Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, July 1, 18:45
Hotel Café
1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-461-2040
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 Jack Fruit (@iamjackfruit), Jose Madrid (www.soundcloud.com/josemadridmusic), Mer┼Źn (lnkfi.re/JULx1mWQ), Rob Mayes (www.rob-mayes.com). This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at Hotel Café, 1623 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the former Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
 
Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 31
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings for July. Dumbo, The Lion King, Little, Pet Sematary, Us, Captain Marvel, Gloria Bell are among featured full length features. Since the programming is always evolving it is necessary to visit the website and retrieve the most recent updates to the program. There is generally a Super Smash Bros. Happy Hour,’ that happens for weekend Video Gaming Sessions, for kids and adults. Up to eight players can play on the 160” movie screen. There are private screenings and events planned as well and a photo gallery. Please check the website calendar for other ongoing feature film screenings and event activities that might not be included here. Stuart Cinema and Cafe is a converted warehouse in the Greenpoint section of North Brooklyn serving artists and community that want to present creative productions, and the community as an entertainment center. Features of the programming for the cafe include, film festivals and screenings, pop-up theater, adaptable venue space used to present fashion events, live stage events for bands, singers, spoken word and comedy acts, book readings-signings, and the recently added weekend video gaming sessions.
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, July 2, 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 (celebrating its fifth anniversary on this date), a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Eleni Drake, presents a mix of r'n'b and soul; Ruthanne who had a recent record of the week on Radio 1Xtra, and over 7.5m Spotify streams; Mira Mira, a new band with a synth-pop sound. FRUKT DJ fill 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. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands. This event is free.
Email: london@wearefrukt.com; @FRUKT
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, July 4, 19:00-22:30 (and every Thursday)
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 Thursday night.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, July 6, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana Lounge
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.
Email: contact form
 
XR WA Perth Ideas Market at Revelation Perth International Film Festival
Saturday, July 6 - Sunday, July 14
Pan Pacific Hotel (other venues)
207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth Australia
Phone: +61 448 007 233; 08-9224-7777
XR:WA is programmed to explore immersive technologies in a way that it hopes will deliver a unique experience to the audiences of Western Australia. It runs in parallel with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. For practitioners of traditional and more recent media formats, XR:WA includes: a major three-day screen conference, exhibition and testing opportunities, B2B opportunities, keynote speakers, networking and social functions, workshops, panels and masterclasses with local, national and international peers and the ability to discuss projects with audiences and users. The Revelation Film Festival enters year 22, This year co-located with, but running in tandem with, XR:WA. Taking place across Perth and Fremantle, Revelation combines a program of moving image art, live music, film and interactive and immersive media forms. In greater detail, that includes live music at cinemas, campuses, cafes, bars, nightclubs, galleries, found spaces, libraries and public spaces. Revelation welcomes independently curated or initiated programs and ideas and actively embraces creative professional development and mentoring opportunities.
 
BMI's “8 off 8th” Hip Hop Fresh Fruit Showcase
Monday, July 8, 20:00
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and TuneSpeak  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: Kylie Frey, Tyler Dial, Sean Stemaly, The Dryes, Red Clay Strays, Elvie Shane, Hunter Tynan Davis, Carvin Walls. 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences looking for the next big thing. Hosted by 2 L’s On A Cloud. Mercy Lounge helps artists find new fans in the music loving community through existing technology and new innovations. Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, a state of the art sound system, and a back bar area that features pool tables, booth seating, and a more-relaxed environment from which to take in the show. Performing artists are offered dedicated monitor and front of house sound engineers, an array of lighting and production options, and a loft-style hospitality suite complete with kitchen, bathroom and comfort area. Anyone interested in rental or showcase opportunities, please email booking@mercylounge.com. Free and open to the public.
 
Verano Alternativo
Tuesday, July 9, 19:00
Drom
85 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009
Phone: 212-777-1157
“Verano Alternativo” runs in tandem with the 20th edition of Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). The showcase will spotlight a diverse roster of fresh artists from around the Caribbean and Latin America. Fans can take in a night of rhythmic beats from the retro-futuristic artist Cable Head along with colorful lyrics and dance rhythms by Ecuadorian urban singer/songwriter Sophy Mell and fellow female Puerto Rican urban singer/songwriter Nohemy. Soulful songstress CRISTNA will also perform, along with Afro-Caribbean rapper Sebastián Otero and Columbian pop-rock singer/songwriter Jona Camacho rounding out the lineup. This is free to the public. 
 
