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2019 MMC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS All panels, clinics and workshops are subject to change.  Updated: 1/10/2019 


Millennium Music Conference & Showcase
February 21, 22 & 23, 2019
HOST HOTEL: Park Inn by Radisson Harrisburg West 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
717-697-0321  

2019 MMC CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All panels, clinics and workshops are subject to change.
Updated: 1/10/2019 Click here to visit Speaker & Mentor Bio’s

Millennium Music Conference & Showcase
February 21, 22 & 23, 2019
HOST HOTEL: Park Inn by Radisson Harrisburg West
5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
717-697-0321

Thursday, February 21, 2019
3:00pm Early Hotel Check In
5:00pm to 8:00pm Buzz Bag Stuff, Registration & Trade Show Set Up
7:00pm to 12:00am Sponsored Kick Off Party Music starts 7:30pm

Friday, February 22, 2010
Daytime Events Schedule (Credentials Required*)
11:00am Trade Show Open: Rock Mill Industries Day Stage (Terrace Ballroom)
11:00am to 5:00pm Registration/Information Desk Open in Lobby
12:00pm to 5:00pm Mentoring Sessions (West Ballroom)

FRIDAY SESSIONS

1:00pm to 2:00pm - East Ballroom - Recording, Producing and Mastering Music.
Dr. Louis deLise, deLise Studios (Moderator); Vic Steffans, Horizon Music Group; Jason Shaffer, Full Tilt Recording; Joe Trojcak, Progressive Enterprises; Logan Summey, Rock Mill Industries;
A mix of producers, studio owners, mixers and engineers discuss some of the best tips, approaches, ideas and methods to achieve the best recordings with the least hassle and least cost. Whether your recording your first demo, and EP of full CD just understanding the connection and the translation between the creative side of your songs and moving to the recording and production phase can help speed up the process and save money. From pre-production preparation to tracking, from mixing to mastering, this panel will bring you some great information on recording your music.

1:00pm to 2:00pm - Patio Room - DIY Music Publishing.
Consuelo Sayago, CribNote Entertainment LLC (Moderator); Joyce Sydnee Dollinger, Esq., Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and Marc Jacobson, P.C.; Britnee Foreman, Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust; Kurt Schmel, The Beard Music Group; Joey Welz, Canadian American Records

Start doing it yourself while you wait for that big deal. The topics will cover maximizing royalties, getting syncs, metadata, the PRO’s and DIY tools to make all musicians lives easier.

1:00pm to 2:00pm - Hampden Room - Managing Your Band Workshop.
Professor David Kirk Philp (MBA), William Paterson University
What does a personal manager do? What are his/her responsibilities? Managing Your Band will be a session geared at self-managed DIY artists and existing artist managers. What are the most important topics a manager needs to know about the music industry? At what point does an artist truly need outside representation? From contracts to company structure, from data to deals, Managing Your Band will help attendees figure out where they stand and what they do and don’t know about the music biz.

1:00pm to 2:00pm - Carlisle Room - Why you are talented but unsuccessful.
Mike Sarge, Motivational Speaker In order for entrepreneurs to performance at their peak performance, I believe it's crucial for them to understand who there are and how they can reach greatness. When you are a dreamer, being authentic is directly correlated with your success. When you live with this kind of self-awareness, decisions are easier because you are free to choose things that move you closer to your values. You are able to stand in the presence of your imperfections, because you can accept your humanity. You can also embrace your talents and abilities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm - West Ballroom - >Mentoring Sessions (Sign-Up) ----------

2:30pm to 3:30pm - East Ballroom - Creating Revenue Streams. Monetizing Your Music. Start Making Some Money. Tips for Musicians.
Consuelo Sayago, CribNote Entertainment; Vanessa Ferrer, Merch Cat LLC.; Logan Summey, Rock Mill Industries; Kevin McCove, G-Rome Productions; Britnee Foreman, Downtown Music Publishing & Songtrust; Are your tired of hearing “Don’t quit your day job.” Making money for is hard for musicians; or is it? There is a new paradigm for the indie DIY artists. You have to understand what that new frame of reference is for musicians and those in the music business in order to monetize. Attend this panel to get a new mindset and for creative strategies to increase income.

