Experience is the best teacher of life. Experience allows us to make or see mistakes made and plan for success by avoiding the same pitfalls. It also allows us to observe/interact with others, take the best of that knowledge and apply it towards our personal journey. The same holds true for any artist, producer, singer/songwriter or video geek trying to become the best they can at their craft. In order to maximize your potential, you must interact with others of the same ideas, goals and dreams. You must experience the best and the worst of what those greater [seasoned pro], all the way to those below [just beginning] you, have to offer. Any artist that fails to realize this will be destined to repeat the same mistakes as well as not have the tools, knowledge or resources to become greater. THIS IS A FACT. Below are the nations top music industry/film conferences to help those of you 'not in the now' to get there and for those of you 'in the now' to continue your quest. We at Audio Houndz recommend these amazing events.
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA [January]
-The South by Southwest® Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.
Location: Austin, Texas, USA [March]
-Winter Music Conference, in its 28th consecutive year, is one of the most publicized annual music gatherings in the world. A pivotal platform for the advancement of the industry, WMC attracts thousands of artists and music industry delegates.
Location: Miami, Florida, USA [March]
-The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriters and composers. Grow your music career and network at the ASCAP EXPO. Open to all, not just ASCAP members.
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA [April]
-The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem, 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.
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA [May]
-NARM Music Biz 2013 where we bring together the content and commerce communities to set agendas to reach collaborative, meaningful and actionable solutions that will create the music landscape of tomorrow.
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA [May]
-The New Music Seminar believe the music industry can be a $100 billion business. It convenes leaders and visionaries who will take us there. NMS helps both artists and players break through in this difficult market by providing the knowledge and connections they need to succeed.
Location: New York, USA [June]
-Billboard Country Music Summit two days of provocative discussion of issues critical to success for all stakeholders in the country music business, including panels, keynotes and roundtables on sponsorships, publishing/songwriting, touring, recording, radio, digital/social, artist development, and how to build, maximise and sustain careers.
Location: Nashville, TN, USA [June]
-West Coast Songwriters Conference held the second weekend in September at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA. With a special kick-off party Friday night, it's your chance to meet fellow conference attendees as well as the many and varied industry leaders instructing the seminars.
Location: Los Altos Hills, CA, USA [September]
-CMJ Music Marathon is over five nonstop days and nights, the world's most important platform for the discovery of new music invades New York City with over 1,300 artist performances.
Location: New York, USA [October]
- by Hank (VA) Mitchell