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Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Wednesday, January 1 - Friday, January 31
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings, festivals and other events for January 2020. For the month you can view screenings of, Rambo: Last Blood, Gone with the Wind, The Lighthouse, Spiderman Far From Home, Disneynature Penguins, Joker. There are new releases every Friday. The Cafe is a member of the National Association of Theater Owners. 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. For the season, the cafe is offering Monday Night Football with open beer bar at a set price. There are private screenings and events planned as well and a photo gallery. 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 communities 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.
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, January 2, 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, January 4, 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.
 
77th Golden Globe Awards
Sunday, January 5, (17:00-20:00 PT)
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 1-310-274-7777; Fax: 1-310-285-1313
The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place in Los Angeles, with a live telecast airing on the NBC television network at 20:00 (ET). Founded in the 1940’s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA-based overseas journalists. The Golden Globe Award recognizes excellence in film and television, for both domestic and foreign productions. The ceremony is administered by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). At this year's ceremony, Actor, director, producer, writer, winner of eight Golden Globes, Tom Hanks, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to the talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Morgan Freeman was bestowed with the honor last year. Previous honorees include Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Walt Disney, Harrison Ford, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, among many others. Ricky Gervais returns to host the show for a record fifth time.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge (#BMIAcousticLoungeLA)
Monday, January 6, 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: TBA. This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at the Hotel Café, 1623 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the former Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
 
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume (New revised format)
Tuesday, January 7, 11:45-16:45
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
Workshop leader Jason Blume will provide an in-depth critique for each attendee. The song must be submitted in advance of the workshop. Selected songs will be forwarded to 10 publishers for possible publishing ontracts. These publishers are only considering fresh song concepts that their own staff writers have not approached. Attendees should bring a lyric sheet that he can  write notes on. You do not need to be a BMI member to attend or have your song(s) considered. Registration is free and is conducted online. Only 30 participants will be admitted via online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 30 seats are filled. Please email JBSongdoc@gmail.com with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants must check in 11:45 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. 35 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 35 seats are filled. There is a registration fee. Check the website for precise details. The next upcoming workshop date is April 28, 2020.
 
California Copyright Conference – Current State of Hip Hop
Tuesday, January 14, 18:30
Courtyard Marriott
15433 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California 91403
Phone: 818-379-3312
California Copyright Conference presents “Papa’s Got a Brand-New Bag: The Current State of Hip Hop,” moderated by James Leach (VP, Creative Services/West Coast Operations, SESAC). Advanced RSVP by January 10 or attend the Walk-Up Dinner (pay at the door, no prior RSVP). The event includes a cocktail hour before dinner with the presentation and it can be attended as a walk-up by paying at the door. A cocktail reception precedes the dinner followed by the panel discussion. Dinner reservations requested by December 3. The California Copyright Conference was established in 1953 for the discussion of copyright-related areas pertaining to music and entertainment. Today, the scope of the CCC has broadened to cover all matters pertaining to music industry issues. The organization has grown to over 300 members from all areas of the music and entertainment industry, including publishers, songwriters/composers, attorneys, music supervisors, representatives from trade publications, performing rights societies, music libraries, motion pictures, television, multimedia, Internet, and record companies. The CCC is a non-profit organization.
 
Digital Cinema Society at San Francisco
Tuesday, January 14, 18:30
SIGMA Lenses Burbank
148 S. Victory Boulevard, Burbank, California 91502
Phone: 818-762-2214
The Digital Cinema Society will conduct an educational event covering the basics of motion picture location audio recording. Leading production and post sound professionals will share the tricks of their trade to help documentary filmmakers, cinematographers, and others who may not be audio pros, to successfully handle basic sound recording. Topics that will be covered include Mixers and Recorders, On-camera recording vs Double System, Maintaining Sync, On-set Best Practices, Wind Noise and How To Solve It, Wireless RF Issues and how to avoid them, Dealing with Noise On-Set, and other topics not mentioned here. Prizes will be raffled and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all, but confirmed RSVPs are mandatory. To register, send an email with your contact details and “Field Audio” in the subject line to:  rsvptodcs@digitalcinemasociety.org. The Digital Cinema Society is a nonprofit educational cooperative dedicated to the industry's informed integration of new technology. Formed in 2003, the Society’s purpose is not to advocate for digital technology but to objectively examine all media, solutions, services, and technologies without favoring any one brand, service, or format over another. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, January 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
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.
 