2:30pm to 3:30pm - Patio Room - Managers Panel!
Alex McGinnis, 10 and 8 Management; Lou Plaia, Owner/CEO, Hot Rats Entertainment; Nicholas Mishko President, 10 and 8 Management Agency; Joyce Sydnee Dollinger, Esq., Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and Marc Jacobson, P.C.; Doug Green, FlexiTone Records Learn from several of today’s effective emerging talent managers. Topics for discussion include: Am I ready for a manager, what to look for in a manager and where to look, and how a manager affects the increasing importance of artist management within the larger business of music like recording, publishing and the pursuit of revenue streams.

2:30pm to 3:30pm - Hampden Room - Breaking Down The Doors. Getting Through to the People That Matter.
Les Scott, Source Q Boutique In this workshop you will learn: How &where to meet the gatekeepers/decision makers; how to prepare & research a company prior to approaching them; the do’s & don’ts of introduction emails; how to incorporate key phrases to help make a significant impression quickly; how to compose a strong introduction letter; how much material to show, what delivery formats to use; how your online work and posts can help or harm you; how to create and present a strong project proposal. These techniques will focus specifically on the music business, but can be applied to any marketing scenario.

2:30pm to 3:30pm - Carlisle Room - Composing - Preparing - Performing
Joe Trojcak, Progressive Enterprises Joe will discuss strategies for capturing and fine tuning your raw musical ideas and taking specific steps for preparing your live performance.

2:30pm to 3:30pm
West Ballroom - Mentoring Sessions (Sign-Up) ----------

4:00pm to 5:00pm

East Ballroom - Branding, Marketing & Promoting Panel.
Brian Cronin, Mirror Image Media, LLC (Moderator); Rick Eberle, Rick Eberle Agency; Vanessa Ferrer, MerchCat LLC; Michael Rathfon, Digital Director at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Artisan Guitar Show & Vineyard at Hershey; Keith Profeta, Indie Band Guru
Branding your act is about telling your story. Your logo, website design and layout, fashion choices, cd & vinyl packaging, newsletters, blogs, videos, social media platforms, t-shirts and and alot more go into establishing a unique persona for your band, a personality that reflects the members as musicians and performers. Join our panel of industry professionals as they discuss the ways your act can engage fans and set your band apart from the rest with smart branding.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Patio Room - Careers In Music Industry.
Ash Kernen, Kernen Law (Moderator); Leo Nessinger, Touring Production Management; Alex McGinnis, 10 and 8 Management; Jess Garcia, Springwood Productions; Rob Hampton, Kick Music Group; Gloria Domina, Thirteen Butterflies Productions & Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Outside of being in a band, there are thousands of people in the music industry doing all kinds of jobs that let them spend their entire day around music, musicians, concerts, radio and the music industry they love. Just consider promoters, talent agencies, production, sound, lighting, staging, publicity and management companies. Think about all the stage hands, road crews, catering and support service staffs. Then there are exciting gigs like scouting artists as A&R for a record label. How about a publishing company, or handling label relations for a tech startup. Try being a music supervisor for a TV show or working in publicity and being a music journalist. There are plenty of ways to have a job in music at all levels of the industry without being a musician — jobs you may have never even known existed! A panel of respected industry professionals will open your minds to the seemingly limitless options that exist.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Hampden Room - Navigating The Copyright Maze.
Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Berklee College of Music Dr. Harrington is a composer, musician, consultant, professor, teaches courses in music entrepreneurship and the future of the music industry at the Berklee College of Music. In this workshop Dr. Harrington will discuss how copyright law helps songwriters make money, but also what to do when problems arise – how one can avoid being sued for infringement, what to do if you think your song has been stolen, what are the rights and responsibilities of co-writers, and new issues involving copyright. Your Copyright Questions Answered By A Federally Certified Expert.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Carlisle Room - ReverbNation Workshop.
Lou Plaia - ReverbNation Co-Founder/EVP Music Industry Relations ReverbNation provides more than 2 million artists/bands, managers, labels, venues, festival/event/tour promoters and other music industry professionals with powerful, easy-to-use technology to promote and prosper online. Join Co-founder Lou Plaia and see how ReverbNation provides these folks with powerful marketing & business tools to compete in the social media age as well as offering them high quality opportunities in the form of licensing deals, lucrative brand sponsorship programs, and high-profile concert bookings. ReverbNation operates worldwide with customers on every continent and more than 30 million visitors come to ReverbNation.com every month

4:00pm to 5:00pm
West Ballroom - Mentoring Sessions (Sign-up)

5:00 PM - Sponsored Welcoming Party in Blarney’s
Live acts on the Pub Stage.

