Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
10-12 October 2018

 

On October 10-12, the 7th global and 3rd US edition of Music Cities Convention was held in Lafayette, Louisiana and hosted alongside CREATE Lafayette, Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission an Lafayette Consolidated Government.

260 delegates gathered in the “Happiest City in America” to have a conversation on how music can promote diversity and build stronger and healthier communities: to do so, representatives from as far as Chile, Australia, Spain and Palestine, as well as cities spanning the USA, shared their stories and points of view in two full days of panels, presentations and roundtables.

39
Speakers

3x Conference days

2x
Evening events

23 
Presentations
& Panel Discussions

260+
Delegates

35+
Internationals

Wednesday

10 October 2018

 

Music Cities Convention Opening Reception & Cajun Slam

5.30pm-late / Blue Moon Saloon

Thursday 11 October 2018

Day 1 : Music Cities Convention Official Welcome

9.30am-9.45am / Grand Hyatt Hotel

Panel 1 - Diverse communities:  Music, diversity, city development

9.45am-10.25am 

David Dudley, Executive Editor, CityLab, (USA) (moderator)
Greg DeShields, Executive Director, PHL Diversity, Philadelphia Visitors & Convention Bureau, (USA)

Dr. Liana Valente, National Federation Of Music Clubs Representative To The United Nations Department Of Public Information & Classical Voice Area Coordinator, Howard University (USA)
Anya Burgess, Owner, Sola Violins & Performer, the Magnolia Sisters and Bonsoir Catin (USA)
Jonathan Peter Williams, Founder/CEO, Quality Of Life Services & Founder/President, Love Of People (USA)

Keynote Presentation - "What's going on!"

10.25am-10.45am 

Al Bell, Former Chairman & Owner, Stax Records, Former President, Motown Records Group & Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Al Bell Presents (USA)

Coffee break

10.45am-11.00am 

Presentation - My music city:  Frutillar, Chile, South America

11.00am-11.20am 

Carmen Gloria Larenas, Artistic Director, Teatro Del Lago & Manager, Journalist & Ballet Dancer (Chile)

Presentation - My music city: Tamworth, Australia, Australasia

11.40am-12:00am 

John Sommerlad, Director of The Tamworth Country Music Festival & Director of Business & Community, Tamworth Regional Council (Australia)

Presentation - Affordable housing at the core: Its importance in improving music cities

11.20am-11.40am 

Alyssa Kelley, Project Manager, Artspace Projects (USA)

Lunch break

12.00pm-1.30pm

Presentation - The power of hip-hop in community engagement

1.30pm-1.50pm

Nolfris “Slim Kuttar” Williams, Musician, Music Executive & Former Pro Basketball Player (USA)

Presentation - Musical instrument library Lafayette

1.50pm-2.10pm

Ryan Cazares, Founder, Musical Instrument Library ( USA)

Panel 2 - The need for powerful community radio in music cities

2.10pm-2.50pm

Presented in partnership with Paragon Media Strategies

Mike Henry, CEO, Paragon (USA) (moderator)
Kelly Wells, Executive Director, KDHX (USA)
Enrique ‘Mag’ Rodriguez, Program Director, Backline (USA)
Halley Phillips, Director of Digital Marketing, BRB Digital (USA)
Beth Arroyo Utterback, General Manager, WWOZ-FM (USA)​

Coffee break

2.50pm-3.10pm

Presentation - Music, learning, children & engagement

3.10pm-3.30pm 

Cary Clarke, Executive Director, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (USA)

Presentation - What if artists weren’t starving

3.30pm-3.50pm

Laura Simpson, Co-Founder & CEO, Side Door (Canada)

Presentation - Music, tourism, Louisiana and growth

3.50pm-4.10pm 

 

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, State of Louisiana (USA)

Panel - How can music make cities fairer

4.10pm-4.50pm

Ruthie Schulder, Co-Founder & CEO, The Participation Agency (USA) (moderator)
Margaret Lioi, CEO, Chamber Music America (USA)
Joey Stuckey, Official Music Ambassador, Macon Georgia (USA)
Tim Scott, Artist In Residence, Charlotte Center City Partners (USA)

Kate Durio, Create Lafayette & Assistant to Mayor-president Lafayette, Lafayette Consolidated Government (USA)

Closing Remarks

4.50pm-5.00pm

Reception & Party

5.00pm-Late, Warehouse 535

Friday

12 October 2018

Welcome Remarks

9.30am-9.35am

Presentation - Music, real estate and championing diversity

10.15am-10.35am 

Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director, Levitt Foundation (USA)

Presentation - My music city: Kirklees, UK, Europe

9.35am-9.55am

Kath Davies, Economic Resilience Project Manager in Creative Economy, Kirklees Council (UK) 

Coffee break

10.35am-10.45am

Presentation - My music city - El Dorado, Arkansas, North America

10.45am-11.05am

Austin Barrow, President, Mad/Murphy Arts District, El Dorado Festivals & Events (USA)

Presentation - Music & sustainable development: SDG & music

11.05am-11.25am 

 

Clara Barbera, Director for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion at the Valencia campus, Berklee (Spain) 

Presentation - My Music City #5 - Ramallah, Palestine, Middle East

11.25am-11.45am

Abed Hathot, Founder, Palestinian Music Expo & Musician, Khalas (USA/Palestine)

Roundtable - How can a city be more supportive of artists

1.15pm-2.15pm

Led by: Adriana Kertzer, Design Entrepreneur, New York, NY

Presentation - A concrete example of music, land & making cities better

2.30pm-2.50pm 

Tara Hernandez, CEO, JCH Properties, (USA)

Lunch break

11.45am-1.15pm

Coffee break

2.15pm-2.30pm

Presentation - Data, data, data:  A case study in artist engagement

2.50pm-3.10pm

Sung Cho, CEO, ChartMetric (USA)

Coffee break

3.10pm-3.25pm 

Presentation - Community music workspace & why it matters

3.25pm-3.45pm

Matt McArthur, Executive Director, The Record Co. (Massachusetts, USA)

Panel - Top down: Using music to prioritise diversity in city halls

3.45pm-4.25pm

Herman Fuselier, Music & Entertainment Writer & Radio Host (USA) (moderator)
Joel Robideaux, Mayor, Lafayette (USA)
Sherri McConnell, Creative Industry Policy Advisor (USA)
Abby Kurin, Director, The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (USA)
Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Executive Director, Northern Culture Exchange & Founding Director, Spenard JazzFest (USA)    

Closing remarks & party

4.25pm-Late, Festival Acadians et Creole

 

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