Music Cities Network at Slash
Before joining us at Slash, Lena Ingwersen gave us insights about her job as a project manager at Music Cities Network. She will join us at Slash for their conference which will explore music and its role in urban strategies and how city infrastructures can create links between music and other domains, such as the social and economic sectors.
1) Can you tell us a bit about “Music Cities Network” please?
Music Cities Network is a public/private network dedicated to improving communication and cooperation, sharing research and knowledge, exploring policy and advocacy, and networking for policy makers, city leaders and all other music city stakeholders around the world. The network is focusing on research & policy; artist‑, business- & city development & publicity. The activities include publications, workshops, panels, showcases, and project development, such as the Women in Music Index and the Residency Program for artists and young music business professionals. Framing the network’s holistic approach working, collaborating and enabling exchange on the city, business and artist level. The network was initiated by Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM) & Sound Diplomacy in 2016. Current members are Aarhus, Berlin, Hamburg, Groningen, Nantes & Sydney.
2) What does your work as the project manager include?
Since, I started my position as project manager for the Music Cites Network in 2016 I enjoy my role as a facilitator at the interface between different cultural and musical policies. I am responsible for enabling the ideas of the member cities, facilitating content, projects, and topics for the network, and managing and expand its affairs, communication and members.
3) What is your take on why cities need a music strategy and what do you expect from this panel to be discussed/revealed?
A music strategy can be seen as vital part of cultural city development and the sustainable acknowledgment for decision makers and politicians that music is a “need to have” — rather than “nice to have”. Its the political pathway to secure affordable production- and rehearsal facilities, to create more music business opportunities locally and also internationally and to keep the city attractive for new talent, audiences and tourists. As the world now is our marketplace, globalization & digitalization create both opportunities and challenges. Thats why its more important than ever to collaborate and learn from each other on all the different levels. The panel shall reveal the value of a music strategy for a city and also for its artists and music environment and show the benefits a world wide network of music cities can enable in this context.