7:00 PM - Showcases start on 26 local venue stages. ------------------------------

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Daytime Events Schedule (Credentials Required*) - 11:00am - Trade Show Open
Sponsored Day Stage (Terrace Ballroom)
11:00am to 5:00pm
Registration/Information
Desk Open in Lobby
11:30am to 5:00pm
Conference Music Business Sessions
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Mentoring Sessions (West Ballroom)
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sponsored Welcoming Party in Blarney’s Pub.

SATURDAY SESSIONS
9:00am Harrisburg University presents the Rock Lititz Keynote Streaming Live from Harrisburg University
Frank Schofield, Director of Music and Media Services, Harrisburg University Amy Gaio Studio Manager, RockLititz.com Rachel Pfennig Hales Client & Community Development, RockLititz.com

Park Inn by Radisson Harrisburg West 5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 717-697-0321

Registration Credentials are required from 11am to 5:00pm

11:30am to 12:30pm - East Ballroom - Creating A College Circuit: College bands and musicians, looking for a place to play?
Jeff Snyder, Lebanon Valley College of PA ; Dr. Barry Atticks, Millersville University; Dr. Shawn David Young, Ph.D., York College of Pennsylvania; Carole Knisely, HACC & York College of PA; Bridget Callahan, B2Wins
Beyond the Music and Conscious Campus College students and faculty are invited to meet and discuss linking Central PA colleges to create a circuit for college bands and artists. College bands can travel to participating colleges to play, and college students will learn how to book and hosts concerts. Those students that participate will be granted free admission to the conference. For more information email: snyder@lvc.edu

11:30am to 12:30pm - Patio Room - Making The Music Conference Work!
Brian Cronin, MMC Associate Director, (Moderator); Lou Plaia - ReverbNation Co-Founder/EVP Music Industry Relations; Vic Steffans, Horizon Music Group & Elm City Music Fest; Keith Profeta, Indie Band Guru; Our panel of industry professionals will offer tips and strategies for making your participation in music conferences, festivals and special events pay dividends and help take your small music business to the next level.

11:30am to 12:30pm - Hampden Room - Finding the Time for a Career in Music.
Suzanne Paulinski, The Rock/Star Advocate
Overwhelmed with all of the things expected of you in order to make music your full-time career? You figure you'll sleep when you're dead but that mentality is going nowhere fast. How will you EVER get it all done? Learn how to create better habits when it comes to time management and self-care, which lead to better decision making and reaching the goals you set out to achieve. Find ways to cope with the comparison syndrome and take action rather than sit in overwhelm.

11:30am to 12:30pm - Carlisle Room - 10 Steps to Fast Track Your Music Career
Vincent James & Joann Pierdomenico,
Keep Music Alive Come learn 10 important steps you should be making to fast track your songwriting, artist or music business career. Session will feature valuable tips, mindsets and resources for writing/pitching songs, booking more gigs/clients, finding mentors and more. Presented by Vincent & Joann from Keep Music Alive, co–authors of the book “88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life” and founders of Kids Music Day & Teach Music Week (two international music holidays celebrated in 500 locations worldwide and supported by Kids Music Day Ambassadors Julie Andrews, Richie Sambora, Sarah McLachlan, Victor Wooten and more).

