The music industry convention as we knew it, is dead to the bed and long gone. Opinions as to the reasons for the demise of these confabs run the gamut from east to west and then some. Anyone who got and made their bones in the industry prior to 2005 will agree deals were made, business was handled, and a good time was had by all. There are events taking place in various markets every other month, but the real questions can easy be, do they make any impact, is solid info disseminated and most of all, is it worth it?????
I clearly remember Puffy/Diddy/P. Diddy and his midnight showcases at Jack the Rapper with a fresh-faced Mary J. Blige and a little know group we came to know as the always entertaining Jodeci. Let’s assume these events made an impact of Mr. Combs and motivated his recent announcement of the 2014 REVOLT Music Conference to celebrate the one year anniversary of REVOLT TV.
No actual conference dates have been announced however the event is set for two and a half days in Miami this October and aims to “bring together power players to shape the industry into one that makes music a cultural bridge and plans for disruption,” says Combs.(disruption….ok)
New vice chairman Andre Harrell will be heading up the effort along with Revolt CEO Keith Clinkscales, “lifestyle specialist”/Revolt’s marketing guru, Kenny Burns and other members of Revolt’s executive team. CEO Keith Clinkscales promises “an opportunity for industry professionals to have credible, informed conversations that can impact the future of the industry, including brands and technology leaders as catalysts.”
The conference has pulled some major industry players that will undoubtedly attract a huge cross section of consumers as well as REVOLT TV viewers. CEO of All Def Digital and co-founder of Def Jam Russell Simmons will deliver a keynote speech. Panelists such as Atlantic Records COO Julie Greenwald, Madonna and Alicia Keyes’ manager, Guy Oseary, songwriter, producer, and musicians Rodney Jerkins and Dallas Austin, Jon Platt (president at Warner/Chappell Music) and L.A. Reid, Epic Records CEO have been confirmed. Additional panelists and speakers will be announced at a later date.
Approximately 500 are expected attend the conference*, excluding an additional remote audience participating through Revolt’s new app for iOS. REVOLT TV network is available on Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Century Link in 40 of the top 50 U.S. markets boasting an audience of 50 million. For details, log on to www.revolt.tv
*no guns, knives, shooting, violence or fighting please