Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI Writer Series: Know Them Now
Thursday, February 1, 18:00-19:30
The Listening Room Cafe
618 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37210
Phone: 615-259-3600
The BMI Writer Series: “Know Them Now” showcase is ongoing at The Listening Room in Nashville. This week features performances by Chase McGill, Daniel Ross, Mike Walker, Driver Williams. The Listening Room Cafe (formerly known as The Bluebird Cafe), had a grand re-opening on February 9, 2013, and since has since continued to grow a reputation, and national attention, as being a venue in the downtown “sobro” Nashville district attracting singer/songwriters eager to perform and release new material. Booking inquiries are accepted through the website contact form. Tickets will be sold at the door.
 
Friday Night Social
Friday, February 2, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711; 800-472-8556
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 Final Draft. 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.” Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Free to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails and parking. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, February 3, 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.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, February 5, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
A 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 David Lyle, and Anthony Pepi. Admission is free.
 
DEW Digital Entertainment World (#DEW2018)
Monday, February 5 - Tuesday, February 6
Marina Del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, California 90292
Phone: 310-855-0033 
Digital Entertainment World is focused on being a gathering of digital influencers and industry leaders throughout the world who are in the business of creating or monetizing digital entertainment content. DEW 2018 will stress future direction and cover topics from OTT to Innovation to eSports to Millennials to Content Marketing to VR/AR to Music Rights to Startups, etc. This ‘Future’ theme guides all talks, discussions, meetings, and presentations over the two days of presentations. The program’s offering includes keynotes, fireside chats, presentations, panel discussions, tech demos, startup competition, innovative exhibitions, daily DJ music and performers and full networking in the hotel's Sinder Lounge. Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire, and Tinzar Sherman, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Media Wire, are speakers set to deliver the Welcome and Introductory Remarks at DEW. Other slated speakers in #DEW2018 include Shelley Zimmerman, Awesomeness TV Studio; Angela Ahrendts, Apple; Andrew Sugerman, The Walt Disney Company; Lisa  Perrin, Endemol Shine Group and others to numerous to completely list here.
Email: info@digitalmediawire.com; @dewexpo
 
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Cartoonist Steve Ditko (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, February 6, 19:00-21:00
University Center, The Bork Room
Two West 13 Street, Room M101, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
Writer and comic book critic, Joe McCulloch will lead a session on cartoonist Steve Ditko (b. 1927), the co-creator (along with Stan Lee) of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, who continues to working in the industry into 2018 at age 90. Since 2007, Steve Ditko has published more than 800 pages of new comic book art. Ditko also worked  for Charlton and also DC Comics, making major contributions, including a revamp of the long-running character the Blue Beetle, and creating or co-creating the Question, the Creeper, Shade, the Changing Man, and Hawk and Dove. Ditko also began contributing to small independent publishers, where he created Mr. A, a hero reflecting the influence of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)katchor.com
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, February 6, 19:00
The Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with BMI, 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 Special Guests, Aadae, Sasha Brown, Sean Christopher. DJ Deja Bruh fills in around band appearances. 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
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, February 7, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turntables. Featured guests and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Wednesday night.
 
Silverscreen Film and Television Networking Event
Thursday, February 8 18:00-22:00
The World Bar
845 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017
Phone: 646-651-2202
This is a networking event helping film and TV professionals join together to politick new business ideas, form partnerships, explore funding opportunities and gain distribution. The goal is to help film and television professionals create business opportunities and network growth in an environment with like minded creatives, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar cocktails. Party favors will include complimentary buttered hors d'oeuvres, groovy music and happy hour specials courtesy of Hospitality Holdings. Silverscreen holds bi-monthly networking events structured to create an outlet where professionals meet, exchange ideas, provide job opportunities, create business and explore funding opportunities in film and television. These events are also ideal for vendors who provide products to film and television productions. Please bring business cards for a chance to participate in the free raffle and a chance to promote your brand or product with the resident affiliate TV Host Evan The Show.
 
