2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Why Every Music City Should Have a Night Mayor

Saturday, March 19
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 17B
531 E 4th St

The music industry is an ecosystem and a city’s music scene benefits from well-informed city governments. Raising political awareness leads to opportunities for the local live music industry in terms of cultural development. The Night-Mayor is an official ambassador for ‘night’ culture in city governments who strives for a dynamic music scene in the city and helps to build bridges between the municipality and music venues/festivals. By creating a mutual understanding, the Night Mayor changes the game. Hear how this position can affect change in large cities across the world.

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Chris Garrit at SXSW

Chris Garrit

Night Ambassador Groningen The Netherlands


Since 2011 Chris Garrit has been the first elected Night Mayor (Dutch: Nachtburgermeester) of the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2013 he was re-elected. With this position, he became the vo...

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Don Pitts

Music & Ent Mgr

City of Austin

Mirik Milan at SXSW

Mirik Milan

Night Mayor Amsterdam

Nachtburgemeester Amsterdam

Since 2012 Mirik Milan is the Night Mayor of Amsterdam. The Night Mayor is an independent non for profit foundation dedicated to ensure a dynamic night life and helps to build bridges between the m...

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Simon Lamb at SXSW

Simon Lamb


Curiosity Preservation Society


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