Denver Music Summit

Denver Music Summit
Denver Music Summit

from the press release

Create Denver, in partnership with IMTour and WESTAF, announces the 2013 Denver Music Summit, Nov. 22-24 (weekend before Thanksgiving). Programs and performances at the Mercury Café (2199 California St.) November 22, and the McNichols Civic Center (144 West Colfax Ave.) November 23-24.

Tickets for individual events — including daytime panels and workshops and evening performances — available online and at doors. Open to all area musicians and the general public!


FRIDAY, NOV. 22 — Mercury Café

6-8pm – Kick-off reception and welcome! Join us Friday night for the opening reception, including light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and DJ.

*Free and open to the public*

8-11pm – Live performance by PHOX, featuring opening sets by Ark Life and a special collaborative performance by Carleigh Aikins , The Changing Colors, Chimney Choir, Ian Cooke, Josiah Johnson (The Head & the Heart), and Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station). Hosted by Corey Jones from OpenAir.

*Tickets: $10*

SATURDAY, NOV. 23 — McNichols Civic Center Building

10am-6pm – Musician and industry workshops, panels, presentations, and luncheon keynote. Registration fee includes both Saturday and Sunday professional development sessions.

*Registration: $10*

7-11pm – The Narrators: Stories from the Road, hosted by Andrew Orvedahl and Robert Rutherford, with stories from Yonnas Abraham (Pirate Signal, BLKHRTS), David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Scott Booker (Flaming Lips), Jeff Linsenmeier (The Czars, The Fray), and Erin Roberts (Porlolo). Storytelling is followed by live performances from Bazan, Will Johnson (Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk) and Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards).

*Tickets: $10*

SUNDAY, NOV. 24 — McNichols Civic Center Building

12-2pm – Music industry roundtables with professionals from all corners of the industry: Managers, agents, music publishers, record labels, publicists, accountants and lawyers. Sit down with professionals for an intimate conversation to get all your questions answered. Registration fee includes both Saturday and Sunday professional development sessions.

*Registration: $10*

3-6pm – Acoustic afternoon and closing reception hosted by OpenAir with live performances by Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds, The Postal Service), Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats, The Shins), Joe Pug, and special guest, Gregory Alan Isakov!

*Tickets: $10*

More info, including tickets & registration:

About the Denver Music Summit:

National in scope and local in focus, the Denver Music Summit brings together musicians, industry professionals and enthusiasts to share ideas, learn about current trends, and inspire ingenuity. The summit gives working musicians the professional skills and connections needed to develop their careers and fosters connections to build a sustainable music community. As Denver emerges as a national cultural hub, we also invite the public to join in the conversation, networking and attending live performances that showcase the vibrant local and national music scene while exploring new channels and inspire dialogue among fans, policymakers and music professionals.

There are no limits to how music can be packaged, delivered and consumed. As the music industry continues to search for sustainable models, musicians are tasked to abandon conventional formats in a rapidly changing environment and reinvent what success means. At the summit, musicians can attend workshops, panels and research presentations to help expand their fan base, enhance their brand, learn key trends in the industry, generate income, and manage a tour, while extending their creative vision. Panelists and presenters for these sessions include, Erin Barnes (EKB Media), Scott Booker (manager, The Flaming Lips), Jessica Cole (president, Lyric House Publishing), Ben DeSoto (Hi-Dive), Hip-hop and spoken-word artist Dessa (Doomtree collective), Beth Franklin (Fox Tax Group), Rebecca Gates (artist/activist), Storm Gloor (UCD), Stefan Goldby (Chemistry Productions), Rob Gordon (What Are Records), James Keblas (Seattle Office of Film and Music), Shawn King (Devotchka), Joseph Kotarba (Texas State University), Jamie Laurie (Flobots), Dave Ratner (Creative Law Network), Adam Shaw (Artist Manager), Ira Sweetwine (Sweetwine Entertainment Group), Topspin Media, David Weingarden (Swallow Hill), Emily White (Whitesmith Entertainment), Reid Wick (NARAS/Grammys), a presentation from Michael Bracy, Kristen Thomson, and Jean Cook of the Future of Music Coalition, along with other artists and professionals from all facets of the music industry.

Live performances, collaborations, and special guests from the local and national music scene include PHOX, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds, The Postal Service), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk, Overseas), Ark Life, Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), a special edition of The Narrators series, hosted by Andrew Orvedahl and Robert Rutherford, and so much more.



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