A new year has started – it’s now time to grab every opportunity to boost your career! Music conventions are a great place to network and get your music heard by people within the industry. Most of them offer independent artists the chance to showcase their work and get a foot into the industry. This is a great opportunity to take your career to the next level. Here is a selection of the most exciting music industry events to watch out for this year:
SXSW – Austin, Texas – 16-22 March 2020
SXSW is probably the most established music, film and interactive-media convention in the world, which makes it the place to be if you want to network! . Not only will you be amongst many music professionals, but you will also meet people from the film industry. You never know! This could open up the possibility of your music being played in a film or TV show! Official applications to perform at SXSW 2020 are now closed, but this doesn’t stop you from finding a place to perform in the area – crowds of people from the music and film industry will be crawling all over town.
- Keep the showcase applications link in your calendar so you don’t miss out on the next application deadline: SXSW Showcase Applications
MIL - Lisbon International Music Network - 25-27 March 2020
MIL is a festival and an international music convention whose mission is to promote and spread the contemporary pop music from Portuguese-speaking countries. Having Lisbon as its host, MIL is an incentive for the dialogue between the music industry from Portuguese-speaking countries and the international sector.
- Get your ticket here: Milfestival
MEDIMEX – Brindisi & Taranto, Italy – 16-25 April 2020
MEDIMEX festival was born under the sign of connection, internationalisation and training. It is a reference point for the Italian music industry and a place which connects the local scene to the international scene. In 2020 Medimex will celebrate its tenth edition in April in two towns, Brindisi and Taranto, thus confirming its itinerant vocation. Ten editions of an annual event that has entered the agendas of the Italian and international music market, aimed at those who want to meet the global music scene through meetings as well as gatherings allowing for in-depth analyses, an event that encourages the creation of networks and the promotion of one’s own work.
The Great Escape Festival - Brighton, UK - 13-16 May 2020
The festival for new music returns to Brighton 13th - 16th May 2020 for our very special 15th birthday year! If you are interested in submitting your act for consideration, all you have to do is apply to play for free via Sentric music here The Great Escape - Apply To Play Artist Registration will close on 11th February 2020 at 23.59!
REEPERBAHN Festival – Hamburg, Germany – 16-19 September 2020
Since its creation in 2006, Reeperbahn Festival has become one of the most important date for music industry professionals on a worldwide scale. Offering hundreds of live shows, key notes, conferences and networking events, the festival is a very valuable experience for anyone interested in the music industry.
- Closing date for applications is 17 July 2020 - APPLY HERE
MaMa Festival & Convention – Paris, France – 14-16 October 2020
MaMa is where the french and international music industry meets every year. Offering a sharp and eclectic programme of concerts and relevant conferences, the three day event will be celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2020.
- Artist registration are already opened and will close on 31st of May here: MaMa Festival Paris Applications. Be ready! You will be notified on 31st July in case of interest.
ADE – Amsterdam, Netherlands – 21-25 October 2020
The Amsterdam Dance Event is the biggest conference and festival for electronic music. Over 5 days in October, Amsterdam welcomes annually around 350’000 artists, industry professionals and aficionados of electronic music who come to enjoy and participate to a full programme of conferences and club nights. This is most definitely a must-go-to event if you want to expand your network with like-minded people.
- Applications to showcase at ADE will open soon in January: ADE Showcase Applications
WOMEX – Budapest, Hungary – 21-25 October 2020
The World Music Expo is one of the most international industry events, with around 90 countries coming together to network and share knowledge. WOMEX has understood that “the world music community is able to – and needs to – contribute to cross cultural-understanding”. This year, held in Budapest, WOMEX will once again offer a trade fair, talks, films and showcase festival.
- Applications to showcase will be open from mid-January to 13 March 2020! here: Womex Proposals
ACCES – TBA (Africa) – 26-28 November 2020
ACCES or “the Music in Africa Conference For Collaborations, Exchange And Showcases” is a pan- African festival which is held in a different African country each year. ACCES attracts the main delegates of the continent’s music industry for a programme that is both designed to benefit the local musicians and the international industry professionals. Whilst last year’s edition was held in Ghana the location of the 2020 ACCES is yet to be announced.
- Keep an eye out here for registration and infos here: Music in Africa Access
LINECHECK – Milan, Italy – 16-22 November 2020
Milan’s music meeting and festival LineCheck believes in connecting music industry insiders and music lovers for the spreading of new ideas. With their #shapeyourfuture campaign, the festival shows a forward-thinking attitude and promises to work towards the next generation of music professionals and artists, beyond national borders. With such a statement, the programme promises to be exciting!
- Applications will open soon: Linecheck Festival Milan