Rapper, Associate Producer On The Get Down & Nyc Nightlife Advisory Board Member (USA)

Presentation - My music city #2:  Beijing, China, Asia

1.50pm-2.10pm 

Yin Long, Ceo, Midi Music (China)

Presentation - Music as cultural necessity

2.10pm-2.30pm

Lorenzo Tazzieri, President, Aicu And Composer & Alberto Macrì, Project Manager & Advisor, Aicu (Italy)

Presentation - My music city #3: Sarawak, Malaysia, Asia

2.30pm-2.50pm 

Sharzede Askor, CEO, Sarawak Tourism Board & Giacherie Tipik, President & Founder, Catsound.Co (Malaysia)

Presentation - Tianfu & the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

2.50pm-3.10pm 

Prof. Sun Hongbin, Vice President, Sichuan Conservatory Of Music (China)

Coffee break & networking

3.10pm-3.30pm 

Presentation - My music city #4: Nashville, USA, North America

3.30pm-3.50pm

Sharon Hurt, Councilmember At Large, City Of Nashville & Organiser Of The Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (USA)

Presentation - My music city #5: Alaska, USA, North America

3.50pm-4.10pm

Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Exec Director, Northern Culture Exchange, Founding Director, Spenard Jazzfest, And Co-founder, Akimi - Alaskan Independent Musician's Initiative (Norway/USA)

Presentation - My music city #6: Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean

4.10pm-4.30pm

Gillian McDaniel, Acting Principal Director Of Culture And Creative Industries Policy, Ministry Of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport (Jamaica)

Presentation - Promoting the opera and classical music globally

4.30pm-4.50pm 

Alejandro Abrante González, General Manager Of Auditorio De Tenerife And Director Of International Development Of Teatro Comunale Di Bologna (Spain/Italy)

Panel - Developing world class music hubs

4.50pm-5.40pm

Jesse Elliott, Director, The Music District Fort Collins (USA) (moderator)
Dani Ribas, Head of Research, Data and Studies, SIM SÃO PAULO (Brazil)
Dennis Madsen, Manager of Urban & Long-Range Planning, City of Huntsville (USA)
Chloe Nataf, Head of Cultural Entrepreneurship, Trempolino & Coordinator, European Music Incubator (France)
Gavin Tjong, General Manager for West China, Cushman & Wakefield (China)

Closing remarks

5.40pm-5.45pm 

Eveing reception & live music

6pm-9.30pm 

Friday

12 April 2020

Registration & coffee 

9.00am-9.25am / Eastern Suburb Memory

Welcome

9.25am-9.30am / Eastern Suburb Memory

Shain Shapiro, CEO & Founder, Sound Diplomacy (UK)

Presentation - My music city #7:  Melbourne, Australia, Australasia

9.30am-9.50am 

Kate Ben-Tovim, Associate Director of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia Topa) & Creative Director Of Turning World (Australia)

Presentation - My music city #8: Seoul, South Korea, Asia

9.50am-10.10am 

Dr. Lee, Dong-yeun, Professor, Korea National University of Arts, MP of Seoul Arena Project & Global Music City Seoul, General Director of Platform Changdong61 & Co-organizer, DMZ Peace Train Music Festival (South Korea)

Presentation - Engaging young people in music

10.10am-10.30am 

Pierce Freelon, Professor, Director, Musician, Emmy-award Winning Producer, & Former Candidate For Mayor of Durham, NC (USA)

Panel -  Music education: Opportunities, recognition & choice

10.30am-11.20am 

Ms. Isabella Pek, Project Leader, SEAMEX (Malaysia) (moderator)
Denise Stanley-Chard, Founder, CLOCK (UK)
Michael Seman, Director of Creative Industries Research and Policy, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver (USA)
Ariel Blum, Co-Founder, GRID Series (Australia)
Lacie Carpenter, Musician, Orchestra Director & Former World Champion Fiddler (USA)

Presentation - Music for cognitive health

11.20am-11.40am 

Julia Jones, CEO, Found in Music (UK)

Presentation - Night-time economy & night mayors

11.40am-12.00pm

Merlijn Poolman, Night Mayor, Groningen & Festival Organiser (Netherlands)

Lunch Break

12.00pm-1.30pm

Presentation - Developing & growing music tourism: Mississippi, USA

1.30pm-1.50pm

Craig Ray, Director, Visit Mississippi (USA)

Kamel King, Bureau Manager for Music & Culture, Visit Mississippi (USA)

Presentation - Exporting traditional Chinese music into western markets

1.50pm-2.10pm 

Mindy Meng Wang, Composer & Guzheng Performing Artist (China/Australia)

Presentation - The film music business as a tool for cities

2.10pm-2.30pm

Richard Bellis, Emmy Award-winning Composer, Board Director of Ascap & Author (USA)

Panel – Chinese music landscape: An industry perspective

2.30pm-3.20pm 

Hong Qi, Musician and Executive Secretary of the Music Industry Promotion Committee for the Chinese Audiovisual and Digital Publishing Association (China) (moderator)
Yi Jiayang, General Manager of Strategist department,TAIHE Music Group (China)
Zhang Wei, Founder, Big Picture Universal (China)
Joyce Nai, Founder, City FM 106.2 (China)

Iris Huting Byrd, Director of Project Management of World Choir Games in Canada & China and Deputy Director, Interkultur China (China)

Coffee break

3.20pm-3.40pm

Presentation - Music industry investment in china

3.40pm-4.00pm 

Tang Xiaoming, Founding Partner, We Capital (China)

Panel - Music as a tool for economic development

4.00pm-4.50pm

Lisa Gedgaudas, Program Administrator, Create Denver, Denver Arts & Venues, City and County of Denver (USA) (moderator)
Bonnie Dalton, General Manager, Victorian Music Development Office (Australia)
Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council (UK)
Jess Scully, Councillor, City of Sydney & Curator (Australia)
Aaron Bethune, Music industry consultant (Canada)

Signing ceremony

4.50pm-5.30pm

Closing Remarks & Closing Party

5.30pm-7.30pm

Saturday 

26 September 2020

Free tourism day

All day 

  • Chengdu giant panda breeding base

  • Ancient music villages

  • Live music, food & drinks

Host Organisations

 

Supporting
Organisations

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