September is comin' at ya hot and heavy with some incredible networking and educational opportunities across the entire country—from Los Angeles to Atlanta. But whatever you do, make sure you save money for airfare and a hotel room to attend the November 2006 TAXI Road Rally—always free admission to TAXI members.

September

6-8 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference and Awards
Atlanta, Georgia
646-654-4660
www.billboardevents.com

With R&B and Hip-Hop together on the same stage, hot is gonna be the understatement of the night. This one is always a star-studded celebration; a virtual who's who in the genres. An A+ on the celebrity scale and it's in a great city as well.
9-10 26th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference
Los Altos, California
650-654-3966
www.westcoastsongwriters.org

Some of the most talented established and newcomer songwriters on the West Coast always assembly en masse for this gale event. Hear new material, participate in songwriting panels, and learn from the best in the business. This is one you really don't want to miss especially if you can get there in a couple of hours.
14 The Next Big Idea-East
New York, New York
646-654-7268
www.thenextbigidea.com

This is a Billboard continuing series that moves from East to West during the year. What's new? Who's got something groundbreaking? Check it all out at this unpredictable get-together. Panels, discussions, and displays galore.
20-22 Seventh Annual Americana Music Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
615-386-6936
www.americanamusic.org

Americana music—music from the heartland. This is truly a wonderful convention because it's held in Music City and also because the music itself is so real and riveting. A great way to hear some of the finest Americana music ever. Make sure you get out to this one. Check the Web site for performers.











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