Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, November 1, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
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 Wednesday night.
Friday Night Social
Friday, November 3, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711; 800-472-8556
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.” Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Free to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails, and parking. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, November 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, November 6, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. 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 Ellee Duke and Braelyn. Admission is free.
BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, November 6, 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: TBA. 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. Free and open to the public.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, November 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: Kanvus, a new London-based synth-pop band; a new London-based Swedish synth-pop act with a fresh take on classic Scandinavian pop; Laura Oakes, a Liverpudlian in with the UK country scene who also has a following in Nashville, USA; special guests set for the opening act, TBA. 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. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
Email:; @FRUKT
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Ethan Persoff - Comics with Problems, The Realist Cartoons, and John Wilcock, New York Years (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, November 7, 19:00-21:00
The Bark Room at Parsons, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Two West 13 Street, Room M101, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
In his discussion Ethan Persoff will describe how three online comics projects he started – “Comics with Problems”, a comics archive of “political ephemera, sex items, and drug hysteria;” The Realist Archive Project, an authorized online archive of the entire run of Paul Krassner’s 1960s counterculture magazine; a comic biography project with Scott Marshall on John Wilcock, a writer who had contributed to The Realist, as well as co-founded the Village Voice – grew from one another, and will show other comics on the site that viral dynamic of posting content on the Internet to have it become part of the larger global conversation. Simple topics like digital preservation and scanning will mix with scavenging for undiscovered items, or general finding methods, as well as humorous examples from both Comics with Problems and The Realist. Finally, the role of biography will be discussed, with sample pages from “John Wilcock” demonstrating how a page grows from interview text, secondary research, script, breakdown and the final comic page. This is a free weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work. The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of publishing and advertising. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)
Digital Marketing World Forum Conference & Expo NYC (#DMWF)
Tuesday, November 7 - Wednesday, November 8
Javits Center, New York
655 West 34 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: +44 (0) 117 973 2353
The planned New York City event will be largely conducted from two conference streams – Social, Influencer and Advertising; Content, Data and Disruption –  and 40 plus exhibitors. Expect to see exhibitors set up with booths that will include: Showbox, Shutterstock Custom, Instabot, ContentWriters, tidal labs, Sideways, Sketchfab, Find A Way Media, ONE Event Network, and many others not mentioned here. Session topics include understanding how VR and 360 are transforming the marketing and communication industries. Exploring how Virtual Reality can enhance video campaigns, how will Augmented Reality impact consumer purchasing behaviors, making marketing activities more efficient from the rise of artificial intelligence. Presented in a series of keynotes, panel discussions, and some informal chats, delivered by practicing disruptive thought-leaders, #DMWF includes sessions covering; digital strategy, brand recognition, ecommerce, influencer marketing, content marketing, data, analytics, personalization, automation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and mobile marketing across conference tracks. 
Email:;; @digimarketingWF
AFRICACOM – TV Connect Africa (#AfricaCom)
Tuesday, November 7 - Thursday, November 9
Cape Town International Convention Center
Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7017 7169; +27 21 410 5000
Toby Shapshak, Editor-in-Chief of  Stuff Magazine and co-host of TechBusters on CNBC Africa, Stuff Magazine, delivers the opening Keynote, “Visions for Africa,” November 7, opening the three-day convention. Here are sections of the AfricaCom conference as it will be presented: Visions for Africa Keynotes - Accelerating Africa’s digital revolution: the path towards industry 4.0, AHUB - Unleashing the power of Africa’s tech start-up ecosystem, IoT Africa - Unlocking the power of real IoT in Africa, Mobile Finance & Commerce Africa - Building a digital society, TV Connect Africa, Connecting Africa, LTE Africa, AfricaCom 20/20 - Digital Transformation, IoT, AI, Connectivity Stage, Leaders In Africa Summit (invitation only) - Intelligent conversation and productive debate with those in the driving seat of Africa’s digital transformation, Digital Health Clinic (Innovation Stage) - Innovating healthcare delivery in Sub Saharan Africa, SDN & NFV PoC Zone,. There will be a concluding segment, “Technology Arena Launch Party (at AfricaCom 20/20)” that will close the conference.
