Spring is in the air and there's no better time than the present to get out to a local seminar or convention, meet and greet and acquire some much needed business information. That said, here's what's goin' down for the month of May:

May

1-3 Future of Music Coalition
Washington, D.C.

This is a business seminar for those serious about learning the inner workings of the music industry. Danny Goldberg (Artemis Records), Derek Silvers (CD Baby), John Simson (SoundExchange) and FCC Commissioner Michael Copps are among the esteemed guest panelists and speakers. Held at the beautiful George Washington University. Go to www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit04/schedule.cfm to checkout the list of events for this seminar.
12-14 2004 Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3)
Los Angeles, CA.

Boasting everything electronic for both home and office and things in-between, this Expo is not only cool but informative. Held at the vast Los Angeles Convention Center. Put your walking shoes on and head out there. Call 877-216-6263 for more info.
12-15 MECA Music Conference
Chicago, Illinois

This is always one of the finest conferences held in Chicago so if you're in the vicinity, you might wanna make it over. Discussing the state of the business, new ways of improving it and panels of experts on a plethora of industry fields, you can get involved by calling 630-643-0535 or going directly to www.mecaconference.com.
12-16 9th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival
Key West, Florida

This is one of the most sizzling festivals of the year. Florida has emerged as a state representing great new music and this focus on songwriting will display some of their finest talents. People will be flocking to this festival from all parts North and South so get tickets now. Call 305-296-4222 or go to www.hogsbreath.com.











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