Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, August 2, 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.
 
Lollapalooza 2018  (#Lolla)
Thursday, August 2 - Sunday, August 5
Grant Park Hutchinson Field
Michigan & Congress, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: 888-512-7469
There will be new perks and amenities added to Lollapalooza in 2018. Visitors can upgrade to GA+ which includes shaded seating, air-conditioned restrooms, discounted beer, wine, and cocktails, complimentary water, and soft drinks and more. There is a new ping pong area near the Perry’s stage. Play friends for prizes and/or witness scheduled ping pong exhibition matches from scheduled tournament pros. “Jane Sez” will be an interactive experience where anyone can win prizes at the video tower. This year the Lolla Mobile App carries a Virtual Schedule feature that displays information about who is currently playing, who will be on next and more when pointed at a particular stage. Best of all, there will be more beer as the festival is offering special savings on four Packs of Bud Light at the carrier cooler available at the four new Beer Bars plus the Bud Light Dive Bar. Responsible for introducing and popularizing some of the big musical names, this year's lineup will include: Dua Lipa, Freya Ridings, Lil Uzi Vert, Jesse Baez, Zedd, Valentino Khan, Jack White, The Regrettes, Post Malone, Petit Biscuit, Portugal The Man, Grace Weber, The Weeknd, Alina Baraz, Lil Uzi Vert, The Wombats, Chvrches, Bruno Mars, and so many others. 
 
Friday Night Social
Friday, August 3, 18:30-21:30
The District By Hannah An
8722 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048
Phone: 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. Pay for your own food, cocktails and parking. 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, a volunteer-driven organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals. Scriptwriters bring in entertainment professionals to speak and teach on the art, craft and business of scriptwriting for TV, features and new media.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, August 4, 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, August 6, 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.
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, August 7, 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 (holdover from last month), Oh Maddie, Alessandro Ciminata, James Billet. 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
 
Indie Entertainment Summit 2018 (#IES)
Friday, August 10 - Sunday, August 12
Los Angeles Songwriting School (and other venues)
4001 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, California 91505
Phone: 818-505-9537; 818-848-7664
Indie Entertainment Summit, happening in the NoHo Arts District surveys a wide swath of the world of entertainment and media. Content, production, distribution, marketing, social media, press coverage, film-TV-game-commercial placements, touring, international business, investors/endorsements/sponsors and much more are covered in-depth to expand, grow and optimize a career. Starting independent (DIY) productions has been been easier to launch than at this time because of the low cost of digital production tools and the power of mobile and internet technologies to project and reach audiences. The Summit’s Deal Link feature connects IES attendees with industry decision makers for 1-on-1 meetings. Attendees get a couple of minutes to present themselves, break down selling points and create an impression on an attending industry pro. Show them why they should check out your music, video, or project, and retain their interest for future communication, follow up meetings and potential business ventures with you.  The conference portion of the summit offers attendees an opportunity to learn and grow with over 40 seminars and workshops where industry leaders share their secrets for success in the business in vital areas of the industry.
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, August 11 - Wednesday, August 15
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 and Ohio Craft Brewers Association Bring Nashville Songwriters Tour to Ohio Breweries
Saturday, August 11 - Wednesday, August 22
Riverton Brewing Company
6550 Hamilton Lebanon Rd, Middletown, Ohio 45044
Phone: 513-360-7839; 615-401-2000
BMI is partnering with the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) to conduct a tour of free concerts in Ohio. BMI’s Nashville Songwriters Tour will crisscross the state, spanning cities from Avon to Dayton and more, while showcasing some of BMI’s top Nashville songwriters. Each night will feature performances from two of the six BMI songwriters on tour, which includes Aaron Barker, Will Bowen, Earl Bud Lee, Hugh Mitchell, Even Stevens and Jason White. Four out of the six songwriters are Ohio natives and collectively have written for country heavyweights such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and rising star, Devin Dawson, among others. Performances typically begin at either 18:00 or 19:00. All events are free admission. Must be 21+ to enter.
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, August 16, 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.
 
