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 About the mcn 

The Music Cities Network is a transnational non-profit association embracing the collaboration of music cities around the globe. The network is dedicated to improving communication collaboration, business, arts & policies for all music city stakeholders.

The Network was initiated in Brighton on May 17 2016 by the Cities of Aarhus, Hamburg, Sydney, Sound Diplomacy, and the Hamburg Music Business Association. MCN was founded as an independent transnational association in 2021.


Founding members are the cities of Aarhus (DK), Bergen (NOR), Berlin (GER), Gothenburg (SWE), Groningen (NL), Hamburg (GER), Manchester (UK), Reykjavik (ISL), Sydney (AUS) and Valencia (ES).

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 our mission & 

In the light of the ongoing pandemic, the existing and emerging challenges of the global music industry have become more vital than ever. The 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.

We are a member-based network that actively designs hands-on solutions to bridge the gaps between all music city stakeholders: artists, music entrepreneurs, city marketing strategists, and music policymakers. The actions aim toward MCN's vision to get decision-makers and politicians to sustainably acknowledge music as an integrated part of city development.

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With the MCN, we have a network with a holistic approach to tackle current and future challenges faced by music cities and thereby facilitate exchange and projects to foster the local music ecosystems. To be able to contribute to creating sustainable change for a better and more diverse music industry gives me hope and I am very excited to develop this unique network further together with my inspiring colleagues in the future.

Lena Ingwersen - Hamburg, DE/Global Managing Director Music Cities Network Cultural Manager, Keychange Innovator, DJ
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