NAMM 2020 Music Products Showcase
Thursday, January 16 - Sunday, January 19
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Patella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92802
Phone: 800-767-6266; 7604388001; Fax: 760-438-7327
The National Association of Music Merchants Show is a trade-only event - not open to the general public - and held bi-annually in Anaheim in January and July in Nashville. There is a NAMM Russia event covering Europe. As The show brings together all facets of the music products industry, buyers attend looking to find new state-of-the-art products, and exhibitors can connect with customers that are their target audience. The open lobby will play host to an exclusive Member Center, digital media hub, new product showcases and more. NAMM U, the learning and education arm of the convention, starts with NAMM U Online, a full and varied library of videos, articles and interviews that supplement live Breakfast Sessions and Idea Center Sessions at the NAMM Shows; Breakfast Sessions, featuring industry insiders sharing their thoughts, ideas, and strategies for doing business in today's aggressive marketplace, happening every morning before the show floor opens; Idea Center Sessions, which are short, focused "How to" sessions that take place right on the show floor and start every 30 minutes.
 
NATPE Miami Marketplace and Conference 2020
Tuesday, January 21 - Thursday, January 23
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Phone: 310-857-1603; 305-535-3283
In 2020 at the Miami Beach convention, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has planned a slate of programming dedicated to all aspects of unscripted programming, underscoring the organization’s full commitment to that area of the international content industry. This year’s conference sessions will reflect six areas of specialization: Content Evolution, Streaming Plus, Brands x Content, Unscripted, International Focus, Station Group Summit. Paul Buccieri, A+E Networks, Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Dan Abrams, web entrepreneur and host of LIVE PD will open NATPE Miami 2020 with a keynote fireside chat. The chat will specifically start the unscripted track at this year’s NATPE, which will happen, January 21-23. Other engaging topic areas that will be brought up in the agenda include, Launching Original Content When It's Not on TV, Monetizing Content in Today's Multiplatform World, New European Content Opportunities: The UK, An Afternoon with Vimeo: Gaining & Growing Subscribers with Video, Driving Fandom for Global Next-Gen Audiences. Innovating Content for an Evolving Audience, and many other topic areas not mentioned here. 
 
 

 

European Radio Show – Salon de la Radio, Paris
Thursday, January 23 - Saturday, January 25
Grande Halle de la Villette
Prairie du Triangle, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
Phone: +33 6 22 70 61 79; +33 5 55 18 03 61
Salon de la Radio, is set for three days of activities offering a program of presentations, lectures, meetings, surprises, workshops and ceremonies in celebration of radio. Admission remains free for industry professionals for every aspect of the show and whose theme this year is “Solid Radio. Liquid Audio.” Germany and Austria will be in the 2020 spotlight with a dedicated pavilion. A new innovation this year will be that the usual Podcast&Co area has expanded to become the POD.Village, with a new sound stage for conferences and technical presentations. The DAB+ pavilion will again be a meeting point for all players in digital terrestrial radio around the WorldDAB. The convention will again put on the International Radio of the Year contest, in which any global radio or webradio station broadcasting 24/24 7/7 with DJ's and having an official website with an active stream can apply to compete in at this link. A thematic area, The Sales House, with a designated private area and conference room, will be used to host cross-industry meetings to encourage interactions about the latest issues. On the current agenda: the national convention of the Indes Radios, the National Radio Day of the RCF network, and the 90th anniversary of “Music & the Spoken Word” presented by Bonneville Distribution.
 
Sundance Film Festival
Thursday, January 23 - Sunday, February 2
Sheraton Park City (Festival Headquarters)
1895 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, Utah 84060
Phone: 435-658-3456; 310-360-1981; Fax: 435-658-3457
Sundance in Park City opens annual film festival with a screening of US Documentary from Netflix, directed by Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht. New for 2020, visitors will be able to interact with the Biodigital Theatre, a cutting-edge presentation space that will feature a rotating schedule of large scale VR theatrical works including a feature-length livestream game telecast. There will be lounge space for credential holders to meet and relax before and after experiencing the programs. Included in the program are satellite projects in the pool at Festival Headquarters, AR dances to be discovered in various locations around Park City, and a nationwide “fugitive newscast” accessed at various sites around the festival, as well as at 11 art house theatres across the U.S. Sundance Festival is based in Park City and administered by the Sundance Institute, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Originally founded by renowned film actor Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work through the annual festival and other programs it runs. For information on how to submit and get into the Sundance Festival follow this link.
 
