Music Industry Quarterly Magazine (MIQ) & Urban Network Digital —two of the music community’s leading trade organizations – are proud to present the 5th Annual Business of Music Conference 2018. The 3-day event is scheduled for September 13-15, 2018, and returns to the Los Angeles area at the Westin Hotel Airport: 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. It promises to be a weekend of Music, Culture, and Conversation.
The Conference (a continuation of the Urban Network brand) has been a long-standing legacy and relevant networking event attracting top A&Rs, label executives, music publishers, TV & film music supervisors, radio professionals, social media experts, recording artists, producers/songwriters, music streaming curators, and the like.
Conference 2018 theme is ‘Industry Leaders & Creative Visionaries Designing the Future.’ Among the many speakers and panelists are: music industry veteran and entrepreneur Damon “Dame” Dash; music marketing expert Rahim Wright, Partner, 740 Project; video directors/brothers Eric Tilford & Keith Tilford (Pharrell, Rihanna); video director Taj Stansberry (Rihanna, Usher, G-Eazy); PR & brands specialist Rob Santini, Sr. Director, PMK; Walter Jones, VP, Creative, Universal Music Publishing; Grammy-winning producer Andre “Dre” Harris (The Carters, Jill Scott, Usher); Serge Durand, A&R, Capitol Music Group; Noah Preston, Sr. VP, A&R, Def Jam; Katrina “KAT TAT” Jackson, Celebrity Tattooist, Chicago Ink; Jasmine Brand, CEO, The Jasmine Brand, and dozens more.
This year’s event will be highlighted with over a dozen topics essential to success into today’s current industry climate. Themes include “Expanding Your Exposure: Press, PR and Performances”; “The Relevance of Radio in the Digital Age”; “Today’s Independent Model”; “Engaging & Establishing Brand Partnerships”; “A&R Strategies in a Digital World”; “Songwriters, Producers & Music Publishers”; “Managing Artists in the Streaming Era”; “The Power of Instagram & Social Influencers”; “The Dynamics Between Fashion & Music”; and lots more.
Some 100 speakers are slated to participate during the various panel sessions. Executives, entrepreneurs, influencers, and A&Rs from such companies as Atlantic Records, Def Jam Records, Spotify, Universal Music Group, YouTube, Instagram, Soundcloud, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Sound Royalties, SoundExchange, the OWN Network, Empire Distribution, Interscope Records, iHeart Radio, Apple Music, the Recording Academy, Capitol Records, Rhino Records, Kobalt Music Group, 740 Project, and more.
Conference attendees can also expect performances over three days by 50 plus emerging and established recording artists, from the genres of R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Contemporary Gospel and Smooth Jazz. Exhibitors & vendors also have the opportunity to introduce, display and sell their merchandise, such as mobile apps, books, accessories and more. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
David Mitchell, Executive Producer of the Conference says, “Conference 2018 promises to provide a new and fresh vibe, along with conversations led by some of today’s top industry change makers, thanks to the addition of Julian Mitchell (Forbes & Beats By Dre), who serves as Consulting Partner. He along with my longtime business partner, Arthur Mitchell, President of Urban Network Digital, are excited and ready to produce a quality event that’s progressive, fun-filled, and full of networking opportunities.”