All accepted performers receive full access passes to all shows, panels, and speakers ($99 value per pass). In addition to playing paid gigs at unique venues in one of America’s best cities, attendees receive first rate instruction on how to succeed in the rapidly changing independent music industry and make connections that can accelerate their careers.

Norfolk is one of the best cities for up and coming artists to play and we have nearly 100 opportunities to get on stage! Norfolk has received many accolades in recent years including being named a “Magnet for Millennials”, One of the 50 Best Places to Travel, 2017 (Travel & Leisure), a Top 5 Favorite City, & among the friendliest cities in America. Granby street, which hosts part of the ECMC, was named one of “8 Amazing American Streets You’ve Never Heard Of” by the New York Post. Norfolk leads the nation in public spaces, public art, fitness, technology, and music.sonicbids-cta-skyscraper

The ECMC has been getting a pretty fantastic response as well!

“We are swooning over all of the talented artists we’ve met at the @ecmusiccon today! If you want to swoon with us, take a look at how Boston-based @destinyclaymore is tearing it up. 🔥” ~ The Marketing Mixtape, Richmond, VA

“What an amazing show this weekend in the @cityofnorfolkva in the @neonnfk
during the East Coast Music Conference @ecmusiccon!!! Norfolk showed much love, thank you all!!!” ~ Zech Wilson of, PA

“Last weekend if you were following our instastory you would have seen that we had a fantastic time at the @ecmusiccon in Norfolk, VA!” ~ Springwood Productions crew, Baltimore, MD

“Man @ECMusicCon has been a blast. Flying home in the morning. Wish it could go on forever!”~ Zander Michigan, Detroit, MI

This year performances will take place in an array of surprising venues including urban rooftops, clubs and breweries, most in easy walking distance–most venues are within a 10 minute walking radius of one another. Norfolk boasts terrific restaurants that last year’s attendees raved about.

The seminars and keynotes will be taking place in several amazing spots in one America’s most attractive urban landscapes! In 2018 attendees raved about sessions on how to manage their careers, social media, film, and licensing. 2019 will boast even more info to help musicians make it in the music industry as it exists today!

The selected artists for 2018 represented a range of styles and fusion of music and came from 6 countries and 20 states (foreign artists must have the appropriate visa). For 2019 we hope to see even more folks from far and near!