Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, July 1, 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.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, July 4, 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: Ryan McMullan, a Northern Irish folk singer; Lilith AI, the soulful rock performer has released recent single 'Hang Tough'; Ark, a new singer-songwriter with a soulful downtempo sound; Leo Law, soul singer from Leeds. 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:; @FRUKT
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, July 5, 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.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, July 10, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. 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 Escobar, East of Eli (Nathan West) (, Taylor Greenwood, Kylie Rutherford. Admission is free.
BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, July 10, 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.
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, July 11, 12:30-16:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
Following the lecture portion, Blume will critique a song from each attendee. Those who wish to have a song critiqued should bring a recording and a lyric sheet or be prepared to perform the song live. Registration is free and is conducted online. Online registration opens at 15:00 the day after the previous month’s workshop. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants MUST check in by 12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. This month's topic is Melody Master Class (and Song Critiques). The workshop is free but registration is conducted online at 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
Latin Alternative Music Conference 2017 (#LAMC2017)
Tuesday, July 11 - Saturday, July 15
The Stewart Hotel
371 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 866-233-4642
The annual conference with live musical performances will have featured panelists that include: Paul Greco, J. Walter Thompson; Alicia Zertuche, SXSW; Michael Nieves, Sugaroo; Rocio Guerrero, Spotify; Josh Rabinowitz, Townhouse; Luis Rivera, Music Choice; Rob Filomena, Industria Works/Nacional Records; Manny Gonzalez, Moet Hennessy; Josh Norek, Regalias Digitales, and others. The July 11 pre-conference opening presentation is a Focus on Venezuela Showcase at music venue SOBs in lower Manhattan. July 13 will make the start of conference sessions even though musical presentations will continue in the evenings. The first session opens with Latin Music In the Digital Age: Where Do We Go From Here? Following that will be, Content Is King: Latin Music Synchs In The Streaming TV & Film Era. On LAMC’s final day, the conference session opens with The Band & The Brand: Reaching Latinos Through Music. This is followed by Producers in The Mix, a conversation with Eduardo Cabra and Carlos Alomar. LAMC will close with a free Central Park SummerStage Show with performances by Los Pericos, Chicano Batman and La Vida Boheme.
Expo Cine Video Television
Wednesday, July 12 - Friday, July 14
World Trade Center Mexico City
Montecito 38 Naples Benito Juarez Mexico City 03810 CDMX Mexico
Phone:+5411-4924-2017; 305-890-1813
In 2017, Expo Cine Video Television, a convention organized by TelemundoCine Magazine and, will be celebrating 25 years in existence. This year at Expo Cine Video Televisión visitors can register for four thematic workshops, one of which will be the Thematic-Marathon Workshop: 360 / Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Workshop contents will cover: new era of digital cameras, direct sound on the set - acoustic conditioning, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/360, IP Streaming and Big Data. The Expo will also host professional level meetings on certain days. Animators and Producers will be able to meet July 12 at the same time slot and in the same meeting hall. Cinematographers, Post-Production Professionals and Visual Artists will be able to meet July 13 at the same time slot and in the same floor area. FilminLatino is a streaming film platform that offers a wide catalog of feature films, documentaries, classics, short films, series, and children's films. With a wide variety of tapes of all genres and nationalities, both authors and new talent, netizens can enjoy titles representing national and worldwide cinema. For the second consecutive year, the platform joins the awarding of the Ariel prize awarded by the Mexican Academy of Sciences and Cinematographic Arts (AMACC) and make the Ariel Special Channel available to the Mexican public. 
Variety Sports and Entertainment Summit
Thursday, July 13, 08:00-18:00
Neuehouse Hollywood
6121 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-337-1420
Variety’s Sports and Entertainment Summit explores opportunities that are presented by the intersection of sports and multi-platform media. Though athletes have a branding strategy that run across film/TV/digital, the larger media industry is looking to advance its sports coverage and programming to best engage with existing fan bases.  Also critical, the marketing and advertising community are eyeing ways to partner with the sports community to enhance their relationships with consumers. Variety’s Summit will explore strategies and trends in these intersecting worlds of sports and entertainment. Shortly after the Opening Remarks, Michael Strahan, Co-Host, Good Morning America takes part in a Keynote Conversation with Erin Andrews, Analyst, Fox Sports and Constance Schwartz-Morini, SMAC Entertainment. Admission includes a networking lunch and cocktail reception.
