Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI's “8 off 8th” Showcase
Monday, April 2, 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. Performing artists will be announced. Free and open to the public.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, April 2, 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 Carmel Helene, and October’s Child. Admission is free.
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Keren Katz on The Academic Hour (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, April 3, 19:00-21:00
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 West Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
Keren Katz, a Tel Aviv based illustrator, comics artist and the non fictitious half of The Katz Sisters Duo, will talk about the process of using dance, performance, props and costumes to generate events. The talk will be based on her graphic novel, “The Academic Hour, charting the romance between Pothel, a disgraced architecture professor, and his student, Liana. The novel was published in 2017 by Secret Acres. She will demonstrate the techniques and references used to compose the pages and will also display a collection of contemporary Israeli Graphic Novels for viewing. Additionally, the author has contributed stories to anthologies published by Retrofit/Big Planet Comics, Locust Moon Comics, Smoke Signal, The Brooklyn Rail, Ink Brick Rough House Comics and more, as well as self publishing mini-comics. She practices performative, interactive and collaborative storytelling marathons in odd locations, and is part of The Humdrum Comics Collective and Pathos Mathos Company. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, April 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: Nia Wyn, The Nickajack Men, Emma Beatson, Ellie Occleston, Moncrieff. 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:; @FRUKT
Spring Into Film – Youth Moviemaking
Tuesday, April 3 - Friday, April 6
Asheville School of Film
45 South French Broad Ave, Suite 120 Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Phone: 1-844-285-3456
Youth filmmakers will complete the making of a short film from concept to completion in just four days.  Students will direct, shoot, and edit a short 3-5 minute script of the group’s choosing. They will gain valuable experience in the various areas of filmmaking with professional guidance using high quality equipment. This is ideal for teenagers 13-19 years old, students will gain experience in filmmaking and become exposed to the various career opportunities available in the film industry. The Asheville School of Film is focused on providing affordable, short term classes in various filmmaking subjects. Their goal is to provide quality, concise information and experience for those with a general interest in filmmaking at all skill levels.  
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival (#tinpansouth)
Tuesday, April 3 - Saturday, April 7
The Bluebird Cafe
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37215
Phone: 800-321-6008; 615-383-1461
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) consists of all genres of music, professional and amateur, who are committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting and to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter. The Kick Off Party is April 2 in Regions Bank-Roundabout Plaza Lobby starting at 18:00. For five days, 10 venues host two shows a night, bringing together over 250 songwriters. Performers you can expect to see on the stage include, Phillip White, Mickey Guyton, Anna Mae Hoffbeck, Austin Jenckes, Davis Naish, Jontavious Willis, Marc Beeson, Sara Haze, Carolina Story, Levi Lowrey, Meghan Kabir, Wil Nance, Cassidy Lynn, Jamie Moore . Aside from live performances, the Tin Pan Songwriting Seminar will happen starting one day, before the official festival opening date, on April 2 through April 3. Previously known as NSAI Spring Training, Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar is an event for songwriters of any genre and any skill level to further develop their songwriting skills. Participants (advanced registration required) will have the opportunity to submit a song for consideration to play Tin Pan South. Questions directly related to the Songwriting Seminar can be directed to
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, April 4, 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.
Hollywood Chamber's TEAM HOLLYWOOD Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 5, 12:00-14:00
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, Hollywood, California 90068
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber invites members (and anyone interested in membership) to attend of its Entertainment, Arts and Media Committee — TEAM HOLLYWOOD. TEAM HOLLYWOOD promotes the Hollywood brand with the intention of preserving Hollywood’s homegrown entertainment industries, particularly film, broadcasting, commercials, television and performing. Susan Cabral-Ebert of IATSE Local 706 and Larry Laboe of NewFilmmakers LA, are 2017 Volunteer Co-chairs. Furthermore, the Hollywood Chamber Committee strives to embrace new and emerging media with an eye to uphold Hollywood’s status as the entertainment capital of the world. 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. Lunch will be served with sponsorship by Ford Theatres. Must RSVP at to attend. Non-members can join at this link:
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, April 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.
