Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, July 3, 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, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Rinngs, Lejon, Omahrose, Alessandro Ciminata. DJ Deja Bruh fills 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
 
Beijing Music and Life Show and National Music Education Conference
Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8
China International Exhibition Center
Six East Beisanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Phone:  86-21-62951237; 86-21-62951403
Beijing Music and Life Show and National Music Education Conference will exhibit musical instruments, string musical instruments, wind musical instruments, percussion instruments, music software and accessories for digital and analogue music production, musical instruments accessories, A significant program portion of this year’s event, the National Music Education Conference, is hosted by the National Music Education Service Alliance (NMESA), with international partners including the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Confederation of European Music Industries (CAFIM). The conference wants to be a facilitator between professional academic and commercial music education. It is goal driven by way of emphasizing enhanced quality of life in a vibrant China, to stimulate robust participation in music education throughout China, and to ensure well qualified musical achievements in its programs. Through panel sessions, hands-on educative workshops and themed concert performances, the conference strives to bring in a comprehensive learning and development communication platform for music education professionals. Aside from the conference, several musical and cultural interactive sessions are planned, some geared particularly to younger people. 
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, July 7, 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.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, July 9, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
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 Dylan Dunlap (iamdylandunlap.com),Elisia Savoca (elisiasavoca.com), Jay Ulloa, Sami Sanchez. Admission is free.
 
BMI's “8 off 8th” Showcase
Monday, July 9, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) 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: The Roosevelts, Maddie Medley, Chandler, AV, Daisha McBride, Justin Lloyd Smith, Kat Saul, That2. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. Performing artists will be announced. Free and open to the public.
 
 
Radio Asia 2018 with Co-Partner Media 2020
Tuesday, July 10 - Wednesday, July 12
Hilton Garden Inn Astana
15, Kabanbay Batyr Avenue, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan
Phone: +7-7172- 756 756
This year’s Radio Asia 2018 conference addresses the key issues of Radio – Unity and Diversity from a number of perspectives to engage everyone involved in radio production and dissemination. Beginning with Pre-Conference Workshops, topic areas will include, Building your station from the Ground Up, Making Great Radio for Children and Young People, Multi-Platform Storytelling: Telling your Stories On Air, On-line and with Social Media, As the main conference sessions begin on July 11, programming will address topics such as, Knowing our audiences, Making programs for everyone, 50 things to do that will make your station better tomorrow, Focus on Central Asia, Factual vs Fake – how can real news compete? Beyond the Horizon - Blue Sky Thinking. These are only a small selection of topics that will be interspersed within the overall program. In addition to Radio Asia 2018 presentations, the Kazmedia Center in Astana will also host the fourth edition of the Media2020 series of Asia-Europe dialogues. Co-partnered by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and Radio Romania,  Media2020 aims to prepare broadcasters from Europe and the Asia-Pacific, across all platforms, for the challenges that will be upon them by year 2020 and beyond.
 
DISCOP Zanzibar
Wednesday, July 11 - Friday, July 13
Hotel Verde Zanzibar, Stone Town
Malawi Road, Mtoni, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Phone: +255 777 890 089; +1-323-782-1300; +255 774 486 214
DISCOP markets bring together buyers, sellers and independent producers of film, television, digital and video gaming content in an initiative to accelerate the development of a sustainable production and distribution ecosystem across Africa and the Middle East. DISCOP IS held in strategic regional industry hubs several times a year (Zanzibar - July 11-13, 2018, Johannesburg - November 14-16, 2018, Sharm El Sheik - February 26-28, 2019, Abidjan, tba), to better engage an environment and a particular market preference for homegrown stories and show concepts. DISCOP markets deliver meetings between content buyers, sellers and producers seeking to acquire, license and fund (1) finished content; (2) adaptation rights; (3) works in progress; and (4) projects in development. They also combine flexible online technology with special attention to make the market experience comprehensive and fulfilling.
 