Art Is Alive Film Festival
Thursday, August 16 - Sunday, August 19
Cha Cha's of Little Italy
113 Mulberry Street, New York, New York 10013
Phone: 414-865-9116
A bi-coastal festival now entering its third year,  Art Is Alive Film Festival accepts  films of various genres that do not exceed 90 minutes, as well as TV pilots and music video content. Criteria and operation are likely to evolve over time. The festival opens with "The Seven Abdulkarims" - Director Elham Rokni, based on a folktale by the same name, that was originally heard by the artist, Elham Rokni, and published in her recent book, The Sultan, the Girl, the Iblis and the Lion’s Tail. Three industry panels will be conducted during the course of the festival –  How to Gain Revenue From Reliable Distribution, Cutting Edge Camera Technology in Film, Casting Agents Advice on Retaining Acting Roles. Panels can be accessed separately from the festival screenings. The festival honors the presence and participation of its entrants by putting out the Art is Alive - The Magic of Indie Movies Catalog. The catalog is a combination of film reviews for the finalists and winners of the Art is Alive Film Festival, cast pictures, and contact information for the film crews. All reviews were written by the Founder of the Art is Alive Film Festival. There will be an evening session dedicated to paying tribute to the actor, author, musician and movie maker Frank Vincent and his contributions to the industry. A counterpart Los Angeles festival is also expected to be held sometime in 2018. Check the website or further details.
 
MEMEFEST 2018 (#meme2018)
Thursday, August 16 - Sunday, August 19
Old Market Square (other venues)
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1G6 Canada
Phone: +1 204-942-6716; +1 204-942-8650; +1 204-957-7777 
MEMETIC is made up of a collective of members with backgrounds in electronic music production, audio experimentation, video projection performances, multi-media installations, event organization, artist management, graphic design, photography, special event marketing, web development and record label management. MEMETIC has a specific focus on Manitoban musicians and artists and also distributes links to international networks promoting electronic music artists of Manitoba and throughout the globe. MEME workshops presented in partnership with Manitoba Music will survey all aspects of electronic music production through presentations, industry panels and hands-on demonstrations from producers who will be performing at the Festival. MEMETIC’s workshops and clinics intend to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. There are also free educational workshops through community outreach and providing special guest presenters during the annual MEME festival. MEMETIC works year-round producing smaller events ranging in size from 150 – 500 people. All events feature a combination of local musicians and digital artists with occasional international talent. The shows throughout the year help provide regular venues to showcase cutting-edge performances and to help build a regular scene that is highlighted by the annual MEME festival at Old Market Square. 
 
 
 
2018 MTV Video Music Awards
Monday, August 20, 20:00 EDT
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Avenue, New York, New York 10020
Phone: 212-247-4777; 212-846-6000
The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are to be held on August 20, 2018, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The 35th annual award show will air live from the venue for the 12th time, the most of any previous venue in its history. Nominees were announced on July 16, 2018 via an IGTV video. Hip Hop performer Cardi B leads the list of nominations with ten mentions. Categories that awards will be presented for include: Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Collaboration, Push Artist of the Year, Best Pop, Best Hip Hop, Best Latin, Best Dance, Best Rock, Video with a Message, Best Art Direction, Best Choreography, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects. The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award will be awarded to Jennifer Lopez. 
Email; n/a
 
BMI’s Rooftop on the Row
Tuesday, August 21, 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 Mitchell Tenpenny and Lindsay Ell. The series runs through September 2018, and is presented collaboratively by George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, NASH FM 103.3 and 95.5 NASH ICON.
 
Network at the Hollywood Chamber Business After Hours Mixer
Wednesday, August 22, 17:30 - 19:30
Yamashiro Hollywood
1999 N Sycamore Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90068
Phone: 323-469-8311
Yamashiro Hollywood's provides an ambiance of Japanese-inspired tranquility with featured views high above Los Angeles to offer to its guests. Meet other Chamber members and promote your business. Party favors include a 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 guests from each company are allowed. A 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.
 