AT&T SHAPE: A Tech and Entertainment Expo
Friday, July 14 - Saturday, July 15
Warner Bros. Studios
199 South Cordova Street, Burbank, California 91505
The AT&T SHAPE event explores the convergence of technology and entertainment. The program features speakers, interactive demos, and hands-on creation activities. Visitors will tour Warner Bros. Studios' outdoor sets and soundstages and get an up-close look at authentic props and costumes from iconic films. Director Kathryn Bigelow (‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘The Hurt Locker,’ ‘Detroit’) opens the program’s discussion series remarking on her journey as a director, producer, and writer, and with  her debut VR short film documentary "The Protectors — A Walk in the Ranger's Shoes," her thoughts on the role of VR and its impact on the  future of storytelling,  Visitors to the exhibits area of SHAPE can interact with demos that could offer a glimpse into the future by exploring virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality. Visitors will see how entertainment tech will revolutionize content creation. Visitors will be able to see, perhaps for the first time, some of the latest technology trends poised to go mainstream. Most of the SHAPE event will work off four main areas, Creator Camp, Create-a-thon, Entertainment Project, and Hackathon.
Hollywood Chamber with LA’s Largest Mixer XiX
Tuesday, July 18, 17:00-21:00
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, California  91101
Phone: 323-230-5656; 323-642-8922
L.A.’s largest and longest running business-to-business networking event returns for the 19th annual L.A.’s Largest Mixer. Participants can join local chambers of commerce and business organizations and discover new business service providers from over 150 exhibitors. Find new ways to grow and improve your business, connect with potential customers, obtain new leads and referrals. Party favors will present samples from local restaurants and caterers. The Mixer is open to the general public and entire business community. 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.
Mediatech Africa Trade Show 2017 (#MediaTech2017)
Wednesday, July 19 - Friday, July 21
Ticketpro Dome
Olievenhout Avenue & Northumberland Road, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2162, South Africa
Phone: +27 11 025 3180
Events by Track will include: a Lighting Designer Contest Function, Timeslice 360 Cam Demo, Outdoor Sound Demo, Virtual Reality Demo, Drone Cage Demo, Black Box Demo, Studio - Recording - DJ Presentations, Pro Audio - Lighting - Staging Presentations, AV Integration Presentations, Digital Media Presentations, Film and Video Productions Presentations, Broadcast - TV and Radio Presentations. An area, very much on the cutting edge in today's media landscape, the growing trend toward Computer-Mediated Reality, encompassing the areas of Virtual Reality and  Augmented Reality is addressed. Broadcast solutions, featuring  servers, video and audio switchers, outside broadcast facilities, media asset management, transmission and connectivity technology, will address channel-in-a-box’ solutions for small operations, to more complex, high-end workflows for major public and pay-TV operators. Augmented and Virtual Reality are fields that are catching on and are creating a level of anticipation in things to come. Brainstorm Multimedia, a manufacturer of real-time 3D graphics and virtual studio solutions, will be in attendance at Mediatech with its latest version of their virtual studio application, InfinitySet 3.


