These are the music industry events you should attend in 2017

How will Brexit influence the global music industry? Does a city’s music scene impact on urban planning? What are the latest developments in tech that are transforming how music is produced and performed? If you’re looking to expand your musical horizons and boost your professional network, these are some of the best international events for those in the business – including a few you can get involved in.

SXSW Conference

SXSW Conference
Date: March 10-19
Location: Austin, Texas
The conference section of this renowned festival in Austin covers a range of topic streams from tech to the entertainment industry. The program might look a little overwhelming, but zero in and you’ll find plenty of music-related content gems. There are talks on making music and navigating the industry, with topics like Jazz in the Digital Age and the Modernization of Vinyl Record Pressing. Purchasing a Music Badge gives you access to the SXSW Conference Music Tracks and Music Festival Showcases.

Music Cities Convention

Music Cities Convention
Date: April 4
Location: Berlin
How does a city’s music scene contribute to its urban development and community building? That’s the theme of this unique conference that debates the role of music in urban planning, city policy, development and more. Speakers include politicians like Berlin’s Permanent Secretary for Culture Torsten Wöhlert, academics like urban sociologist Janet Merkel, music industry insiders including Boiler Room Germany’s director Michael Stang and Lutz Leichsenring from Clubcommission Berlin, and musicians including songwriter and producer Charlotte Hatherley. See the full list of speakers here.


The Great Escape Festival

The Great Escape Festival
Date: May 18-20
Location: Brighton, UK
This conference is tailored for music industry professionals and anyone looking for advice on developing their career. Themes for this year’s convention include debates on music journalism, exporting music worldwide, royalties and the impact of drugs on the industry. Plus, you can apply to play before February 17.

Primavera Pro

Date: May 31- June 4
Location: Barcelona
Returning for its eighth edition, this gathering for international music industry professionals is held in conjunction with the Primavera Sound music festival each year. Already announced for this year’s program are talks from British artist Imogen Heap and producer Martin Glover (aka Youth), as well as a conference dedicated to the impact of Brexit on the global music industry. The deadline to submit your own idea for a talk or panel has now passed, but tickets are available.

Amsterdam Dance Event conference

Amsterdam Dance Event conference
Date: October 18-22
Location: Amsterdam
Alongside the popular festival, the ADE conference offers a day program tailored to electronic music lovers. The program features gear demonstrations where you can try out the latest equipment, MusicTalks with artists, workshops and more. The full program will be finalized in September and submissions for talks and speaker ideas are open. In the meantime, you could also venture further afield to check out the ADE Global Session Mumbai, featuring local and international speakers from Burning Man, Universal India, Boom Festival and many more.


Date: October 25-29
Location: Katowice, Poland
WOMEX, or the World Music Expo, is an international networking event for the music industry. From those just starting out to the more established players, the event showcases more than 60 international artists each year. To get involved, submit a proposal to showcase your talents as an artist or DJ by March 17.


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