Only a couple of major events happening in the month of May, but they're important nonetheless and should be attended. Be sure to get out there and network!


4-7 NARM 50th Anniversary Convention
San Francisco, California

The National Association of Record Merchandisers held its very first meeting in September of 1958 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. As always, key players in the industry network to make deals, hear live music, showcase product, and try to discuss mutual problems. This is always a major industry event. This year's guest performers include Michael McDonald and Australian vocalist Delta Goodrem. Other noteworthy events include The Crystal Method and Ryan Cabrera playing tracks from their forthcoming CDs and presentation of the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to B.B. King and Geffen Records.
14-18 New Music West
Vancouver, Canada

This is one of Vancouver's most important conferences that's open to the public. Topics of discussion include: A&R: Where Are You?, Video Game Music, New Marketing, Where Can I Get Some Free Money?, International Touring, Songwriting Music & Lyrics, and a host of other industry topics. There will also be a demo drop box provided for some of the pros to review and critique your original songs. The usual vocal workshop and producer's workshop will be held again this year so everyone attending will be kept plenty busy and thoroughly informed! If you're in the area, make it to this event.

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