Alberta to Host First Canadian Edition of the Music Cities Convention

From Sept. 15-17, 2021, global policymakers, music industry professionals, academics, and city leaders will meet in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as virtually, for the 10th edition of the Music Cities Convention, which the largest and most extensive global gathering on the topic of music cities.

“Scaling Up Music Cities: Cultivating the Future of Alberta” will be the theme of the 2021 edition of the annual conference, which is being hosted in Canada for the first time. Hosted alongside West Anthem, the National Music Centre, and Alberta Music, the three-day event follows the publication of the West Anthem Music Ecosystem Study in October 2020, and will provide a stage to further the conversation around music’s pivotal role in cities, something the host organizations have been advocating for years.

Featuring two full convention days and a curated line-up of international speakers, the Music Cities Convention will tackle some of the challenges highlighted in the 2020 report and provide solutions to advance the music ecosystem in Alberta, as well as in other cities and places around the world. This is the first Canadian edition of the Music Cities Convention, with previous editions hosted in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, China,

and South Korea. The global gathering will follow a new hybrid format, with talks being held concurrently in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as streamed worldwide. Alberta residents are invited to attend the event in-person. The organizers are hoping to be able to release further in-person tickets for national and international attendees in the near future.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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