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Édition 18

Music Cities Symposium

A special project of the 18th edition of the MUTEK festival, the Music Cities Symposium will examine and debate the complex relationship between music culture and industry and its local city context, with a focus on live music. Developed in collaboration with Sound Diplomacy, the global experts in creating strategies that increase the value of music ecosystems, the symposium joins the festival focus this year on exploring international cultural metropoles and their manifold connections with Montréal. It targets venue owners, promoters, event organizers, real estate developers, policy makers, city officials involved in culture and urban planning, artists, activists and engaged citizens.

1pm-1:30pm - INTRODUCTION with Andrew Ryce - Resident Advisor (UK/CA), Will Straw - McGill University (CA)

1.30pm-2:45pm - PANEL: Under Pressure? Policy, Progress and Music-making in the Metropolis
Curated and moderated by Rollo Maschietto – Sound Diplomacy London (UK)
Touching on notions of urban planning, policy making and the relationship between local authorities and culture, this panel examines the pressures artists, music venues and organizers are facing in rapidly gentrifying inner cities, and the ways in which cities such as London, Seattle and Montréal are responding. How can the public and private sectors work together to establish policies that promote the power of a musical and creative economy?
Participants: Emmanuelle Hébert - City of Montréal (CA), Marie McPartlin - Somerset House Studios (UK), Mauro Pezzente - Casa Del Popolo (CA), Sean Horton - Decibel Festival (US), Will Straw - McGill University (CA) 

3pm-4:15pm - PANEL: (Big) Data – Big Impact on the Music City?
Curated and moderated by Lucas Knoflach – Sound Diplomacy Berlin (DE)
New technologies and data collection offer multiple possibilities to bolster the music scene and industry — assisting events and organizers in developing new ways to engage with their audiences and optimize their marketing and pricing — and provide quantitative information that local authorities can use to measure, evaluate and mediate various music city concerns. Recent groundbreaking initiatives include Berlin’s Creative Footprint rating of 8.02 out of 10, which illustrates the quality and health of its music and club scene. This panel investigates the impact of these new technologies, their social implications and their influence on urban development and policies.
Participants: Anthony Palermo - Connect&GO (CA), Greg J. Smith - HOLO / CreativeApplications.Net (CA) / Michael Rodrigues - evenko (CA), Renaud Legoux - HEC / IVADO (CA)

4:30pm-5:45pm - PANEL: (Dis)Ability, Access and Architecture: Designing Inclusive Music Experiences
Curated and moderated by Azucena Micó - Sound Diplomacy Barcelona (BCN/ES)
An investigation into some of the practices and challenges related to access to music experiences for audiences that are disadvantaged by our current standards and face the risk of exclusion. From music performances for deaf people to concert venues designed for ageing audiences, and ticketing systems that benefit low-income groups, how can we design inclusive music experiences for citizens from all walks of life?
Participants: Daniel Granados - Barcelona City Council (BCN), Matthew Ganucheau - Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (US), Pierre Vachon - Opéra de Montréal (CA), Razia Begum - Barbican (UK)

This event is free for MUTEK PASSEPORT holders, RSVP mandatory

The Music Cities Symposium at MUTEK 2017 is presented with the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada’s private radio broadcasters and the British Council.

August 22, 2017 13:00 - 18:00

$45.00 in advance // $45.00 at the door // $20.00 for students (tx & sc included)

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