11:30am to 12:30pm - West Ballroom - Mentoring Sessions (Sign-up)

1:00pm to 2:00pm - East Ballroom - New Media & Marketing for Musicians-
David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions; Michael Rathfon, Digital Director at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Jess Garcia, Springwood Productions; Aimee Lankford, The Mediatwist Group
-A panel of industry experts will talk about how new media is revolutionizing the industry and what these changes will mean for musicians, singers and songwriters over the next decade. Are internet-driven technologies like blogs, RSS, web video productions, podcasts and social-networking platforms the way to go? Should old media still have a place in your strategy? Learn about new ways of building your fan base and getting your music heard. There will be an extensive Q & A. So, bring your questions!

- 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Patio Room - So you want to book a college tour!
Bridget Callahan, B2Wins Beyond the Music and Conscious Campus; Miguel Caraballo, Middle Theory Music; Rob Einhorn, President of Promotions & Unicorns, Too; David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions
This panel will discuss the ins and outs of booking on college tours. The panel is made up of professionals who are involved in NACA (the National Association of Student Activities) APCA (Association for the Promotions of College Activities), Student Activities, and Indy booking. How do you break into the college scene? What is involved? Who are the people to contact?

1:00pm to 2:00pm - Hampden Room - Songwriting Workshop. Phil Nicolo, Studio 4 Recording (Grammy-NARAS) & Lawrence Gelburd, Wharton School - Huffington Post
Phil and Lawrence want you to bring your guitar or keyboard to this workshop. Don't be shy! They will analyze and arrange your song in each aspect from the overall structure to the finest details that time allows. Song structure, melodic shaping, harmonies, modulations, augmentation and diminution........it's all here!

1:00pm to 2:00pm - Carlisle Room - The Accidentals:
AMA Straight Talk All in their early 20s they: Tour 240 shows a year; Toured with Keller Williams, Martin Sexton, Moon Hooch, etc; Signed a production deal out of high school; Signed with Sony Masterworks and released latest album, Odyssey; Handle their own social media; Employ a financial manager, tour manager, FOH engineer, LD, management team, booking agent, and publicist and they oversee marketing, logistics, and finances. Come on out for the ultimate AMA. The Accidentals share social media hacks, tour secrets, and marketing gems. Find out about “must attend” conferences, how to get press, and what matters in the industry. Get an inside glimpse at what it takes to build a successful career from the ground up- without a trust fund. Leave this workshop with applicable tools, real time connections, and intention.

1:00pm to 2:30pm - West Ballroom - Mentoring Sessions (Sign-up)

2:30pm to 3:30pm - East Ballroom - Producers Panel. David Ivory, Ivory Productions, NARAS Philadelphia, FlexiTone Records (Moderator); Mitch Beer, Jen Mitlas, Jeff Stress
Top producers and engineers discuss their many roles, their craft and the way new technologies impact on production. New trends, low-fi, work-flow, home vs. studio recording and the way producers interact with artists. Have producers replaced A & R? What are the new deals being made between artists and producers? Lots of Q & A.

2:30pm to 3:30pm - Patio Room - When DIY is not enough! Building a team.
Brian Cronin, Mirror Image Media, LLC (Moderator); Kevin McCove, G-Rome Productions; David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions; Ash Kernen, Kernen Law; Lou Plaia - ReverbNation Co-Founder/EVP Music Industry Relations
You can do alot by yourself in the music industry. Like making great new music, getting gigs, winning contests, selling your music and merch. and turning casual fans into rabid followers are just a few.But by now your ready for some help in taking your career to the next level. This panel of industry professionals will share strategies for success. Be it a lawyer, manager, agent, publisher, producer or your best friend; you need someone that believes in you. Someone with the knowledge, the time, the connections and the outside perspective to share responsibility of making your career grow.

2:30pm to 3:30pm - Hampden Room - The Mediatwist Workshop. Building Your Black Book: Social Media Marketing and Posting In The Dark...It’s All Who You Know. Chris Kurtz & Aimee Lankford, The Mediatwist Group
Nobody is going to walk past your rehearsal space or garage and offer you a record deal. You have to create a buzz and then it’s 90% who you know. Do you even want a record deal? Do they still exist? Learn how to create a buzz and get your music in-front of the right audience using more than just music as a vehicle. Learn how to create your audience with proven social media and native advertising techniques that the “platinum-selling” artists use. The Mediatwist Group creates social media campaigns for the top-grossing shows in the world. Learn how to build your network and audience on the top platforms for controlling behavior, Facebook & Instagram.

