Yesterday saw the inaugural Music Cities Melbourne conference take place in the Victorian capital, with members of the global music industry coming together to discuss music as a way for a city to set itself apart and help create its own unique identity.

With a slight change of setting for the day (moving from the Melbourne Arts Centre to the scenic Deakin Edge at Federation Square), the second and final day of the convention featured a much more global discussion, with focus shifting from Australia’s music cities to predominantly discussing music cities around the world.

Kicking the day off with a presentation from Nick Tweedie SC about how we can make so called ‘noisy cities’ work for everyone, Tweedie discussed the role of sound-proofing, and how both live venues and state government need to work together to ensure that a noise war does not spell the end for live music in a city such as Melbourne.

Following a presentation from Maria Claudia Lopez Sorzano, the Secretary of Culture, Leisure and Sport from Bogota, Colombia, the eager audience also discovered how the city of Orlando curates its own night culture, with a presentation from the city’s ‘Night Mayor’, Dominique Greco.