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MUSIC CITIES NETWORK

We collaborate globally to build better music ecosystems

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 Making impact 

The Music Cities Network is a transnational non-profit association embracing the collaboration of music cities around the globe.
With synergies that arise from a holistic approach, gaps between all music city stakeholders are bridged: policy makers, city marketing strategists, music business professionals and artists work towards a future-proofed creation of sustainable and resilient music ecosystems.

Existing and emerging challenges of the global music industry have become more vital than ever. A future-proofed music industry needs to become more diverse, fairer and healthier. That is why we aim to contribute to this mission by intensifying borderless cultural exchange and business opportunities between music cities through enabling platforms empowering innovation. Our actions are aiming towards the vision to get decision makers and politicians to sustainably acknowledge music as an integrated part of city development.

  key .missions  

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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Share

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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.

Shape

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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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 OUR PROJECTS 

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Link up
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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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EMBTF - Music Business

In the European Music Business Task Force (EMBTF) 12 young professionals from the European music industry have developed a report that focuses on the future of the industry. The report presents tools and proposals for developing a strong, sustainable, transnational market for music within Europe. 

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European
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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:

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 Member cities voices 

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"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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