Starting in 2009 as a unique type of music festival in a culture where one has never existed, KMC has established itself as an annual event and a destination for international musicians looking to perform in Japan, as well as a model for other internationally minded music festivals in Japan.

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KMC 2020

KMC attracts artists of various genres from all over the world to gather in the unique city of Osaka to share their culture & art with an ever growing community of talented artists.
KMC 2020 (Sept. 18-20) will continue that tradition and also continue to provide opportunities for artists to expand their reach around the globe. Artists interested in applying to attend KMC 2020 can apply through this website or through our page at Gigmit from Jan. 15 - Mar. 15.

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To prepare for the 2025 EXPO, KMC will be part of the effort to enhance Osaka's music scene by promoting it's international flavor as well as continuing to provide new opportunities for all musicians, regardless of cultural background.
Starting in the spring with musical performances on riverboat cruises, tourists will be introduced to the musical diversity of Aqua Metropolis Osaka as they travel around the city! Musicians, get ready! 2020 is here!!

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KMC 2019 Panel Discussion

Music Scene in Japan

Interested in performing in Japan? This book provides key information about the Japanese music scene and how musicians from overseas can navigate it successfully.

KMC Vibes

Introducing both Japanese and non-Japanese artists performing in the Kansai area.


KMC Executive Board

Duane Levi - Production/Planning
Mamico Sugaya - Translation/Artist Relations
Alexander Michaelson - Artist Relations/Planning
Junya Okabe - Interpreting/Translation
Minori Tashiro - Volunteer Coordination
David Whitaker - Tokyo Rep/Live Audio
Ivan Martinez - Photography/Videography