US Music Panels & Conferences to Attend - Tech, Networking, and Talent Showcases..

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There's a well stated quote in today's entertainment industry; "It's about who you know". but more importantly, it's about "who knows you". Yes, networking plays a crucial role and can mean the difference of locking in a simple booking gig or not. But in order to progress, you need to reach beyond your network by build your own musical brand to a level that allows you to approach another professional without a doubt of hesitation that you won't waste an ounce of their time. Sometimes learning the ins-and-outs of the industry boils down to having years of experience, but on other occasions, it's as simple as exposing yourself to the tools that are at your disposal. Conferences & discussion panels offer a wide range of relevant topics that are discussed by experts within that field. The key is to soak up the knowledge being discussed, apply it to what you're doing, shake a couple of hands, and walk away with a forward-thinking mindset. If you're going to be dishing out a couple hundred dollars in attendance to annual conferences, we made it simple for you. Below is a list of music panels, conferences, and festivals in the US that are noteworthy:


CMJ

CMJ Music Festival

city-wide talent showcases, panel topics include streaming, brands, college radio, A&R sessions..
NYC - Oct 21-25 (approx date)

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SXSW Music Festival

SXSW Music Festival

city-wide talent showcases & parties, panels include brands, mobile marketing, copyright, touring..
Austin, TX - March 17-22 (approx date)

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New Music Seminar

New Music Seminar

panels topics include music copyright law, streaming, A&R, digital growth..
NYC - June 8-10 (approx date)

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ASCAP EXPO

ASCAP EXPO

songwriters galore, talent showcases, panels, industry mixers around the art of creating music..
LA - April 30 - May 2 (approx date)

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California Copyright Conference

California Copyright Conference

discussing copyright-related issues pertaining to music and entertainment. expect lawyers, tech companies, and PRO's..
California - please check website

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FUTUREM

FutureM

fresh thinkers in marketing & technology discussing the creative process, mobile worlds, brand strategy..
Boston - September 16-18 (approx date)

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THE NAMM SHOW

NAMM

exhibits on music gadgets, instruments, great place to connect with brands hungry to support talent..
Anaheim, CA - January 22-25 (approx date)

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

thousands of exhibits on music speakers, headphones, sound systems. panels on production, sound quality, room acoustics..
Denver, CO - October 10-12 (approx date)

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SF MusicTech Summit

SF MusicTech Summit

where tech geeks & music lovers meet, panels revolving around the growing digital world..
San Francisco, CA - November 11 (approx date)

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Sync Summit

Sync Summit

workshops & panels on music placements on tv, movies, video games, etc..
Hollywood, CA - September 8-9 (approx date)

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Billboard Events

Billboard Events

multiple conferences on touring, the latin market, & film/TV. highly driven by b2b..
LA / NY / Miami - please check website

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Music Hack Day

Music Hack Day

music tech junkies hack with API/code to solve problems in the music industry..
Boston / SF / NY - please check website

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Pollstar Live

Pollstar Live

where booking agents, promoters, venue managers, & talent buyers connect..
Nashville, TN - February 19-21 (approx date)

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A2IM Indie Week

A2IM Indie Week

the independent labels of the world chat it up about streaming, performance rights, A&R..
NYC - June 22-26 (approx date)

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SD Music Thing

SD Music Thing

talent showcases, panels, and mentoring workshops on developing talents..
San Diego, CA - September 11-13 (approx date)

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MUSEXPO

MUSEXPO

where the big boys play. everyone you bump into is an executive..
Los Angeles, CA - April 26-29 (approx date)

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Future Of Music Summit

Future Of Music Summit

educational discussions, advocacy for musicians, and empowering talents..
Washington DC - October 27-28 (approx date)

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Music Biz

Music Biz (aka - NARM)

discussions on technology law, streaming, online strategy, & intimate break-out sessions..
Nashville, TN - May 12-14 (approx date)

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Digital Media Wire Music Conference

Digital Media Wire: Music

panels on the latest research & trends, brands, monetizing, sync licenses, personalization..
NYC - September 8-10 (approx date)

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REVOLT TV Music Conference

RevoltTV Music Conference

helping attendees understand the way the music business has changed. urban-based..
Miami, FL - October 17-18 (approx date)

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A3C Festival

A3C Festival

live talent showcases with educational panels mixed in. urban-based..
Atlanta - October 8-12 (approx date)

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