In the Golden Age of Festivals it’s Easy to get Lost in the Noise
It’s 2018 and we’ve graduated from festival culture. These are nuanced times we are living in where “music festival” is no longer synonymous with patchouli and Birkenstocks. Music producers, labels, and artists converge at music conferences to scout, network, and discuss the industry’s hottest topics and tech.
If you’re wanting to elevate your festival experience this Summer, here’s our pick of Top Music Conferences in Los Angeles. Not ready to ditch the over-sized festival floaty just yet? No worries, check out our top picks for Music Festivals in LA this Summer.
October 15 2018 – October 18 2018
Palm Springs, CA
While not an official ASCAP event, SongWriterCamp is a retreat hosted by ASCAP affiliates Pam Sheyne and Richard Harris. For an extended weekend, aspiring songwriters take part in masterclasses, workshops, and performances under the guidance of seasoned lyricists. If you’ve been meaning to get pen to paper SongWritersCamp is just the music festival for you. As a bonus: members of ASCAP get a discount on tickets.
The MIRA Conference
June 25 – June 26, 2018
West Los Angeles, CA
Brought to you by The Music Industry Research Association, the MIRA Conference is as cerebral as a music conference gets. All corners of the musical spectrum come out to play here. Discussion topics range from industry policy to groundbreaking research among the academic community. This year, MIRA will be tackling topics such as streaming corruption, piracy, and diversity and inclusion in the industry. Take a look at the full program.
Youbloom LA Music Festival & Summit
September 20- September 22, 2018
Los Angeles, CA
Some have called the youbloom Music Festival & Summit the biggest little music conference in SoCal. Based in Los Angeles, California, youbloom has prided itself on drawing an international community of artists from across the globe for a weekend of workshops, discussion panels, and stellar music making. Think SXSW but less food trucks.
Attend workshops on marketing yourself as an independent musician, and participate in 1-on-1 Q&A sessions with agents and producers. By night, attend free shows across some of LA’s hottest venues and showcase your own band. youbloomLA is definitely the top pick for DIY musicians and bands looking for a leg up in the industry. See this year’s speaker and apply to play for youbloom LA.
The PMA’s Production Music Conference
September 26 – September 28, 2018
Every year, the Production Music Association (or PMA) holds its official Production Music Conference right in the heart of the entertainment industry. For 3 days, Highland Avenue in Hollywood is awash with composers, tech vendors, and music industry gurus. It is one of the larger music conferences that happens every year and if you’re planning on operating in these types of circles, you will want to be meeting the people who attend this.
Force Music Conference & A&R Artist Showcase
November 10 – November 11, 2018
Los Angeles, Ca.
Perhaps you already know your niche in the industry and you’re looking for music conferences that are more specific. If your future is in A&R (Arts and Repertoire) than Force Music Conference & A&R Artist Showcase is your bread and butter. This particular event packs a lot in a weekend long conference. From mixers, to live radio shows, to artist showcases, Force is a conference for the movers and shakers of the music industry as well as a peak at the industry machine in motion.
The Indie Entertainment Summit
August 9 – August 12, 2018
North Hollywood, Ca.
Just because it’s a conference doesn’t mean there’s no live music. The Indie Entertainment Summit is a 3-day coming-together of the big heads of the Indie music scene. The event is filled to the brim with panels, guests speakers, and independent artists showcasing their talent at venues throughout the city. Panel topics this year are to include marketing strategies for growing your own artist brand, music tech developments, and the state of the music industry. It’s also not a bad place to be in order to stop being independent, as agents have been known to attend this event in past years.