2:30pm to 3:30pm - Carlisle Room - Songwriter’s Business Tune-up! Because it takes more than talent!
Dr. Louis deLise, deLise Studios
Dr. Lou presents a one-of-a-kind seminar that will unlock the potential of your music! Award winning producer, arranger and composer Louis deLise brings you his unique methods for songwriting, recording and making money with your music. Based on his acclaimed textbook, The Contemporary Minstrel , deLise will demonstrate and discuss the art, craft and business of songwriting. These are the essentials you need to tap the full potential of your career as a professional songwriter: • EIGHT KEYS to Sharper Songs: These are the essentials to grow your songwriting business • TEN TRUTHS of Songwriting Life: Knowing these truths will keep your business from going flat. • THE CAST of Characters: The principal players of the songwriting business; those to know and a few to avoid! • STAGES of a Song: From conception to gold record...It all starts with an idea. Then what? • SIGNIFICANT STRATEGIES for Songwriting Success: Tips and techniques from a music business insider. • BUSINESS 101: Getting heard and getting paid. How your music can make you money. • BUSINESS 102: Copyrights, Publishing, Licensing and Royalties.

2:30pm to 3:30pm - West Ballroom - Mentoring Sessions (Sign-up)

4:00pm to 5:00pm - East Ballroom - The Future of Hip Hop Music Business.
Rob Schwartz, WHO? Mag (Moderator) ; Jineea Butler, Hip Hop Union; Steve Sxaks, Marsten House Recording Studio; Dennis Jenkins, Darkchild Studios; Keyzus, CEO Maschine Life Empire; Gino Caporale, 418 Music; Richard A. Waller III The Walcom Music Group, LLC
The Future of Hip Hop Music Business panel discussion will focus on the ever changing music industry targeting hip hop music specifically. Our panelists will discuss key strategies, where the money is being made, and how to advance in the hip hop industry.

4:00pm to 5:00pm - Patio Room - Technology And The Indie Artist
Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Berklee College of Music; Chris Kurtz, The Mediatwist Group; Frank Schofield, Director of Music and Media Services, Harrisburg University; Michael Rathfon, Digital Director at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Technological innovations introduce a new paradigm for musicians but also raise new challenges.
Since the dawn of MySpace in the early 2000’s musicians have been using social media to connect with fans and create new audiences. The gatekeepers of the music industry have been jolted by ever changing digital music formats, peer-to-peer file sharing, and music streaming platforms. The new paradigm has also changed artists’ relationships with their audience. Selling music, raising money and booking tours without intermediaries is exciting but there are also new responsibilities, obligations, expertise and skills that are required to achieve some degree of success.

4:00pm to 5:00pm - Hampden Room - Marketing Your Music For Film & TV.
Les Scott, Source Q Boutique In this workshop,
Les will present information on the current trends of how music get selected, how to pick a company to work with, how to approach these companies and prepare your recordings for presentation. Les will also discuss what legal documents will be required, how a song and recording are owned with performance releases and collaboration agreements. You will also learn what the typical flow of the earnings from a TV placement would be and you’ll have plenty of time for questions.

4:00 to 5:00pm - Carlisle Room - The Vocal Blueprint: How To Build Any Voice For Any Style From Scratch.
Phillip Freeman, Small Town Titans - Vocal Coach
This seminar is an amazing and ESSENTIAL opportunity for any vocalist who wants a PRECISE framework to build a voice for anything from opera to screamo and even public speaking. Come to the seminar, devour the concepts, run with them, and find your VOICE...or run the chance of never seeing anything like this ever again. The opportunity to build your voice is here.

4:00pm to 5:00pm - West Ballroom - Mentoring Sessions (Sign-up)

5:00 PM - Sponsored Welcoming Party in Blarney’s
Live acts on the Pub Stage.

7:00 PM - Showcases start on 27 local venue stages.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
7:00am to 11:00 am - Breakfast Buffet.

All panels, clinics and workshops are subject to change. Updates are made regularly.