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3 Must-Attend Music Conferences

The places to be seen and heard

Music conferences and festivals can provide aspiring and emerging singers, songwriters, lyricists, and producers with a wealth of resources. From networking with fellow artists to getting the inside scoop on new tech, these events are often key stepping stones in an artist’s career. In honor of Black Music Month, here’s three we suggest checking out.


SF Music Tech Summit [October]

Founded by Brian and Shoshana Zisk, the annual SF Music Tech Summit in San Francisco is a daylong meeting of musical and technical minds. The conference focuses on the intersection of the music business and technology, bringing professionals from across the spectrum of both industries into the same room for a full day of conversation about the latest developments in music tech. The conference features break-out sessions exposing attendees to everything from emerging technologies that connect music creators to new streaming and distribution services. There’s also an expo hall where guests can mingle throughout the day and try out state-of-the art gadgets and equipment.


LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival [April]

Lancaster, PA is home to the LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival. The annual gathering offers a unique opportunity for artists, fans, and music industry heavyweights to connect one-on-one and talk shop over the course of the three-day event. Conference panels include tips on building a strong support team as an artist, optimizing social media, and securing funds for touring, studio time, and production. The festival provides a platform for artists from multiple genres to showcase their talents in front of taste makers and label executives and for fans to discover new favorites.


A3C Music Festival & Conference [October]

Heralded as one of the premier hip-hop festivals and conferences, A3C draws the best and the brightest to Atlanta each year for four days of non-stop music and professional development. Artists, industry executives, entrepreneurs, and media professionals converge to discuss the issues facing creators within the hip-hop community, to share insights and inspiration, and build meaningful, mutually beneficial connections and relationships. Artists have the opportunity to collaborate with one another in a space specially designated for creative engagement, and are invited to submit their music for consideration for a coveted slot to perform during the festival. The 2017 A3C Festival & Conference takes place October 4-8.


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