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The Top Music Conferences and Festivals You Should Attend for Community and Networking

Updated: Jul 25, 2023



Are you looking for ways to network and connect with other musicians, industry professionals, and fans? Attending music conferences and festivals can be a great opportunity to do so. Here are some of the top music conferences and festivals you should consider attending:

  1. South by Southwest (SXSW) - Austin, Texas, USA

  2. MIDEM - Cannes, France

  3. Canadian Music Week - Toronto, Canada

  4. The Great Escape - Brighton, UK

  5. Reeperbahn Festival - Hamburg, Germany

  6. Primavera Sound - Barcelona, Spain

  7. A3C Festival & Conference - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

  8. NAMM Show - Anaheim, California, USA

  9. Sonar - Barcelona, Spain

  10. Mondo.NYC - New York, USA

At these events, you'll have the opportunity to attend panels, workshops, and keynote speeches from industry experts, as well as showcase your music to potential fans and collaborators. You'll also be able to network with other musicians and professionals in the industry, building relationships that could lead to future opportunities.


In addition to these larger conferences and festivals, there are also many regional events that cater to specific genres or communities, such as jazz festivals, hip-hop conferences, and electronic music showcases. Do some research and find events that align with your interests and career goals.


Attending music conferences and festivals can be a significant investment of time and money, but it can also be a valuable opportunity to learn, grow, and make important connections in the music industry. Start planning your next networking adventure today!


References:

  • "The 15 Best Music Festivals and Conferences of 2022" by Vanessa Thorpe and Andrew Clements, The Guardian, January 2, 2022

  • "The Best Music Conferences & Festivals for Artists in 2022" by Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, December 29, 2021

  • "The Ultimate List of 2022 Music Festivals and Conferences" by Cherie Hu, Water & Music, December 16, 2021


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