Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
Thursday, September 1
The Woodruff Art Center’s Symphony Hall
1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: 404-261-5151; 404-733-4200
BMI will present its President’s Award to Toni Braxton at the 2016 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The BMI President’s Award is presented on special occasions to an individual songwriter, composer, producer or executive who has made exemplary contributions to the art of music and whose work has profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. This invitation-only event will also honor songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed r&b/hip-hop songs of the previous year, as well as the presentation of the Social Star Award, and R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer and Publisher of the Year. BMI’s Social Star will return for its fifth year. As a part of the R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, Social Star is a contest which aims to find the songwriter with the most engaged social media audience.
Friday Night Social
Friday, September 2, 18:30-21:30
Rock and Reilly’s Barrel Room
8913 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-360-1400
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 ScriptWiters Network. 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.” Complimentary finger food and/or Nachos will be provided at the event. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
Telluride Film Festival
Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5
Sheridan Opera House
110 N Oak Street, Telluride, Colorado 81435
Phone: 510-665-9494; 970-728-6363
The Telluride Film Festival is an international educational event celebrating the art of film. Each Labor Day weekend, the mountain village of Telluride, Colorado accomodates film enthusiasts for four days. Telluride Film Festival's 2016 Guest Director is Volker Schlöndorff, a German filmmaker, producer, writer and actor is set to select a sew will have a hand in selecting the films to be presented at the 43rd Telluride Film Festival. The full Telluride program is not revealed until guests reach the mountains venue. In an ongoing tradition, three distinguished artists will be honored with a silver medallion, one presented each night of the Festival.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, September 3, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana
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.
Content Marketing World and Expo (#cmworld)
Monday, September 5 - Friday, September 9
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone: 216-941-5842
For five days, CMWorld 2016 will host 80 sessions presented by brand marketers from around the world covering strategy, integration, measurement, and is set up to offer B2B companies, consumer-driven companies, non-profts/associations and small businesses with their own specialized sessions. One focus of Content Marketing World and Expo will be to get marketing and PR professionals be better equipped to design and execute successful content marketing strategies for their clients. Mark Hamill, veteran of stage, screen, television and new media, both here in the USA and abroad, and with such roles as Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy and BAFTA award winning work as DC's iconic villain the Joker, is slated to deliver the Closing Keynote address on September 8. There is a CMWorld Concert set for September 7 featuring the band Cheap Trick, and a CMWorld Afterparty to follow the concert.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase
Tuesday, September 6, 19:00
The Heavenly Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with partners BMI and DIY Magazine, present THE FIX, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Brazilian ethereal electro-pop artist Puzzle, electronic pop duo Postal, and singer-songwriter Moya. 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. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
Email:; @FRUKT
One Mic Nite Open Monday Talent Showcase
Tuesday, September 6, 19:00 (and every Tuesday)
Cheryl’s Global Soul
236 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Phone: 347-529-2855
A combination of indie music or dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turnatables. Featured Guests, and all Artists welcome to perform! singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians. Artists... The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Tuesday night.
The Artist, Usher Honored with a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Wednesday, September 7, 11:30 PDT
6201 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Usher with the 2,588th star. Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65-million albums worldwide. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Easton. This event will be live streamed on Walk of Fame ceremonies are open to the public. There is a public viewing area set up for all to enjoy. Please be aware that ceremony dates are subject to change. Call the Walk of Fame information line (323-469-8311) or check the website for verification. The Hollywood Chamber was formed in October 1921 to replace the old Hollywood Board of Trade. It consists of owners, managers, presidents and other key representatives from a spectrum of businesses and organizations around the Hollywood community.
Toronto International Film Festival (#TIFF16)
Thursday, September 8 - Sunday, September 18
TIFF Bell Lightbox in Reitman Square (other venues)
350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3X5
Phone: 1-888-599-8433; 416 599 TIFF (8433)
The opening screening of the festival series will be Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, directed by Laura Israel, a documentary about the photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, who has defined his career crossing into new aesthetic and cultural boundaries. The planned TIFF Industry Conference will have speakers, discussions and innovative strategies imparted from creative and business leaders. This includes Mogul sessions with Cheryl Boone Isaacs (President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences), David Glasser (President and COO, The Weinstein Company), and Jonathan Olsberg (Chairman, Olsberg-SPI). The planned TIFF Master Class series will deliver a varied selection of international directors and artists who have endeavored toward social progress and innovations in storytelling within their projects. At TIFF 2016 the industry lineup includes Doug Liman on VR (Invisible), Mira Nair (Queen Of Katwe), Feng Xiaogang (I Am Not Madame Bovary), and a live performance by Canadian composer Mark Korven (The Witch) co-presented with the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. A new session introduced this year is The Guardian, featuring exclusive Q&A sessions with some of the most notable actors and directors at the Festival, interviewed by The Guardian’s editorial team.
