Friday May 10

9 am – Session 1

TRACK 1 – “Alumni Panel”, Destiny Claymore, Adam Alexander Khan (The Foxfires), & Mike Sarge

Since ECMC 2018 many of the artists have met with remarkable success, found new opportunities, and made innovative changes to their methods. This panel gathers several of these artists to talk about what their successes and changes have been, how to find and develop opportunities, and how to make the most of music conferences and other opportunities.

Percolator Granby Campus, 259 Granby Street, 3rd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

10:10 am – Session 2

TRACK 1 – “DIY Recording”, Rich Stine

Technology has made it easier and cheaper to release your music, but all indie recordings are not equal. Rich Stine will help you get a handle on DIY recording so that your tracks are as good as you can make them.

Percolator Monticello Campus, 253 Monticello Avenue, 2nd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

PANEL – “Women in Music”, Jess Garcia, Rose Cora Perry, Emily White

One of the best received panels from 2018, The Women in Music panel deals with the challenges and successes of women in the music industry by women in the music industry. The panel includes significant discussion with attendees and seeks to share experiences and lenses through which to view the industry and the world.

Percolator Granby Campus, 259 Granby Street, 3rd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

11:20 am – Session 3

TRACK 1 – “Touring for Indie Artists”, Chris Swartz

FATA Booking Agency’s Chris Swartz will discuss touring for the independent/developing artist. Currently booking the likes of Mystery Skulls, MC Lars, Phangs, and many others, Chris has developed acts across many genres and clubs worldwide.
Chris will address how the independent artist can tour successfully in 2019 and beyond, ultimately leading to supporting roles on larger tours and growth in headline numbers. Chris will discuss what’s making bands pop to agents in such a saturated market, as well as a few key do’s and don’t’s to help you navigate the touring world.

Percolator Monticello Campus, 253 Monticello Avenue, 2nd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

TRACK 2 – “Copyrights & Publishing”, Michael C. Smith

Copyright is the basis for which all parties make money in the music industry. From performance to streaming to synch licensing, ownership or control of the copyright is the means by which money is earned. The music industry offers greater accessibility to release music than ever before. With this opportunity comes the risk of copyright infringements and lawsuits that may result in the loss of millions. This discussion covers the basics of copyright law and music publishing.

Percolator Monticello Campus, 253 Monticello Avenue, 3rd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

PANEL – “EPKs and Marketing for Indie Artists”, Jeremy Weiss, Ulf Oesterle, Nicholas Mishko, Alex McGinnis

More and more artist success is tied directly to how well and how quickly they make an impression digitally. The discussion will cover the presentation and components of the EPK as well as other digital assets necessary to get the gig.

Percolator Granby Campus, 259 Granby Street, 3rd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

12:05 pm – Lunch

SPEAKER LUNCHEON w/Matt Starr

Matt Starr has played with some of the biggest names and most respected producers in rock music. In addition to teaching his secrets to music industry success in two seminars, Matt will be holding a small group lunch to talk about more specific issues and answer artist questions and maybe some rock’n’roll stories as well.

Seating is limited. To reserve your spot email info@EastCoastMusicConference.com. Put Matt Starr Lunch as your subject and include your personal info and order # for your ECMC pass. No additional charge to attend. No food or drink provided, full menu available.

Percolator Ford Campus, 435 Monticello Avenue

Attend: Gold & Platinum Pass holders

2 pm – Session 4

TRACK 1 – “Mastering Your Merch Strategy”, Vanessa Ferrer

Part 1, Merch Basics. Merch is serious business if you want to sustain a career as an artist in today’s music world – it’s a surefire way to put funds in your pocket real-time, while empowering your fans to spread your message to the world. To fully maximize your true merch potential, you’ll need to have some insight on the different pieces that impact the big merch picture. Join this workshop to get actionable tips on merch basics and learn strategies you can immediately execute to help you have a more effective and profitable merch business.
Merch Basics
• How branding plays a role in an artist’s merch business
• Why artwork matters and the dos and don’ts of merch design
• What physical merch products work best for musicians
• How to choose apparel styles, colors and sizes
• Merch display methods and best practices
• What to look for when choosing a merch company
• Tips to keep production and shipping costs down
We encourage participants to bring their questions, stories and merch samples to the sessions.

