Victoria hosts first-ever music symposium


Registration is now open for the first-ever City of Victoria Music Symposium, scheduled to span three days in September.

Running September 16-18 and organized in partnership with the Rifflandia Festival, Music BC and Creative BC, the event will feature free professional development workshops and presentations for local musicians and industry professionals.

“We are thrilled to present the Victoria Music Symposium as an opportunity for local musicians and music professionals to learn from some of the industry’s top leaders,” Mayor Lisa Helps said in a statement. “Our new music strategy is to create a city with a strong music ecosystem to support local musicians at all stages of their career. It’s an example of how we’re working to create synergies with great music partners who are already doing great things in our community, to develop the skills and knowledge that will help contribute to a robust music industry in Victoria.

Topics for workshops and presentations include wellness touring, music industry decolonization, international music markets, and more.

The symposium is part of the city’s new music strategy, which targets areas such as connecting people to spaces, developing talent, growing local audiences, innovation and creating pro-music policy. music. The Board approved $75,000 for the first year of implementation.

In 2017, Victoria’s music sector created 3,630 direct jobs in Victoria and contributed $223.61 million in direct gross domestic product (GDP) to the local economy, according to the city. Victoria accounts for 22% of BC’s total music industry GDP, with Vancouver accounting for 51% and the rest of BC 27%.

For more details on the music symposium and to register for the free workshops, visit

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