MusicAIRE funded project launches the first ever music policy think tank for cities in Europe, leading to the publication of a Music Cities Policy Handbook in 2023.




What is it?

The European Music Policy Exchange is the first of its kind thinktank for cities to integrate and enhance the role that music plays across city priorities, including jobs and skills to education, climate action to infrastructure, tourism to the night time economy, gender equality and strategic planning.


How will it work?

EMPE will host 8 themed roundtables over autumn and winter - in partnership with Reeperbahn Festival and Eurosonic Noorderslag - and a host of specialists and partners, and co-facilitated with Kaospilots (DK) -  experts in design thinking and creative leadership. The findings will inform the publication of the first EU Music Cities Policy Handbook offering solutions and best practices to incorporate music into the heart of local policy.


Who is involved?

Participating cities to date include Aarhus (DK), Amsterdam (NL), Barcelona (ES), Bergen (NOR), Berlin (GER), Brno (CZ), Brussels (BE), Cortona (IT), Gothenburg (SE), Groningen (NL), Guimares (PT), Hamburg (GER), Hannover (DE), Hannover (DE), Kalmar (SE), Lausanne (CH), Leiria (PT), Leiria (PT), Liepāja (LT), London (UK), Manchester (UK), Mannheim (DE), Nantes (FR), Norrköping (SE), Paris (FR), Poznan (PO), Reykjavik (IS), Sydney (AUS), Tallinn (EE), Valletta (MT), Veszprem (HU), among others. The project aims to include representatives from cities in every EU country and the UK by the time of its culmination in April 2023.


What is the goal?

 Each roundtable will feature at least 6 cities spanning all corners of Europe, comprising both Music Cities Network members and non-members, led by an expert in the field to explore how to incorporate music - in all its forms and functions - into how cities are planned, managed, measured and improved. Each roundtable will focus on a specific policy area including Diversity, Climate Action, Jobs and Skills, Education, Tourism, Night Time Economy, Infrastructure, and Long Term Strategic Planning and Resilience. Two are in person (Reeperbahn and Eurosonic) and the rest online.


What will this project deliver?

Each policy area will comprise a chapter of the handbook, led by us and our partner, the Music Cities Network. The handbook and all findings from the roundtables will be published in 2023 and made available for free to all cities and communities in Europe and worldwide.




Date and Location


September 21, 2022, 2-5pm CET (in person - Hamburg, Germany) (to coincide with Reeperbahn Festival)

Roundtable 1 - Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

October 4, 2022 (online, Zoom) 

Roundtable 2 - Climate Action 

October 18, 2022 (online, Zoom)

Roundtable 3 - Jobs and Skills

November 16, 2022 (online, Zoom)

Roundtable 4 - Education

December 7, 2022 (online, Zoom)

Roundtable 5 - Tourism

January 24th, 2023 (online, Zoom) 

Roundtable 6 - Night Time Economy 

February 8, 2023 (online, Zoom)

Roundtable 7 - Infrastructure 

March 2, 2023 (online, Zoom)

Roundtable 8 - Long-term Strategic Planning and Resilience 

April 30, 2023 

Publication of Guide


How to get involved?

These roundtables are open to an EU or UK city, or a representative from an organization funded by the city to support the local music economy. EMPE will offer honorariums to cover the cost of travel and participation in the roundtables held in person. To get involved, please complete this form.


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