Latin Alternative Music Conference 2019
Tuesday, July 9 - Saturday, July 13
Stewart Hotel
371 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212-563-1800
LAMC is organized with a focus towards the marketing of Spanish-language alternative music. With the sole objective of showing how Latin music fits into the wider musical ecosystem, LAMC has programmed industry panels with speakers from the entertainment and business world. There are also daily and nightly showcases of Latin music reflecting fresh sounds that cross over into other traditional genres such as rock, hip-hop and electronica scenes. This six-day event provides networking opportunities for leading artists, label executives, journalists, managers, marketers, retailers and programmers. LAMC features an annual "discovery" contest, in search of rising new talent. Winners receive a chance to perform at an LAMC concert, inclusion on the LAMC compilation CD, a write-up on the LAMC website, and other prizes. Although most events, such as registration, panels and exhibits, are conducted through Stewart Hotel, showcase and performance events happen at various venues and field locations throughout the city, such as Summerstage Central Park Rumsey Playfield, DROM, Summerstage Queensbridge Park, SOB’s and other venues that will be announced.
 
Global Conference for Media Freedom (#defendmediafreedom)
Wednesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 11
Printworks
Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7PJ U.K.
Phone: +44 (0) 1772 767722; 343-203-7700
In its inaugural year, the conference seeks to bring together global leaders and representatives from the media industry, journalists, civil society and academia, place the spotlight on media repression and begin building a coalition of governments committed to a stronger diplomatic response when media freedom is curtailed. Special Envoy for Media Freedom and human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney (wife of actor, director, producer George Clooney) will also attend. The Global Conference for Media Freedom is part of an international campaign to shine a global spotlight on media freedom. It will bring together global leaders and representatives from the media industry, journalists, civil society and academia. According to sources the world is becoming a more hostile place for journalists. Reporters Without Borders called 2018 the deadliest year on record for journalists. UNESCO confirms that at least 99 journalists were killed, a further 348 imprisoned and 60 held hostage. Freedom of expression is being stifled and barriers are preventing the functioning of an independent media.  Initiatives presented so far to address these dangers have included pledging 60 new scholarships for journalists across Africa, as part of their vision “Defend Media Freedom.”
 
Solar two-day Lighting Workshop
Saturday, July 13 - Sunday, July 14
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling through the use of active camera movement and skillful actor blocking. With extensive, daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and bring forth the enactment of the story. Attendees will learn how to visualize, recognize best camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Undergoing the process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that belongs to the director's signature vision. The session will be run by Eric Lau. 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. Register on website.
 
The Way We Work: Launch Party
Sunday, July 14, 19:00 - 22:00
Wood & Vine
6280 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-334-3360
Launch Party for The Way We Work: On The Job In Hollywood, edited by award-winning author and veteran TV writer Bruce Ferber. This book is scheduled for publication on July 9 through Rare Bird Books. Bruce Ferber is an American novelist and television writer/producer. He served as showrunner and Executive Producer of Sabrina and Home Improvement, for which he received Emmy and Gold Globe nominations, People's Choice, Kids' Choice, and Environmental Media Awards. In 2004, he produced and directed the documentary film, Pray For Tucson, a weekend in the life of the Howard Dean presidential campaign.
 
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 17
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
With an emphasis on light and shadow, the workshop emphasizes shooting in real-world situations while learning how to make quality and cost-effective films. 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.
 
Hollywood Chamber Speed Leads Luncheon
Wednesday, July 17, 12:00 - 13:30
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 200, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce invites member businesses to connect at Speed Leads networking event at the Hollywood Chamber offices. The Chamber's fast-paced event presents an opportunity to briefly connect face-to-face with representatives from member businesses and to introduce your business to other Chamber members. Open to Hollywood Chamber Members only. Lunch will be provided. Reservations will be taken on a first come-first served basis. RSVP on the website. 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.
 
50th San Diego Comic-Con International (#SDCC)
Wednesday, July 17 - Sunday, July 21
San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101
Phone: 619-525-5000
This year marks San Diego Comic-Con's 50th anniversary. July 17 is planned as the preview night for the five-day event. In spite of its sprawling program format, these are the feature categories to consider along which San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will be broken down: Special Guests, Anime, Art Show, Autographs, Children’s Film Festival, Films, Games, Masquerade, Portfolio Review, Artists’ Alley, Fan Tables, overall Exhibit Hall. This year Comic-Con’s 45th Masquerade Costume Competition will start at 20:30 on July 20 in Ballroom 20 of the Convention Center. Comic-Con continues to offer a comprehensive comics and pop culture convention experience. There is a sizeable programming schedule featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference, anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival), games, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – the “Oscars” of the comics industry, a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies, an Autograph Area, an Art Show, and Portfolio Reviews bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, July 18, 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
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Cliff Goldmacher Songwriter Workshop: Dos and Don’ts of Music Business
Thursday, July 18, 13:30-15:00
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
Gain an insider’s perspective on business aspects of songwriting for profit. Learn about what to expect from music publishers, record labels, PROs that go along with the music food chain hierarchy and dos and don’ts to consider in conducting relations with them. Visit the online registration page to secure a place at this link. 45 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 45 seats are filled. All participants MUST check in by 13:50 at the latest, or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. As an educator, Cliff Goldmacher teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Standard Jazz Workshop, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and the Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Admission is free.
 
Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Lessons From the Masters
Saturday, July 20, 12:30-15:00
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 310-278-2345; 888-796-9673
This series features a Writer, Director and Producer discussing a variety of topics, including: writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding a voice, hooking the reader and script development, and having a basic understanding of how the business works. In this session Paula Finn, Author of Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy, will share the most important takeaways from her conversations with the creators of such classics as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Roseanne, and Everybody Loves Raymond. Emmy-winning Cheers and Taxi producer Ken Estin will join in the Q&A. It is essential to RSVP by the July 18 deadline in order to be on the RSVP list for Security clearance onto CBS’ lot. If you do not RSVP by the date above, you may not be allowed onto CBS’ lot.
 
BMI’s Rooftop on the Row
Tuesday, July 23, 18:00
BMI’s Nashville Office Rooftop Lounge
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
BMI’s Rooftop on the Row series pairs up-and-coming Country and Americana singer-songwriters with veteran performers, enabling industry influencers and fans alike to enjoy the casual vibe on the BMI Nashville office’s rooftop while listening to some of the genres’ new and established acts. Performing tonight are Maddie & Tae and Troy Cartwright. The series runs through August 2019, and is presented collaboratively by George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, NASH FM 103.3 and 95.5 NASH ICON.
 
Open House at Manhattan Edit Workshop
Tuesday, July 23, 19:00 - 20:00
Manhattan Edit Workshop
119 W 23rd Street, Suite 700, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-414-9570
Hosted by Manhattan Edit Workshop, the MEWShop Open House is an opportunity for you to learn more about our Six Week Intensive Workshop and all of our classes.  Attendees get a chance to meet some of the instructors, administration, other potential students, and to get a tour of the facilities. An Avid Media Composer demonstration with Certified Instructor Janet Dalton will be held at 19:30, with a focus on working with the new Source Browser and hiding jump cuts with fluid morph Aside from the demonstration other staff will be on hand to discuss areas such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Captivate, Color Correction with Premiere Pro; Avid Assistant Editor Workshop & Advanced Avid Workflows for Assistant Editors Workshop; three Week Advanced Editing Workshop; Production Workshops; custom classes, and other learning opportunities.
 
BMI 101 Workshop Nashville
Thursday, July 25, 16:00-17:00
BMI’s Nashville Office
10 Music Square E., Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, July 25, 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.
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, July 25, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000; 646-779-8455
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handle an account. 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.
 
SIGGRAPH 2019, Los Angeles
Sunday, July 28 - Thursday, August 1
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: +1-805-677-4286
World-premiere experiences set to make their debut during the SIGGRAPH 2019 conference include: “Undersea” from Magic Leap (Immersive Pavilion), “a kite’s tale” from Walt Disney Animation Studios (VR Theater), “Mary and the Monster: Chapter One” from Parallux and New York University’s Future Reality Lab (Immersive Pavilion), and “Il Divino: Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling in VR” from Epic Games. Immersive content at SIGGRAPH 2019 is available in five separate showcase spaces across two programs. In the Immersive Pavilion, work can be experienced across three physical spaces – the Arcade, Museum, or Village – while the VR Theater offers both five-film, one-hour screenings daily and individual viewing kiosks. The SIGGRAPH 2019 Production Sessions offers behind-the-scenes reveals in the “making of” some of the year’s notable productions in film, streaming, cable, games, and VR. So for example, The Making of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will have SIGGRAPH 2019 Keynote Speaker Victoria Alonso, take the stage with production professionals from Marvel Studios, Digital Domain, ILM, and Weta Digital to discuss how the epic culmination of 22 interconnected films and diverse collection of superheroes of different environments were sewn into the climactic final chapter that is “Avengers Endgame.” ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group where researchers, artists, and technologists meet to review progress applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The SIGGRAPH conference is the annual educational experience for inspiring transformative advancements across the disciplines of computer graphics and interactive techniques.
 
NATPE Streaming Plus
Tuesday, July 30, 08:30 - 16:00
W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard,  Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 310-453-4440
The event explores the disruption and impact by presenting thought leaders from major and emerging platforms who will provide the competitive advantages necessary to grow and succeed. The program agenda will offer insights as D-to-C engagement builds momentum, creating audience + monetization models that are re-engineering the foundations of the industry. Topic areas that will be covered include: International Strategies, New Revenue Opportunities, Content Migration and Distribution, DTC: Audience Aggregation & Retention, The Creative Pipeline of Today & Tomorrow, What’s Next? The POV from Industry Leaders.
 
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, July 31, 20:00
The Actors Theatre Workshop
145 West 28 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212)-947-1386
The Actors Theatre Workshop is an established pioneer in non-profit theatre that produces classical and contemporary plays, develops new dramatic works, trains and develops actors, writers and directors while making a difference in the lives of homeless children and the community at large. The educational program teaches innovative educational techniques and theatre principles to adults and children from all walks of life; produces classical and contemporary plays and documentary films that maintain goal stated artistic standards. The theatrical program develops new dramatic works that examine the social issues of the day. The open mic happens the last Wednesday of every month. 
 
 

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