Music Cities’ Futures: Frictions, Gaps, Power, and Communities

Music City Studies through 2021

How have we built our Music Cities and Communities for Possible Futures?

Many cities have stepped into new organizing models for local change as “Music Cities” and with “Night Mayors” — with all sorts of new and creative structures.  Some have worked well; others have had challenges.  What helped build resilience for the current live economy crisis across the world and in local communities? 

The session will prompt the audience to think about their own work and communities with examples of how venues and organizations are programming, co-creating, organizing, and educating artists for a great, healthy local music scene.

A wonderful recent study has been published by Andreina Seijas from Harvard on the night mayor movement published in Urban Studies (subscription required):
Governing the night-time city: The rise of night mayors as a new form of urban governance after dark

It is the source of this chart below of Night Mayors and Night-time Advocacy Organizations:

Night Mayors and Related Roles

Frictions, Gaps, Power, and Communities

Many cities and communities have done “music city studies” – take a look at the map above and studies linked below it

What parts of these studies can you see in your own communities?




New Combinations


Emergent Structures and Support




Inspirations from other Ecosystems




Missing or Unheard Stories and Groups


Related Reading

Enjoy the breadth of music cities, ecosystems, and architecture writings.

The Music Cities Method


Sound Diplomacy

Rise of the Creative Class - Revisited

Richard Florida
Rise of the Creative Class

2012 – 10 Year Revisted

The Mastering of a Music City


IFPI and Music Canada

Get Involved

Get connected with your own local community — how can you help bridge the gaps and move past friction of change?


Past and Future Events

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