The Austin-Toronto Music City Alliance—a first of its kind trade and export alliance for commercial music—is a public-private partnership involving Austin City Council, the City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division, the City of Toronto Music Sector, Economic Development & Culture Division, and private industry leaders in both Austin and Toronto. The Alliance encourages joint programming and exhibitions, meaningful trade partnerships for music products and services, and growth of new commercial music business ventures through acting as a gateway for emerging entrepreneurs, as well as established professionals. The Alliance seeks to accelerate the music industry market sector in Austin and Toronto to create more jobs, earned revenue, and business expansion.


The goal of the 2018 Austin-Toronto Music City Summit was to follow up in 2019 by bringing together professional Austin and Toronto songwriters to create and co-write in a song camp environment. Create Austin / Toronto: Austin-Toronto Music City Alliance Songwriters Camp is the realization of this goal and took place October 7-10, 2019, at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas.

Six Toronto songwriters / producers (chosen by Canadian Music Publishers) and seven Austin songwriters producers (chosen by BMI Austin) co-wrote and recorded new songs for ongoing collaboration.

The goals of this song camp included writing songs for artists at the camp, as well as establishing relationships and bonds that will lead to further collaborations. From this inaugural event, new professional connections and friendships between Austin and Toronto creatives were successfully established.

Participating Austin Songwriters:

Participating Toronto Songwriters:

As an activity of the Austin-Toronto Music City Alliance, the goal of Create Austin / Toronto is to develop key creative partnerships and additional revenue streams for participating musicians.


The 2nd Annual Austin-Toronto Music City Summit took place October 10-12th, 2018. The Summit brought together music industry leaders to Austin to take a deep dive into current and coming trends in key areas affecting our two emerging music cities: Tech Investment & Innovation; Publishing & Licensing; International Touring; and, District-Based Place-Making in Our Cities.

Learn more about the Music & Entertainment Division at