Loufest 2016
Saturday, September 10 - Sunday, September 11
Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63112
LouFest provides music programming for fans of all ages, including children. LouKidz runs parallel to LouFest in its own securely designated area at Forest Park. LouKidz opens at 12:00 and closes at 17:00 each day of the festival, and creates an environment for parents and children to enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere. Along with the ongoing music, participate in an arts and crafts program to create a fully rounded interactive family experience. Featured acts this year include: Frightened Rabbit, Karate Bikini, Bonnie Bishop, NAWAS, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Illphonics, Buddy Guy, The Kills, Chris Stapleton, Lauryn Hill. The Loudest Nosh Pit is a collection of selected restaurants from around the St. Louis area to feed hungry fans taking breaks in between the music and activities.
Amsterdam SuperMeet
Sunday, September 11, 19:00-23:00
The Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
Dam 9. 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Phone: +31-20-554-9111
Creative Pro User Group (CPUG) Network SuperMeets are networking gatherings of Final Cut, Adobe, Avid and Autodesk editors, gurus and digital filmmakers from throughout the world who use or want to learn to use Macintosh-based collaborative workflows and solutions. SuperMeets started as a grassroots movement to connect Apple FCP editors at a local level. Now in its thirteenth year, SuperMeets provide the postproduction and broadcast community an opportunity to not only learn about latest technology trends, but to network and share industry news and opportunities in an educational and fun social setting. The SuperMeet agenda usually includes user driven demos of new products, digital video tips and tricks, and filmmaker show and tells, including a SuperMeet Digital Showcase with vendors and small developers providing workflow solutions for digital filmmakers and content creators. HP and NVIDIA will present “GIANT,” a virtual reality experience inspired by real events in which two parents struggle to distract their young daughter by inventing a fantastical tale while they are all trapped in an active war-zone.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, September 12, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
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: 37 Wonder (, Danny Fornaris (, The Dose (, Tamara Laurel ( Admission is free.

23rd Oldenburg International Film Festival
Wednesday, September 14 - Sunday, September 18
Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg @ Tn T Eventures
Bahnhofstraße 15, 26122 Oldenburg, Germany
Phone: +49-441-925-0855; +49-441-9250855; Fax: +49-441-939-25524
The Festival’s German premiere of 'Foreign Affairs' (Pasha Rafiy, Director) will bring out Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, who will be in attendance on September 17th as a guest of the Festival. Foreign Affairs is a glimpse into the life of Jean Asselborn, Europe’s longest serving Minister of Foreign Affairs. In this 23rd year, the Oldenburg International Film Festival honors Christophe Honoré a filmmaker who is a part of contemporary French cinema, and where he has established himself writing for the Cahiers du Cinema, before he made his directorial debut with "17 fois Cecile Cassard" in 2002. And again this year, Oldenburg will host the European Film Academy jurors for the “European Discovery Award – Prix FIPRESCI”. The award is dedicated to a first feature film by a European director. The jury will gather in Oldenburg on September 17 and will announce the official final five nominees during the Festival’s Closing Night Gala at the Oldenburg State Theater on September 18.
P.A. Bootcamp in L.A.
Saturday, September 17 - Sunday, September 18
P.A. Bootcamp location tba
Burbank, California
Phone: 818-386-1228
P.A. Bootcamp is a two-day intensive training for set and office production assistants. The training sessions that simulate big and small budgets, episodic TV, reality shows, commercials, music videos, streaming shows, student films, short films, seek to orient trainees so when they walk on set they are useful, professional, and set-ready from day one. The sessions will cover: production paperwork, production terminology, hands on radio training with radios (walkie talkies) and Surv. Mics, how the A.D. team functions, gear and supplies office P.A. (Distribution, Sides, Script Revisions) film and TV versus commercials/videos/low budget P.A., resume preparation and more. Job referrals are included. Register is online.
CINEC - International Trade Fair for Cine Equipment and Technology (#cinec2016)
Saturday, September 17 - Monday, September 19
MOC Veranstaltungscenter, Hall 2 / 3
Lilienthalallee 40, 80939 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 27294820
The CINEC is a trade show that is held on an every other year basis. It is relevant to anyone engaged in the field of the moving image, displays, as well as new developments in camera technology, camera support and all other camera accessories and production-related services. The cineCongress program begins one day before the official opening of the show on September 17. Prof. Franz Kraus will open the program with a seminar. cineCongress then continues during the regular CINEC opening with “camera trends”, latest developments of LEDs, IP Infrastructures, and Virtual Reality. CINEC’s hands on activity and face-to-face access to program featured industry professionals create a path to network, discuss, and learn and provide unique insights in technical achievements, impacts of new market structures, new delivery systems, and new consumer expectations of modern audiences.
