Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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 International Blues Challenge
Wednesday, February 1 - Saturday, February 4
Orpheum Theater
203 S Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Phone:  901-527-2583
The International Blues Challenge is a worldwide search for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Acts that are capable of becoming top acts. The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis. The International Showcase will open the event on January 31 with competition rounds on February 1-3 in venues located along historic Beale Street. The International Blues Challenge will conclude with finalists performing on February 4. Blues musicians from around the world will compete for cash, prizes, and industry recognition, performing in various venues along Beale Street, as The Blues Foundation presents the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge.
 
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (#SBIFF)
Wednesday, February 1 - Saturday, February 11
Metro Theatre
618 State Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101
Phone: 805-963-0023
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, an arts and educational organization showcasing independent and international cinema through its annual festival programs, will program 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums in downtown Santa Barbara. Recurring free programs like it's 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, National Film Studies Program, AppleBox Family Films, Rosebud Program, 3rd Weekend and daily free screenings and filmmaker seminars make up the festival program. In recent years SBIFF has expanded its year round presence with regular screenings and Q&As with programs like Cinema Society, The Showcase and its Wave Film Festivals. The SBIFF panel series happens during both weekends that the Festival stretches across. There will be, Directors panel, Directors on Directing; writers panel, It Starts With the Script; women’s panel, Creative Forces: Women in the Business; producers panel, Movers and Shakers. 
 
Friday Night Social
Friday, February 3, 18:30-21:30
Crescent Hotel Lounge
403 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 310-360-1400
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWriters Network. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” Complimentary finger food and/or Nachos will be provided at the event. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
 
Kinoscope I Film Screening and Discussion
Friday, February 3, 19:00-22:00
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003, Room N101
Phone: 212-229-8903
Kinoscope is a screening series sponsored by the School of Media Studies with the purpose of contributing to the appreciation and understanding of film and the filmmaking process by screening a wide variety of national and international films. Pawel Wieszczecinski, Kinoscope's programmer and producer, and Media Studies faculty member Marcus Turner will discuss the film after the presentation. The film title will be announced closer to the screening date. A reception with food and beverages will follow the screening. Admission is free to the public and no tickets or reservations are required.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, February 4, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
 
Audition for The Voice at their 2017 Winter Auditions: Las Vegas/Baltimore
Saturday, February 4
Venues TBA
Las Vegas, Nevada / Baltimore, Maryland
“The Voice” is a three-time Emmy Award-winning, #1 series on NBC, featuring talented artists and four of music’s top names as coaches. The 2017 search for solo artists and duos that perform all types of music: pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, latin, country, blues, indie will commence. To audition you must be legally present in the United States, be 13 years of age or older, and meet all other eligibility requirements. The audition caravan will travel across the country this winter searching for vocalists to compete in the well regarded vocal competition show. They want to know your story and why you are The Voice. To audition, please follow the link to apply. All must register to attend the open call auditions. The Coaches will not be at the open call auditions. There will be a February 25 audition date for Baltimore. Precise audition locations will be given at a later date and time.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, February 6, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
Singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by: Chaylin Sanchez, Gavyn Bailey, Jules (www.julessong.com), Ricky Aguilar. Admission is free.
 
California Copyright Conference
Tuesday, February 7, 18:15
Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel
12833 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 818-379-3312
California Copyright Conference presents a panel entitled “Music Sync: Evolution Towards Internet TV.” Panelists include Gary Calamar, GO Music; Yvette Metoyer, SuperMusicVision; Matt Lilley, MCL Music Services; and Geoff Sawyer, Red Bull TV. It will be moderated by Mara Schwartz Kuge, Superior Music and David Quan, Angry Mob Music. The panel will discuss production cycles, the music pitch process, licensing rights and terms and how these differ from those in traditional media, and very importantly, how to make money. There is a check-in at 18:15, cocktails served at 18:30, and the dinner starts at 19:00. Advance RSVP needed (via voicemail or PayPal by noon, February 6. There is also a Walk-Up Dinner arrangement, where you pay at the door, and no prior RSVP is needed.
 
One Mic Nite Open Monday Talent Showcase
Tuesday, February 7, 19:00 (and every Tuesday)
Cheryl’s Global Soul
236 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Phone: 347-529-2855
A combination of indie music or dance, theater, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turntables. Featured Guests, and all Artists welcome to perform! singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians. Artists... The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Tuesday night.
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, February 7, 19:00
The Heavenly Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with partners BMI and DIY Magazine, present THE FIX, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include Wyldest, a London dream-pop band; Alexander Teller, new singer-songwriter specializing in storytelling and ballads; Critics, a new London indie-pop band with a debut EP just out; Katie Raban, a new artist who crafts epic melancholy torchsongs. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
Email: london@wearefrukt.com; @FRUKT
 
