For those of you not in the know, a music conference; which is much different from a festival, is a great place for an independent artist to make viable contacts. And, learn from seasoned professionals about the current business practices and trends that steer this tumultuous landscape that we all call “the industry”.
If you are an emerging artist, and especially if you are one who has never attended a conference before, you need to get your ass down to North Hollywood this week, and take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities that The Indie Entertainment Summit has to offer.
This week, beginning on Wednesday August 6th, marks the start of the Indie Entertainment Summit which will be headquartered in the booming NoHo arts district and will last through next weekend.
The IES, founded by Jay Warsinske of Indiepower.com, is now in its third year and has established itself as the most important global platform for the independent entertainment community that exists today.
With more than 80 major seminars led by over 100 music industry heavyweights, and guest appearances by platinum selling and Grammy award winning legends, this fest will provide you an up to the minute look at what is really happening across multiple sectors of the music and entertainment industry.
In addition to all of the seminars, 1 on 1 meetings, and the possibility of winning a performance slot on the upcoming Warped Tour 15, there is also a special event honoring the trailblazers in the music industry.
This year’s IES Honorees include; Miles Davis, Little Richard, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons, Nirvana, Metallica, Motorhead, Iggy & The Stooges, Green Day and many more.
One lucky breakout artist will also have the opportunity of being selected as the IES Breakout Artist of The Year and will win the IES Mega Package: a prize package created to promote growth and success opportunities for independent artists, containing gear and services valued at $100,000.00.
The IES Case Study Of A Success Story will study & dissect the meteoric indie success of TECH N9NE and his label, Strange Music.
Other panels are scheduled daily between 10:00am and 6:00pm, and are chaired by well-known industry professionals who will be covering a vast majority of topics such as:
Production, A&R and Record Deals, Scoring for Film, TV, Games and Commercials, Building a Winning Team, Music Publishing, Digital and Physical Distribution, International Markets, Sampling, Licensing and Clearances, Maximizing Social Media, Obtaining Endorsements, Music Placements and Sync Licensing, Writing Hit Songs, Generating Revenue Streams, Getting Press and Giving Interviews, Getting Radio Play, Enhancing Your Live Performances, Booking Your Own Tours, Raising Capital, Mastering, Building Up Your Label or Company, and more.
Throughout the week, 1 on 1 artist mentoring sessions will be held, enabling emerging artists the ability to get a more focused diagnostic of their situation, and give them the ability to ask the specific questions that they need the answers to.
The daytime programming provides a comprehensive music industry education for industry newcomers and veterans alike, and is just the predecessor to the evenings slew of live music entertainment from the rising stars of today’s independent market.
Saturday will include workshops every hour on the hour including one chaired by myself, focusing on the developmental content of my book: The Music Industry Self Help Guide.
Sunday is a bonus day that features the world premiere of the movie “Inside Metal” starring Metallica, Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Quiet Riot, Dokken and more. This will be topped of with a Gear and Tech Expo which will be an all-day event, free to the public & the entire creative community.
IES Founder/CEO & 40+ year industry veteran Jay Warsinske states
“IES has created the greatest opportunity in the industry today for attendees to plug into the true cutting edge of the industry, learn from the leaders, make amazing connections, be inspired by legendary trailblazers, & show the world what you got – all for a fraction of the price of other conferences, get more, pay less & explode your career with knowledge & connects galore!”
I have been attending conferences across the country for the last several years, and each has proven to be a productive experience for me in some aspect. If you are in this game and want to obtain an edge in your market, I highly recommend you attend this massive platform for education and networking.
Performance slots for artists are still available.
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