The two-day Music Cities Convention kicks off with a Cajun jam at the Blue Moon Saloon tonight.
The jam starts at 8 p.m.
The convention includes presentations at Acadiana Center for the Arts by music industry organizations.
This is the seventh convention, the first for Lafayette. It’s being held here this weekend so participants can experience Festivals Acadiens et Creoles.
“It’s the world’s largest convening of policy makers to talk about how music impacts our lives, and how it can be used to create better cities and better quality of life,” says Shane Shapiro founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy. “Lafayette is a city to us that is built on music. music fits into almost everything that makes the fabric of this city so strong.”
Music Cities Convention bills itself as the world’s first event to explore the relationship between city planning, strategy, development and the music industry. From venue and community space development to education, employment, event provision, licensing, regulation and demographics, music industries impact a number of issues prevalent in city planning, strategy, regulative and legislative aspects. Music Cities Convention organizers say it brings together the top minds from municipalities, regions, academics, consultancies and the music industry to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking, action and structure to develop more vibrant, global cities.
About 300 delegates from all over the world are expected to attend.