U.S. Music Industry Conferences For Second Half Of 2015

SXSW V2V

Music industry conferences offer musicians, music industry professionals, and startup entrepreneurs a platform to showcase, network, and conduct business. As a speaker and presenter at several conferences, I’ve found that selecting the right conference and being prepared to promote yourself and network is key to a successful experience.

Read: Power Networking At A Music Conference

Many conferences offer musicians opportunities to perform at artist showcases and competitions. For music tech startup entrepreneurs, conferences is a highly concentrated outlet for promoting your product, creating new business relationships, and learning about how changes in the music industry will affect your business.

Read: I Saw Great Startups @SFMusicTech, But They Have A Lot To Learn About The Music Business

Conferences are vital to the convergence of ideas and interactions between various stakeholders in the music industry. Below is a select list of notable upcoming conferences that you should consider attending. Make conferences work for you by going beyond just attending. Musicians may find performance opportunities. Startup entrepreneurs should consider exhibiting. And music industry professionals should consider applying to speak on panels. There’s no networking like the networking that can be done at a good conference.

Jul 19-22 SXSW V2V

http://www.sxswv2v.com

Las Vegas, NV
Aug 5-8 Indie Entertainment Summit

http://www.iesfest.com

North Hollywood, CA
Aug 27-29 Cutting Edge

http://www.cuttingedgenola.com

New Orleans, LO
Aug 31-Sep 2 All About Music

http://allaboutmusic.tv

Nashville, TN
Sep 15-20 Americana Music Conference

http://americanamusic.org/about-conference

Nashville, TN
Sept 25-27 Midpoint Music Fest

http://mpmf.com

Cincinnati, OH
Sep 26-27 West Coast Songwriters

http://www.westcoastsongwriters.org

San Francisco, CA
Oct 1-3 Durango Songwriters Expo

http://www.durango-songwriters-expo.com

Boulder, CO
Oct 2 DMW Music

http://www.dmw-music.com

New York, NY
Oct 2-4 Mid-Atlantic Music Conference

http://www.midatlanticmusic.com

Charlotte, NC
Oct 13-17 CMJ Music Marathon

http://www.cmj.com/marathon

New York, NY
Oct 15-18 Revolt Music Conference

http://www.revoltmusicconference.com

Miami, FL
Oct 23-25 CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference

http://diymusician.brownpapertickets.com

Chicago, IL
Nov 10 SF MusicTech Summit

http://www.sfmusictech.com

San Francisco, CA
Dec 13-15 International Music Festival Con

http://imfcon.com

San Diego, CA

CD Baby Launches Illustrated Sounds Its First YouTube Multi-Channel Network

Illustrated Sounds

YouTube Content ID and the MCN (multi-channel network) model has become a booming business for many in the music industry. For many years now, independent artists have looked to MCNs to help them increase and capture the revenues generated against their music on YouTube. Not only does independent artists earn revenue from ads served in and around the videos they upload to their own YouTube channel, but also when ads are served against videos uploaded by other users who use the artist’s music (such as background music for a silly video).

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Independent Artists Can Now Reach Music Fans On In-store Music Video Network

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INDEPENDENT ARTISTS: We are currently accepting music submissions for the in-store music video network broadcasting in over 130 teen retail stores across the United States for the month of July. Discounts available for early-bird submissions. Must be CLEAN music videos, lyric videos, or artwork videos (still image + background music).

[VIDEO] Super Fans: The Future of the Music Industry

Who are super fans? They’re the fans who want to connect on a deeper level with recording artists—and are willing to pay for it. And while records are no longer sold like they used to be, artists now have the technology to connect to their audiences directly and build their base, one super fan at time. Benji Rogers, founder of PledgeMusic, travels to SXSW to explore this topic directly with artists and industry experts.

 Dear Indie Band, Your Friends Are Not Your Fans

In this short documentary, copresented by PledgeMusic, Benji talks to Kevin Wortis, director of label services at Girlie Action Marketing; San Fermin, an up-and-coming Brooklyn-based band engaging with fans through Twitter; professors (and brothers) Jay and Chandler Coyle from Music Geek Services and Berklee College of Music; and Nicole Atkins, an established artist who found out she had more fans than she ever knew, when she turned to crowdfunding to fund her new record. It’s a brave new world for artists and fans. Find out how they’re using it to build long-lasting and career-sustaining relationships.

Watch more documentaries like this at lynda.com/vimeo.

Super Fans: The Future of the Music Industry from lynda.com on Vimeo.

Artist Josh Garrels Invests in His Future, by Utilizing ‘Free’ as a Format via NoiseTrade

(This article was written by Chandler Coyle and published on The Coyle Report on May 13th, 2015)

Josh Garrels – © Sasha Arutynova

You’re an independent artist and are about to release your first album in almost four years. You’ve been running a pre-order on your website, iTunes, and Bandcamp during the weeks leading up to the release. On release day, in addition to making the album available via download stores and streaming services, you decide to give free downloads of the album away via NoiseTrade. Are you crazy? No, you are Josh Garrels and your new album Home just charted on Billboard despite also being available as a free download.

Giving away a new album on the day that it’s first made available has become for me, the ultimate form of ‘release,’” explains Garrels. “I pour my sweat and blood into the work and an album often takes me years to complete, but somehow, making it available for free creates a healthier relationship between myself, the work and the listener. In short, giving away my music over the years has proven to be life-giving practice.

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SXSW 2016 Now Accepting Showcasing Artist Submissions

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We know it feels like SXSW 2015 happened just yesterday, but we’re already beginning to look towards next year. Mark your calendars: artist applications for the 2016 SXSW Music Festival will open on Monday, June 29.

Sonicbids will return as the official SXSW Music Festival application platform for 2016. Once you set up your Sonicbids Electronic Press Kit and apply for SXSW 2016, your band will have access to a vast network of promoters and booking agents which will enable you to look for gigs outside of SXSW.

The initial application fee will be $33. More information on application deadlines will be announced on a later date.

Each year, the SXSW Music Festival presents a great opportunity to network with industry pros and perform with thousands of artists from all over the world. More than 2,200 showcasing artistsperformed at SXSW this past March, with nearly 600 of those acts representing 62 countries outside of the U.S.

Please visit the Showcase FAQ page for more information about performing at the 2016 SXSW Music Festival, and visit our applications page beginning Monday, June 29 to apply.

Tei Shi photo by Samantha Burkardt

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