UPDATE: 2015 EDMbiz Conference & Expo Announces Programming & Speakers

The fourth annual electronic dance music industry event, EDMbiz Conference & Expo, returns this year at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 16th through Thursday, June 18th. EDMbiz attendees will have access to the following EDC Week Shows:

Tuesday, June 16:

§  Afrojack, Omnia (Official EDMbiz Opening Night Party)

 Wednesday, June 17:

§  Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hakkasan

§  Special Guest at Light

§  Showtek, Wet Republic at Night

 Thursday, June 18:

§  Alesso, Boulevard Pool (Official EDMbiz Closing Night Party)

§  Duke Dumont, Daylight

§  Carl Cox, Light

§  Nicky Romero, Omnia

§  Lil Jon, Tryst Nightclub

§  Krewella at Wet Republic, Night

§  Avicii, XS Nightclub

EDMbiz 2015 will also unveil two new contests that focus on discovering and promoting emerging talent. The first is the EDMbiz Startup Contest, which gives an opportunity for five promising startups to present their innovative ideas to A-list venture capital investors and music industry executives. The second is the Best Records/A&R Contest where aspiring artists submit their original tracks to potentially have them released via Insomniac Records.

“We’re looking forward to the unique and exciting elements these new competitions will bring to the conference,” said Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac. “This is our chance to connect industry leaders with true talent and continue to advance the dance music world.”

UPDATE: The three-day 2015 conference will feature keynote presentations, networking events, and panel discussions. KCRW Music Director, Jason Bentley, returns as co-curator and host of the annual music conference. Go here for information on registration.

Keynote sessions and panels:

§  20 Years of Dance Music Through the Lens of AM Only 

§  Best Record/A&R Contest

§  Billboard Presents: Dance Power Players 2015

§  Dance Music and the Urban Ecosystem: Brooklyn, Detroit, LA

§  EDM: Just the Facts, Man

§  Emerging Markets: Globalization & Localization

§  Fourth Annual EDMBiz Artist Panel

§  Future of Dance Music Journalism

§  Keynote Session with James Barton, President of Electronic Music at Live Nation

§  Keynote Session, “City as a Startup” with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and Founder of Downtown Project

§  Radioactive: Listening Trends in a Changing Media Landscape

§  EDMbiz Startup Contest

Industry leaders joining EDMbiz for presentations and panels:

§  3LAU, Producer/Artist

§  Andrew Spada, Vice President, Content & Creative, Dancing Astronaut

§  Austin Kramer, Global Programming Head-Electronic Culture, Spotify

§  Blaise DeAngelo, General Manager, OWSLA

§  Brian Zisk, Founder, SF Music Tech

§  Chad Gillard, Head of A&R, Future Classics

§  Chip Hooper,Worldwide Head of Music, Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency

§  Clark Warner, Executive Creative Director, Beatport

§  Conor Clarke, Founder & CEO, Wavo.me

§  David Waxman, Head of A&R, Ultra Music

§  DB Burkeman, Creative Director, AM Only

§  Edward J. Hennessy, Director of UPS Entertainment Logistics

§  Ethan Baer, EDM.com

§  George Hess, CEO, Zero2Fifty Group                     

§  Geronimo, Senior Director of Music Programming, Electronic and Dance Formats, SiriusXM      

§  Hook n Sling, Artist

§  James Barton, President of Electronic Music, Live Nation               

§  Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW

§  Jason Huvaere, Paxahau

§  Jason Miller, President – New York, Live Nation Entertainment

§  Jeff Shaw, SVP, Strategic Alliances – Electronic Music Lead, Live Nation Entertainment

§  John Amato, President at Billboard /The Hollywood Reporter

§  John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer & Interim Chief Financial Officer, Insomniac

§  Jono Grant, Artist, Above & Beyond

§  Julien Mitelberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Bandsintown Group

§  Kraig Fox, Director of DCP & Sr. Managing Director, Guggenheim

§  Krewella, Artists

§  Kush Patel, Music Partnerships, Twitch        

§  Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital

§  Lee Anderson, Agent, VP East Coast, AM Only

§  Matt Medved, Editor, Billboard Dance

§  Matt Rodriguez, Agent, VP, West Coast, AM Only

§  Megan Buerger, Staff Writer, Billboard

§  Mike Darlington, CEO, Monstercat   

§  Natalia Romiszewski, Director of A&R, Lava Records

§  Nick Guarino, This Song is Sick

§  Nick Ward, CFO, YourEDM

§  Pasquale Rotella, Founder & CEO, Insomniac         

§  Paul Morris, Founder & President, AM Only 

§  Paul Resnikoff, Publisher, Digital Music News

§  Rachel Springate, Chief Artist Officer, Dubset

§  Rich Thomas, Vice President of Content, Insomniac

§  Ryan Mac, Reporter, Forbes

§  Ryan Roy, A&R, Interscope Records

§  Simon Rust Lamb, COO, Insomniac

§  Steve Martocci, Co-Founder, Splice

§  Tatiana Oliveira Simonian, Vice President of Branded Entertainment, Nielsen

§  Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

§  Tommie Sunshine, Producer/DJ/Songwriter/Social Media Provocateur/Raver      

§  Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com & Founder of Downtown Project

§  Vijay Nair, Founder & CEO, Only Much Louder





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