We’re into March already and spring is almost upon us. Time to get out and get educated. Here are some great places where you can get more info on the business of music:

March

2 Billboard Music + Money Symposium
St. Regis Hotel
New York, New York
www.billboardevents.com

You can always count on Billboard for the most current info in the Biz. This time around they tackle such topics as how to finance and acquire music publishing catalogs, what ventured capitalists are looking for, deal-making predictions, content acquisition, licensing, and other informative topics. Well worth the price of admission.
8-9 Promotion Marketing Association
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Chicago, Illinois
www.pmalink.org

How can you keep your brand ahead of the game in this fast changing industry? For many, the answer is innovation. And that’s exactly what this conference is all about. Topics include successful strategies, making the most of the media, selling your innovative ideas, how to manage the tension between legal and marketing, and new approaches to branding.
9-11 International Recording Media Association
La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta, California
760-564-4111

The perfect networking opportunity for meeting other pros in the replicating and duplicating business. Discussing center around HiDef, content delivery, packaging, the battle against piracy, and pre-recorded media.
10-19 SXSW
Austin, Texas
2006.sxsw.com

More than 850 bands will take part in this once-a-year extravaganza meshing music and education with great food and great golf. Interactive panel discussions, film awards, trade shows, a mini music festival, and a keynote address by legendary Neil Young. This is one attended by every record company and most personal managers. It is a place to enjoy emerging talent and be seen by the pros. Interview with Sam Moore, k.d. lang and the Pretenders. Guest speakers include Judy Collins, Kris Kristofferson, and Billy Bragg.











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