Key artists and industry leaders engage in intensive and powerful dialogue about the future of the music industry, the new solutions, technologies and investments necessary to bring it back from the brink
NMS Announces The Daylights as the winner of The Artist on the Verge Contest
February 17, 2011– Los Angeles, CA – New Music Seminar, the future of music conference for artists, industry, entrepreneurs, technologists, labels, brands/agencies, investors and more concluded yesterday with a packed audience at the sold out New Music Seminar LA 2011 at The Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles, CA.
The two-day, three-night event featured conference five NMS Movements, 18-minute Intensives from key industry leaders, Mentoring sessions and NMS Closed-Door Industry Summits (Indie Promoter and Club Booking, Technology Summit and New Deal Legal) plus nightly live performances with AriZona Beverages on board as a Diamond Partner.
A number of companies attending NMS made key announcements during the conference including the launch of the direct to fan ticketing service, GigsWiz; a new mobile tool kit for artists to capitalize on mobile commerce at live events by mobile entertainment company Mozes and mega live music site Jambase announcing its Facebook Connect platform.
BigChampagne’s Eric Garland broke the news of their just awarded Fast Company Most Innovative honor and Ian Roger’s of TopSpin announced a major update to their platform which will now become open access to all musicians, filmmakers and authors. SoundExchange launched a national awareness campaign for artists to “Label It” and ensure the tracking of metadata. ZMX, the direct to fan publishing company, and Fame Wizard, a new digital artist development company, announced their company launches.
Artists, CEOs, Founders and heads of the most important music technologies were also in attendance at NMS including: RuPaul; Moby;Chamillionaire, Lisa Loeb, Joe Kennedy, CEO/Pandora; Courtney Holt, President/MySpace Music; Mike Doernberg, CEO/ReverbNation; Bryan Calhoun, VP New Media, SoundExchange; Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO Atlantic Records; Ron Fair, Chairman Geffen/ A&M Records; Pete Edge, President, RCA/Jive Records; Grammy Award winning songwriters, Angela Hunte and Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic (Jay-Z/ Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind”); Tony Van Veen, CEO/Diskmakers; Ted Cohen, CEO/TAG Strategic; Bill Wilson of NARM; James Diener, CEO/President, A&M/Octane Records; Cal Nyantakyi, Head of A&R, RocNation; Jason Bentley of KCRW; OnStage’s Tom Jackson.
NMS is ground zero for the new architects of the next music business, whether you are an artist or industry executive. New Music Seminar laid out a vision for a new music business that forges a union between artists and their managers, labels and support teams along with web technologies to help artists achieve maximum exposure and maximum revenues, in service of their fans.
Live performances at New Music Seminar took place each night showcasing a cross section of established and new artists on the verge of breaking.
The NMS Opening Night Party on Monday night at The Music Box, sponsored by AriZona Beverages, kicked off with performances byrock/ blues/soul The Little Death; UK Sensation King Charles; hip-hop artist and DJ Blaqstarr; MTV America’s Best Dance Crew DJ, DJ MIA; Dance/electronica sensation Jessie and The Toy Boys; Los Angeles-based buzz band Of Verona andNew Orleans singer-songwriter Ben Hunter and Indie 103.1’s Native Wayne Jobson and Tedd Roman.
Tuesday night featured The Artist on the Verge (AOV) Party where the Top 3 available finalists- Shinobi Ninja, Mike Del Rio and The Daylights– performed for the chance to win over $50,000 in prizes. ReverbNation contest winner Nylon Pink performed as well. The three NMS Artist on the Verge Project finalists were chosen from more than 800 acts that were evaluated and voted on by the NMS Music Committee. Votes are tallied via text messaging sponsored by Mozes.
The grand prize winner, The Daylights, received over $50,000 in instruments and marketing and promotions tools.
NMS LA 2011 ended, on Wednesday, with the Closing Night Party, which featured performances by The Smiles, Sean Butler, The Well Reds and Bop Skizzum.
Photo #1: From left to right (back row) James Diener (CEO/President, A&M/Octane Records); Cal Nyantakyi, (Head of A&R, RocNation); Pete Edge, (President, RCA/Jive Records); Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Courtney Holt, (President, MySpace Music); Jay Frank, (Senior VP Music Strategies, CMT); Ron Fair, (Chairman Geffen/ A&M Records) front row: NMS co-founders Tom Silverman and Dave Lory
Photo #2: Artist on the Verge winner, The Daylights, performing at The Roxy on February 15, 2011
Photo #3: NMS co-founder, Tom Silverman, KRCW’s Jason Bentley; singer/singer/dancer Donna De Lory; Moby; Lisa Loeb; AriZona Beverages/Public Relations Director, Leigh Parrinello; hip-hop star Chamillionaire and NMS co-founder, Dave Lory
Photo #4: RuPaul moderating NMS’ “Fourth Movement: The Creative Quartet” on February 16, 2011
* Photo Credit: Julianna Young