Music Conferences North America 2020

Women In Music
Industry Panels, Networking Events & Parties • All Year Long
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, Nashville, NYC, and more!
Even though this is not technically a music conference, I strongly encourage you to join. WIM is an incredible organization with a mission to advance awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Their seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world and strengthens community ties. Keep an eye on their calendar for events in your area. There are wonderful men in WIM, so you don’t have have to be a woman to join.

Folk Alliance
Montreal, Quebec, Canada • 
Jan 22-26, 2020

This is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. This conference’s main purpose is to focus on creating and maintaining a conversation about spirituality in art, collaboration, and innovation. This is an amazing conference with an amazing opportunity to see so much folk music in their amazing hotel room settings – it is an unrivaled experience.

Durango Songwriters Expo
Ventura, CAFed 20-22, 2020

Pitch your songs to publishing companies, major record labels, & music supervisors. They offer songwriting classes, song listening sessions with professionals, panels on publishing in film/TV, and even songwriting contests.

SXSW 
Austin, TX • 
March 13-22, 2020

The South by Southwest music conference allows attendees to explore the future of the music, media, technology, and cultural realms. Its mission is to bring all people together to talk about diverse topics and ultimately give insight into this ever-changing industry while fostering creative and professional growth. Plus it’s a great party.

MUSEXPO
Los Angeles, CA• 
March 22–27, 2020

This event offers an in-depth analysis of the global music landscape from leading executives and innovators across all facets of the industry. MUSEXPO provides insights and opportunities from the global music synchronization arena. There are lots of panels and lectures focused on worldwide synch business including film, TV, gaming, advertising and brand partnerships. 

Winter Music Conference
Miami Beach, FL • March 16-19, 2020

The WMC is an electronic music conference. These music conferences call in industry professionals, producers, artists, promoters, record labels, and enthusiasts. There are various seminars, panels, workshops, parties, DJ spinoffs, and networking events for those in the industry or looking to learn more about the music industry. Now officially a part of Miami Music Week, the new WMC will now offer two distinct segments targeted at industry professionals as well as music consumers looking to learn more about this exciting industry and the music, technology, and culture that powers it.

LAUNCH Conference & Festival
Lancaster, PA • April 30-May 3, 2020
This event is a conference and festival combined! Featuring a schedule packed full of panels, seminars, parties, events, and performances, the Conference portion of LAUNCH provides a unique opportunity for artists, music industry professionals and fans to meet, network and further their careers from the up-and-coming artist to the seasoned music industry veteran. The festival portion features music of all genres, of small artists that are expected to gain popularity. 

ASCAP I Create Music EXPO
Los Angeles, CA • 
April 1-3, 2020

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the largest gathering of songwriters in North America. ASCAP’s signature event will take place in Hollywood, California. The event promises three days of performances, informational panels, and musical inspiration! The EXPO is renowned for providing aspiring songwriters and composers with networking opportunities, one-on-one feedback and real-world advice from established songwriters. It is an unforgettable and authentic experience – real knowledge, tools, connections and a community of support and guidance you can’t find anywhere else. ASCAP members get a discount but anyone can attend.

Billboard and Telemundo LatinFest+

Las Vegas, NV April 20-23, 2020

LatinFest+, produced by Billboard and Telemundo, is a first of its kind, week-long event dedicated to Latin music, culture and entertainment, featuring conversations with fascinating artists and stars, unique interactive experiences, exciting musical showcases, insightful industry panels and workshops, premieres and multiple networking opportunities. It all culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which will air live April 23 on Telemundo.

Music Biz Conference
Nashville, TN • 
May 11-14, 2020

The Music Business Association’s conference brings together global power players and industry enthusiasts committed to the future of music monetization for 100+ panels, presentations, workshops, private meetings, cocktail parties, live music, and more. They offer panels that breakdown the latest news in the music business all while teaching you how to apply it to your personal brand. 

Canadian Music Week
Toronto, Canada • May 19-23, 2020
Canadian Music Week (or CMW) is an industry conference and music festival held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This conference leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of Canada’s music, media and entertainment industries. It has an amazing amount of panels, keynotes and showcases.

Make Music New York
New York City, NY •
June

June is New York Music Month, the official New York City celebration of the most diverse music scene in the world.  The annual conference presented by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NY is Music, and the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program is a key component of the month.

NXNE
Toronto, Canada • June 12-21 2020

Definitely, one of Toronto’s leading festivals, NXNE is a raging annual 10-day summer festival and conference every June in Toronto, featuring: music, gaming, comedy, interactive and more at this packed cultural explosion.

SyncSummit

New York City, NY • June 11-12, 2020

Nashville, TN • May 15 -16, 2020

Los Angeles, CA • December 2-3, 2020

SyncSummits consistently brings together the top executives in the sync market for discussion, networking and dealmaking. YOU get access to the email addresses of all attendees before, during and after the event and it is intimate enough not to overwhelm and informative so that you walk away with a new outlook on how to approach Synch licensing. And it takes place in 3 cities so you can go to the one that is most convenient for you.

Independent Music Awards

New York City, NY • June 2020

The Annual IMA Award Ceremony and Independent Music Party Industry Conference brings extraordinary artists and industry from around the world together in celebration of the independent music business. The IMAs honor the most exceptional music, videos, concert photography, and designs by established and emerging talent. Most importantly, IMA connects all of these creators to a wider audience. While this is not technically a “Conference” The IMAs take deep care in facilitating networking and connections.

Latin Alternative Music Conference
New York City, NY • July 7-11 2020
LAMC has been around for almost 20 years, creating a platform for independent Latin musicians to connect and learn about the industry. With live performances, a series of panels, concerts and exhibitions, it is designed to highlight emerging Latin artists working outside the mainstream.

CD Baby DIY Musician Conference
Austin, TX • 
August 28-30, 2020

This is specifically for independent musicians. At this conference, you will learn a ton and get a chance to network with like-minded artists, with the ultimate understanding that  “do it yourself” doesn’t have to be as lonely as it sounds. The event promotes actionable industry education, access to the best brands in the music business, and an indie community that welcomes musicians of all ages and genres.  You’ll learn from active leaders in the space, get one-on-one mentoring, make lasting connections, and walk away with both a plan of action AND the fire to get it done!

Americana Fest
Nashville, TN • 
September 15-20, 2020
Americana Festival and Conference which features over 500 live performances in venues all over Nashville. The conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, exclusive day time performances, and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.

Mondo
New York City, NY • 
October 13 – 13, 2020

Mondo.NYC, a Global Business Summit and Music Festival. By day, Mondo.NYC, headquartered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is an incubator for the music and tech industries and by night, it’s a platform for emerging artists from around the globe performing at New York’s premier independent venues. Join professionals, artists and festival-goers

TAXI Road Rally
Los Angeles, CA • 
November, 2020

A free conference every year called The Road Rally and it has panels, classes, one on one mentor sessions and special listening and feedback sessions as well as VIP luncheons.

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