Network at the Hollywood Chamber Business After Hours Mixer
Thursday, November 9, 17:30-19:30
LONO Hollywood
6611 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90048
Phone: 323-469-8311; 323-848-4475
The Hollywood Chamber November Business After Hours mixer will be hosted by LONO Hollywood. Additionally, there will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Meet other Chamber members and promote a business Party favors include first drink on the house and hors-d'oeuvres served throughout the mixer. Explore four floors of exhibits following the mixer. LONO Hollywood, a recently opened Tropical + Oceania themed concept lounge reminiscent of Old Hollywood and the original Polynesian drinking palaces that once lined Hollywood Boulevard, offers craft tiki cocktails, full bar, as well as a food menu with plenty of Hawaiian fried chicken.  The event is open to Hollywood Chamber members only. Non-members can email for an invitation. Must reserve online at as registration will be closed once capacity is reached. 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.
Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition
Thursday, November 9 - Saturday, November 11
Blackheath Halls
23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ, , London, UK
Phone: +44(0)29 7632 3960
The festival program consists of exhibitions, music recitals, and the biennial music competition. Planned exhibits will showcase instrument makers, music shops, publishers, recording companies, societies and forums displaying recorders, flutes, crumhorns, shawms, lutes, viols, fiddles, baroque violins, rebecs, harps, hurdy-gurdies, drums, tabors, harpsichords, spinets, organs and clavichords. There will be performance highlights to take note of. On November 9, Trinity Laban Historically Informed Performance Competition Winners Concert can be attended, with free admission. On the same day, 21st Century Baroque performs “Exquisite Baroque Music with a modern twist.” On November 10, baroque ensemble Passacaglia explores Vivaldi’s music as it masquerades in various manifestations in a program titled, “Vivaldi Undercover.” The Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition is organized by The Early Music Shop, The Early Music Shop in London and Saltaire-West Yorkshire, is an early music instrument specialist. 



Creating Reality Hackathon
Friday, November 10 - Monday, November 13
Microsoft Playa Vista LA
13031 West Jefferson Boulevard, #200, Los Angeles, California 90094
Phone: 213-806-7300; 310-369-2940
The Creating Reality Hackathon, hosted by the Fox Innovation Lab (Twentieth Century Fox's research and development center), will promote innovations in new entertainment categories as well as other categories defined by the AR/VR community and sponsors. The competition hopes to nudge the boundaries of the technological advancements over the last year and inspire the creation of original and novel apps by forming competing groups. The Hackathon will cover four days of workshops, developing projects, and a day-long conference presenting the future of AR/VR. Workshops will be held on day one, but before the Hackathon starts, to bring participants up to speed with development platforms, specifics about headset platforms, software tools, and design. This will help designers and developers learn what they need to contribute to their teams' development project. An immediate goal of the Hackathon is to expose people to new ideas, allow them to meet and work with new people, and engage in new design activity within AR, VR and MR environments. Preliminary categories that are open to fill submissions are: news content, innovative entertainment, AI and Machine Learning, live sports, content production, and AR/VR for good.
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, November 14, 12:30-16:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
Following the lecture portion, Blume will critique a song from each attendee. Those who wish to have a song critiqued should bring a recording and a lyric sheet or be prepared to perform the song live. Registration is free and is conducted online. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email 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. This month’s topic is Secrets to Great Demos (and Song Critiques). The workshop is free but registration is conducted online at 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
ALT 97.5 and BMI Present “Eastside Sounds”
Wednesday, November 15, 17:30
The Basement East
917 Woodland Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37206
Phone: 615-645-9174; 866-468-7630; 615-737-9107
BMI & ALT 983 Present “East Side Sounds” presented by AT&T GigaPower. Performances on this date and time will be given by Dan Luke and The Raid, and Maddie Medley. ALT 97.5 (formerly 98.3) broadcasts Alternative music, including songs from artists like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, U2 and others. The station will also feature legendary local Alternative Rock on-air personalities Wells Adams, Gabby Sanderson and Battle. Admission is free.
18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards
Thursday, November 16, 17:00-20:00
MGM Grand Garden Arena
3799 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 702-692-6700; 702-891-1111; 305-576-0036
The 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards will take place in Las Vegas. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Univision Network at 20:00-23:00 (ET/PT). Leading the nominees list this year are Residente with nine nominations, Maluma with seven, Shakira with six, and Kevin Jiménez ADG, Juanes, and Mon Laferte with five each. The  Record Of The Year list is composed of a diverse group of artists, genres and interesting collaborations, such as "Amárrame," "Despacito," "Chantaje," "El Ratico," "El Surco," "Felices Los 4," "La Flor De La Canela," "Guerra," "Quiero Que Vuelvas," and "Vente Pa' Ca." The Latin Recording Academy®  has announced that Chilean painter and sculptor Ignacio Gana will be the official artist of the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®. Gana’s work is found on posters, program books, tickets, and other media before and during the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization composed of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, November 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: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Hollywood Economic Development Committee
Tuesday, November 21, 08:00-09:30
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
Committee meets every third Tuesday and coordinates efforts to retain and attract businesses to Hollywood. Comprised of volunteer members, the committee works closely with new developers and financial investors to ensure that community support is mobilized to gain approval for projects important to Hollywood’s revitalization. Sponsors periodic briefings for brokers on economic development projects in greater Hollywood, and coordinates annual Economic Summit. 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.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, November 29, 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.
