Well the year is slowly winding down, but not before some hot and heavy business conferences unfold. This month there are some major ones so take a good, long look:

September

10-11 25th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference
Los Altos, California
650-654-3966
www.westcoastsongwriters.org

Combining original music with an educational backdrop, this conference has been going strong for a quarter of a century. It had everything dealing with the art and craft of writing great songs is discussed by panels of pro writers. Well worth attending if you're on the Left Coast!
11-13 Future of Music Policy Summit
Washington, D.C.
www.futureofmusic.org

Now in its fifth year, the FMC (Future of Music Coalition) brings together musicians, attorneys, and policymakers for important discussions and panels about emerging music/technology issues. Some of the scheduled workshops and panels for this year include: Guiding Artists Through Change, Sampling and Shared Art, Who Does College Radio Serve?, Intellectual Property, The Changing Face of Distribution, and others. Registration is $149 and well worth it.
14-17 CMJ Music Marathon
Lincoln Center
New York, New York
www.cmj.com/marathon

Say CMJ and you've said a mouthful. These guys have been putting together some of the most awesome music marathons in the world. Check out some of the things that will be discussed this year: How and Why Artists Get Sponsored, Do or DIY, Where's My Favorite Radio Station?, Specialty Shows, Death Metal, Indies Unite, A&R Reality Check, The Digital Underground, How A City Becomes A Scene, Linking New Media, Legal Education, and on and on. Four entire days of the very best concerning the business aspects of music, not to mention some incredible bands! An absolute must attend.
14-17 18th Annual Midwest Arts Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana
www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac_05

The annual conference is one of the largest booking and educational conferences for the performing arts in the U.S. It attracts top-notch presenters with over a thousand performers, managers, agents and service reps in attendance. Talk about networking! Topics include managing, marketing, new media, finding project partners, creating a well-wrapped artist package, and more.
19-21 Digital Hollywood
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Santa Monica, California
www.digitalhollywood.com/LAFall05Agenda.html

September at the beach in Santa Monica. How can you beat that? Well, by adding panels and discussions covering a plethora of topics including: on demand television, righteous ringtones, celebrity branding, mobile games, video makeovers. If you're into the digital world, get on over to Digital Hollywood.











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