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Millennium Time Once Again!
February 18, 2010 - Jim Price
The music industry will again converge on Harrisburg this weekend for the 14th annual Millennium Music Conference. Starting with showcase performances Thursday night, the conference will last three nights and two days.
The business component of the conference will again take place at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill. Various music industry seminars and panels, mentoring sessions, keynote speakers and a trade show will take place during the day on Friday and Saturday.
Panels and seminars will cover a wide range of music industry topics; including career advice, the current state of the music industry, legal issues such as publishing and licensing, marketing, management, producers, songwriting, artist development and more. One of the most popular panels will return on Saturday afternoon; the “Smash or Trash!” panel invites bands and artists to submit recordings prior to their seminar. The panel, made up of music industry professionals, will then play and critique the recordings in front of an audience, either declaring it as having hit potential, or suggesting ways it can be improved.
Friday’s business session will conclude with a musical keynote given by the Rich Clare Pentagon Band, approaching their 40th anniversary entertaining on Harrisburg area stages.
The Millennium trade show will feature a variety of music industry related businesses, organizations and vendors. Represented will be instrument manufacturers and dealers, recording studios, music publications, legal organizations, computer and digital marketing businesses and more. The trade show will also feature an acoustic performance stage, sponsored by Pennsylvania Musician Magazine. Conference registrants may sign up to give short performances on the stage, to promote themselves and their showcase appearances.
Nearly 300 different bands and performers will showcase throughout the Harrisburg area on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, at approximately 25 different area venues. Many types of music will be represented, including rock, country, folk, blues, alternative, urban, jazz and more.
I will be again attending this year’s Millennium Music Conference, and hope to publish blog updates from the event as time permits.
Reading-based singer/songwriter Valerie Nicole, performing at the Millennium trade show during last year's conference. Valerie returns this year, both as a solo artist and with a full band.