Public Art Fund Talks at The New School
Wednesday, February 8, 18:30
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12 Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-2436; 212-223-7800
At this Public Art Fund Talk, artists Meriem Bennani, Mary Reid Kelley, Patrick Kelley, and Hannah Whitaker will be in a conversation moderated by Public Art Fund’s Associate Curators Emma Enderby and Daniel S. Palmer, focusing on the intersection between art and advertising. The discussion has been inspired by the numerous modes of advertising that have formed alongside digital advances in display techniques, and in turn, the contemporary artists that have found inspiration and new opportunities to utilize new forms of media within this digitally saturated landscape. Public Art Fund Talks at The New School are organized by Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
 
MusiCARES Person of the Year
Friday, February 10
The GRAMMY Foundation
3030 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90404
Phone: 310.392.3777; 800-687-4227
The 27th Annual MusiCARES “Person of the Year” ceremony  will honor Tom Petty in Los Angeles, and  include a reception, a silent auction, a banquet and a concert.  Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in celebration of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will close the evening's planned performances, and GRAMMY-winning artist and producer, T Bone Burnett will serve as musical director. Proceeds from the 27th annual Person of the Year tribute provides essential support for MusiCares. The purpose of MusiCares is to provide a safety net of ready assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. The celebration culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
 
The 59th Grammy Awards (#GRAMMYs)
Sunday, February 12
Staples Center
1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 310-392-3777; 213-742-7340 Fax: 310-392-2306
The GRAMMYs are a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. A GRAMMY is awarded by The Recording Academy's voting membership to honor this excellence in the recording arts and sciences. The Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 20:00-23:30 (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. Late night television and ‘Carpool Karaoke’ star, James Corden, will host the 59th GRAMMY Awards in 2017.
 
Open House / Membership Reception Presented by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, February 14, 14:00-18:00
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 150, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Open House / Membership Reception will be co-hosted by Kilroy Realty Corporation. Visitors can take part in the celebration of the opening of the new home for the Hollywood Chamber at the Sunset Media Center after 25 years at the Roosevelt Hotel.  Located on the ground floor and mezzanine levels, the state-of-the-art space features a large conference room, Johnny Grant Library, and modern offices.  Network with chamber staff, the Board of Directors, and chamber members. The event is a complimentary benefit of membership and exclusive to Hollywood Chamber members only.  For additional information, please send an email to info@hollywoodchamber.net.  The Hollywood Chamber was formed in October 1921 to replace the old Hollywood Board of Trade. It consists of owners, managers, presidents and other key representatives from a spectrum of businesses and organizations around the Hollywood community.

 

Folk Alliance Music Conference
Wednesday, February 15 - Sunday, February 19
Westin Crown Center Hotel
1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64018
Phone: 816-221-3655; 816-474-4400
The Folk Alliance International Conference embraces a Folk music industry and community that is a diverse array of genres including Appalachian, Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, Global Roots, Indigenous, Old Time, Traditional, Singer-Songwriter, and Spoken Word.  Reportedly delegates who attended the 2016 conference represented 17 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, Mexico, and Japan. Keynote speaker Ani DiFranco will speak about her music, activism, and the role of the protest singer in modern times, followed by a brief interview-style Q&A, on February 17. And on February 18, Keynote speaker Billy Bragg, a U.K. based musician influenced by Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and the Clash, will make a presentation. The Folk Alliance music camp plans to field a lineup of friendly instructors to lead classes in topics ranging from songwriting and singing to classes for instrumentalists on a wide variety of instruments. Folk Alliance Music Conference closes February 19 with a party by Boulevard Brewing Co. & Tom's Town Distilling Co.
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, February 16, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Durango Songwriter’s Expo
Thursday, February 16 - Saturday, February 18
Crowne Plaza Resort
450 East Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, California 93001
Phone: 970-946-9521; 970-259-9747
The Durango Songwriter Expo is an anticipated singer/songwriter events. Held twice yearly -- once in Colorado and again in Santa Barbara, California wine country. Each attendee gets heard in three listening sessions, and the opportunity to submit for live showcases and open mics. Registration is famously limited to 200 attendees and there are over 40 music industry pros and songwriters attending. The Expo is planned with intent to give artists and songwriters an every opportunity to network with music supervisors, labels, publishers and fellow artists. Every attendee gets three listening sessions on CD and the opportunity to play live at either a showcase or open mic. Attendees get their music critiqued in listening sessions, sit in on industry panels and perform their music during the evening showcases, making it  a networking and relationship building opportunity as well as to improve music technique.
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival
Saturday, February 18, 16:00
South Park Center
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California  90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
In honor of Black History Month, the NFMLA monthly program presents 'InFocus: Black Cinema.' The program reviews the importance of films that have starred, filmed, directed, or been produced by the black community.  Many films are premiering for the first time in Los Angeles including character driven films from Italy and Lithuania, a Hungarian produced thriller and a glimpse of a mother struggling with her cancer in modern day Iran. And from the U.S., a modern day pulp flick set in the desert, a satire of a clever homeless man, and a documentary of a female acapella quartet out of Cuba.  Closing the evening of this one-day mini-festival is the west coast premier of 'Homestate', an experiment of real life and fiction following Blaise Miller as the lead character on a path of redefining himself despite the lack of faith from his family. In between programs, meet and mingle with the filmmakers and industry supporters over cocktails and sounds at the filmmakers’ lounge inside the private entry to the 500 seat theater of the South Park Center in Downtown Los Angeles. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, February 22, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
2017 BRIT Awards
Wednesday, February 22, 19:00
02 Arena
Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX  UK
Phone: 0844 856 0202; +44 161 385 3211
The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The BRIT Awards will be broadcast live in London on ITV1, starting from 20:00. Founded in 1973, BPI is the representative trade organisation of the UK recorded music industry, which include the UK's four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. BPI also organizes the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classical BRIT Awards show. Michael Bublé was set to host of the 2017 BRIT Awards but had to pull out due to his son’s health concerns. It was unknown at the time of this writing who his replacement would be. Consummate UK entertainer, Robbie Williams, who has won more BRITs than any other artist in the history of The BRITs, is slated  to perform at The BRITs 2017. This year, BRIT’s Week for War Child, will host benefit shows and performances preceding the  main award ceremony, raising money for children whose lives have been affected by war and global crisis. Performances will  take place in London between February 14 and 24 in the lead up to the BRIT Awards. 
 
