San Diego Music Thing ConferencePosted on August 17th, 2012 by Lee Jarvis in Music Industry News
The San Diego Music Thing (SDMT) conference is an annual two day event that sees a mixture of musicians, managers, indie labels, A&R scouts, publishing folks and many more music industry professionals converge on Lafayette Hotel in North Park. Now in its fifth year, the SDMT aims to share knowledge and experience of the music business with attendees via interactive roundtable sessions as well as keynotes and presentations.
Taking place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September 2012, the daytime events also extend into demo review sessions, a trade show, mentoring, happy hour parties, an acoustic poolside stage, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with your music industry peers. The nighttime shows will offer over 150 local, regional and national bands at 14 different venues around San Diego.
San Diego Music Thing 2012 Speakers
This year’s featured speakers will include Chuck D (from Public Enemy), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Martin Atkins (Tour:Smart). Other panelists and mediators include Shirley Halperin (The Hollywood Reporter), Ben Westhoff (LA Weekly), Phil Gallo (Billboard), Corey Daniel (ToolShed), Nadine Gelineau (The Muse Box), Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition), Lou Plaia (ReverbNation), Glenn Litwak (Law Offices of Litwak and Havkin) and more to be announced.
The topics discussed by such music industry professionals range from ‘Do bands really need a full time manager?’, ‘How touring can drive your career’, ‘Marketing, Promoting & Publicizing Your Band’, ‘Social Media and Music’, ‘The Future of Music PR’, ‘All Things Radio’, and many more useful sessions. Here is an example of one such session, where panelists : Jeff Kreinik (Front Gate Tickets), Tom Gimbel (Clatterhead), Jason Fisher (Epitaph Records), Larry Weintraub (Fanscape), Scott Riggs (Slacker), Sara Berkowitz (Viper Room), Jeff Becker (J2X Media), and
Shane Roeschlein (Taylor Guitars) discuss going beyond the creation of a Twitter account, diffuse some of the social media confusion, and help develop a strategy for some top online platforms:
Social Media and Music Discussion at SDMT 2011
San Diego Music Thing 2012 Performing Artists
In the Friday and Saturday evenings, over 150 performers will be on show in the San Diego area, including Alejandro Escovedo, The Stone Foxes, Ben Taylor, JJAMZ, Bleeding Rainbow, Ume, Pictureplane, Eternal Summers, and White Arrows. The thriving artistic hub of North Park will play host to many of these shows.
The SDMT is presented by the San Diego Music Foundation, a non-profit organization which runs a Guitars for Schools Program, the San Diego Music Awards show, and provides opportunites around the community for musicians and students alike. Proceeds from the San Diego Music Thing will benefit the Guitars for Schools Program.
Advance tickets are priced at $30 for one day, or $50 for the two day pass.
For more information on the event, including the complete list of bands and panelists, or to purchase tickets visit sandiegomusicthing.com
by Lee Jarvis.