Special Script Writing Workshop for Teens
Saturday, July 14, 13:30
Hemet Public Library
300 East Latham Avenue, Hemet, California 92543
Phone: 951-765-3852
Hosted by Scriptwriters Network, the workshop is to engage youth in literary and creative education through the art and craft of script writing. It is meant to expose teens who might be interested in pursuing a career in television and feature film writing. This class, which is for teens ages 12–17, will review the basics of learning how to write a script and then what to do with it once it’s written. The workshop will place particular emphasis on story, character, first ten pages, dialogue, visualization. 
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 18
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.
 
BMI’s Rooftop on the Row
Tuesday, July 17, 18:00
BMI’s Nashville Office Rooftop Lounge
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
BMI’s Rooftop on the Row series pairs up-and-coming Country and Americana singer-songwriters with veteran performers, enabling industry influencers and fans alike to enjoy the casual vibe on the BMI Nashville office’s rooftop while listening to some of the genres’ new and established acts. Performing tonight are Morgan Wallen and Kalie Shore. The series runs through September 2018, and is presented collaboratively by George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, NASH FM 103.3 and 95.5 NASH ICON.
 
San Diego Comic-Con International (#SDCC)
Wednesday, July 18 - Sunday, July 22
San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101
Phone: +603 2282 3592; 619-525-5000
The best known comic convention in the USA, Comic-Con International show opens in San Diego, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and pop culture arts convention. July 18 is planned as the preview night for the five-day event. Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational (umbrella) organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In spite of its sprawling program format, these are the feature categories to consider along which San Diego Comic-Con 2018 will be broken down: Special Guests, Anime, Art Show, Autographs, Children’s Film Festival, Films, Games, Masquerade, Portfolio Review, Artists’ Alley, Fan Tables, overall Exhibit Hall. In an exclusive event set in 2018, Comic-Con has partnered with Mondo for a 2018 Souvenir Book cover, which features the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, illustrated by artist Matt Taylor. Mondo is an enterprise with an affinity for film, art, music and pop culture, and that works toward creating limited-edition posters, vinyl soundtracks, premium collectibles and games. 
 
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, July 19, 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.
 
Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival
Saturday, July 21, 18:00
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90027
Phone: 323-644-6295
The Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival features short films with original scores performed live-to-picture. The 2018 festival is presented by Helix Collective in collaboration with the Academy of Scoring Arts. Films for the 2018 festival are curated by the faculty at the New York Film Academy – Los Angeles, the L.A. Film School and Columbia College, Hollywood. Selected film composers are paired with a winning filmmaker to create an original score for the festival. The film is screened with the score performed live by the renowned performance and recording ensemble, Helix Collective. The screening includes an interview with the filmmakers and composers with host Brian Ralston, co-host of the SCOREcast podcast. Awards for Best Picture and Best Musical Score are presented at the close of the festival. Now in its fifth season, LALSFF’s goal is to highlight the role of collaboration between composers and filmmakers. Acting like a talent agent, the festival brings experts in the two disciplines together. At the screenings, filmmakers and composers hear and see the work of new colleagues, meet new collaborators, and establish working relationships with each other.
 
Overcoming Writing Blocks and Procrastination
Saturday, July 21, 12:30
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 1-888-796-9673
This presentation will address several common problems writers experience with trying to maintain a regular writing practice. Topics will include time management, procrastination, writing blocks, anxiety, self-esteem, dealing with criticism and rejection, and finding useful support. There will be a discussion of how to identify and shift habits that do not serve one’s writing. Participants are encouraged to bring pen and paper or a laptop to do a couple of short exercises during the talk. Workshop instructor David Rasch is a psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with writers who struggle with blocks, procrastination, and related problems. He has worked as a therapist, workshop leader, writing consultant, Director at Stanford University’s Faculty Staff Counseling Center.
Hosted by Scriptwriters Network
 
VR/360 Night at NY Film Loft and VR Video
Wednesday, July 25, 18:00-21:00
Littlstar
584 Broadway #603, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 347-827-0617; 929-274-3834
This is to be an evening of VR/AR/MR/360 presentations, demos, networking, and pizza/beer. The informal program consists of industry discussions plus samplings of content experiences provided by some of NYC's leading developers and producers. Featured presenters include, Michaela A.Holland, independent storyteller and producer whose previous employment with the Walt Disney Company sparked her interests in building worlds, and her central vision is to find the perfect marriage between the integrity of the narrative and a guest’s interaction with emerging technology.  Her current project titled FACE TO FACE is a three-act installation that allows the audience an intimate look at gun injury and human resilience. Tom Westerlin, a Creative Director with an emphasis on emerging tech and a drive to connect brands and users through authentic experiences. He started in gaming where he brought characters to life for hit titles including The Godfather and The Sims. He then headed the production studio at Mekanism creating content for BP and Charles Schwab, while leading a number of interactive projects and one of the first Augmented Reality experiences for Doritos. 
 