Virtuality – Paris 2018 (#Virtuality2018)
Thursday, February 8 - Saturday, February 10
Centquatre-Paris
5, Rue Curial, 75019 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 35 50 00
Virtuality is the multi-faceted VR, AR and MR event in Europe whose first edition last February gathered over 16,000 participants and 110 exhibitors, with accompanying media coverage. Attendees can meet VR/AR professionals in an exclusive space with networking services, test many leading edge VR experiences, identify the new trends and immersive technologies, learn more on VR/AR impact through 40 talks. At Virtuality, speakers Marie Jourdren and Antoine Cardon, both members of DVGroup, address the topic, “Theatre, Cinema, Video Games – The New VR Paradigms of 2018.” After the international success of their project ‘Alice,’ The virtual Reality Play, which competed officially in the biggest VR international festivals in 2017, DVgroup will share feedback of their experience, their vision on the market in 2018 and of the key elements that will help the success of tomorrow's VR experiences. Morgan Bouchet, Head of VR, Orange Content,reviews the new stages of use in all screens, including the new ones, so users can meaningfully profit from the digital world and the power of Orange high-speed networks. In their talk on “From Sound to VR Narration,” speakers Diego Losa and Laurent Bazin draw on their experience in the field of immersive fiction Les Falaises de V., Laurent Bazin and Diego Losa will detail their creation process and the tools which became real actors in the story, the image and the VR space. 
Email: contact@virtuality-paris.com; contact form; @virtualityparis
 
Silicon Beach Film Festival (#SiliconBeachFF)
Friday, February 9 - Monday, February 12
Savor Cinema
503 SE Sixth Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: 818-633-5404
The Silicon Beach Film Festival showcases up and coming independent filmmakers from across the globe in short and feature independent film genres. The festival focus is on technology and filmmaking technique and champions the convergence of media and technology as the creative means of its digital filmmakers. There has been an extended deadline for 2018 submissions up to early February. Interested filmmakers can submit their works on FilmFreeway. More information about the festival can be found on the festival’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The Silicon Beach Film Festival Miami/Fort Lauderdale is part of the expansion plans of the team behind the Silicon Beach Film Festival. The Silicon Beach Film Festival is an event organized by Jon Gursha and Peter Greene, the creators of the Marina Del Rey Film Festival, Culver City Film Festival,, Playa Vista Film Festival, Silver State Film Festival and Silicon Beach Film Distribution. Silicon Beach Film Distribution is a direct digital distributor to all the major digital platforms.  Additionally, they are a direct educational distributor distributing film and television programs to educational institutions from major universities to small-town public libraries.
Email: sbff@filmmarketingservices.com; @SiliconBeachFilmFestival
 
Two-Day Lighting Workshop at Solar
Saturday, February 10 - Sunday, February 11
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
The workshop will stress hands-on techniques over textbook theories to achieve Simple, Creative and Efficient shooting techniques without utilizing unneeded equipment, budget, crew or time. The workshop will cover, camera and lighting positions, outdoor lighting with regard to sun and shade conditions, using colored lighting to affect mood, appropriate lighting for actors or models with dark skin tone and complexions, knowing the differences in lighting for dramas and lighting for interviews, and more. 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. 
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, February 10 - Wednesday, February 14
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
Geared especially toward Narrative/Documentary Filmmakers, this five-day intensive, hands-on workshop comprehensively guides students through the stages of filmmaking (Script Writing, Producing, Directing, Camera, Lighting, Sound Mixing and Editing) with techniques that are easy-to-learn and practical-to-use to complete a film in five days. 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.
 
BMI's “8 off 8th” Showcase
Monday, February 12, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) present “BMI 8 off 8th.” Each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s burgeoning indie music scene. This showcase will feature artists: TBA. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. Free and open to the public.
 
California Copyright Conference - Video Game Industry
Tuesday, February 13, 18:00-21:30
Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel
12833 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 818-379-3312
California Copyright Conference presents “VIDEO GAME$ - Level Up Your $ynchronization Income,” moderated by Mara Schwartz Kuge (Founder, Superior Music Publishing) and David Quan (Senior Director of Publishing, Angry Mob Music). A panel will consist of Katie Byam, Music Supervisor, Activision; Randy Gerston, Agent/Partner, Fortress Talent Management;  Julia Betley, Vice President, Licensing and Soundtracks, RCA Records; Chance Thomas, Composer, VP Music & Creative Development, HUGEsound (Avatar, DOTA 2, Lord of the Rings Online); Garry Schyman, Composer, (Bioshock, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle Earth: Shadow of War). The evening’s panel concentrates on how to pitch your music, how to negotiate rights, and how to make money in an expanding video game industry. This form of audiovisual media continues to be a source of synchronization income for music rights owners. There is an 18:15 Check-In; 18:30 Cocktail sip; 19:00 dinner.
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, February 15, 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. It will be conducted by two BMI Reps who will explain how to utilize BMI services to the fullest, and some Basic 101 tips and tricks. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Creative Trends for 2018 + Shooting A Short Schedule Indie Feature @ LAPPG’s Next Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 19:00-22:00
Crossroads School, Roth Hall
1714 21st Street, Santa Monica, California 90404
Phone: 310-829-7391
Hosted by Los Angeles Post Production Group
New demands created by cultural phenomenon such as ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Blade Runner’ include soundtracks and clips that replicate these retro sci-fi scores and aesthetics, creating unique genres like Sci-Fi Synth and Nordic Noir. Jon-Paul Harrison, Business Development Manager, Entertainment at Shutterstock, will discuss the rising global trends and predictions for 2018 based on behavioral search and download data from Shutterstock’s music and video libraries. In another evening program, Director of Photography Dan Kneece, will share insights on how to successfully approach a short schedule indie feature. Based on his experience from this past year with completely different genres and budgets in close succession, Dan happily shares some excerpts of his work on a soon to be released period piece about Mary Pickford, the modern day story Bad Stepmother for Lifetime and the forthcoming horror film, Gothic Harvest. There will be time to network, enjoy coffee and participate in giveaways which include thousands of dollars of amazing prizes. Register at this EventBrite link.
 
