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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.