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Friday — February 1st, 2019

34th Annual Winter Music Conference at Faena District Announces First Industry Panelists

Confirmed Panelists Include Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Erick Morillo, NGHTMRE, Nicole Moudaber, Richie Hawtin, Slander + More To Be announced

Tier 1 WMC // Industry Badges Now Sold Out

March 25-28 at the Faena Forum, Miami Beach

Registration is open exclusively at wintermusicconference.com

WMC Media Kit available for download here

Winter Music Conference at Faena District [WMC] – set to take place March 25-28, 2019 at the Faena Forum, Miami Beach – today announces its first set of industry luminaries who will lead panels, fireside chats and breakout sessions. Representing the many facets of electronic music culture, these esteemed participants will join previously announced keynote speakers (read the press release here) Douglas Rushkoff, Armin van Buuren, Irvine Welsh x DJ Pierre, Sam Feldt and Laidback Luke – with so much more to come!

WMC programming is spread across two distinct segments targeted at industry professionals (WMC // Industry – upgrade) as well as music consumers, college students and aspiring DJs/producers (WMC // Access) looking to learn more about this exciting industry and the music, technology and culture that powers it. Due to popular demand the first tier of WMC // Industry badges are now sold out. Visit wintermusicconference.com to get your badge before prices go up.

Confirmed WMC Panelists

Alec Stern – DDB Chicago / We Are Unlimited
Alex Jukes – Jukebox PR
Andre Willem – The Nations
Andrew Neil – Circus Records / MB Management
Armin van Buuren – DJ/Producer
Aundy Crenshaw – Dirtybird
Carl Cox – DJ/Producer
Carl Loben – DJ Mag
Charlie Shrem – Crypto.iq
Chris Clark – Leo Burnett USA / HKX
Chris White – Merlin Collective
Christian Smith – DJ/Producer
Dan Petruzzi – Mixcloud
Daniela Paez – dmusicMarketing
Declan Ee – DJ/Producer
Deron Delgado – Dirtybird/Paradise Distribution
DJ Pierre – DJ/Producer
Douglas Rushkoff
Erick Morillo – DJ/Producer
Ethan Baer – EDM.com || Artist Intelligence Agency
Greg Marshall – Association For Electronic Music (AFEM)
Harrison Williams – Mixmag
Harry Romero – DJ/Producer
Harry Willis – I Am Pop
Heiko Hoffman – Beatport
Irvine Welsh
Jakub Alexander – Symphonic Distribution
Janette Berrios – Symphonic Distribution
Jeremy Waks – Debris Free Oceans
Jesse Grushack – UJO
Jorge Brea -Symphonic Distribution
Jorn Heringa – Spinnin Records
Josh Carr-Hilton – The District
Juan Pablo Salcedo – David Lewis Productions
Junior Sanchez – DJ/Producer
Kayzo – DJ/Producer
Kevin Lewandowski – Discogs
Laidback Luke – DJ/Producer
Luis Estrada – Aftercluv/Universal
Matt Colon – Deckstar
Max Weinberg – Geffen
Maykel Piron – Armada Music
Michael Weiss – Nervous Records
Mike Darlington – Monstercat
Mike Ladman – Drogas
NGHTMRE – DJ/Producer
Nick Gordon – Symphonic Distribution
Nicole Moudaber – DJ/Producer
Nik Kinloch – Discogs
Olga Heijns – Unmanageable Artists
Pete Kalamoutsos – Echostage
Posey Collis – Orca Sound Project
Richie Hawtin – DJ/Producer
Roger de Graaf – Spinnin Records
Salo Sterental – Sostereo
Sam Baum – Red Bull Music / Red Bull Radio
Sander van Doorn – DJ/Producer
Sam Feldt – DJ/Producer
Seth Combs – Beat Fever
Slander – DJ/Producer
Stephanie LaFera – Little Empire Music
Tim Heineke – I Am Pop
Travis Rogers – Humans Alike
Valerie Lee – Mixmag
Vasja Veber – Viberate
Vivian Belzaguy – Ultra Music Festival
Whipped Cream – DJ/Producer
William Morris – Esports Expert
Yuri Dokter – DJ Monitor

More keynote speakers and panelists to be announced soon

WMC // Access Panels:

  • Breaking In: How To Get Your Start In The Electronic Music Industry
  • Signing With The Future: How Labels Utilize New Technologies For Sustained Growth
  • Surviving Indie: Innovation and Brand Building As An Independent Label
  • Spinnin’ Records Panel w/ special surprise guests
  • Daily artist panels including Bass, House, Techno, Drum & Bass genres
  • Digital Collision: The Convergence of Esports, Gaming And Electronic Music Culture
  • The Bleeding Edge: Shaping The Next Wave Of Electronic Music Culture

WMC // Industry Badge (upgrade) Exclusive Panels:

  • The Death of The Newsfeed: Using FB Messenger To Effectively Reach Your Followers
  • The Data Solution: Viberate Presents Current Market Trends And Analytics Strategy
  • Music Placement – How To Get Your Music Synced With Brands, Films, TV, and Advertising
  • Brands x Artists x Culture: How To Create An Authentic Music Strategy
  • AFEM Presents – Get Played Get Paid: How the rise of Music Recognition Technology at DJ Events could put money in your pocket
  • Practically Green: Environmental Solutions for the Music Industry
  • Presentation by Grammy.com/Recording Academy/MusiCares with a very special guest
  • (The current WMC panel is updated regularly and available for viewing here)

    Be on the lookout for a big announcement regarding the 2019 International Dance Music Awards (IDMA). This year’s awards are powered by Viberate – the world’s biggest crowdsourced platform for listing and mapping the live music industry. Viberate’s metrics based platform will help to make the IDMA’s the most diverse and eclectic awards presentation in the dance music world.

    Industry and Access badges are now available and registration is open exclusively at wintermusicconference.com

    WMC MEDIA PARTNERS INCLUDE:

    The Verge, The Recording Academy/Grammy.com and MusiCares, Mixmag, Billboard Dance, Attack Magazine, Data Transmission, Decoded, Earmilk, EDM.com, DJ Mag Asia, Belgium, France, Latin America, Switzerland, North America and UK, Magnetic Magazine

    WMC BRAND PARTNERS INCLUDE:

    Akai, Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep, Armada Music, Astralwerks, Beatport, Big Beat Records, Circus Records, Counter Records, Deadbeats, Deckstar, Denon DJ, Dirtybird, Discogs, Enhanced Music, Fusicology, Geffen Records, Gud Vibrations, Echostage, Hooke Audio, I AM POP, Involved Management, IO Music Academy, Jamstik, Little Empire Music, Lowly Palace, MB Management, Metapop, Mixcloud, Monstercat, Native Instruments, Nervous Records, Pioneer DJ, Point Blank Music School, Proximity, Rane, RAM Records, RCA Records, Red Light Management, Rumpl, Russell Athletic, SAE School of Audio Engineering, Scratch DJ Academy, SoStereo, Spinnin Records, Splice, Sunski, Symphonic Distribution, The District, The Nations, TOPO Designs, Traxsource, Ujo Music, Viberate.com

    ABOUT WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE

    2019 marks the first fully-programmed WMC since it was announced in March 2018 that the organizers behind Ultra Worldwide, the world’s most successful independent, international music festival brand, had acquired the Winter Music Conference (founded in 1985) and International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) properties. The Ultra Worldwide acquisition aims to restore WMC’s status as the must-attend dance music industry and networking conference in the world. A property unlike any other, WMC’s exclusive hotel partner, The Faena, was named by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 hotel in Miami Beach for two consecutive years (2017 & 2018) via their prestigious readers poll.

    ABOUT FAENA FORUM

    Faena Forum is a pioneering public venue dedicated to presenting and showcasing the ambitious, the innovative and the groundbreaking in fields ranging from art and entertainment to business and beyond. Faena Forum, evocative of the ancient civic and architectural concept of a forum, aims to offer Miami a dynamic setting, allowing for ongoing programming under the direction of Faena Art, as well as use by private companies, institutions, and individuals.

    Alan Faena worked closely with OMA, the firm founded by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, partner at OMA and Director of the New York office, who served as the lead architect for the three buildings, to ensure the 43,000 square-foot Forum is designed for ultimate flexibility. The space accommodates everything from a temporary culinary pop up to an acoustically optimal concert. Two volumes, a cylinder and a cube that are similar in size, can be combined or subdivided to support any type of production, from projects and commissions to performances, exhibitions and events. The building has two main levels. The lobby amphitheater features pink marble floors and technical capabilities for surround projections. The upper floor assembly hall features a 40-foot-high dome with a central glazed oculus and a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking Indian Creek. A walkway that spirals up the interior wall of the Forum from street level to the top of the dome which provides visitors with a range of perspectives on the space.

    ABOUT FAENA DISTRICT

    Miami is a city that has experienced the transformative power of the arts. With this conviction in mind, Alan Faena and Len Blavatnik debuted Faena Hotel Miami Beach in December 2015, marking the first phase of openings in the Faena District Miami Beach. A new neighborhood rooted in the arts, Faena District will help catalyze a cultural renaissance in Miami and further enhance its reputation as a vital link between North and South.

    Located in the heart of Miami Beach, Faena District stretches north from 32nd Street to 36th Street, between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek. Every single one of its elements defies convention while promoting cultural inclusiveness that will benefit the entire community.

    Faena District is the result of a collaboration between some of the most talented and creative minds who continue to challenge existing concepts of culture, entertainment and community. By integrating art, architecture, nature and technology, Faena District has changed the physical and cultural landscape of Miami Beach forever.

    For more information about WMC please visit
    wintermusicconference.com
    p[email protected]