ECMC adjusting date to allow for safety

With COVID-19 still only just reaching what many experts consider the peak of the outbreak and with Governor Northam’s Stay at Home order in effect for Virginia until June 10, we’ve decided to postpone this year’s ECMC until August 6-9 of this year. This slight delay will give us a chance to ensure a safer and better attended event for all. In addition to allowing more time for the outbreak to run its course, we will be adding hygiene stations throughout the conference footprint, and continue to monitor the situation daily and follow all government directives. All tickets will be honored for the August dates, but you may also exchange them for passes to ECMC 2021 if you are unable to attend 2020.

Special opportunities for Harborfest and other local vendors impacted by COVID-19 cancellations

With the cancellation of Harborfest and other major events due to COVID-19, ECMC is offering a limited number of vendor and sponsor opportunities to local businesses. These opportunities, though limited in number, offer special terms and rates to support local business. Please get in touch for more information.

Help for Something in the Water Vendors

The unfortunate cancellation of Something in the Water due to the COVID-19 outbreak is having a dramatic impact on many local sponsors and vendors during a critical part of the season. ECMC is attempting to help by offering special rates to SITW partners at various ECMC locations and events. In the event of other major event cancellations in the region, ECMC will offer the same help to those vendors and partners as well. Space is limited so get in touch as soon as possible.

ECMC Will Go On; Accepting SxSW Tickets

March 16, 2020 – You heard it here first – the East Coast Music Conference will be accepting all SxSW vouchers as admission to free entry into their event this year. And before you wonder whether the vouchers will still be yours after admittance into ECMC, you’re in luck. All they need is a copy or an electronic confirmation at check-in to be let into the event. Following SXSW’s announcement to offer voucher deferment but no refunds, millions of attendees were outraged by the choice. Their tickets come at a hefty cost and in response, ECMC has chosen to open its doors to each and every attendee who still yearns for their conference fix this year. The ECMC founders assure us that the event, located in Norfolk, VA, will go on. ECMC is on track to take place in June as scheduled, and things are looking good! ECMC plans to adhere to their local governments’ and health officials’ recommendations. ECMC is structured to be able to quickly reschedule the event if advised to do so.

The East Coast Music Conference is one of the largest and highest rated music conferences in the US. From June 4-7 August 6-9, speakers and attendees will network throughout downtown Norfolk in unique and intimate spaces, building time between panels so that artists & speakers can talk and network while walking to the next venue. The conference set-up proves to be a safer, more spacious environment as they are able to avoid having thousands of people packed together in one large room. ECMC brings major music industry figures and rising talent to the region to share ideas and expand networks, while introducing music fans to dozens of rising artists. During the day time ECMC includes music industry panels, mentorship sessions, and networking events. Each evening, ECMC showcases a variety of artists at several venues in Downtown Norfolk. To date, the conference has brought many distinguished music industry leaders as well as Gold and Platinum record award winners to Norfolk, including Jackie Jackson, label owner and member of the Jackson 5. Major speakers in 2019 included Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman as well as Emily White, the founder of Collective Entertainment in New York.

ECMC 2020 will bring notable music industry leaders, such as Melissa B, Dr. Louis Anthony deLise, Brian Falduto, Andrew Spalter, and many more. Partnered with the Downtown Norfolk Council, The Virginia Stage Company at Wells Theater, The Norva, Percolator Co-Working, The Barrel Room, and more, the event has set itself up for immense success and an impressive turnout. Named a ‘Top 10 Music Conference’ by sources like Hypebot, ECMC invites all conference goers in 2020 to attend. In the event that the conference is postponed, ECMC will honor all applications and purchased passes for either the postponement date or ECMC 2021.

To purchase tickets, you can visit their Eventbrite link here. To claim your free ticket, type in the code SX2020 and be sure to bring a copy of your SXSW ticket and/or electronic confirmation with you in person on the day of the event.

ECMC coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

ECMC places a priority on the safety and well-being of our attendees and our communities. We are actively monitoring all public sources of information and guidance, including the CDC and the World Health Organization, as well as state and local health departments and governments.

Currently, ECMC is on track to continue as scheduled on June 4-7 August 6-9, 2020. For another successful year, we plan on implementing the following:
• We are taking steps to minimize health risks of our attendees, our teammates, and our communities, including enhanced cleaning and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the event.
• We will adhere to local governments’ and health officials’ recommendations. If advised by our local government and health departments, the conference is structured in a way that allows it to be quickly rescheduled. We are working with our local partners and venues for a contingent date in the event that the conference needs to be postponed (date TBD).
• If an artist or conference attendee cannot attend/perform on the postponement date, we will honor their pass or performance opportunity in 2021.
As new developments emerge regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we will share information with you about how we will continue to operate safely at our website, newsletter, and social media.


Carousel Kings Honored in AP’s Top 50 Albums of the Year.

At ECMC 2019, Carousel Kings flew and played at iFly and headlined the big show Saturday night. If you saw them then, you knew they were something special but you couldn’t know they would have one of Alternative Press’ Top 50 albums of the year! Check out where they landed here!

411-_JWC1528Carousel Kings are just the latest in a long and growing list of top artists that fans are finding first at ECMC! Whether it’s awards like this, slots on top tours and festivals, or record and licensing deals that , ECMC attendees are getting used to finding the next big thing just a little bit before everyone else. Who will it be in 2020? You’ll have to be there to find out!