IFP Screen Forward Conference
Saturday, September 17 - Wednesday, September 21
GK Arts Center/Made in NY Media Center
29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Phone: 212-600-0047
The IFP conference daily program is broken down along the following topic areas: September 17, Media Trends; September 18, Creative Storytelling; September 19, New Narratives; September 20, Documenting Truth; September 21, Meet the Decision Makers. The conference will offer close-up encounters with film organizations such as Cinereach, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Fandor, Tribeca Film Institute, Sony Pictures Classics and Youtube, in the conference’s Meet the Decision Makers segment. The SAGIndie run New Voices! Screenplay Reading Series features screenplays participating in RBC’s Emerging Storytellers program at Independent Film Week performed live. The Independent Filmmaker Labs will offer a “Sneak Preview” Showcase, presented with Rooftop Films that gives audiences a first-look at exciting new films, before their festival premieres. IFP’s latest initiative, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Primetime Emmy Awards
Sunday, September 18, 20:00 (EST)
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 818-754-2800
The Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media and are administered by three sister organizations, which focuses on various sectors of television and broadband programming. The particular organizations are: Television Academy (primetime), National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary), International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international). There will be 143 nominations in 44 categories for the 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 20:00 (EST) on ABC Television Network.
Americana Music Festival and Conference (#americanamusic)
Tuesday, September 20 - Sunday, September 25
The Factory @ Franklin (various venues)
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-386-6936; Fax: 615-386-6937
The Festival opens with the Green Room Music Source East Nashville Party, that will feature performances by Kevin Gordon, Wild Ponies, Amy Speace, Ben de la Cour, Anne McCue, Michael Fracas, Tim Easton. Immediately following that is the Americanafest Kick-Off Bash. This year, scheduled into the segment of conference panels and workshops, there will be a performance and Q&A with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Another special presentation will be made by Del McCoury on the legendary Woody Guthrie. Other programming highlights include sessions from: Dwight Yoakam, T Bone Burnett and Jonathan Taplin, Margo Price and Friends, John Paul White, Lori McKenna, Wanda Jackson. Conference and Festival closes with the Sister City Jam at George Jones Museum.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, September 22, 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. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
36th Annual West Coast Songwriters Music Conference
Saturday, September 24 - Sunday, September 25
The General’s Residence
One Fort Mason, San Francisco, California 94109
Phone: 650-654-3966; 415-345-7500
Early in the conference program, You Ought to be in Pictures, surveys how music is used in a movie, and attendees are encouraged to bring a song that will be synched to a screening. A little later on that day, music producers, including Ken Caillat, Robert Berry, Scott Mathews, Howard Benson, Cookie Marenco. Moderator Kevin Casey, form a panel to take on the topic, The Producers. Along with more panels and talks, rounding out the first day will also be song screenings, one on ones, and performance showcases. On day two of WCS, more panels include The Big Picture - TV and Film Placement, with Monica Benson, Darian Cowgill, Jerome Rossen, and Marcus Barone as moderator. Later on, a keynote panel with Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Dan and Susan Hodges, Nancy Peacock, Mod by Antoinette Olesen, take part in, Nashville Now, how to survive in the Nashville scene. The remainder of the day is balanced off with Song Screenings, One on Ones, and performance showcases to close the event.
Emerging Cinematographer Awards LA
Sunday, September 25, 17:00-22:00
Directors Guild Theater
7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone 323-876-0160; Fax 323-878-1162
At this 20th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards, there will be a screening of 10 short films and awards will be presented to the Honorees for their Artistic Achievement In Cinematography. Following the program will be a cocktail reception. Nurturing talent and giving promising cinematographers the crucial exposure they need to succeed in the Motion Picture Industry lies at the heart of the International Cinematographers Guild's annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards. To submit a short film for consideration into the Emerging Cinematographer Awards, you must be a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, and not yet classified as Director of Photography. Local 600's negotiating committee - that represents members of the Guild - is comprised of camera operators, camera assistants, still photographers and cinematographers from all regions.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, September 28, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000
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 Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, September 29, 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.
AIMP Music Industry Toolbox
September 29, 15:00-20:00
AFM Local 47
817 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 818-771-7301
Music Industry Toolbox is presented by the AIMP and the California Copyright Conference (“CCC”) with participation from BMI. Admission is free to AIMP members and non-members and there will be complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and beverages. This is the fourth Music Industry Toolbox between AIMP and CCC. This event was started for Music Publishers, Record Companies, Production Music Libraries/ Producers, but should be of interest to all music industry professionals. PROs ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SOCAN, and a wide array of leading companies will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate their products and services in the areas of digital distribution, royalty accounting and collections, music rights administration and music search.
Durango Songwriter’s Expo
Thursday, September 29 - Saturday, October 1
The Omni Interlocken Resort
500 Interlocken Boulevard, Broomfield, Colorado 80021
Phone: 970-946-9521
The Durango Songwriter Expo is held twice yearly - once in Colorado and again in Santa Barbara, California wine country. The Expo gives artists and songwriters an unmatched opportunity to network with music supervisors, labels, publishers and fellow artists. Attendees may have music critiqued in listening sessions, sit in on industry panels & perform your music during the evening showcases. The Expo is (famously) limited to 200 attendees and with over 40 music industry professionals (including BMI’s Tracie Verlinde) present, it is a full networking and relationship building opportunity. Each attendee gets heard in three listening sessions and the opportunity to submit for live showcases and also open mics.


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