Chair: Caroline Burruss, Vice President Development, Austin City Limits Live
Back by popular demand you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your conference ‘Living Group’. Attendees will be grouped together so that starting on day one you have the chance to meet new contacts and maximize your conference experience.
In addition to meeting your Living Group, you will also take part in an interactive discussion and problem solving activity on some of the most pressing issues festivals are currently faced with.
With festivals accidents taking center stage in the media, how is the industry addressing an ever growing challenge? Live event production creates a vast number of safety issues. In this session learn from the representatives of the rapidly expanding voice of the Event Safety Alliance on how their ongoing commitment to creating standards for event safety is changing the way festivals deliver the #1 critical outcome of an event-participants safety.
Moderator: David VandenHeuvel, Senior VP, WDT WeatherOps
Panelist: Jim Digby, Executive Director, Event Safety Alliance
Panelist: Hadden Hippsley, President, Lambda Productions
Panelist: Scott Carroll, Program Director, Take1 Insurance
A special film screening of The Drop: The EDM Culture Explosion followed by a Q&A session with director, Edward Platero.
To ensure that a festival goes off without a hitch, music festival organizers scramble to sort out a series of complicated details and numerous logistical challenges including set design, lighting and sound. In this session future festival producers and those already in the business will gain inside knowledge on solving these common problems and how to prevent them from happening.
Moderator: Steve Lemon, Event Producer, Steve Lemon and Associates
Panelist: Hyacinth Belcher, President, Onstage Systems
Panelist: Dede Flemming, Co-founder & Executive Director, The Do Lab and Lightning in a Bottle Festival
Panelist: Philip Blaine, Owner, Philip Blaine Presents
Panelist: Gary Chetkof, President, Mountain Jam
Panelist: Kevin Lyman, Producer and Creator, Vans Warped Tour (Invited)
From promotions, to logistics, to booking; starting a music festival is an overwhelming task. Throw in ticket sales and you have opened a whole new can of worms. Whether you’re using a professional ticketing company or strictly in-house, comparing your options can be complicated. Learn from industry veterans as they discuss the pros and cons of using a ticketing company at your next festival.
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With music festivals come the good, the bad and the ugly- economic booms, increased arrests, drug seizures and medical emergencies. When such events are expected, how you do handle the crisis? Learn from top festival executives and others in the insurance and PR industries on how to anticipate and/or react to emergency situations.
Panelist: Carrie Lombardi, PR Specialist, LiveLoud Co.
Panelist: Joseph Pred, Operations Chief, Emergency Services, Burning Man
Panelist: Wes Jackson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Progressive sponsorship strategies are now elevating their brand identity while simultaneously highlighting the brands strengths by activating sponsorships at key festivals. As competition grows and the stakes get higher, brands expect more activation from their partners. Learn from the festivals and the brands that support them on the strategies behind their latest sponsorships.
Moderator: Gail Lowney Alofsin, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Newport Harbor Corporation
Panelist: Gaylynn Kiser, Sponsorship Director, Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival
Panelist: Chris Roach, Business Development, AEG Live
Panelist: JK Mcknight, Founder and Captain, The Forecastle Festival
Panelist: Kyle LeTellier, Director, Event Operations, AMP Agency
Whether you’re new to buying or a seasoned pro, a festival newbie or world renowned, there are always tips and tricks to talent buying and booking. To find out just how feasible it is to try to land a spot on a festival stage and how festival bookers mine for talent, hear from four talent buyers and the lone agent on the process of booking talent.
Panelist: Moderator: Lou Plaia, Co-founder, ReverbNation
Panelist: Peter Manning, Talent Buyer, C3 Presents
Panelist: David Silbaugh, Talent Buyer, Summerfest
Panelist: Martin Elbourne, Main Booker, The Glastonbury Festival in the UK
Panelist: Quinn Donahue, Talent Buyer, C3 Presents
Panelist: Adam Bauer, President, Fleming Artists
Touring and music festivals have different challenges in today’s marketplace. Consumers balk at touring artists ticket prices. Festivals can’t pay artists what they get on tour. In this session, learn from both tour managers and festival directors that have helped big name icons like Alice in Chains and Lady Gaga dissect the pros and cons, differences and similarities of going on tour vs. playing at a festival.
Moderator: Hyacinth Belcher, President, Onstage Systems
Panelist: Paul Jamieson, Executive Director, Sunfest
Panelist: Chuck Randall,Tour Manager, Alice in Chains
Panelist: David Norman, Tour Manager, John Legend (Invited)
Panelist: John Warren, Tour Manager, Lady Gaga
Panelist: Corrine Zawaduk, Executive Producer, Shambhala Music Festival
With electronic dance music taking over the music festival world, incorporating it into the program is becoming increasingly popular. The explosion of the super-spectacle, cutting edge EDM festivals in North America have drawn over hundreds of thousands attendees; making EDM a multimillion dollar business. Last year, dozens of new EDM festivals emerged in the US and EDM became a major player in the “mainstream” festival world. With private jets and huge pay-outs to the top DJ’s, what are the risks and rewards of incorporating this experience into your festival?
Moderator: Edward Platero, Director, The Drop: The EDM Culture Explosion
Panelist: Simon Rust Lamb, COO, Insomniac Events
Panelist: Michele Servais, Disco Donnie Presents
Panelist: Ryan Kruger, Managing Director, Live Nation Entertainment-Electronic Nation
Panelist: Adam Lynn, Founder, Prime Social Group
Panelist: Alicia Karlin, Director, Madison House Presents
Between festival-related and visitor spending as well as the invaluable cultural and artistic benefit; festivals continue to have a resounding economic impact on communities. Boosting tourism, creating jobs, increasing educational outreach and supporting local businesses, festivals can produce over millions of dollars that benefits everyone involved. Learn from festivals that have capitalized on this concept while simultaneously benefiting the community.
Moderator: Moderator: Joan Kornblith, Music Correspondent, Voice of America
Panelist: Nick Algee, Planet Roo Manager, Bonnaroo
Panelist: Ben Loftsgaarden, Partner, Greyhill Advisors
Panelist: Michael Harker,Senior Partner, Enigma Research
Panelist: Catlin Whitington, Planner, SXSW
Moderator: Moderator: Howard Sapper, CEO, Harmony Festival
Panelist: Brian Arnone, VP of Sales, Ticketfly
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It is common knowledge that film and music festivals and venues are required to license the music at their events. But from whom? Where? And for how much? Also, where does the performer fit in all of this? Hear from our experts at ASCAP and BMI, on how these organizations interface with festivals and be prepared for a lively discussion.