Following the record-breaking success of Eurovision 2023 by host city Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine, the buzz and enthusiasm ripples on.
Continuing this success and as part of the official Eurovision Song Contest activity, a brand new event ‘Modern Music Cities: A Eurovision Legacy Conference’ took place on Friday 14 July, bringing together local, national and international thought-leaders, alongside music creatives, policy makers and shakers, and industry and cultural leaders to discuss the power and purpose of music cities.
Speakers included Seth Godin (Award-winning author and thought-leader), Shain Shapiro (Sound Diplomacy), Carolyn Cooper (Jamaican author, essayist and literary scholar), Nelson George (American music and culture critic, journalist and filmmaker), Scott Lewis (Label Manager for EMI North), Ammo Talwar (UK Music Diversity Task Force Group Chair), Sandra Wall (Trade and Industry Developer for the Creative Sector in Norrköping Kommun), Ben Homewood (Features Editor at Music Week), Bryan Johnson (Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships, International at Spotify), Kevin McManus (Head of Unesco City of Music- Liverpool), Dr Matt Brennan (Reader in Popular Music, Glasgow University), Nur Ozdamar (Lead, Artist & Label Development EMEA, YouTube & Google), Dave Monks (BBC Music Introducing) and many more.
This seminal event asked what contemporary music cities look like presently and need to look like in the future in this ever-evolving industry. The conference took place in the UNESCO City of Music, Liverpool.