Musikmesse Music Market and Convention (#musikmesse2018)
Wednesday, April 11 - Saturday, April 14
Postfach 15 02 10, 60062 Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49 69 7575 - 50 00
Somewhat similar to the annual NAMM event in Anaheim, Musikmesse in Frankfurt is Europe`s biggest trade fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing. On display is a range of products with everything required for making music, innumerable workshops, concerts, product demonstrations and discussion events. Musikmesse brings together companies with retailers, professionals from the musical-instrument sector and musicians from all over the world. Musikmesse is structured along themes and events: Business DJ and Recording, Drums, Education, Guitars, Piano and Keys; Wood 'n' Brass, Acoustic Stage, Festival Arena, Musikmesse Festival, Awards and Specials, MerchDays, Street Food Session, Social Media, Special Interest. More than 1.000 events at the fairground and throughout Frankfurt help to make Musikmesse the musical event that it is. Musikmesse runs concurrently with Prolight + Sound ( (April 11-13), the international trade fair of technologies and services for entertainment, integrated systems and creative output. The Prolight conference will feature free  lectures and presentations, e.g., with speakers from the media-technology field, system integration or security. Tickets for either one will be honored at the other so anyone can visit both fairs. There will be a special Musikmesse Festival ticket giving reduced price or even free admission to the events. Musikmesse visitors can obtain one free of charge ticket at the entrance gate to the fair.
Digital Games Conference Dubai (#DGCGAMESDUBAI)
Thursday, April 12 - Friday, April 13
ub Zero & Fountain Area
City Walk 2, Dubai, UAE
Phone: +971 50 8717752; +961 76 704 978
Attendees include games developers and publishers, experts from the games industry and Virtual reality and augmented reality, technology solutions providers, telecom companies, stores, in addition to advertising agencies, media agencies, social media agencies and influencers, payments providers, external development providers, localizations experts and more. This conference/convention will pave the way for industry influencers, gamers and e-sports teams to discover and play exhibiting publishers and developers games, participating to e-sport competitions as well as experiencing the latest innovations, in VR, AR, Motion Capture and more. Speakers that are lined up to make presentations come from some of the top achievers in the gaming ecosystem, including, Amazon, Google Play, Gaming Youtuber, VR/AR Association & Archiact, Gamesbeat, Ubisoft Emirates FZ LLC, Ubisoft, Hologate, IGN, and others. Exhibition and showcasing opportunities will be set up in such a way to allow the pursuit of opportunities to distinctive groups with differing intentions. Exhibition stands in the B2B section will be reserved for exhibitors that are looking to meet other participants from the conference and B2B/matchmaking.
Coachella Music Festival 2018 (#coachella)
Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 22
Empire Polo CLUB
81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, California 92201
Phone: 818-882-3816
Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, Yuma Stage and the Sahara Tent. The event has several stages/tents set-up throughout the (camping) grounds, each playing live music continuously. The festival also features installation art and sculptures. Many of the art pieces are interactive, and are stimulative to interact with for attendees walking throughout the Polo grounds. . On-site camping is a staple of the Coachella experience. Camping themes include Car Camping, Tent Camping, Lake Eldorado, Safari Tents and ADA, and there are campground amenities. A very partial listing of some of the expected performers will include: Hayley Kiyoko, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kamasi Washington, Lion Babe, Los Angeles Azules, Migos, Otoboke Beaver, Peggy Gou, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cardi B, Sacha Robotti, SUPERDUPERKYLE, The Neighbourhood,  X Japan, Alina Baraz, Japanese Breakfast, The Weekend. A full listing of artists can be found at this webpage:. Though musical headliners may be the big story at Coachella, the Festival commissions a number of original, large-scale, site-specific art installations – which include established and up-and-coming artists – to be displayed throughout the festival and campgrounds. 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, April 14 - Wednesday, April 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 emphasizes 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.
