Glasgow City of Music


Glasgow City of Music - About Us

 Europe's Secret Capital of Music - Time Magazine

Glasgow is a vibrant city with a legendary music scene that stretches across the whole spectrum from contemporary and classical, to Celtic and Country. Its venues are equally varied and the city hosts an average 130 music events each week, more than any other Scottish city.
In August 2008 Glasgow was named a UNESCO City of Music and is now one of nine Music Cities in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network alongside Brazzaville, Mannheim, Seville, Bologna, Ghent, Hannover and Hamamatsu.

Our aims

ICONIC: Maintain the title on behalf of Glasgow as a highly visible symbol of the excellence, excitement and pride the city takes in its music, past and present.

KNOWLEDGABLE: Acquire detailed knowledge of Glasgow's Music and thereby become the primary trusted source of information and advice to all interested parties.

ACCESSIBLE: Be available to all and seize the opportunity to increase participation and access to music in Glasgow.

SUPPORTIVE: Assist those active in Glasgow's Music through partnership, championing, knowledge and advice.

REPRESENTATIVE: Be deeply embedded in the community of Glasgow's Music and, through dialogue, become ever more representative of the music community.

PROMOTIONAL: Seize every chance to promote Glasgow Music past and present by prioritising events, actions and projects with the power to inspire and celebrate Glasgow's Music.

UNIQUE: Work with organisations active in Glasgow's Music to avoid duplication of effort.

Read Glasgow's bid document.


Seville LogoThe city of Seville, Spain was appointed UNESCO's first City of Music on 30 March 2006. Not only is the city of Seville a highly recognized center of creativity and musical activity, but it is also a rich reflection of centuries of musical tradition and influence on a global scale.  Extraordinary musical events bring together artists from all walks of life, attracting quality, passion and diversity to a city that continues to support and boost its industry with great pride.

In Seville, music is everywhere and above all engages everyone.  From symphonies, operas and public open spaces dedicated to music, to foundations, youth organizations, schools and conservatories, the city offers all of its citizens a way to become involved in creating and appreciating music.

For more information click here: Seville


Bologna LogoThe city of Bologna was appointed a UNESCO City of Music on 29 May 2006.

As the first Italian city to be appointed to the Network, Bologna has demonstrated a rich musical tradition that is continuing to evolve as a vibrant factor of contemporary life and creation. Also a member of UNESCO's International Coalition of Cities against Racism, Bologna is reaping the universal nature of music as a vehicle for communication, reinventing the way in which people from all walks of life, young and old, are living and interacting with one another.

Helping foreign students to overcome language barriers, some Bolognese schools are organizing music workshops to encourage socializing among students regardless of their language skills.

Orchestra do Mundo, an international musical collaboration between the Italian city and the favelas of Sao Paulo, is another example of how Bologna is engaging communities well beyond its borders not only to reinterpret ethnic music in the electronic form but also to help break the cycle of poverty by giving voice to those who are rarely heard.

By mobilizing international teams, exploring new forms of urban animation and redefining public space, Bologna is drawing on music as a natural and abundant raw material to achieve very concrete goals.

For more information click here: Bologna


Gent LogoThe city of Ghent, Belgium was appointed UNESCO City of Music on the 8th of June 2009. The city of Ghent has a reputation as a well-established centre for music with a rich tradition and inclusive approach to culture. The city possesses a complete infrastructure of creative and performing activities, with an impressive number of concert halls, education facilities and research centers.

There is a solid support given to a variety of music genres, through a wide range of festivals such as the Festival of Flanders and different organizations, including the Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders (FMiV) and the European Festivals Associations (EFA). In addition, training and research activities are considered of core importance to the city with diverse education possibilities for local young artists, enabling them to develop their interest and career in the music field.

For more information click here: Ghent


BogotaThe Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, designated Bogota (Colombia) as "City of Music" on 7 March 2012, as part of the Organization’s Creative Cities Network.

Bogota is recognized foremost for its fast growing musical sector and dynamic music scene as a major centre of musical creation and activity in Latin America.

In accordance with the mission of the Creative Cities Network, the city promotes music as a tool for socio-economic improvement and cultural diversity. With its unique profile as a cultural exchange hub on a national and regional level, Bogota is expected to strongly increase international cooperation opportunities for the Network.

In addition, the city boasts an outstanding infrastructure for the creation and promotion of all music genres from classical music to popular music as well as the many public and private cultural spaces provided for performing music. It clearly demonstrates solid experience in hosting a wide range of events from festivals to international business meetings for music professionals equally engaging the public and private sectors in the music industry.

With Bogota, the Creative Cities Network now has 30 members. As the fifth City of Music, the city joins Seville, Bologna, Glasgow and Ghent in enriching the Network with its best musical practices.

For more information click here: Bogota

UNESCO LogoThe Creative Cities Network connects cities who want to share experiences, ideas and best practices aiming at cultural, social and economic development. For more information please visit: