Adelaide: UNESCO City of Music

In December 2015, Adelaide was designated a City of Music by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

The UCCN was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 116 cities which currently make up this world-wide network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

More about the UCCN is available here.

Our Mission

To amplify music as the heartbeat of Adelaide.

Our Vision

A Creative City, with music as its heartbeat, outward looking and internationally engaged, enriching the whole state of South Australia.

Our Objectives

• Connection through Music – locally and internationally
• Strong music education at all levels
• Music integrated with health, wellbeing and social cohesion 
• Visibility and promotion of Adelaide UNESCO City of Music

Strategic Pillars

  1. Enhance and promote collaboration, excellence, diversity and sustainability in all aspects of music making in throughout the City of Music, including urban and regional South Australia.
  2. Build international pathways for the City of Music throughout the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and beyond
  3. Advocate locally and nationally on behalf of the City of Music and the entire Music sector to fully integrate culture and creativity into policy and sustainable development plans
  4. Develop and facilitate connection and collaboration for Music with Industry and all other creative sectors
  5. To foster life-long love for and engagement with Music within our entire community through education and participation

To read more about our strategic pillars, please click here.

More Information

For more information about Adelaide as a UNESCO City of Music, please click here.


Director – Office of Adelaide UNESCO City of Music, Sarah Bleby
Phone 08 8216 8537

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