CMW To Host Music Cities Summit

The May 12 summit brings together mandarins and entertainment industry notables from around the world to discuss the economic, social and political value of integrating music into the fabric of urban societies.

By FYI Staff

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced that the one-day Music Cities Summit will close the conference's 4-day Music Summit, running May 9-12.

Set for Sat. May 12, the program includes city planners and music industry leaders taking part in the international creative-economy conference dubbed "The Mastering Of A Music City."

Speakers will include Elizabeth Cawein, Founder of Music Export Memphis; Josh Colle, Toronto City Councillor; Chief Howard Miller, President New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council; and Kate Becker, Director of the Office of Film and Music, City of Seattle.

According to a media handout: ";The Mastering Of A Music City' - a joint event by Music Canada, The Music Policy Forum,IFPI and Canadian Music Week - will explore the relationship between creative city planning and the role of music in an urban setting with sessions including: New Orleans: A Case Study; Emerging Music Cities; and Music Officers Meet Their Match."


Details about the event can be found here. More confirmed speakers TBA.

Canadian Music Week's 4-day Music Summit will include celebrity interviews, panels and workshops. Music Summit highlights include renowned lawyer Lorraine D'Alessio speaking about how to use a digital platform to launch a music career in the United States; a keynote by Laura Pearce, Head of Consumer Marketing at Twitter Canada; and an international spotlight on Mexico and the United States.

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