Winter Music Conference [WMC] today announced its first round of dynamic programming, global media partners, local hotel partners, premier event partners and more for its forthcoming 2020 event, which returns to The Faena Forum in Miami Beach on March 16-19. Celebrating 35 years in 2020, WMC is today recognized as the longest-running conference of its kind. For more than three decades, WMC has evolved with the ever-changing music landscape, continuously advancing the dialogue across Music, Technology, Education and Culture.
Taking a progressive approach to curating the most important conversations in electronic music, WMC’s 2020 keynote speakers will include influential tastemakers such as YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen, Ultra Music Founder Patrick Moxey, GRAMMY-nominated duo Sofi Tukker and many more.
Providing attendees with industry insights and invaluable takeaways, next year’s panel topics will cover everything from emerging social media platforms, building brand longevity, and the rising festival markets in the U.S.
Central to Miami Music Week (MMW), the Oasis will serve as the new social hub hosted at the Generator Miami, just one block south of WMC HQ. MMW Oasis will host five days of private poolside parties, cocktail hours, yoga sessions, workshops, and industry networking events. Programming will be announced in early 2020.
As part of WMC’s ongoing commitment to providing a bridge to the industry for college graduates, new artists and newcomers, the all-new WMC mentor sessions will invite the industry’s brightest minds and forward-thinking creators to gather for networking and thought-provoking discussions hosted by artists like Josh Wink and Sydney Blu, professionals like Pandora’s Andrew Marcogliese, Beatport’s Jonas Tempel, Little Empire’s Stephanie LaFera, SBE’s Kozmoe Alonzo, Falcon PR’s Alexandra Greenberg and more.
WMC’s educational sessions will include a variety of content for both DJs and producers of all levels including one day of immersive classroom sessions hosted by our educational and gear brand partners (Tuesday, 3/17), new product demos, hands-on training, and focused tutorial sessions on WMC’s new Exhibition Hall stage.
Signed On The Spot
WMC will debut the branded series, Signed On The Spot, a new type of fireside chat inviting aspiring artists and producers to submit their original demos for a chance to be discovered and signed by some of the leading international electronic music labels today. The series will spotlight four diverse genres including Bass, Techno, House, and Dance. Submissions for Signed On The Spot will open shortly and will be announced on WMC’s website and socials.
WMC 2020 First Round of Programming (more TBA)
Keynote – The Art of Youtube: How Ultra Music Built A Monster Chanel
Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music
Patrick Moxey, President and Founder of Ultra Records, Ultra Music and Ultra International Music Publishing
Sofi Tukker, GRAMMY-nominated dance music duo
Mainstage, Fireside Chat, and Industry Panels:
21 Years of Defected Records: How to Build a Brand That Lasts
Talent First: Navigating the Talent Buying Field
Rise of the Underground: How Detroit Shaped the Global Techno Market
Beyond Instagram: TikTok, Triller, Lasso and the future of music social media
Up All Night: The Future of Nightlife Marketing
How America’s Secondary Markets Are Creating World-Class Festivals
Global Dancefloor: How Dance Music Is Crossing Borders and Genres
Music Modernization Act of 2018: What You Need to Know to Get Paid Under the New Law
How to Build Multiple Revenue Streams as an Artist
SoStereo Presents: Brands, Music, and the Content Explosion
WMC 2020 Media Partners (more TBA)
Beatportal, Data Transmission, Decoded Magazine, DJ Mag & DJ Mag North America, DJ Mag Asia, DJ Mag Brasil, DJ Mag France, DJ Mag Latinoamérica, DJ Mag México, DJ Times, Earmilk, EDM.com, Fusicology, Ibiza Sonica, Magnetic Magazine and more TBA.
WMC 2020 Educational Partners (more TBA)
IO Music Academy, School of Audio Engineering (SAE), The DJ Coach, Scratch DJ Academy, University of Miami Frost School of Music, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business (Entrepreneurship Program)
WMC 2020 Sanctioned Events Partners (more TBA) – WMC will offer Plus and Pro-level badge holders access to some of the best MMW parties on the beach, downtown and Wynwood. WMC will once again work with some of the top promoters in Miami, including Epic Pool Parties, 747 Presents, Denial Events and Seven Lines.
WMC 2020 Brand & Label Partners (more TBA)
Awesome Soundwave, Beatport, Beatsource, Defected Records, Discogs, Dirtybird Records, Nervous Records, Next Music, Revealed Recordings, Traxsource, Ultra Music
WMC 2020 Hotel Partners (more TBA)
Badge holders will be eligible to receive room discounts at the following hotels:
The Royal Palm South Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Croydon Hotel, and more TBA.
“Winter Music Conference’s quintessential existence is based upon one principle: the future. The 35th anniversary in 2020 is not only a celebration of history, but also the ushering in of a new generation.”
– Bill Kelly, WMC Co-Founder
“Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community – many delegates had recognized me for being a consistent DJ annually at WMC. This conference enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof.”
– Danny Tenaglia, DJ/Producer
“The Winter Music Conference represents a chance for Beatport to connect directly with our customer community. Having a strong conference means we have a platform to embrace the entire spectrum of electronic music culture. We are proud to support the resurgence of this great event.”
– Jonas Tempel, Beatport Co-Founder
All WMC 2020 badges can be purchased here – https://wintermusicconference.com/register/