Spring is in the air and that always means it’s time to get out of the house and get educated. Here’s what’s happening in and around the country during the merry month of May:


11-15 10th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival
Key West, Florida

Forget about the fact that Key West is absolutely lovely in the spring—this is the 10th time this festival is being held so you know there’s quite a demand for it. An entire week of playing and writing and listening to songs—from veterans and newcomers alike. This is kind of like a retreat with lots going on every day. A must see. Call 305-296-4222 or visit www.hogsbreath.com.
13-16 NACA Leadership Weekend
Glen Rose, Texas

Three great leadership conferences from the Big Wigs of Campus Attractions: Leadership Academy, Advanced Leaders, and Professional Development. Call Charlie Hueber at 936-468-3723 for updated information or call NACA directly at 803-732-6222.
14-15 Global Entertainment Media Summit
Times Square Arts Center, New York City

If you’re looking for new ways of doing business, exploring the entertainment industry outside of the box, and new marketing techniques, then this one’s for you! Network with pros from the New Media, Gaming, and Multimedia worlds and share their visions for the future. Go directly to www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com for the complete schedule.
19-21 Fifth Annual Non-COMMvention
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This is basically a radio convention geared to discuss better ways of serving audiences. But, record company personnel, radio execs, record promoters, artists, managers, and writers will attend it. The person to contact for more scheduling info, hotels, and registration fees is Dan Reed at 215-746-3293 or dan@xpn.org.

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