Coachella Music Festival 2017 (#Coachella)
Friday, April 14 - Sunday, April 23
Empire Polo CLUB
81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, California 92201
The anticipated music annual event set in the California desert (about 125 miles east of Los Angeles) is held over two consecutive three-day weekends in April and features many genres of music including alternative rock, indie, and electronic music, as well as large sculptural art and installations on display. Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, Yuma Stage and the Sahara Tent. The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the (camping) grounds, each playing live music continuously. The festival also features installation art and sculptures. Many of the art pieces are interactive, and are stimulative to interact with for attendees walking throughout the Polo grounds. Getting booked for Coachella is handled by the festival management, Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live. In addition to agent pitches and artists discovered online, the lineup is taken from acts booked by Goldenvoice for their other 1,800 shows each year. A very partial listing of some of the expected performers will include: Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer, Chicano Batman, Allah-Las, Martin Garrix, Hannah Wants, Warpaint, New Order, Mitski, the Belleville Three, Banks & Steelz, Kendrick Lamar, Diamante Electrica, SNBRN, Grace Mitchell, Galantis, DJ Snake, Bishop Briggs, Honey Dijon, Radiohead. A full listing of artists can be found at this webpage
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Celebrates British Cinema - Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, April 15, 16:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
The festival’s screening program opens with the documentary “Desert Around Me: The ADHD Epidemic, a Challenge of Global Proportions.” The film follows a team as they prepare for an ultra marathon in the Sahara Desert, which serves to raise awareness to the ADHD community. In the second film program of the night, NFMLA presents “InFocus: British Cinema,” which shines a spotlight on upcoming directors and producers from the United Kingdom. “Bobby Sands: 66 Days” is a documentary, which follows the story of activist Bobby Sands’ hunger strike and the resulting impact on British-Irish relations. Following that, is a short film block, which centers on portrayals of family and friendship, posing questions about identity and internal conflict. The final program of the night explores issues and tales relevant to the United States. These shorts feature a variety of film genres from dark comedies, to somber Westerns, to suspenseful thrillers, including a story about two young girls struggling to survive in the world. Throughout the night there are socializing and networking opportunities to mingle with the filmmakers, industry supporters and film lovers over cocktails and beats at the filmmakers’ lounge adjacent to the private entry of the South Park Center’s 500 seat theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, April 18, 12:30-16:30
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Following the lecture portion, Blume will critique a song from each attendee. Those who wish to have a song critiqued should bring a recording and a lyric sheet or be prepared to perform the song live. Registration is free and is conducted online. Online registration opens at 15:00 the day after the previous month’s workshop. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email NashvilleWorkshops@bmi.com
with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants MUST check in by 12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. This month's topic is The Business of Songwriting w/Special Guest and Song Critiques. Free but registration is conducted online at https://goo.gl/Ah9WRj.
50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
Tribeca Film Festival (#Tribeca2017)
Wednesday, April 19 - Sunday, April 30
Cinepolis Chelsea (other venues)
260 West 23 Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-941-4000/2400; 212-691-5519
The annual Tribeca Film Festival is a wide-ranging event that brings the international film community and the general public together to experience independent, socially-minded cinema. Among the various parts to this year’s festival, there is Tribeca N.O.W. Showcase, the Gala, Tribeca Talks, Virtual Arcade, Storyscapes, Spotlight Documentary, Tribeca Talks: Master Class, Spotlight Narrative, and many more activity areas that can be checked via their website. Tribeca Film Festival’s opening night Gala screening, ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,’ a documentary profile of the legendary music man from first-time filmmaker Chris Perkel, opens the festival. ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II,’ the closing Gala, will be celebrated with a 45th-anniversary conversation with Director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro. TFF’s Rush tickets function as a stand-by line that will form at the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin roughly 10 minutes prior to program start time. Beyond the Festival, Tribeca Film Institute prepares fledgling media makers through hands-on training, exposure, funding, and resources to undertake socially relevant films.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, April 20, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. It will be conducted by two BMI Reps who will explain how to utilize BMI services to the fullest, and some Basic 101 tips and tricks. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: BMI101@bmi.com.
Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Directing the Camera Workshop
Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23
Solar Video/Film Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling with active camera movement and skillful actor blocking. With extensive, daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and bring forth the enactment of the story. Attendees will learn how to visualize, choose optimum camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Undergoing the process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that belongs to the director's signature vision. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
NAB Show 2017
Saturday, April 22 - Thursday, April 27
Las Vegas Convention Center (other venues)
3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 888-740-4622; 702-892-0711; +1-301-682-7962 (outside U.S.)
