Sydney is one of just three cities worldwide to form a membership-based network focused on creating connections on a global scale.

Announced today, the Music Cities Network (MCN) was initiated by Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM) and Sound Diplomacy last year.

The network now includes Sydney, Aarhus (Denmark) and Groningen (Netherlands) and has a four-pronged concentration:

  1. Improving cities through music policies and collaborative projects;
  2. Building greater networks and creating an actionable agenda for change;
  3. Providing and sharing information and research about music cities activities & policies
  4. Facilitating exchange and collaboration for music business, artists, cultural institutions and education.

The Network is launching an information exchange project where a selection of music venues from each of the four cities will share their audience development strategies and experiences. City of Sydney told The Industry Observer it is seeking interest from local venues in the coming weeks to take part in the project.

The results of the project will be presented to participating venues, festivals and cities.

The network has already facilitated a collaboration between two of its members. Earlier this year Aarhus based composer and percussionist Christian Windfeld recorded on the UNESCO world heritage-listed Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Aarhus music industry association Promus reached out to the City of Sydney seeking help with approval from the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.