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Urban renewal and regulation, public health, busking policy and the “night time economy” are among the subjects to be explored during the Music Cities Convention on May 18.

The all-day conference, to be held at the University of Brighton, is the third in an ongoing series of international events focusing on “the relationship between city planning, strategy, development, policy and the music industry.”

Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam; Jocelyn Kane, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Entertainment Commission;  Chiara Badiali, Music Coordinator of the London-based arts and sustainability organization Julie’s Bicycle; and Sydney Fringe Festival Kerri Glasscock are among the speakers scheduled for the Brighton conference.

Carlos Chirinos, an Adjunct Professor at New York University, will give a presentation “Music as a tool for public health and recovery: The case of Guinea and Ebola.”

A presentation on Russia, titled “Music, a tool to change perceptions, imperfections and city development” will feature Igor Lagutenko of the VRox Vladivostok music festival, Ekaterina Bazhanova, of Music Development Russia, which promotes Rusisan musicians abroad and international musicians in Russia; and Olga Polishuk, Executive Director of the Strelka Institute of architecture, design and urbanism.

The Music Cities conference debuted in Brighton in May 2015, to coincide with the city’s Great Escape Festival, which this year begins on May 19.

Shain Shapiro, the managing director of music market development agency Sound Diplomacy, is the curator of the event, which he initiated with Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne.

In September 2015, Washington, D.C. hosted the first U.S. Music Cities Convention. It was attended by 170 people representing 60 cities.