Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, April 1, 18:45
Hotel Café
1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-461-2040
A singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by Janae Sound (janaesound.com), Sheare (soundcloud.com/shearemusic), FMF Trio (www.fmftrio.com), Chule von Wernich (Spotify.com/chule). This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the usual Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
 
BMI's “8 off 8th” Hip Hop Fresh Fruit Showcase
Monday, April 1, 20:00
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and TuneSpeak  present “BMI 8 off 8th.” Each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s burgeoning indie music scene. This showcase will feature artists: Young Soul, Stan, Daisha McBride, Chanse Flash, Jamiah, Gretchen. 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences looking for the next big thing. Hosted by 2 L’s On A Cloud. Mercy Lounge helps artists find new fans in the music loving community through existing technology and new innovations. Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, a state of the art sound system, and a back bar area that features pool tables, booth seating, and a more-relaxed environment from which to take in the show. Performing artists are offered dedicated monitor and front of house sound engineers, an array of lighting and production options, and a loft-style hospitality suite complete with kitchen, bathroom and comfort area. If you are interested in rental or showcase opportunities, please email booking@mercylounge.com. Free and open to the public.
 
Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Monday, April 1 - Tuesday, April  30
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings for April, and since the programming is always evolving it is necessary to visit the website and retrieve the most recent updates to the program. There is generally a Super Smash Bros. Happy Hour,’ that happens for weekend Video Gaming Sessions, for kids and adults. Up to eight players can play on the 160” movie screen. There are private screenings and events planned as well and a photo gallery. Please check the website calendar for other ongoing feature film screenings and event activities that might not be included here. Stuart Cinema and Cafe is a converted warehouse in the Greenpoint section of North Brooklyn serving artists and community that want to present creative productions, and the community as an entertainment center. Features of the programming for the cafe include, film festivals and screenings, pop-up theater, adaptable venue space used to present fashion events, live stage events for bands, singers, spoken word and comedy acts, book readings-signings, and the recently added weekend video gaming sessions.
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, April 2, 19:00
The Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with BMI, present THE FIX (celebrating its fifth anniversary on this date), a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: B Polymath, Benedict Cork, Micky Blue, DJ Nammy Wams. FRUKT DJ fill in around band appearances. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands. This event is free.
Email: london@wearefrukt.com; @FRUKT
 
WILDsound Festival Feedback Film Festival
Thursday, April 4, 19:00-21:10
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE
1000 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 844-462-7342; 416-925-8991; 416-925-8991
The session will showcase short films from around the world, while maintaining an audience feedback format moderated by Shepsut Wilson. Films on the evening’s program focus on female directors and include ‘Skjemt Blod,’ 6 minutes, USA, experimental/music video, directed by Gwenmarie White; 'G(R)O(W)ING UP,' 10 minutes, USA, drama/romance, directed by Annabelle Frost; 'For Want of a Nail,' 18 minutes, UK, drama/comedy, directed by Lucy Joan Barnes;  minutes, France, Drama/Sci-Fi, directed by Valentin Petit; 'Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale,' 3 minutes, USA, animation/fantasy, directed by Kefei Li, Connie Qin He; 'God Told Me,' 6 minutes, USA, Drama/Relationship, directed by Letia Solomon; 'Ah,' 8 minutes, India, drama, directed by Yoginee Arul; 'My Brother,' 9 minutes, Canada, drama/family, directed by Myriam Kamel; 'Andromeda,' 15 minutes, USA, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, directed by Emily Dean. Wildsound FEEDBACK Film Festival offers exposure to filmmakers before an appreciative audience, and benefits from gaining feedback during the Q&A from the moderator who discusses each film with the audience. Filmmakers and screenplay writers should submit their projects via FilmFreeway. Screenings are conducted monthly in Los Angeles and Toronto. Tickets are free or pay what you like. You can always make a small donation to the festival to guarantee your seats are held and skip the lines,
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, April 4, 19:00-22:30 (and every Thursday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist DJ on the turntables. Featured guests, and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Thursday night.
 
Friday Night Social Screenwriters Meetup
Friday, April 5, 18:30-21:30
The District By Hannah An
8722 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048
Phone: 888-796-9673; 310-278-2345
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and Final Draft. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” The company that produces Final Draft, a screenwriting software, Cast and Crew Entertainment Services based in Burbank, provides vital services to the film and television industries as well as financial services such as production incentive consulting, administration and financing. Free to attend and there is a one drink minimum. Food and cocktails are available for purchase. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry. The Scriptwriters Network, founded in 1986, is an educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, volunteer-driven organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals. Scriptwriters brings in entertainment professionals to speak and teach on the art, craft and business of scriptwriting for TV, features and new media.
 