Augmented World Expo Asia 2017
Wednesday, July 19 - Friday, July 21
China National Conference Center
No.7 Tianchen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Phone: 010-88653596 15811036612;  029-89282266 18966733883
AWE aims to highlight the best augmented world experiences in all aspects of life and work: from entertainment and brand engagement, to enterprise and industrial, urban and architecture, education and training, automotive and navigation, government, and commerce. The conference and expo will showcase speakers, startups and organizations who are using AR and VR to drive economic growth, encourage empathy and collaboration, democratize healthcare and education, and promote sustainability in the world. A six track convention program will hold developer workshops on the latest hardware, tools and SDKs to develop for AR/VR platforms; present keynote speakers who are exploring how AR and VR are bringing change the world; hear pitches from startups innovating in AR and VR; stage conversations and presentations on how AR and VR is changing education, healthcare, travel and tourism, news and media and more; provide expert lectures and discussion on the new user interfaces and design thinking unique to AR and VR; use cases and discussions on the impact of AR and VR on the enterprise. The event is co-produced with ARA (the Augmented Reality China Association) 
San Diego Comic-Con International (#SDCC)
Wednesday, July 19 - Sunday, July 23
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101
Phone: 619-525-5000
The event continues to offer the full 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. Who can be expected to attend San Diego Comic-Con 2017? A partial listing of special guests that are already confirmed will include: Arthur Adams, Artist, Longshot, Marvel covers; Mike Grell, Writer/artist: Starslayer, The Warlord; John Holmstrom, Punk magazine; Stan Lee, Writer, Editor, publisher, Marvel Comics; Gail Simone, Writer, Batgirl, Wonder Woman; Ron Wilson, Bronze Age Marvel comic books. Comic-Con conducts Portfolio Review sessions with attending companies that include comic publishers, movie and TV studios, video game companies, and others. While the sessions may not always result in job offers, they strive to offer honest and professional appraisal of the portfolio from seasoned industry insiders. 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, July 20, 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: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Celebrates British Cinema - Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, July 22, 17:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
This month the festival is hosting Lexus Short Films (LSF) in partnership with The Weinstein Company. LSF is an initiative that supports up-and-coming filmmakers by creating an opportunity for them explore the art of filmmaking using all the latest technology and guided by renowned industry experts. NFMLA will be showing three short films created as part of the LSF 2016 edition. For Season 4 of LSF, the esteemed filmmaker selection committee is comprised of Oscar nominee, writer and actor Taylor Sheridan alongside key executives of The Weinstein Company and Lexus. Joey Horvitz with The Weinstein Company will return to produce this year’s series of films, and is joining NFMLA to connect with festival attendees and filmmakers interested in participating in the program. NFMLA also welcomes co-hosts, the film industry’s first online marketplace that helps connect properties to filmmakers directly for free, and The Script Lab Summit, which is an educational event for the entire global screenwriting community. Opens with pre-screening reception. Throughout the event, attendees will have opportunities to mingle with the selected festival filmmakers, industry professionals and film lovers with a full bar in the Filmmaker Lounge at the South Park Center in Downtown Los Angeles.
ASCAP and Song Arts Academy Present "Making Awesome Tracks:" A Two Day Music Production Seminar
Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, July 23
The Cabin Studio, Manhattan Center Productions
311 West 34 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 917-686-4375
Song Arts Academy's two-day Pro Music Production Seminar – Making Awesome Tracks, lead by producers Jon Buscema, Pablo San Martin, and Billy Seidman. Attendees will learn contemporary studio production techniques (On Logic, Pro Tools & Ableton) that will get the "Industry" to notice and care about your music. Create records that will get you attention, cut through the noise, and build your career. On day one, instructors offer in-depth presentations of their production and mixing skill sets. Then day two will assemble participants into groups to individually build tracks utilizing the skills learned on day one of the seminar. The seminar is limited to 15 producers who are encouraged to apply ASAP to secure their spot. For specific details of the seminars focus presented at the seminar and to apply, visit:
Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, July 23
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Ste. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling with 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. 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..
Directing the Camera Workshop
Saturday, June 24 - Sunday, June 25
Solar Video/Film Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling with 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. 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 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, July 26, 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 Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
ALT 97.5  and BMI Present “East Side Sounds”
Wednesday, July 26, 18:00
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 will be given by Okey Dokey, Liz Cooper and The Stampede.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.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, July 27, 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.
2017 Games For Change Festival (#G4C17)
Monday, July 31 - Wednesday, August 2
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-242-4922
The Festival official opening for three days will be a convening for the gaming and social impact community exploring the positive power of digital games and virtual technology. Join a community of game experts, developers, funders, and social innovators for conversations, demos, workshops, networking events, sharing groundbreaking ideas, and interacting with new games for social change. The opening keynote, Ten Important Findings from the Research on Games for Impact: A Look Back Over the Last Decade of Research, with Constance Steinkuehler, one of over 100 speakers slated to take part. The Festival offers programming tracks highlighting an emerging area of research and innovation within the games for impact sector: Civics and Social Issues – showing how games that help players engage with contemporary issues on matters of social justice, human development and responsible citizenship;  Neurogaming and Health – how games can improve health, fitness, cognitive skills and mindfulness through the interactive experiences and new technologies games bring; Games for Learning Summit - focuses are on new projects and research that evidence the power of game-based learning that is transforming education. VR for Change Summit. This year, experience the VR for Change Summit, a new track addition that will explore how virtual technologies offer new ways to affect social change, spark discoveries, and tell stories with this emerging and evolving technology.  



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