Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Denver Music Summit, Nov. 22-24

Create Denver, in partnership IMTour and WESTAF, hosts the 2013 Denver Music Summit, Nov. 22-24. Programs and performances will take place in Denver at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St. on Nov. 22 and at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. on Nov. 23-24.

Schedule at a glance:

Friday, Nov. 22 - Mercury Café, 2199 California St.
  • 6-8pm: Opening night reception and welcome (open to the public)
  • 8-11pm:Live performance by PHOX, featuring opening sets by Ark Life and a special collaborative performance by Carleigh Aikins (Bahamas/Jack Johnson), The Changing Colors, Chimney Choir, Ian Cooke, Josiah Johnson (The Head & the Heart), and Tamara Lindeman (Bahamas/The Weather Station). Hosted by Corey Jones from OpenAir - Tickets: $10
Saturday, Nov. 23 - McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
  • 10am-6pm: Musician workshops, panels, Future of Music Coalition presentation, and a special keynote lunch supported by Colorado Creative Industries - Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday: $10
  • 7-11pm: Narrators edition: Stories from the Road hosted by Andrew Orvedahl & Robert Rutherford with stories from David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk), Jeff Linsenmeier (The Czars, The Fray), and Erin Roberts (Porlolo). Storytelling followed by live performances from Bazan, Johnson and Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) - Tickets: $10
Sunday, Nov. 24 - McNichols Building
  • Noon-2pm: Listen/Learn: Music Industry Roundtables & continental brunch - Registration includes both Saturday and Sunday: $10
  • 3-6pm: Acoustic afternoon and closing reception with live performances by Joe Pug, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds / The Postal Service), Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats / The Shins) and additional special local guests - Tickets: $10
National in scope and local in focus, the Denver Music Summit brings together musicians, music 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 daytime 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), Shawn King (Devotchka), Rob Gordon (What Are Records), James Keblas (Seattle Office of Film and Music), 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 (Z2, Boulder Theatre), Emily White (Whitesmith Entertainment), Reid Wick (NARAS/Grammys), a presentation from Michael Bracy, Kristen Thompson, and Jean Cook of the Future of Music Coalition, along with other artists and professionals from all facets of the music industry.

Registration for Saturday and Sunday's daytime sessions is $10 (includes both days).
A special thank you to our additional partners, Colorado Public Radio & OpenAir, Colorado Creative Industries, and Illegal Pete’s.
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Musicians Workshop Registration:
Daytime sessions Nov 23-24

Musicians! Register to attend the Denver Music Summit professional development workshops, panels, research presentations, and small group interactive discussions on Saturday Nov. 23 & 24 by submitting this form and $10 fee on our payment site. Please note, this registration is only for the daytime workshops and not live performances.

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