The SXSW – South by Southwest Conference and Music Festival
March 12 -21, Austin Texas
The SXSW Music and Media Conference showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over eighty stages in downtown Austin. By day, conference registrants do business in the SXSW Trade Show in the Austin Convention Center and partake of a full agenda of informative, provocative panel discussions featuring hundreds of speakers of international stature.
WMC Winter Music Conference
March 23-27 - Miami Beach, Florida
Established in 1985, WMC is the largest music industry gathering of its kind in the world.
Winter Music Conference, in its 25th consecutive year, is one of the most publicized annual music gatherings in the world. A pivotal platform for advancement of the industry, WMC 2009 attracted 1,910 artists and DJs, 3,228 industry delegates from 62 countries and over 70,000 event attendees for a concentrated schedule of more than 500 events presented across 5 days. Music, as one of the world’s most accessible cultural art forms, gives WMC the unique ability to cross-economic, geographic and social boundaries. Over 1.3 million visitors from 183 countries log on to the WMC website each year.
ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” - Conference, Classes, Workshops
April 22-24 - Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, California
The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters,composers and producers. It covers all genres of music and include
panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives – regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation – will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking. For more information, and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.
AES – Audio Engineering Society Convention
May 22-25 – London, United Kingdom
AES Conventions are held annually in both the United States and Europe and are the largest gatherings of audio professionals in the world. Workshops, tutorials, technical papers and the trade show floor provide attendees with a wealth of learning, networking and business opportunities.
The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.
International Music Summit – Conference for Dance Music
May 26 – 28, - Ibiza Gran Hotel
The International Music Summit is an intimate high quality conference set in Ibiza – the spiritual home of dance music – focused on getting the biggest and brightest players in electronic music together for 3 days of debate and networking. This is a chance to exchange ideas and work on strategies that will make business stronger and more competitive in the future.
SF MusicTech Summit - Networking, Summit, Panels
May and October - San Francisco, California
The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. They meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to deal making environment.
Summer NAMM – Trade Show and Convention
June 18-20, Nashville, Tennessee
Preparations for 2010 Summer NAMM are underway, and everything that’s being planned has the potential to help your business Be a Hit! When the industry comes together at this mid-year gathering, music products professionals make holiday buying plans, exchange ideas, renew connections and take in the unique NAMM trade show experience. This summer’s event is the place where you can bring your business up the charts.
NXNE Conference – Convention, Panels, Film Festival and Bands
2nd week of June - Toronto, Canada
The NXNE trade show and convention attracts over 2,300 delegates for celebrity interviews and music-biz panels that ask tough questions and dish out straight answers. Our demo listening and mentoring sessions tell you what you need to know to keep your career going deep into the 21st century. Past guests include Police drummer Stewart Copeland, head Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, guerrilla songwriters Steve Earle and Bruce Cockburn, Peaches, Patti Smith, Thomas Dolby and Stones’ ex-guru Andrew Loog Oldham.
At the same time, the NXNE Film Festival screens a tight program of hand-selected music movies, from concert classics to the latest indie docs from Rio to Rwanda.
Popkomm – Int’l. Music Business Market Conference and Festival
September 8 – 10, Berlin Germany
The Popkomm Trade show and Conference will cover central topics such as the live sector and also digital business, mobile music, pop and politics, music in movies, games and commercials.
It will also deal with important artist and music fan relevant issues. The Popkomm festival is a stepping-stone for unknown artists and newcomers who will have to chance to play along with international headliners.
SMES – Southeastern Music Entertainment Summit
September 24 – 26 – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
For artists that live far away from the usual music centers, getting started is just that much harder. Without an infrastructure of labels, venues and more, artists seldom have the chance to get face time with the people who can open doors for them. The Southeastern Music and Entertainment Summit (SMES) aims to change that for urban artists in the Southeastern US. The Summit brings regional artists and industry pros face to face, creating a chance for artists to network and learn. The King of the Ring freestyle and producer battle gives up and coming hip hop artists a chance to perform in front of panel of judges made up of music business reps and producers
CMJ – Music Marathon and Film Festival
October 19-23 – New York City, New York
The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2010! Join us October 19-23, 2010 in New York City for five days and nights of over 1,200 artists and 120,000 fans in more than 75 of the city’s greatest nightclubs and theaters.
In addition to hundreds of showcase performances, cutting-edge films and informative panels, CMJ 2010 will feature exclusive parties, meet and greets, seminars, mentoring sessions, community initiatives, networking events, Q&As, special events, and exclusive areas like the Exhibitors’ Loft and Artist Lounge.
ADE Amsterdam Dance Event – Electronic Music Conference
October 20, 21, 22, 23 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the leading electronic music conference and the biggest club festival for electronic music. Founded fourteen years ago, ADE first came to light in 1996 as a small conference with a few hundred music professionals and a festival program in 3 clubs with 30 DJs.
Now in 2010, ADE has grown to become the ultimate platform to meet international business partners, introduce businesses to a worldwide audience and get in touch with new people, new music and new trends.
In The City – International Music Convention and New Music Event
October, Manchester, United Kingdom
A large music fesitval hosts bands across Manchester. It’s also one of the largest city based music fesitvals with showcases for unsigned bands. ITC promotes the need for innovative, rebellious, forward-thinking answers to the questions that make up so much of what they do; ITC brings the sharpest, most fearless minds in the creative industries together to provide those answers. Controversial, intelligent characters from across music, film, photography, art, new media, computer gaming and more all coming together in one place to debate, discuss and do business.
TAXI Road Rally – Music Convention, Songwriting Panels, Classes
Early November – Los Angeles, California
TAXI offers an annual, three-day music convention. Your ticket to the Road Rally is FREE with your membership to TAXI. And you get to bring a guest for free. The panelists you'll meet at this private, members-only convention are all high-level music industry movers and shakers who will give you truthful answers to your questions, and speak from their hearts. You'll also find them to be much more accessible than panelists at other conventions. This is a great convention that gets bigger each year. The networking opportunities are tremendous.
MUSIC EVENTS, CONVENTIONS & FESTIVALS IN 2011
MIDEM - Exhibition, Convention, Networking, Panels, Music
January 2011 - Palais des Festivals. Cannes' France
Explore the trends and insights transforming the music business through top level discussions, and network with key industry professionals from across the world. MIDEM is the exhibition where music professionals from across the industry meet face to face to do business, analyse trends and build partnerships.
- MIDEM brings together music leaders looking for concrete solutions and insights
- Business: make deals with your partners and identify new business opportunities
- Networking: network with potential business partners and dedicated events. Engage with key music industry players throughout the year using the MIDEMWorld online community
- Visibility: boost your company’s international profile with international media coverage, targeted advertising opportunities and customised events
- Knowledge: learn from the industry’s most talked-about senior executives and experts at a series of conferences and high-level meetings.
NAMM Show/Convention - Networking, Entertainment, Trade Show
January - Anaheim Convention Center, CA
NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants) is the annual three day networking and entertainment convention (by invitation only) built around new music techniques and the latest in equipment. The annual trade show is the place where music products retailers meet face-to-face with manufacturers and buyers.
NAMM is ultimately dedicated to expanding the market and giving people of all ages the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of making music.
Portomusical – International Market Tradeshow, Music, Networking
February 23-26 - Recife, Pernambuco Brazil
If you are a music and technology professional anywhere in the world, come to Porto Musical. Those who are interested in the international market and others who pay attention strictly to the Brazilian market. Porto Musical is the most important initiative of its kind. It brings together music professionals from over eight countries.