TENTATIVE WMC 2004 SCHEDULE   
Schedule listsings are tentative and subject to change. Please refer back regularly for updates.

Saturday, March 06, 2004
 
9:00AM - 7:00PM Registration Open
  Mediterranean East - Wyndham Resort
   
12:00PM Ultra Music Festival Opening Event
  Bayfront Park- Miami

The Winter Music Conference is pleased to announce its affiliation with the Ultra Music Festival 2004. It is the official opening event for the 19th Annual Winter Music Conference and WMC badge holders will receive complimentary admission. 1,000,000 watts of sound + 200 artists + 50,000 music fans + 11 stages + 14 hours of nonstop performances= the largest music festival of its kind in the United States.



   
Sunday, March 07, 2004
 
9:00AM-6:00PM Registration Open
  Mediterranean East - Wyndham Resort
   
111:45AM - 1:00PM New Directions in Electronic Music
  Mediterranean Center room
   
12:00PM-6:00PM WMC/ULTRA/WOMB Poolside DJ Broadcast
   
12:30PM-2:00PM Press Relations
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Making the media work for you. Join discussions that will help you put the promotional puzzle together. Topics: roles of print, video, TV; U.S./European/Asian/Latin market trends; agents, publicists, internet options, e-zines and best practices.

 
1:00PM-2:30 PM Breaking Artist into the Global Marketplace
 

Valencia Room- Wyndham Resort

What's in a name? International branding/name recognition tips and techniques, the benefits and costs associated with mass vs. specialty market appeal. Topics: agents, PR, press and media options, cyberspace, image, artist integrity, mass appeal and global distribution.

 

   
1:30PM-3:00PM Commercial Radio/ Mix Shows
  Mediterranean Center- Wyndham Resort

The politics of airwaves- get the inside story on how many licks it takes to make your way to airplay.

Confirmed panelists: Sky Walker-WKTU/NY, Bartel- KKDL/Dallas, Rob Tyler- WQSX/Boston, Phil Michaels- WPYM/Miami, Alex Santa Maria- KNRJ/Phoenix, Andre Ferro- WXXP/Nassau; Jon McDaniel-KNHC/Seattle, Geronimo- Sirius Satellite, Blake Lawrence- XM Satellite, Seth Neiman- Music Choice, Randy Schlager- DMX

   
2:30PM-4:00PM A & R Listening Workshops
  Vista Room- Wyndham Resort

DREAM OPPORTUNITY! Get your music heard by top industry A&R representatives and producers that will give you the direct and honest feedback you need in order to take your music to the next level. Due to the popularity of these workshops, a limited number of listening spots can be reserved in advance. Workshop delegates must check in 15 minutes prior to the panel (2:15pm) or risk forfeit. Walkups will be accepted as "fill-ins" or in the case of a "no-show".

   
2:30PM-4:00PM How to Get Signed
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Matchmaker, make me a match. The art of getting your music heard in all the right places. Topics: A&R reps, contracts, attorneys, agents, promotions and public relations.

   
3:00PM-4:30PM Independent Record Labels
  Valencia Room- Wyndham Resort

Indie Me Baby! Record label executives discuss the advantages and trends in the independent label market.

   
3:00PM-4:30PM Club Culture
  Regency Conference Room- Wyndham Resort

Traditions, trends and how to be forever hip in an ADD industry. Topics: challenges, nightlife trends, bringing in the big names, retail impact, fashion, technology, media, legislation, social perception vs. reality

   
3:00PM-5:00PM Alternative Marketing and Revenue Streams
Mediterranean Center- Wyndham Resort

Dare to create and think beyond! Increase music sales by exploring new markets. Topics: TV, film, games, video, ring tones and more.

   
Monday, March 08, 2004
 
10:00AM-6:00PM Registration
  Mediterranean East - Wyndham Resort
   
11:00AM-5:00PM Exhibit Hall Open
 
12:00PM-6:00PM WMC/ULTRA/WOMB Poolside DJ Broadcast
 
12:00PM-1:30PM Piracy, File Sharing
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Download discounts- discuss the current laws and issues regarding file sharing. Topics: copyright protection, fair compensation and fighting back

   
12:00PM Legal Advice for Free
  Regency Conference Room - Wyndham Resort
   
12:30PM-2:00PM D.I.Y. - Grassroots Promotions
  Mediterranean Center- Wyndham Resort

Come and get it! Promotion experts dish out D.I.Y. (do it yourself) promotion strategies.
Topics: Promotion strategies, college radio, internet avenues, agents and bookings.

   
1:00PM-2:30PM Managers and Agents
  Valencia Room- Wyndham Resort

What are the ideal roles and responsibilities of a manager and how do you find one that is a best fit for you?

   
1:30PM-3:00PM Songwriting/Publishing/Copyrighting Workshop
  Miramar North Room

The Real Deal- what artists need to know in order to take their tunes public.
Topics: the art of composition, contracts, legalities, industry challenges and the roles of the relationship- lyricst/writer/producer/remixer

   
2:00PM-3:30PM How to Get DJ Bookings
  Regency Conference Room- Wyndham Resort

Are you on The List? Industry experts advise how to increase your demand in the DJ marketplace.
Topics: International venues, the Internet, alternative marketing/distribution channels, sponsors, and the power of the right promotions.