VIP Film and TV Summit
Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7
Dulles Marriott
45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166
Phone: 703-471-9500
The summit will host expert panels and project pitching to managers, agents, producers and investors, workshops. Goals are to be in the best position to secure a manager or agent to pursue a writing or filmmaking career, to find an experienced producing partner. For completed projects an investor presence will listen to project pitches.  After each expert panel during the day, 10 lucky writers and filmmakers will have a chance to pitch their script or project to the panelists Shark Tank style. Event partners include The Fantasy Network, Virginia Is For Film Lovers, UPlifTV, Stonehenge Casting, Veterans In Media and Entertainment, Women In Film and Video, Washington, DC; TIVA, Capital Fund Screenplay Competition, Final Draft. Free breakfast and lunch included.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, April 6, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana Lounge
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
 
NAB Show 2019
Saturday, April 6 - Thursday, April 11
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 888-740-4622; 301-682-7962; 702-892-0711
The 2019 NAB Show will introduce a new Influencer Series: Sports and Entertainment. Executives from leading sports and entertainment companies will participate in a series of probing discussions on strategies for success in an era of increasing competition. The conference will focus on building and sustaining a franchise; strategies for attracting new viewers; business models powering ticket sales and live events; and updates in content development. In one planned segment, “The Big Games Part II - Byron Allen: Playing to Win in the Digital Revolution,” Entertainment Studios Founder, Chairman and CEO Byron Allen will share how his company facilitates the distribution of content on numerous platforms, including broadcast and cable. The Influencer Series: Sports and Entertainment runs April 8 - 9. An Innovation Pipeline houses three destinations and a theater showcasing future-focused technologies and solutions from concept to prototype. Destinations in the Innovation Pipeline are equipped to promote each stage of innovation through Futures Park, StartUp Loft and SPROCKIT. NAB Show will also feature several new technology-focused areas on the show floor, including the Esports Experience, AI+Cloud Campus, ATSC 3.0 Information Center, Destination 5G and the In-Vehicle Experience. 
 
MIPTV + MIPDOC + MIPFORMATS
Saturday, April 6 - Thursday, April 11
Palais des Festivals
One Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone: +33 1 79 71 00 00
Three MIPWORLD events focused on the moving image will open at Cannes as a comprehensive package over combined dates stretching April 6-11. MIPTV brings together rising producers and talents, commissioners and financiers, into a single space with distributors and buyers searching for finished program acquisitions and presales. Michael Aragon, Senior Vice-President of Content at Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, will keynote at MIPTV on April 10. The MIPFormats segment is an incubator for upcoming entertainment formats. This can be the next wave of non-scripted formats and business solutions. Opening two days before MIPTV, it’s regarded as a gathering of producers, creators, commissioners, buyers and distributors. A third event within the same time frame as MIPFormats, MIPDoc, is a conference and co-production marketplace that hosts international buyers, sellers, producers and commissioners of documentary and factual programs to screen new content and do business. The MIPTV conference theme this year is “Pushing Boundaries,” which will explore how, in the era of peak TV, powerful stories and unique voices are fuelling global creative ambitions and connecting international audiences with an infinite choice of quality content.
 
 
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 21 (over two weekends)
Empire Polo Club
81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, California 92201
Phone: 855-771-3667; 818-882-3816
Coachella, the anticipated annual music event is held over two consecutive three-day weekends in April (beginning April 12) 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, each playing live music continuously. YouTube Music plays a role in this year’s Coachella Festival. Anyone can listen to favorite songs and discover new artists from the Coachella 2019 lineup. YouTube Music seeks to enhance the experience at Coachella before, during and after the festival. Listen to playlists, get music on the go and get the official livestream performances for those that can’t make it. Aside from the renowned music spectacle that it is, Coachella fields plenty to do for its visitors in other areas as well. An Activities Tent in the camping center will have games, giveaways and anything else related to camping fun. Coachella Art Studios will offer fledgling artists a chance to express themselves at their craft. Records & Record Store Day will produce 30,000 pieces of new and vintage vinyl to browse through or select. 
 
Nickelodeon Writing Program
Saturday, April 13, 12:30
Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 888-796-9673
Organized by Scriptwriters Network, the Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers. While in the program, writers revise the skills to build a professional network and gain real-world experiences in writers’ rooms for the critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. Session leader, Sherley Ibarra is Nickelodeon’s Director of Talent Development and Outreach where she oversees Nickelodeon’s Writing and Artist Programs. There is a registration deadline set before 22:00 of April 11 to enroll by. Check-in begins at 12:30.
 