Edinburgh International Television Festival
Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24
The Exchange,
150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK EH3 8EE
Phone: 0207 278 9515
Edinburgh TV Festival draws thousands of delegates from the major networks and production companies across the globe. The MacTaggart Lecture has formed the centerpiece of the Festival since 1976. It is formulated as an authoritative platform to help shape the debate in the global television industry. In 2018, award-winning actress, screenwriter, singer, songwriter, poet, and playwright, Michaela Coel delivers the 43rd MacTaggart Lecture. Beyond MacTaggart, there are over 60 sessions including keynotes, masterclasses, and workshops. Other esteemed professionals that are slated to make presentations or serve on panels include, Samantha McMillon, ITVS UK Drama; Brandon Riegg, Unscripted Originals and Acquisitions at Netflix; Dotty (A.Dot), BBC Radio 1XTRA; Joanna Lumley, actress; Zillah Watson, Virtual Reality at BBC; Kevin Lygo, ITV; Tim Leberecht, The Business Romantic Society; Luke Hyams, YouTube EMEA; Stephen Frears, A Very English Scandal;  and others. New for 2018, Edinburgh International Television Festival introduces the new Connect With zone. with features and filmed interviews with the international panelists and speakers previously mentioned as well as global producers, distributors, and commissioners, producer, distributor, talent manager or specialist who are ready to share business opportunities and insight into their markets. From the website, interested parties can click the “Connect With” link to narrow down to a country/regional choice of their choosing. 
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – Canadian Cinema Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, August 25, 10:30-23:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
The evening will feature stories from Developing Nations and a selection of works by emerging local and US filmmakers, in partnership with the film commissioners’ association Film Liaisons In California Statewide (FLICS). Opening screenings depict stories set in or about communities from developing nations, reflecting themes that span the collision of worlds and cultures, the evolution of family dynamics, and the powerful bond between humans and the natural world. The programs next segment titled ‘Lonely Hearts Club,’ is the feature directorial debut of award-winning director and NFMLA alumni Jason O. Silva revealing love and loss between three lives during a long flight layover in Los Angeles, starring Camille Guaty (Daytime Divas, Scorpion, Las Vegas). The evening ’s final program segment is film shorts offering a selection of surreal and comedic films that bring their own takes to topics including heartbreak, xenophobia, and superstition. 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.
 
Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, August 25 - Sunday, August 26
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, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
 
Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Stripping Down Demos and Getting Them Cut
Tuesday, August 28, 13:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
This session will focus on what songwriters should do to streamline the demo process, keep budgets in check and maximize the return on investment. The workshop also provides examples of stripped-down demos that have gone on to become major label cuts. Topic areas that will be reviewed include: Pre-production, studio/engineer selection, hiring/working with producers, session musicians and vocalists, explanation of the guitar/piano and vocal recording, before/after demo examples, tips for song pitching and/or submission. Visit the online registration page to secure a place at this link (https://goo.gl/k5JMpU). 45 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis until all 45 seats are filled. As an educator, Cliff Goldmacher teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Standard Jazz Workshop, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and the Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Admission is free.
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, August 30, 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.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, August 30, 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.
 
IFA/IFA+ Summit Berlin (#ifaplussummit)
Friday, August 31 - Wednesday, September 5
Messegelände Berlin ExpoCenter City
Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin Germany
Phone: +49 30 526852155
Annual IFA in Berlin presents products and innovations through a convergence of startups, research laboratories, universities, and established companies introducing tomorrow’s ideas, products, and solutions in the field of consumer electronics. IFA+ Summit in Berlin does a deep dive of the future digital landscape and the impact it will have on society and resulting media culture. The convention and conference showcases disruptive ideas, visions and forward thinking on the future of new, high-tech forms of connectivity and innovative business models. The event is divided into four thematic clusters focused on the challenges of future communication technology: Intelligence 2024, Society 2024, Interaction 2024 and Experience 2024. Leading figures of the digital age provide impulses, in-depth workshops, and space for discussions with guests, pragmatically creating optimized opportunities for participants to expand their worldwide network. An exclusive networking theme at this year’s IFA Summit show is titled “All You Can Meet,” where visitors come together to exchange ideas over drinks and dinner at a September 3 engagement. 
 
 

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