The 2017 NAB Show will embrace the new digital ecosystem of media, entertainment and technology, where behavior and business have merged to redefine content, workflow and revenue streams. Although wide ranging in breadth, the convention will have focus areas of: film, mobile, advertising, gaming, television, radio, live events, sound, social media, VR/AR, video. There are featured attractions and pavilions: Aerial Robotics and Drone, Connected Media IP, Virtual and Augmented Reality. And there are exhibitor categories: Connected Media, Distribution/Delivery, Online Video. New this year at NAB is The M.E.T. Effect, Connected Car Hackathon, Facebook Live Video Solutions Pavilion, NextGen TV Hub, Global TV Tech Day, Google Talks, Sports Media and Entertainment, and more. Co-located events at this year’s NAB Show will include, 4K 4Charity Fun Run, Ad Innovation Lab, Avid Connect 2017, BEA Festival of Media Arts, Career Day at NAB, #GALSNGEAR, IABM Industry Breakfast, Innovation Series Breakfast focusing on television, and New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards.
Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards (#BBLatin)
Monday, April 24 - Thursday, April 27
Ritz Carlton South Beach
One Lincoln Road, South Beach, Florida 33139
The Billboard Latin Music Conference unites today’s top artists, agents, promoters, record label executives, publicists, brand marketing executives, managers, media, digital music executives and much more to do business, discuss hot button topics and celebrate Latin music. There will be an Opening NIght Reception with performances by Top Stop and also featuring recording artists Genesis, Aymee Nuviola, Samuel Perez and X2. Medellín, Columbia-born Reggaetonero artist, Maluma, will have center stage at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference on a new panel, “Socializing Maluma.” With more than 24 million followers on Facebook, 20 million on Instagram and 3.5 million on Twitter, the chart-topping artist will give the audience an inside look on how he works his social media. At 23-years-old he's had five No. 1's so far on the Latin Airplay chart, including "Borró cassette" and "El Perdedor." The conference culminates with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, honoring the chart-topping artists on today’s Latin Billboard charts.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, April 26, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com.
Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Radio Asia Conference and ABU Song Festival (#RadioAsia2017)
Wednesday, April 26 - Friday, April 28
Swissotel Le Concorde Bangkok
204 Ratchadapisek Road, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320 Thailand
Phone: 02-694-2222 ext. 1204; 099-363-9924
RadioAsia2017 will explore the major aspects of this year's selected theme, ‘Creating Radio with Passion: Looking into the World of Radio.’ Conference speakers will address how these aspects will add to the efficacy of the radio industry in the years to come. Additionally, the Radio Asia Conference will run concurrently with the ABU Song Festival. This fifth ABU Radio Song Festival is a musical showcase that recognizes the musical diversity of nations within the region (Asia, Australia, and the Pacific) and uncovering the best original and unsigned musicians. Showcased entrants are determined by an international selection committee and the selected artists perform at the Gala Event in conjunction with the RadioAsia 2016 Conference. The Industry Keynote address will be delivered by Ms. Joan Warner, CEO, Commercial Radio Australia, and Vice- Chair World DMB Forum titled: "Radio Scenario in Thailand – Near Term Developments." Radio Asia Conference gets underway with two Masterclasses, Putting Passion in Production Facilitator: Beyond Broadcasting, exploring the emotional connection with your audience, and Write Well... Make Money: Secrets of success in Radio Sales and Copywriting Facilitators, that will be shaped as a guide to discovering what the client really wants from their radio advertising and how to deliver it by writing great ad copy.
HotDocs – Canadian International Documentary Festival (#HotDocs17)
Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, May 7
Crave TV Hot Docs Box Office (other venues)
605 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Phone: 416-203-2155; 416-637-3123; Fax: 416-203-0446
HotDocs festival and conference will feature the following activity areas: Conference Sessions, Close Up With…, Doc Summit, Hot Docs Workshops, Kickstart, Micro-Meetings. Of particular interest to emerging and mid-career doc-makers, the Kickstart program will be a half-day series on May 3 covering topics, “My First Doc,” “Don’t Make Your Doc Alone,” and “The Big Short.” And the Micro-Meetings sessions will attempt to offer industry intelligence from broadcasters, funders and those on the leading edge of industry applicable technology. The slated Hot Docs Workshops will include areas of interest, financing and distribution contracts, a Festival Strategy Lab, Strategic Partnerships in International Co-Productions session, strategies mitigating the risks of photojournalists and documentary filmmakers becoming targeted by sophisticated threat actors, Visual Research 101 and the world of rights and permissions, licensing terms, public domain and the art of negotiating a reduced cost for the materials essential to bringing your documentary to the screen. The Hot Docs Forum will facilitate pitching to a market of over 200 decision makers during the festival. Hot Docs and BravoACT will give 6 Canadian filmmaking teams the chance to pitch a short documentary project. Hot Docs Deal Maker connects one-on-one seekers with distributors, buyers and funders at those meetings. Distribution Rendezvous will be networking oriented to help make connections and build relationships to get projects sold.The Doc Shop will allow a film project to be seen by hundreds of industry buyers, distributors and programmers at the festival and online all year.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, April 27, 08:00-10:30
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.