Solar two-day Lighting Workshop
Saturday, April 13 - Sunday, April 14
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling through the use of 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, recognize best 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. The session will be run by Eric Lau. 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. Register on website.
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, April 13 - Wednesday, April 17
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
With an emphasis on light and shadow, the workshop emphasize shooting in real-world situations while learning how to make quality and cost-effective films. this five-day intensive, hands-on workshop comprehensively guides students through the stages of filmmaking (script writing, producing, directing, camera, lighting, sound mixing and editing) with techniques that are easy-to-learn and practical-to-use to complete a film in five days. 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.
 
California Copyright Conference – A.I. Created Content
Tuesday, April 16, 18:30
Courtyard Marriott
15433 Ventura Boulevard Studio City, California 91403
Phone: 818-379-3312
 “Virtual Reality-Created Content • Who Owns It???,” moderated by Paula M. Savastano (President/Founder, SSA Music, Inc.). Other panelists include Judith Finell, Owner,  Judith Finell Music Services, Inc.; Kimberly Culp, Carr McClellan P.C; Vickie Nauman, Founder, CrossBorderWorks. The panel will tackle aspects on “A.I. Created Content, Who Owns It???” where the panel will probe into the (many) questions of ownership of copyrights and interested parties of this new type of creative work. Advance RSVP is recommended. The event includes a dinner with the presentation and it can be attended as a walk-up by paying at the door. A cocktail reception precedes the dinner followed by the panel discussion. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, April 18, 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
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
BMI 101 Workshop Nashville
Thursday, April 18, 16:00-17:00
BMI’s Nashville Office
10 Music Square E., Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bmi-101-tickets-55917141676; http://www.myspace.com/bmi
 
The Business Side of Screenwriting – What Every Writer Should Know
Saturday, April 20, 12:30-15:00
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 310-278-2345; 888-796-9673
This series features a Writer, Director and Producer discussing  a variety of topics, including: writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding a voice, hooking the reader and script development, and having a basic understanding of how the business works. In particular, this session will cover, Rewrite Assignments, litigation and what you need to prove if your material is stolen, how to protect your material, rewrite assignments, how options work, pros/cons to sign a release form, how to read a deal memo, how much money to expect from an idea, treatment or screenplay. Workshop instructor Steve Kaire is a Screenwriter/Pitchman who’s sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation. The last project he sold, he’s Co-Producing for Walden Media. It is essential to RSVP by the April 18 deadline in order to be on the RSVP list for Security clearance onto CBS’ lot. If you do not RSVP by the date above, you may not be allowed onto CBS’ lot.
 
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, April 24, 20:00
The Actors Theatre Workshop
145 West 28 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212)-947-1386
The Actors Theatre Workshop is an established pioneer in non-profit theatre that produces classical and contemporary plays, develops new dramatic works, trains and develops actors, writers and directors while making a difference in the lives of homeless children and the community at large. The educational program teaches innovative educational techniques and theatre principles to adults and children from all walks of life; produces classical and contemporary plays and documentary films that maintain goal stated artistic standards. The theatrical program develops new dramatic works that examine the social issues of the day. The open mic happens the last Wednesday of every month. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, April 25, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000; 646-779-8455
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. 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.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, April 25, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
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.
 
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Thursday, April 25 - Sunday, May 5
CRAVE Box Office at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (other venues)
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1K6
Phone: 416-637-3123
Hot Docs, the Toronto based documentary festival, conference, and market, opens from April 25 - May 6. Festival-goers can view documentaries from Canada and around the world for presentation to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also offer a program of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary media makers, including the Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Distribution Rendezvous, and Happy Hour(s). Opening Night begins with the screening of ‘nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up’ (Tasha Hubbard, Director). Following the screening festivities will continue at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Light refreshments will be served along with a celebration of documentary storytelling. Hot Docs hosts many different types of sessions that present ideal learning and mentoring opportunities. Conference and talk sessions will present industry visionaries discussing the evolving art and business of the documentary. A 2019 Food and Film section will pair the evenings screening experience with a dining experience featuring special guests from the films screened. Following the April 27 screening of ‘Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy,’ there will be a four-plate tasting menu at Rosalinda, Toronto’s only Mexican plant-based restaurant. 
 
Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
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, recognize best 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, multimedia, graphic/web design and media distribution. The session is led by Eric Lau.
 
 

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