BY larm WARM

7 Music Biz Events Independent Artists Should Know About

Music business conferences are a great place to further your career as a music industry professional.

Whether you’re a musician looking to get your music heard or a manager or label-person looking to network with like-minded colleagues, events are some of the best places to connect with music business people from around the globe.

Fortunately, more and more of these types of events are popping up all over, and while many have heard of conferences like SXSW and MIDEM, there are many of others out there and probably quite a few you haven’t heard about.

Here, WARM guides you to 7 upcoming music biz events you should consider checking out if you get the chance.


BY:LARM ( March 1-3, Oslo)

BY:LARM takes place in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and consists of two parts: a festival and a conference. The focus is on presenting upcoming Nordic artists who are on the verge of success, either at home or internationally and the event is attended by plenty of international music business people and journalists. Nordic music is hot at the moment and BY:LARM is a great chance to keep up with the latest developments and perhaps become a part of it.


Fast Forward ( April 12-13, Sydney)

Fast Forward is a music business conference aimed at connecting the next generation of music industry leaders. Only in its third edition, the fast-growing event started in Amsterdam but has already expanded to include events in London and Sydney as well. Fast Forward is a deliberately small event that doesn’t focus on showcases but instead aims to connect business and creative talent in the best possible way.


Spot Festival ( May 9-13, Aarhus)

The Danish festival has been around since 1994 and is one of the leading festivals for upcoming Danish and Nordic music. It takes place in Denmark’s second largest city Aarhus and showcases both upcoming and more established artists across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. With plenty of concerts, workshops, and industry-related talks, SPOT is essential for anyone interested in the present and future of Nordic music.


The Great Escape ( May 17-19, Brighton)

The Great Escape in Brighton, England is one of the most important conferences out there for the discovery of new musical talent. Over 450 emerging artists from all over the world are showcased at the festival this year and apart from that, there are panels, debates and much more. The Great Escape attracts some of the world’s leading music industry insiders so apart from great music there are also lots of networking opportunities.


DIY Musician Conference (Aug.24-26, Nashville)

Organised by the digital distributor and publishing rights administrator CD Baby, this conference takes place in Nashville, TN and, according to the organizers, it is the only conference focused wholeheartedly on the needs of today’s independent artist. With artist showcases, panels and unique networking opportunities, the DIY conference is a great opportunity for independent musicians trying to take their career to the next level.


Coast 2 Coast Music Conference (Aug.31 -Sep.3, Miami Beach)

Coast 2 Coast is a music conference for independent artists, DJs, and producers. It has a strong urban flavor and compared to many other conferences has a stronger focus on the producer’s side of the industry. It includes panels with some of the leading producers and A&Rs from the industry as well as showcases, parties and DJ events.


Music Business Empowerment Conference (Sep.7-9, Atlanta)

As the name implies, the MBE conference wants to empower upcoming artists, producers, and music industry professionals by educating them about the ins and outs of the industry. It takes place in the music industry hot spot of Atlanta and the event covers everything from panels, showcases and networking opportunities. They even have their own annual award show that honors artists and music industry people.