Percolator Monticello Campus, 253 Monticello Avenue, 2nd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

TRACK 2 – “The Making of Negro Terror”, John Rash & Rico Fields

The award-winning film Negro Terror sparks different questions for different audiences. Musicians may wonder, how does a relatively unknown artist end up the subject of an award-winning documentary film? What does it mean for the artists’ career? While film makers certainly want to hear about the journey from concept to success and fans may want to simply know more about the provocative punk band from Memphis. Film maker John Rash and band member Rico Fields will talk about the making of the film and do a lengthy Q&A.

Percolator Monticello Campus, 253 Monticello Avenue, 3rd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

Panel, “How to get paid: What are your streams of income and how do you collect them?”, Rich DeJong, more

Hear from the experts about your streams of revenue, how to collect them and the role of Performing Rights Organizations (PROs).

Percolator Granby Campus, 259 Granby Street, 3rd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

3:10 pm  – Session 5

TRACK 1 – “Your Network is Your Net Worth”, Matt Starr

The best indicator of what kind of career you will have are the kind of relationships you have. Step out of your comfort zone and learn how to create maximum opportunity and success for yourself and others in the 21st-century.

Percolator Monticello Campus, 253 Monticello Avenue, 3rd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

PANEL – “Agents & Managers: What they do, what you need, how to find the right one”, Alex McGinnis, Nicholas Mishko, Jeremy Weiss

The music industry changes constantly and has been in flux for nearly two decades now. This affects more than just the artists. In this era of 360 deals, vacant A&R departments, and ever more work being done by fewer people, traditional roles in the industry have shifted and may not be the same from firm to firm. Learn how roles have changed, what you can expect, what you need, what’s negotiable, and more.

Percolator Monticello Campus, 253 Monticello Avenue, 2nd Floor

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

5:20 pm – Friday Keynote

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Kevin Lyman, Founder of Warped Tour

Kevin Lyman has reimagined the live show and festival experience, shaped popular culture, and rocked corporate branding. Kevin founded the Vans Warped Tour in 1995 and curated and ran the groundbreaking festival throughout its 24-year run. In addition, Kevin has produced or promoted such live music experiences as Taste of Chaos, It’s Not Dead Festival, the Alternative Press Music Awards, Pilgrimage, Mayhem Festival, and Country Throwdown, among others. hear Kevin discuss his amazing career, the current state of the music industry, and what may be to come.

Granby Theatre 421 Granby Street

Attend: Platinum Pass holders

6:20 pm – Negro Terror film Premiere & Discussion

More than just the worldwide premiere of this award-wining documentary, Negro Terror will be followed by a Q&A with film maker John Rash. Don’t miss this unique film and music event!

Granby Theatre 421 Granby Street

Attend: Gold & Platinum Pass holders

Attend: Gold & Platinum Pass holders, individual tickets

4 pm – Bearded Bird Block Party Day 1

Bearded Bird Brewing 727Granby Street

Performing artists: The Wilderness, Rose Cora Perry & the Truth Untold, The Great Enough, Ghosts of Evolution, A Light Divided, Dig the Kid

Attend: Gold & Platinum Pass holders, individual tickets

7 pm – 10 pm, Open Mic at Coelacanth Brewing

760 A W. 22nd Street

Attend: Free and open to the public, Platinum Pass to perform

8 pm – 12 am, Live Music at The Granby Theatre

Granby Theatre 421 Granby Street

Performing artists: AC & Brady, Chuckie Campbell, Destiny Claymore, Turncoat Syndicate, Dentist

Attend: Gold & Platinum Pass holders

8 pm – 1 am, Live Music at The Brick Anchor

The Brick Anchor 241 Granby Street

Performing artists: The Skullers, Jack Colgan Band, Jason Erie

8 pm -12:30 am, Hip Hop/R&B Showcase

The Brick Anchor (Upstairs) 241 Granby Street

Performing Artists: Mic Ross, Ashanti Bragg, Mike Sarge, Nikerria, King Tay

9:30 pm – 1 am, Live Music at The Barrel Room

The Barrel Room 437 Granby Street

Performing artists: Emery Adeline, Brian Falduto, Drake Freeman