New Music Seminar (NMS) announces the first ever NMS New York Music Festival scheduled to take place in 17 venues throughout New York City and Brooklyn from June 17-20. NMS, along with their Partners- BMI, eMusic, Filter Magazine, Folk Alliance, OurStage, ReverbNation and SESAC- have brought together the best and brightest artists of the next generation for four nights of performances in venues ranging from Irving Plaza to clubs located throughout the Lower East Side and Williamsburg.
To see the full schedule of events, visit: http://www.newmusicseminar.com/NMSNewYorkMusicFestival
Beginning with the invite-only, red carpet Opening Night Party at Webster Hall on June 17 and continuing with open-to-the-public shows though June 20, NMS New York Music Festival will feature over 100 of the hottest breaking artists.
Artists scheduled to perform at the festival include The Dunwells, Soul Khan, Alice Smith, Yonas, Ca$h Out, This Good Robot!, The Dirty Pearls, Brian Lopez, King L, Ariana and The Rose, The Black Box Revelation, The London Souls, Garland Jefferies, Hilary Hahn, Mingus Big Band, JetLag (feat. Andy Rourke from The Smiths), Red Wanting Blue and many more.
In support of the artists on NMS’ Artist On The Verge (AOV) Top 100 Chart, the Festival will include more than 30 AOV performances. Artist On The Verge Top 100 Chart is the most comprehensive chart for emerging new artists in the US. On June 18, the top 3 AOV finalists – Maren Morris, Black Cobain and Ninjasonik – will perform at Santos Party House for a chance to win over $150,000 in marketing, promotion, services, and music equipment and consultations from some of the top industry leaders in their respective fields. NMS delegates will choose the winner from the three finalists through live SMS voting at the Seminar on June 19. For more information on Artist On The Verge Top 100 and the Top 3 Finalists, visit: http://newmusicseminar.com/aov2012/chart/
One of the highlights of New Music Seminar and New York Music Festival will be the panel and showcase focused on YouTube Sensations. With over 652,267,053 collective YouTube impressions, Tyler Ward, Alex Goot, Noah and Christina Grimmie have each created a buzz and excitement around their music by fully utilizing YouTube’s community energy. The YouTube Showcase is scheduled for June 18 at Gramercy Theater and the panel “Video Innovators: Big YouTube Hit Makers Talk about the Art and Science of Making Successful YouTube Videos” is taking place on June 19, 1:00-2:15pm at Webster Hall.
All NMS New York Music Festival events, aside from the Opening Night Party, are open to the public with admission prices varying at each venue. Selected events are free, on a first come, first served basis. NMS Delegates (registrants) are invited to the Opening Night Party and can gain entry to all festival shows at no extra charge, space permitting, with their NMS badge. To register for NMS, taking place in NYC on June 17-19, visit: http://www.newmusicseminar.com
In the 80′s and early 90′s, the New Music Seminar was the largest music conference in the world, held in New York every summer. It became the hub around which new music and other businesses spun out from including other music conferences.
Now, from Tommy Silverman (Tommy Boy Records), the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference for the Next Music Business. Rapidly changing music creation, exposure and monetization opportunities coupled with music fans’ changing music consumption habits are transforming the old “record business” into an entirely new industry. The New Music Seminar, with over 150 confirmed Players, is the meeting place of music visionaries, upstarts, and disruptors and where the old rules are broken and new ideas will hatch into a vital new music business.
‘New York Music Week’
NMS is part of the first-ever “New York Music Week,” a series of events launching this year as a means to focus attention on New York City’s music legacy and history, as well as the current vital music scene happening every day in the city that never sleeps.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala: June 14, 2012
Inductees at the 43rd annual Songwriters Hall of Fame event include Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman. The Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Bette Midler, with Ne-Yo receiving the Hal David Starlight Award. Lance Freed will be the recipient of the Abe Olman Publisher Award, and the first-ever Pioneer Award will be posthumously awarded to Woody Guthrie. “Stand By Me” is the Towering Song, with co-writer Ben E. King being honored with the Towering Performance Award
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The American Association of Independent Music (“A2IM”) Indie Week and “The Libbies”: June 19-21, 2012
A2IM will be celebrating their 7th anniversary with their annual members’ conference, Indie Week, in NYC (June 19-21). Bringing together senior executives from the international independent music community, A2IM Indie Week will include panels on licensing, video monetization and marketing/PR, round table brainstorming Think Tank discussions about pressing issues facing independents, Executive One-on-One commerce meeting sessions, and the A2IM members’ Annual Meeting and cocktail reception. Indie Week will be capped off by the inaugural independent music awards event, the Libera Awards (“The Libbies”) on the evening of Thursday, June 21st at Le Poisson Rouge where the best of the best independents will be celebrated for a year filled with successes.
Make Music New York: June 21, 2012
The largest annual musical event in the city’s history returns for the sixth year with a global assortment of free, outdoor, public concerts all around the city on Thursday, June 21, the first day of summer. The festival brings an uncommonly diverse and exciting array of more than 1,000 free outdoor concerts in 424 public spaces throughout all five boroughs, including skate parks, church gardens, sidewalks, playgrounds, closed-off streets, the middle of the Central Park Lake, and the middle of Times Square. Wrote Spin magazine, “With Make Music New York… the day literally exploded with live music, it could be heard emanating from each and every street corner.”