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Music Cities Network

What is it?

Music Cities Network is a public/private network dedicated to improving communication and cooperation, sharing research and knowledge, exploring policy and advocacy, and networking for policy makers, city leaders and all other music city stakeholders. The network is aimed at making cities wealthier, healthier, livable and more international through music.

Music Cities Network is a membership-based network, focused on four objectives.

  1. Improving cities and their local music scenes through music policies and collaborative projects
  2. Building greater networks and creating an actionable agenda for change
  3. Providing and sharing a one-stop repository of information and research surrounding global music cities activities & policies
  4. Curating a music player exchange / collaboration (business, artists, cultural institutions and education)



  • Project development & fundraising aimed at strengthening the music cultures and music economies of the member cities
  • Presenting the city as one of the worldwide leaders in the music cities discussion and building the city’s reputation
  • Regular exclusive networking/knowledge exchange meetings with other music cities organised by the network also remotely accessible via video conferences
  • Global presentation of each music city and their music culture/scene/business via forward thinking research, online platform, PR and collective events at festivals & conferences
  • Extensive international contact database & direct access to international music city decision makers
  • Access to the biggest database of music cities related research and best practices in English
  • Collaborative research in music city related fields
  • Shaping the music policies agenda in the EU and worldwide
  • Promotion of local talent and local businesses and exclusive exchange opportunities between the members
  • Direct access to a strong team of music cities experts with a responsive secretariat
  • Collaborations with other worldwide City networks like UCLG, GCDN
  • Assistance in rationalizing local music city infrastructure (associations, funding schemes, city development plans)
  • Enhancing global cultural, social and economical collaboration & exchange
Goals Knowledge Exchange,
Research & Policy
City, Artist & Business
City Marketing &
Short term   
  • Knowledge exchange
    Contact exchange / Forum
  • Member communication

  • Contact exchange / Forum
  • Member communication
    Project development
  • Public website & presentation
    of each member music city
  • Joint presentations at
  • Media & PR
Mid term
  • Collaborative research & publications
  • Implementing best practice charter
  • Implementing extensive knowledge
  • Implementing best practice charter
    (artists, business, education)
  • Exchange opportunities
    (artists, business, education)
  • Strengthen project development
  • Further membership advantages
  • Project development
    (support & ideas)
  • Extended Media & PR
Long term
  • Lobbying
  • Strengthen project development
  • Joint music city marketing &
    communication strategies
  • Strengthen project development
    (own projects)


Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM)

The IHM is the network of the music business in Hamburg, representing enterprises in all branches of the music industry. Its main target is to support and help shaping the city of Hamburg as a location of music and music industry by means of networking, public relations and lobbying.

Contact: Timotheus Wiesmann

Sound Diplomacy

Sound Diplomacy is the leading global advisor on music cities and market development.  As strategists for cities, developers, large private sector organisations and governments, Sound Diplomacy provides cutting edge research and market expertise in increasing the value of the music and music business economy in state, city, urban and development plans.   In addition, they are experts in music tech strategies, from trade missions to market development, research and consulting. Sound Diplomacy works in both the public and private sector, simultaneously in 20 countries for a number of governments (local, regional and national), music and music-tech conferences, economic development agencies, arts councils, chambers of commerce, universities, export offices, festivals, brands and record labels.

Contact: Katja Hermes

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