We're in the dog days of summer and things are really heatin' up—especially networking opportunities. So here we go again:

August 6-8 Billboard R&B / Hip Hop Conference and Awards
Combine R+B with Hip Hop and invite everyone down to the beautiful Roney Palace in Miami Beach and the place is gonna be rockin' This gala unites industry giants in their respective fields with the glitz and glamour of an awards show. Plenty of networking opportunities and information to absorb. Call 646-654-4660.
Aug. 14-16 Fourth Annual Latin Alternative Music Conference
It's gonna get hot, hot, hot, over at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles for this get together. Always fiery and aggressive, this conference seems to grow with every year. Plenty of artists and music to get you on your feet. If you love Latin music, you won't want to miss this one. Call them at 818-763-1397 or FAX at 818-763-1398.
Aug. 28-31 Independent Music Conference
With Independent artists no longer taking a back seat to anyone, this yearly confab should be bigger and better than ever. Share the vision for indie artists and labels and hear what veterans of the genre have to say. And yes, tone and tons of new music as well in the City of Brotherly Love-Philadelphia. Go to www.gopmc.com or call 203-606-4649.
Aug. 28-31 Nadine's Wild Weekend:
A Celebration of San Francisco Music

The operative word here is wild-and in San Francisco, you can expect just that. Musical excitement, food, atmosphere, an exchanging of ideologies -the perfect setting for combining music and learning. People from Seattle to San Diego will be there. Get more info by calling: 650-340 8159 or try this: info@nadineswildweekend.com or www.nadineswildweekend.com.

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