Country Radio Seminar 2017 (#CRS2017)
Wednesday, February 22 - Friday, February 24
Omni Nashville Hotel
250 5th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-327-4487
At this year’s conference, Country Radio Seminar will present research on the continued advancement and use of mobilized music options available to listeners where listeners can stream, listen and interact with artists directly. These new dynamics are affecting the impact radio has on its faithful yet distracted audience. Another panel, “The Mobilization of Country Radio,” will explore the diversity of radio usage, streaming behaviors, and online music consumption of today’s Country music fans. Former Olympic Gold figure skater, Scott Hamilton, will be this year’s keynote speaker at Country Radio Seminar 2017.  CRS President, Charlie Morgan, will conduct the interview, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22. As a first time guest of Country Radio Seminar, Hamilton will inspire others through his motivational story and how to overcome life’s obstacles. Other highlight events at CRS 2017 include the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Coffee Cart followed by the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Internet Cafe right afterward, that set the convention in motion. A kickoff party and award reception come toward the end of the first day. Other conference sessions highlights include, Speeding Towards Tomorrow:  Radio in a Driverless World, The Power of the Country Music Consumer, and many other topics.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, February 23, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.
 
Two-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, February 25 - Sunday, February 26, 11:00-15:00
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Ste. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
This two-day workshop explores visual storytelling with dynamic camera movement and skillful actor blocking. Using daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and realize the essence of the script. Participants will learn how to visualize, choose optimum camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Through this process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that comes from the director's unique vision. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
 
The 89th Academy Awards - OSCARS (#Oscars2017)
Sunday, February 26, 19:00 ET/16:00 PT
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-308-6300; 310-247-3000; Fax: 310-859-9619
The Oscars acknowledge the past year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by a body of voting motion picture enthusiasts. The Academy’s roughly 6,000 members vote for the Oscars using secret ballots, which are tabulated by the international auditing firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 89th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland Center and televised live by the ABC Television Network (19:00 ET/16:00 PT). Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are producers for this year's show. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. The show is presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. AMPAS was originally conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer as a professional honorary organization to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labor disputes. Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Oscars.
 
Golden Mike Awards Ceremony
Sunday, February 27
The Plaza Hotel
768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-373-8250
The Broadcasters Foundation of America presents the 2017 Golden Mike Award, honoring Paul Karpowicz, President of Meredith Local Media Group, at their Black Tie reception and dinner. The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the Foundation’s mission of providing aid to broadcasters in need. An inductee of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Karpowicz serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and as a board member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and the Television Board of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), for which he is also a former Chairman. He has been Chairman of the CBS Affiliates Board and the Television Bureau of Advertising Board and has served on the executive committees of the NAB and the Rhode Island and Indiana Broadcasters Associations. Karpowicz is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. 
 
Mobile World Congress 2017 (#MWC17)
Sunday, February 27 - Wednesday, March 2
Fira Barcelona Gran Via
Avenida Joan Carles 1, 64, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, 08908 Barcelona, España
Phone: +34 935 157 359
Mobile World Congress Barcelona is the annual gathering for the mobile industry organized by the GSM Association. It fields a very large exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference that executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners, deliver keynote addresses and panel talks to. In 2017, Mobile World Congress will be broken down into key themes that will include: Networks, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Platforms, Sustainable Development, Consumer IOT, Government and Public Policy, Content and Media. A partial listing of keynote speakers slated for presentations include Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO, Netflix, John Martin, Chairman and CEO, Turner, Jeff Lawson, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Twilio, Allison Kirkby, President and Group CEO, Tele2. The MMIX Summit — New Digital Media and Entertainment Dynamics — will happen March 1, exploring the ramped up international demand for multi-screen media and entertainment and the heightened pace of innovation driving the today’s market. A Fashion Tech Show ‘ECOcyborg,’ will be part of MWC’s recently opened Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo), which will showcase a vision for the future of fashion. The show is promoted by IED Barcelona Design University faculty. MWC Convention organizer, GSMA, represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. 

 

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