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With just under a week until the ‘Liverpool, Music City?‘ public discussion at Constellations, we’re pleased to announce two guest speakers: Pamela Schobess from BERLIN CLUB COMMISSION and Ffion Lewis from SOUND DIPLOMACY will introduce the event and talk about some of the pioneering work they do with their respective organisations.

Berlin Club Commission is an association of Berlin clubs, party and cultural event organisers. Founded in 2000, the organisation supports its members with training development and help with consultancy, networking and framework agreements. As the voice of the Berlin club scene, they work to ensure recognition of clubs and cultural events’ political and economic interests in the city, providing workshops and seminars, financial advice, legal support surrounding noise pollution and heaps more to their members.

Sound Diplomacy are the leading strategists for developing music cities, with an emphasis in music placemaking, policy, venue and festival strategies, night time economy strategies, music tourism, planning, licensing and economic impact. Their clients include Africa Express, Berlin Senate, Canadian Independent Music Association and they have produced showcases at SXSW as well as The Great Escape and Reeperbahn.


The speakers will then make way for a public discussion on Liverpool as a music city. Asking whether Liverpool is really a global music city, the consultation comes of the back of an article written by Craig G Pennington about the need for a Liverpool City Music Office, ran by and for Liverpool’s music community. The event is an opportunity for that community to come together and share their ideas around what the Liverpool City Music Office will be, the functions it will perform and the agenda it will pursue. Hosted in partnership with John Moores University, the event is also a starting point for a piece of academic research by LJMU, considering the health of Liverpool’s music ecosystem.

The list of organisations represented at the event is growing daily too with venues, record stores, labels, collectives and academic hubs all involved. You can see a sample of those who’ll be attending below:

3B Records
80s Vinyl
81 Renshaw Street
Abandon Silence
Africa Oye
Arts Club
Arts Council England
Astral Coast Festival
Baltic Creative CIC
Beautiful Ideas Co.
Bido Lito!
British Music Experience
Buyers Club
Camp & Furnace
Ceremony Concerts
Culture Liverpool
Deep Hedonia
Dig Vinyl
Fallen Industries
Fiesta Bombarda
Freeman PR
God Unknown
Harvest Sun
Hug Management
I Love Live Events
Institute for Popular Music
Invisible Wind Factory
Liverpool Calling
Liverpool International Jazz Festival
Liverpool Music Week
Liverpool Philharmonic
Liverpool Psych Fest
Liverpool Sound City
Liverpool Vision
Maguires Pizza Bar
Make Liverpool
Marketing Liverpool
Merseyside Arts Foundation
Modern Sky
Northern Lights
O2 Academy
Open Circuit Festival
Parr Street Studios
Pirate Studios
Sentric Music
Skeleton Key
Smithdown Road Festival
Sound Of Music Podcast
Static Gallery
Tandem PR
The ACC Liverpool Group (Echo Arena)
The Label (Edge Hill University)
The Music Manual
Threshold Festival
Viper Label
War Room
Yeah Buddy

Ahead of the event, you can read Craig G Pennington’s article outlining the need for and the role of a Liverpool City Music Office and fill in LJMU’s survey which raises some of the issues that will be discussed at the event.


Liverpool, Music City? takes place at Constellations on 4th May and is free to attend. Register your attendance here

Liverpool John Moores University are conducting a survey about Liverpool’s music ecosystem. Please share your views here.

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