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This year’s New Music Confab is coming up soon and has been redesigned as “Charleston Music Confab” in recognition of the beautiful city in which it is held. The Charleston Confab is a collaboration between industry professionals, in a similar style as other recognizable conventions such as South by Southwest. The founder, Dave Stewart, began the project in 2015 and has grown the event to include more panels with some of the most notable names in the music industry ranging from Lou Plaia, co-founder of Reverbnation, to Dennis Mollan, founder of Pro Tone Pedals. Radio personalities, sound studio engineers, record labels and entertainment lawyers round out this highly esteemed group that will converge in Charleston from August 30 – September 3.
During the day, panels will cover a variety of topics such as “Publish or Perish”, as well as Fab Talks discussing how to get out of obscurity, maximizing youtube, and changing the conversation. People in all areas of the music business will find something of interest in each day’s informative discussions, and will find that this year’s additions both helpful and informative. To see what each day holds, click here to check the schedule.
As in previous years, there will be music showcases that will primarily highlight South Carolina musicians. The Confab has added two new venues to this year’s rockin’ list of options, Kingdom on Upper King for Country and JohnKing with Singer-Songwriters. You’ll also find great music from artists coming from Chicago, Indianapolis, Nashville, and the Bronx at Charleston Music Hall, The Music Farm, and Royal American. This year’s showcases incorporate more genres ranging from Hip Hop to Rock and Roll and will appeal to a variety of fans. Ticket prices for the shows are available to the public and are not restricted to All Access badges for those attending the conference.
Badges are available to attend all the panels, listening parties as well as the showcases. Student badges are just $50, and regular badges are $75. You can get those here. Consider also picking up a ticket to the special luncheon held at Rue de Jean for “Change the Conversation” with a coalition of women from a variety of backgrounds. Tickets are just $25.
If you’re hesitating on whether you should splurge for the All Access pass, you should wait no further. This opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the finest and most influential movers and shakers in the industry doesn’t happen often in South Carolina, and especially at this price. You’ll come out of the experience with a lot more knowledge on how to approach your career on a personal and professional level. Good luck!
A lifetime of music addiction and appreciation has led Stephanie to her passion of live music photography and the entertainment industry. Having a particular interest in exceptional guitar work, she is best known for introducing her kids to Steve Vai’s and Yngwie Malmsteen’s talent in an effort to promote musical discovery to a new generation.