INNOVATE – High-Tech in Entertainment Variety Summit
Wednesday, November 29, 08:00 - 17:30
Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 319-612-7370; 310-860-7800
Entertainment professionals will gather to explore how AI, advancing analytics and VR/AR/360 technology are advancing marketing, storytelling creation, content curation, audience engagement/measurement and other areas. The main agenda program presentations will be as follows: The State of the Immersive Entertainment Experience, ABC/Disney and the TV Genome Project, Analytics – Power Player in the OTT Experience, They Blinded Me with Science! Next Gen Storytellers, In the Lab: AI and Machine Learning for Media Industry, What the Hack!?! Securing Content in the Digital Age, Branded Entertainment Data Presentation, VR/AR/360 and the Brand Engagement Opportunity, Trendsetters in Multiplatform Marketing, Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman, CBS Corporation, will deliver the primary keynote address of the summit. In a partial speakers list, expect to hear from, Kelly Uphoff, Netflix; Dantley Davis, Facebook; Josh Feldman, NBCUniversal; Karen Dufilho, Google; Julie DeTraglia, Hulu and others.
BMI Maui Songwriters Festival (#MauiSongwritersFestival)
Wednesday, November 29 - Saturday, December 2
Maui Arts and Cultural Center (other venues)
One Cameron Way, Kahului, Hawaii 96732
Phone: 808-242-7469
Maui Songwriters Festival opens with a preliminary get together on November 29, and there will be performances by Bob Dipiero and Luke Dick. Thereafter, subsequent scheduled festival days carry a particular daily theme. The Official Kick-Off and Artist Reception Is November 30 and features performances by Maren Morris, Randy Houser, Ed Roland, Bob Dipiero, Lily Meola, and Casey Beathard. December 1 is Nashville’s “How I Wrote That Song,” hosted by Storme Warren, with performances by Jon Pardi, Wendell Mobley, Lee Thomas Miller, Heather Morgan, Ashley McBryde and Luke Dick. December 2 is “Eric Church and Friends” also hosted  by Storme Warren, featuring performances by Eric Church, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Ed Roland and Lily Meola.
Monetising Digital Content: Growth, Trust and Regulation
Thursday, November 30
Sixty One Whitehall
61 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2ET
Phone: +44 (0)1344 864796; 020 7747 2600
The seminar assesses the future for monetising digital content across sectors including music, screen, publishing and radio. Delegates will discuss the next steps for developing digital platforms and growing digital revenues, including how industry can utilise new technologies and personal data to target audiences and develop new content in line with forthcoming EU GDPR. The sessions examine latest thinking on protecting the value of content, looking at issues of copyright and piracy, fake news, advertising strategies and data use, and the implications of Brexit on regulation and international trade. Keynote speakers will be Chris Heaton, Senior Policy Advisor, DCMS; Douglas McCabe, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Publishing & Tech, Enders Analysis; Trevor Kaufman, Chief Executive Officer, Piano Media.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, November 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.
State of the Entertainment Industry Conference 2017 (#HollywoodChamberConference)
Thursday, November 30, 08:30-13:30
Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311
During this year’s 2017 State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, committee co-chairs Susanne Ault of Variety and Kristin Cavanaugh of Sony Pictures take a major role in organizing. This year’s conference includes a Spotlight Conversation focused on the music industry. Def Jam Recordings Co-founder and hip-hop icon Russell Simmons leads a discussion informing on current projects such as the return of Def Comedy Jam to HBO, and how the change in industry trends have made an impact on projects. The event will also include the presentation of the Commitment to California Award, which will go to an entertainment executive who has made a tremendous impact on the state of California. Past honorees have included Ted Sarandos, Roy Price, Vin Di Bona, Michael Chiklis, Shawn Ryan, and Anthony E. Zuiker. The half-day conference will start with networking at 08:30 followed by a program through 13:30. Sponsors of the conference include Variety as Presenting Sponsor and Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building as Platinum Sponsor. Breakfast Level sponsors includes FilmL.A., Inc., Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Vin Di Bona Productions / FishBowl Worldwide Media, among others. 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.


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