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MUSIC CITIES NETWORK

We collaborate globally to build better music ecosystems

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EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES 

The Music Cities Network is a transnational non-profit association embracing the collaboration between and within music cities around the globe. 

 

Following a holistic approach, the network is dedicated to bridge the gaps between all music city stakeholders: policy makers, city marketing strategists, music business professionals and artists are encouraged and supported to work towards a future-proofed creation of music ecosystems that are sustainable and resilient.

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REDEFINING MUSIC CITY POLICIES

We are at a time when the challenges facing the global music industry have become more pressing than ever, which means the industry must become more diverse, fairer and healthier. Contributing to this mission, the network encourages borderless cultural exchange and business opportunities between the music cities. 

 

Ultimately, MCNs actions are aimed at the vision of getting decision makers and politicians to sustainably acknowledge music as an integrated part of city development.

  key missions  

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Shape

We actively shape hands-on solutions to bridge the gaps between music scenes, city marketing and music policy makers. Our joint transnational activities are paving the way for Music Cities prioritizing music and culture policy actively.

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Share

We share and exchange knowledge on a professional music policy level. We understand ourselves as advocates for a more fair and diverse future in our music cities and within the global music industry.

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CONNECt

We connect with music cities, policy makers, music business professionals and artists around the globe. We jointly explore and live common transnational values, similarities and differences.

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learn

We learn from a diverse and experienced team of music cities experts gathered within the network. We get and give advice and insights on good practices and possibilities for music cities policies.

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 OUR PROJECTS 

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Link up
euro
Connection

LEC - Music Artists

The Link Up Euro Connection (LEC) was a program of co-creation and -production between a number of hand-picked young and emerging hip hop artists from all over Europe. The results of these fruitful collaborations were presented at events in Groningen, Manchester, Aarhus and Berlin.

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European
music
business
task force

EMBTF - Music Business

EMBTF is an ongoing creative leadership masterclass that brings together professionals from the European music industry to shape the future of the industry. Through a series of transnational expeditions, the task force explores ways to boost the European music market and develop a strong, sustainable, and transnational music industry within Europe.

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European
music
Policy
exchange

EMPE - Music Policy

EMPE is a music policy think tank for cities in Europe, in which we have music policy makers and special guest speakers from across the EU for 8 roundtable discussions to further best practice in music policy in cities. All findings will result in a handbook that will be published in 2023.

THE MUSIC CITIES NETWORK IS A collaboration BETWEEN THE CITIES OF:

explore further our member cities

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 reykjavik 

 bergen 

 valencia 

 sydney 

 manchester 

 gothenburg 

 Aalborg 

 aarhus 

 berlin 

Groningen

 düsseldorf 

 hamburg 

 Member cities voices 

Maureen Noe, Project manager artist funding Berlin Music Cities network
"For me, being part of the MCN means tackling the complex issues and challenges of a music city together. The knowledge in the network is extremely high and as a member we benefit greatly from the multi-layered perspectives and creative approaches of the partner cities.  These are not only exchanged in the MCN, but also jointly developed in concrete, transnational projects.“

Maureen Noe

Music Board Berlin

Project Manager Artist Funding

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