In addition to being the music festival season, thousands of music industry professionals are expanding their knowledge by attending, networking, and connecting with one another at music conferences around the world.
Conferences are ideal for music industry professionals due to the amount of information being presented as well as the unique ability to network amongst your peers. As head into the second half of 2018 soon, it's time to take a look at some of the most influential music conferences taking place in the next 8 months.
10 Music Conferences To Watch For in 2018
Below you will find a mix of music conferences to look out for in 2018.
Amsterdam Dance Event
Amsterdam Dance Event ‘ADE' has a lot to celebrate during the five-day electronic music conference and festival held in mid-October. In addition to revealing the Top 100 DJs in the world, ADE is one of the leading music conferences featuring dedicated programming for business professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers. In 2017, ADE welcomed more than 550 speakers and 7,200 representatives of the electronic music industry.
ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO
ASCAP's “I Create Music” EXPO is gearing up from May 7 to 9th in Hollywood, California. In addition to a number of Feedback Panels, the ASCAP EXPO will host a number of speakers and top music industry professionals.
The Sandbox Summit will take place in New York City on April 25, 2018, at the Opry City Stage in Times Square. Attendees of the music:)ally presented summit can expect to gain knowledge and insight into what makes a music campaign successful, and other networking opportunities. “Sandbox Summit NYC will inspire and inform music marketers with cutting-edge and creative thinking from in and outside music, insights on the most successful campaigns, the lowdown on the latest and greatest tools and services, refreshing discussions and lots and lots of networking.”
For its 20th global edition year in Los Angeles, the MUSEXPO a variety of high-profile speakers such as Craig Kallman (Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records Group), Mark Sutherland (Editor at Music Week), and Alicen Schneider (NBC Entertainment). “The event will once again offer its delegates an in-depth analysis of the global music landscape from leading executives across all facets of the industry.”
Canadian Music Week
Canadian Music Week ‘CMW' is ready for its annual conference taking place in Toronto, Ontario from May 7-13th. This year's conference will feature a trade show, international marketplace, live touring sessions, as well as social music.
International Music Summit
This year's International Music Summit ‘IMS' is one of your must-go-to conferences of the year. Taking place from May 23-25th at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, IMS Ibiza will feature influential speakers like deadmau5, speakers from Burning Man, as well as A&R from Armada Music, XL Recordings, and Toolroom.
MIDEM is an incredible conference to attend with networking in mind. With a strong technical presence, MIDEM is a great place to connect with labels and publishers from around the world.
CD Baby DIY Musician Conference
Returning for its fourth year, CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference will return to Nashville, Tennessee on August 24th for “the only conference focused wholeheartedly on the needs of today’s independent artist.”