It's a wrap! 2023 is coming to an end and we'd like to share with all of you Music Cities Events in numbers, a recap of all of the exciting projects we worked on, as well as our wishes for the next year.
In Music Cities Events we work hard with the mission of:
Helping cities become Music Cities
Provide tools for cities so they can become Music Destinations
Assist our community so people can have full time careers in Music Advocacy and Music Tourism
This is the core list of our wishes for 2024 as well.
With this in mind, over the past 12 months we hosted the following events and projects:
The world's first capacity building programme for thriving music ecosystems. Over the course of 6-week we offered a virtual programme on the latest topics related to Music Cities trends, in which we gathered a group of music advocates from all over Europe, including Night Mayors, organisers of festivals, cultural entrepreneurs, music consultants and more.
Music Cities Events in partnership with Visit Mississippi, Visit Cleveland Mississippi, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and Delta State University were proud to present the 5th Global and 2nd U.S. edition of the Music Tourism Convention, featuring four days of talks, presentations, live music, networking opportunities and a full-day music tour. Held on April 11-14, 2023, at the Lyric Hotel and with live music events at Dockery Farms and the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in the evenings, the event included 32 speakers and 300 delegates during conference days and more than 600 people at evening receptions.
Music Cities Events, alongside the Huntsville Music Office and the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, were proud to present the 12th global edition of Music Cities Convention. This event followed the exciting music advocacy path that the host city has taken over the past years, starting with the publication of the Huntsville Music Audit and Strategy, which triggered the creation of the Huntsville Music Office and the deployment of several initiatives, such as the construction of the Orion Amphitheater, Huntsville Music Month and more. The Convention was held on October 18-20 across several iconic venues in the city and included 39 speakers, and 420+ delegates from 89 cities and 18 countries.
The 2023 edition of the Music Cities Awards Ceremony took place on the opening evening of the Huntsville Music Cities Convention. It was hosted by Saxony, State of the Arts, and supporting partners Experience Fayetteville, Levitt Foundation, Music Business Association, Texas Music Office and Visit Macon. The contest received more than 200 applications and hosted more than 30 of those applicants at the in-person Awards Ceremony.
As part of the Music Industry strand of Kirklees Year of Music 2023 (KYOM23), the district hosted the Kirklees Music Cities Forum alongside Music Cities Events. The forum explored the theme “A Community that Lives and Loves Music” and took place on November 14 2023 at Smile Bar and Venue in Huddersfield. The Kirklees Music Cities Forum was an event that aimed to brings together creative people from all aspects of the Kirklees music scene & networks, local, national and international experts, industry professionals and funders to explore the role and impact that music has on a place, people and career choices.
We hope to see you next year at the Cape Breton Island Music Tourism Convention, on May 29-31 in Canada, and in the Riyadh Music Cities Convention, on November 14-16 in Saudi Arabia, where we will also host the Music Cities Awards Ceremony (applications are now open!).
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