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Music Cities Forum: Indianapolis, IN

Developing A Music Strategy For Indianapolis

Event Profile

Music Cities Forum: Indianapolis will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at HI-FI and Fountain Square Theatre in the historic Fountain Square neighborhood. Music Cities Forum is the first of its kind in the U.S. and an extension of Sound Diplomacy’s Music Cities Convention. 

Music Cities Forum is a one-day event delivering important discussions exploring how music influences urbanism. As Indianapolis continues to grow, and culture evolves as the centerpiece, success will come from a symbiotic relationship and solid foundation between artists, government, local businesses and music consumers. Music Cities Forum is focused on developing both short and
long-term strategies for Indianapolis as it relates to music,
tourism, policy and economic impact.

As an international event, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with local leaders and industry professionals from across the U.S. and the United Kingdom. 150 attendees will attend and participate in a mix of panels, presentations, and roundtables with topics including music policy, creative opportunities for artists and music-focused businesses and a long-term strategy for our growing city.
  • A limited amount of tickets will be available for this event 
  • Ticket prices are $60 in advance, $75 day of the event
  • Tickets are available for purchase at 
  • All proceeds to benefit Musical Family Tree.
  • To get involved, contact:

Music Cities Forum is a part of Music Cities Events by Sound Diplomacy.


Date: May 8, 2018
Venue: HI-FI & Fountain Square Theatre
Frequency: Special Event
Confirmed Speakers
: To date, Music Cities Forum has 22 confirmed speakers from across the U.S. and England with more to be announced. Confirmed speakers include:
  • Tammy Hurt, Georgia Music Partners (Atlanta, GA)
  • Alex Mann, Music Venue Trust (London, UK)
  • Chris Gahl, Visit Indy (Indianapolis)
  • Lisa Gedgaudas, City and County of Denver (Denver, CO)
  • Thomas Cook, City of Indianapolis (Indianapolis)
  • Steve Sternschein, Prism /Red River Merchants Assoc. (Austin, TX)
  • Katie Carlson, Walk The Moon (Indianapolis)
  • Sean Starowitz, City of Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)
  • Sarah Myer, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Indianapolis)
  • Jim Rawlinson, Develop Indy (Indianapolis)
  • Jeb Banner, Boardable (Indianapolis)
  • Karl Hofsetter, Musical Family Tree (Indianapolis)
  • Shain Shapiro, Sound Diplomacy (London, UK)
  • Oreo Jones, Chreece Festival/Artist (Indianapolis)
  • Jennie DeVoe, Artist (Indianapolis)
  • Elizabeth Cawein, Memphis Music Export (Memphis, TN)
  • Linda Broadfoot, Indy Parks (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Robert S. Meitus, Meitus Gelbert Rose (Indianapolis, IN)

For a complete list of confirmed speakers, visit the Music Cities Official Website.


Attendance: 150 influential delegates & attendees

Attendee Profile: Civic and community leaders, music industry influencers, regional music industry representatives, community stakeholders, local musicians, business owners, and music consumers 


Available: Official Sponsor, Community Sponsor, Event Partner
Key Categories: Community, Transportation, Business, Tourism, Food, Beer, Spirits, Real Estate,  Finance, Technology, Music, Software, Art, Nonprofit, Community Organization
Market: Indianapolis
Sponsor Cost: $750-$4,000

Official Sponsors

Central Indiana Community Foundation
Indy Chamber
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Live Nation

Community Sponsors

Deylen Realty
Eskenazi Health
HI-FI Indy
Joyful Noise Recordings

Event Partners

Visit Indy
Flaherty & Collins
Tinker Coffee Co.
Meitus Gelbert & Rose, LLC
MOKB Presents 
Bohlsen Group
Fourth Sunday Music Co.
Do317 Media
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Why Should You Get Involved?

“Music Cities Forum will assemble years of discussions and ideas into actions and direction, with all of the major stakeholders in the room and participating”

–Josh Baker, Founder & President, MOKB Presents, HI-FI & Do317 Media