Network at the Hollywood Chamber Business After Hours Mixer
Wednesday, July 25, 17:30 - 19:30
Ohm Nightclub
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, #433, fourth Level of Hollywood and Highland, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; 323-848-4475
Ohm Nightclub features special effects and lighting on moving trusses as well as 150,000 watts of sound and world class video mapping capability. Ohm Lab, a chill-out lounge off the main club room, has a hip industrial decor, intimate seating, and a separate DJ. Meet other Chamber members and promote your business. Party favors include first drink on the house and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the mixer. Members must RSVP online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/event as reservation will be closed once max capacity is reached. Only two guest from each company are allowed. Non-member who wish to attend, please contact info@hollywoodchamber.net for information. 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.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, July 26, 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.
Email: contact form
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, July 26, 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. 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.
 
L.A.’s Largest Mixer Business Networking Event
Thursday, July 26, 16:00-20:00
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101
Phone: 310-862-2878
Annually this LA Mixer attracts more than 150 exhibitors and 2000 attendees for an evening of making new business connections, generating leads, and renewing existing business relationships. Over 20 area chambers of commerce and professional business organizations will be in attendance to inform on how to use their organizations to grow a company no matter the size. Meet super networkers in the TEAM Referral Lounge and take part in a speed networking session that has proven over multiple Mixers to stimulate new business relationships. To keep up your energy sample food from local restaurants and enjoy a cocktail or soft drink from one of the cash bars. Over 125 local businesses will be showcasing what they have to offer, 2000+ attendees, 20+ chambers of commerce and professional business organizations, plus local restaurant's sampling their signature dishes. Mix and mingle with like-minded business professionals in the Team Referral Village and the NextLA Networking Lounge. Expect a cash bar. The Largest Mixer is an organizer for some of the largest and longest running B2B networking and marketing events in Southern California and Las Vegas. There are four annual mixers: Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Inland Empire. Organized in conjunction with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – Canadian Cinema Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, July 28, 10:30-23:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
An evening co-hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles and Telefilm Canada begins with a mix of existentialism and comedy, with stories that explore the self and our connection with others (or lack thereof). The next program depicts family relationships and looks into a world through new eyes, either through those of a child or through those of someone whose life has been indelibly changed. The final program of the night gets our adrenaline up, with action, laughter and music, while also challenging us to tackle difficult issues. In total, the films represent a mix of drama, comedy, thriller, horror, new media and documentary, and include alumni from TIFF 2017, award winners from top-tier festivals, and first time filmmakers alike. NewFilmmakers LA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals. Filmmaker submissions are accepted by online submission form (https://goo.gl/M1ZPg9). Screenings average between 12 and 15 minutes long. There will be pre-screening receptions before each program where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers will follow each program. An After Party concludes the evening.
 
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume (New revised format)
Tuesday, July 31, 11:45-16:45
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
This date introduces a revised workshop – “New & Improved.” Jason Blume will teach a particular melody or lyric tool and participants will have a chance to begin a song that incorporates this tool during an exercise. Then, following the seminar portion, he will critique a song of each attendee. Attendees should bring a lyric sheet that he can  write notes on. Songs Jason Blume feels impressed with will be forwarded to publishers. These publishers are only considering fresh song concepts that their own staff writers have not approached. You do not need to be a BMI member to attend or have your song(s) considered. Registration is free and is conducted online. Only 35 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 35 seats are filled. Please email NashvilleWorkshops@bmi.com with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants must check in from 12:00-12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. 35 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 35 seats are filled. There is a $40 registration fee.
 
 

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