ALT 97.5 and BMI Present “Eastside Sounds”
Wednesday, February 21, 17:30
The Basement East
917 Woodland Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37206
Phone: 615-645-9174; 866-468-7630; 615-737-9107
BMI & ALT 983 Present “East Side Sounds” presented by AT&T GigaPower. Performances on this date and time will be given by The Minks, and Twen. ALT 97.5 (formerly 98.3) broadcasts Alternative music, including songs from artists like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, U2 and others. The station will also feature legendary local Alternative Rock on-air personalities Wells Adams, Gabby Sanderson and Battle. Admission is free.
 
New York Film Loft Industry Networking Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 21, 18:00
O’Nieals SoHo
174 Grand Street, New York, New York 10013
Phone: 929-274-3834; 212-941-9119
New York Film Loft is hosting a networking happy hour for the purpose of bringing together who are working to produce, direct, write and edit for film, television, VR/360 and digital content. This event is meant to help build a common gathering for a creative community to share thoughts, ideas, and to drive collaboration. New York Film Loft is an incubator that is dedicated to developing successful theatrical and digital content by working film, television, and virtual/360 content producers. 
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, February 22, 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.
 
Network at the Hollywood Chamber Business After Hours Mixer
Thursday, February 22, 17:00 - 19:30
Liaison Restaurant + Bar
1638 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; 323-848-4475
The Hollywood Chamber November Business After Hours mixer will be hosted by Soul Restaurant and Bar. The kitchen focuses its culinary creativeness on seasonal California cuisine, while the lounge draws Hollywood's elite and celebrity clientele.   Meet other Chamber members and promote a business Party favors include first drink on the house and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the mixer. Liaison features a lounge and a contemporary, open-air garden with couches and fire pits which are decorated to seamlessly transition from dinner service to posh, late-night lounge. The event is open to Hollywood Chamber members only. Non-members can email info@hollywoodchamber.net for an invitation. Must reserve online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/event as registration will be closed once capacity is reached. 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.
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – Celebrating Independent Cinema and Black History Month (#NFMLA)
Saturday, February 24, 10:30-23:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
The days programming is broken into Shorts Program #1 and Shorts Program #2. Selections from both programs include: The Holy Pole (Lebanon), Elie Chahine, Director; Have No Fear (USA/Poland), Beata Calinska and Sarah Jacobs w/ Adia Whitaker, Directors; A Fine Mistery (Italy), Nicola Martini, Director; Thiaroye By The Sea (USA), Devin Thomas, Director; Good After Bad (USA), Craning (USA), Aletha Shepherd, Director; Seahorse Man (USA), Diana Carter, Director; Places, Thank You Places (USA), JJ Adler, Director. NewFilmmakers LA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals. Filmmaker submissions are accepted by online submission form (https://goo.gl/M1ZPg9). Screenings average between 12 and 15 minutes long. There will be pre-screening receptions before each program where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers will follow each program. An After Party concludes the evening.
 