SlamDance Film Festival
Friday, January 24 - Thursday, January 30
Treasure Mountain Inn (TMI)
255 Main Street, Park City, Utah 84060
Phone: 323-466-1786
The Official Selection Features at Slamdance 2020, according to category include, Narrative Features: ‘1986’ (Germany, Belarus, Director/ Screenwriter: Lothar Herzog) North American Premiere; ‘A Dog’s Death’ (Uruguay, France, Argentina, Director: Matías Ganz) North American Premiere; ‘Beware of Dog’ (USA, Russia, Germany, Director/ Screenwriter: Nadia Bedzhanova) World Premiere; ‘Murmur’ (Canada, Director/ Screenwriter: Heather Young) Premiere n/a; ‘Majnuni’ (Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA, Directors: Kouros Alaghband, Drew Hoffman) North American Premiere; ‘Residue’ (USA, Director/ Screenwriter: Merawi Gerima) World Premiere; ‘Sanzaru’ (USA) World Premiere; ‘Shell and Joint’ (Japan, Director/ Screenwriter: Isamu Hirabayashi) North American Premiere; ‘Tahara’ (USA, Director: Olivia Peace) World Premiere; ‘Tapeworm’ (Canada, Directors/ Screenwriters: Milos Mitrovic, Fabian Velasco) US Premiere; ‘Thunderbolt in Mine Eye’ (USA, Director: Sarah Sherman, Zachary Ray Sherman) World Premiere. More lineup details available in the news summary. In addition to the Festival, Slamdance serves emerging artists and a growing community with several year-round initiatives. Submissions to the 2021 Slamdance Festival will be considered beginning in June 2020.
 
The 62nd Grammy Awards
Sunday, January 26
Staples Center
1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 310-392-3777; 213-742-7340 Fax: 310-392-2306
The GRAMMYs, administered by The Recording Academy's voting membership, are a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. The Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 20:00-23:30 (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. The "Truth Hurts" singer – Lizzo – is the most nominated artist this year with eight nominations, including nods for Record of the Year ("Truth Hurts"), Album of the Year (Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)), Song of the Year ("Truth Hurts") and Best New Artist. Both Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, who each have six nominations are right behind Lizzo. Eilish is also nominated in all big four categories – Record of the Year ("Bad Guy"), Album of the Year (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), Song of the Year ("Bad Guy") and Best New Artist. Singer-musician Alicia Keys returns to host the 62nd GRAMMY Awards in 2020. Other notable achievements include five noms for Ariana Grande, who earned her first Album of the Year nod for “Thank U, Next,” and five for “H.E.R.”, also nominated in the Album of the Year category for “I Used to Know Her.”
 
Realscreen Summit 2020
Monday, January 27 - Thursday, January 30
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: 416-408-2300; 504-525-2500
The Realscreen Summit is a global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment. Principally, it serves the information needs of content creators, distributors, agents, commissioners and multi-platform broadcasters of unscripted and factual entertainment programming. Launched in 1999, it starts its second year in the city of New Orleans after relocating from Washington D.C. This 22nd edition includes the annual celebration of the Realscreen Awards, dedicated to honoring the best programs in competition, lifestyle, reality, non-fiction, and digital content. A significant feature of Realscreen Summit for 2020 will be Realscreen Summit's live international pitch competition – Summit Showdown – that will award two $20,000 development deals at the 2020 competition, and a new participating network on board. In 2020 supporting networks will be A&E and HGTV, who will each provide one $20,000 development deal to a winning project for their network. Realscreen Summit will offer a variety of themed networking occasions. For starters, there is the A+E Networks Opening Night Party set for the end of opening day of the Summit. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop Nashville
Tuesday, January 28, 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.
 
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, January 29, 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. 
 
Cliff Goldmacher Songwriter Workshop: A Dozen Quick Fixes to Instantly Improve Your Songs
Wednesday, January 29, 14:00-15:00
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
Get a hit songwriting veteran’s insight into a dozen ways to improve songs using simple tips across lyric writing, melody and song structure. Topics covered in this workshop:  The use of concrete details and imagery your song’s verses; The value of a unique - but not unnecessarily complicated - melody; The value of a unique - but not unnecessarily complicated - melody; Overall editing tips for distilling your song to it’s most concentrated form. 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 should 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, but advanced registration necessary.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, January 30, 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, January 30, 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.
 
VLOG University
Friday, January 31 - Saturday, February 1
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 877-362-8724
The Vlog University is a conference programmed to provide professional training for those interested in building their online channels or enhancing their existing channels. The conference program addresses three main components for achievement: producing visually compelling video content, generating followers, and the monetization of the channel. The core of a successful channel is the content. Conference portion for day one largely concerns “Producing Content.” Conference portion for day two largely concerns “Marketing and Business Practices for Vloggers.” Involved instructors and video personalities include, Justine Ezarik, iJustine YouTube personality; Jeff I. Greenberg, JGreenberg Consulting; Petar Mandich, ADDITION Management; Nicki Sun, Nicki Sun Media; Bayan Joonam, SoulPancake; Carolyn Moneta, crossover agent at WME; Seth Polansky, Seth Polansky LLC; Joseph Linaschke, @PhotoJoseph; Mark Spencer, Ripple Training; Rich Harrington, RHED Pixel; Kyle Monahan, YouTube Content Strategist; Michael Shabun, Insta360. Organized and presented by Future Media Conferences, LLC, a leading producer of education conferences, many of which take place at today’s leading electronic entertainment trade shows. 
 
 

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