53rd Academy of Country Music Awards
Sunday, April 15, 20:00 ET/delayed PT
MGM Grand Garden Arena
3799 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 818-788-8000; 702-891-1111
The 53rd ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the chosen names and emerging talent in country music will broadcast love from Las Vegas at 20:00 ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  ACM Award nominees Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young are slated to give performances. Bebe Rexha will make her debut appearance at the ACM Awards, performing the breakout hit collaboration “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line. Hollywood notables, David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley, Sam Elliot, Ashton Kutcher, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Kiefer Sutherland and Max Thieriot will join musicians Cam, Eve and Dustin Lynch, as well as professional athletes, Drew Brees and Lindsey Vonn, to present some of the night's awards.  Reba McEntire returns in 2018 to host the awards.
Hollywood Economic Development Committee
Tuesday, April 17, 08:00-09:30
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 150, 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. Marty Shelton and Tim Grubbs are 2018 Volunteer Co-chairs. 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 Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, April 17, 12:00-16:30
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 The Business of Songwriting (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.
Tribeca Film Festival (#Tribeca2018)
Wednesday, April 18 - Sunday, April 29
Cinepolis Chelsea (other venues)
260 West 23 Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-941-4000/2400; 212-691-5519
Among the program sections to this year’s festival, there is Tribeca N.O.W. Showcase, the Gala, Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, Tribeca Immersive, Spotlight Documentary, Tribeca TV, Tribeca Games, Spotlight Narrative, Cinema360, Tribeca/ESPN, Tribeca Festival Hub, and more activity areas that can be discovered via the website. Tribeca Film Festival’s opening night Gala screening, ‘Love, Gilda,’ a feature documentary with director Lisa D’Apolito using rare personal recordings and journal entries from the comedian, actress, and writer, known for the comedic characters she created and played on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, to tell Gilda Radner’s story in her own words, opens the festival on April 18. TFF’s Rush tickets functions as a standby line that will form at the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin roughly 10 minutes prior to program start time. Beyond the Festival, Tribeca Film Institute prepares fledgling media makers through hands-on training, exposure, funding and resources to undertake socially relevant films.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, April 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: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, April 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
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.
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival (#HotDocs25)
Thursday, April 26 - Sunday, May 6
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (other venues)
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6G 1K6, Canada
Phone: +1 416-203-2155; +1-416-637-3123
Hot Docs will\ offer an assemblage of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the popular Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. Hot Docs opening night film, ‘The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution,’ examines how women are taking command of the world’s top restaurant kitchens, revolutionizing food service, and challenging its longstanding culture of harassment. Hot Docs Opening Night Party follows the opening night screening and happens in the Royal Ontario Museum. Jesse Wente, an Ojibwe (Serpent River First Nation) writer, broadcaster, producer and speaker, will deliver a keynote address on the importance of advancing Indigenous narrative sovereignty. Hot Docs hosts many different types of sessions that present ideal learning and mentoring opportunities. Conference sessions will present industry visionaries discussing the evolving art and business of the documentary. There are also pitch idea and networking sessions. Distribution Rendezvous will offer pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with various distributors for filmmakers with finished and/or rough-cut films. Each year Hot Docs hosts a number of official delegations from around the world. At the 2018 Festival, Hot Docs will host 12 official delegations from various countries. Delegates take part in in the professional development sessions, market events and services Hot Docs provides.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, April 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.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – Celebrating Britweek with a selection of UK and local films (#NFMLA)
Saturday, April 28, 10:30-23:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
The night begins with UK feature film ‘Let Me Go by Polly Steele,’ an intergenerational story about the unraveling of a family secret and its emotional impact on three mothers and three daughters. The next screening segment is InFocus: Britweek, a collection of short films from by UK filmmakers that include stories of love, family strife, foreboding and the search for human connection. The night concludes with a narrative shorts program highlighting local Los Angeles talent and prominently features themes of finding, losing and letting go. 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 ( 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.

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