AIMP Panel - State Of The Music Industry
Thursday, February 22, 11:30-13:45
The Prime Rib
100 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 818-771-7301
The opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with others on issues of mutual concern is made possible through the programming of the AIMP's monthly meetings, forums, and workshops. This State Of The Music Industry panel will be moderated by President and CEO, Reel Muzik Werks and AIMP VP, Teri Nelson Carpenter. Panelists include BMI’s Alison Smith (EVP Distribution, Publisher Relations and Administration Services), Danielle Aguirre (NMPA), Ger Hatton (EU Specialist and IMPF Consultant), Alice Kim (ASCAP), and Kathy Spanberger (peermusic). The AIMP offers a platform for those in the music industry to discuss and reflect with their colleagues on the ever-changing music business. Individuals from other areas of the entertainment community, such as motion picture, television, multimedia and home video producers, the record industry, music licensing and supervision, songwriters, artist managers and members of the legal and accounting professions are active in the AIMP.
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – Celebrating Independent Cinema and Black History Month (#NFMLA)
Saturday, February 24, 10:30-23:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
The days programming is broken into Shorts Program #1 and Shorts Program #2. Selections from both programs include: The Holy Pole (Lebanon), Elie Chahine, Director; Have No Fear (USA/Poland), Beata Calinska and Sarah Jacobs w/ Adia Whitaker, Directors; A Fine Mistery (Italy), Nicola Martini, Director; Thiaroye By The Sea (USA), Devin Thomas, Director; Good After Bad (USA), Craning (USA), Aletha Shepherd, Director; Seahorse Man (USA), Diana Carter, Director; Places, Thank You Places (USA), JJ Adler, Director. NewFilmmakers LA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals. Filmmaker submissions are accepted by online submission form. Screenings average between 12 and 15 minutes long. There will be pre-screening receptions before each program where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers will follow each program. An After Party concludes the evening.
 
Mobile World Congress (#MWC18)
Monday, February 26 - Thursday, March 1
Fira Gran Via (other venues)
Avenida Joan Carles I, 64 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +44 20 7356 0600
The #MWC18 conference agenda has been sorted into 8 themes in order to assist attendees in finding the conference sessions that are most relevant to their interests. Kathrin Buvac, Chief Strategy Officer, Nokia, will deliver the first planned solo keynote address for the Mobile World conference on opening day, February 26 of the four-day convention. YoMo Barcelona will run alongside #MWC18 and aims to inspire future generations to pursue education and careers in science, #technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM) disciplines. More than 17,000 students and 3,000 educators from across Spain will participate in this four-day showcase of science and technology. MWC Topic Tours will consist of tours through the mobile ecosystem by industry experts, and visitors are introduced to MWC exhibitors while networking with fellow attendees. Keynote Speakers lined up for Mobile World Congress include Dr. Jim Yong Kim, World Bank; Jeremy Fox, Atrium TV/DRG; Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group; Borje Ekholm, Ericsson; Ajit Pai, United States FCC; Mats Granryd, GSMA; Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation, and others.
 
BVE (#BVE18)
Tuesday, February 27 - Thursday, March 1
ExCeL London @ Royal Victoria Dock,
One Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7069 5000
BVE 2018 is an expo dedicated to broadcast, production, and post-production. Professionals working in the media, entertainment and creative industries are drawn together through the program offerings, allowing them to explore and experience the future of the content creation, commercial innovation, and leading-edge technologies. The gathering of creative minds, tech innovators, and business leaders come to discover, experiment and trade information in the latest technologies that will help them rethink the way they craft and tell stories. For the first time, BVE will feature a new zone focused on VR, AR, MR, and AI innovation and creativity. Workshop programs from The Storytellers Stage to the Techflow Futures theatre, serve as a new way to discover process to craft and tell stories through live demos, case-studies, and insightful seminars. BVE is free to attend. Visitors planning to attend only need fill out the webpage form at this link to receive their free ticket to gain entry.
 
Amusement Expo International (#AmusementExpo)
Tuesday, February 27 - Thursday, March 1
Westgate Resort & Casino/Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 708-226-1300; Fax: 708-226-1310
The Expo, an annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry, is a three-day program featuring one day of education and two days of exhibits. Meagan Johnson will lead off Expo Education Day at 2018’s AAMA/AMOA Amusement Expo on opening day, February 27, in Las Vegas. Meagan Johnson’s topic will be entitled: “Zap the Gap!” offering perspectives about Generation X, the 50 million people born between 1965 and 1980. New to the agenda in 2018, the Expo is extending its reach at the conference and trade show by diving into the virtual reality entertainment ecosystem as an area of focus and growth, and embracing the emerging virtual reality arena into its education focus and exhibitor gallery. A new VR Pavilion on the trade show floor, will be devoted exclusively to the rapidly emerging and evolving virtual reality experience segment of the marketplace. The aim of the VR Pavilion is to educate traditional amusement operators about opportunities and products from the VR attractions market and offer VR companies the chance to exhibit and connect with a large group of influential new customers who are unlikely to attend other virtual-reality focused events. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, February 28, 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.
 

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