   
2:30PM-4:00PM A & R Listening Workshops
  Vista Room- Wyndham Resort

DREAM OPPORTUNITY! Get your music heard by top industry A&R representatives and producers that will give you the direct and honest feedback you need in order to take your music to the next level. Due to the popularity of these workshops, a limited number of listening spots can be reserved in advance. Workshop delegates must check in 15 minutes prior to the panel (2:15pm) or risk forfeit. Walkups will be accepted as "fill-ins" or in the case of a "no-show".

   
2:30PM-4:00PM Breaking Dance Music in the USA
  Mediterranean Center- Wyndham Resort

How do they do it? Talk to experts who can color your music gold and platinum.
Topics: airplay- radio/satellite/internet, A&R agents, production managers, DJ's and how to cater to a global marketplace

   
3:00PM-4:30PM Dance Music Initiatives (Rave Act, etc.)
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Cover your what? This workshop will address current and proposed legislation and its impact on the dance music and club industry.

Topics: RAVE Act, ACLU Drug Litigation Project, Clean Up Act, Ecstasy Awareness Act

   
3:30PM-5:00PM African, Asian, and Middle Eastern Markets
  Valencia Room

New sounds, undiscovered demands and markets for the multi-cultured Topics: Marketing/distribution/ promotion challenges, geopolitical issues, artist/music development, native instrument infusion and travel considerations.

   
7:00PM Cocktails
   
8:00PM International Dance Music Awards
   
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
 
10:00AM-6:00PM Registration Open
  Mediterranean East - Wyndham Resort
   
11:00AM-5:00PM Exhibit Hall Open
   
12:00PM-6:00PM WMC/ULTRA/WOMB Poolside DJ Broadcast
 
12:00PM-1:30PM Global Licensing and Distribution
  Regency Conference Room- Wyndham Resort

The right place at the right time- challenges and trends in the rapidly changing world of music distribution.
Topics: internet, digital downloads, independent/retail distribution and sales tracking

   
12:30PM-2:00PM Mock Negotiations
  Valencia Room

On the dotted line- what role will you play in the art of the deal?
From courtship to signature, this is a "how to" session on making a deal in the record business.

   
1:00PM Remixing and Editing Workshop Introduction/101
  Starlight Ballroom

Moderator: Eric Kupper
Taking it to the next level! A must for the curious DJ or Studio Enthusiast. Don't miss this perfect chance to interact with top producers, programmers and remixers- doing what they do best. Two half-day sessions are being offered: "Level 1" for beginners and "Level 2" for the intermediate/advanced. Attend one or both. An additional fee is required and you must be a registered delegate to attend. Space is limited and these are guaranteed to sell out!

   
1:00PM-2:30PM European Market Trends
  Miramar North Room- Wyndham Resort

What's hot in the music scene from a European perspective. Topics: trends, radio play, retail initiatives, strategic marketing tips, and distribution channels.

   
1:30PM-3:00PM Independent Distribution in the United States
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Indie or Bust! From submitting new material to collecting royalties, learn how to leverage independent distribution channels. Topics: Marketing tactics, exclusive contacts, sales tracking, barcoding, online options, label and artist royalties.

   
2:00PM-4:00PM DJ Spin-Off
  Poolside

Ready, Steady, Spin! Top DJ's from around the world turnin' it out poolside.

 
2:00PM-3:30PM Digital Mixing
Mediterranean Center- Wyndham Resort

Is vinyl really headed for extinction? This workshop will address the pros and cons of mixing with digital equipment. Topics: latest mixing equipment, IPOD, Final Scratch, MP3, software such as Pro Audio, Pro Tools and concerns such as sound quality and performance trends.

 
2:30PM-4:00PM A & R Listening Workshops
  Vista Room- Wyndham Resort

DREAM OPPORTUNITY! Get your music heard by top industry A&R representatives and producers that will give you the direct and honest feedback you need in order to take your music to the next level. Due to the popularity of these workshops, a limited number of listening spots can be reserved in advance. Workshop delegates must check in 15 minutes prior to the panel (2:15pm) or risk forfeit. Walkups will be accepted as "fill-ins" or in the case of a "no-show".

   
2:30PM-4:00PM Event Promotion
  Valencia Room- Wyndham Resort

To Fire Code Capacity- creative promotional strategies that will assist in bringing the crowds to your venue. Topics: contracts, liabilities, sponsors, alternative revenue options and best bang for your buck promotion techniques

   
2:30PM-4pm Digital Copyrights
  Regency Conference Room- Wyndham Resort

Join the discussion son how to copyright in the digital age.
Topics: traditional vs. digital, licensing preferences, watermarks
   
3:00PM-4:30PM Internet Radio/Web Transmissions
  Miramar North Room- Wyndham Resor

Dialed in and Tuned Up- a world of sounds and wonder at your fingertips- trends in airplay in the age of the Internet.

   
3:30PM-5:00PM Remixing and Editing Workshops Intermediate / Advanced
  Starlight Ballroom

Taking it to the next level! A must for the curious DJ or Studio Enthusiast. Don't miss this perfect chance to interact with top producers, programmers and remixers- doing what they do best. Two half-day sessions are being offered: "Level 1" for beginners and "Level 2" for the intermediate/advanced. Attend one or both. An additional fee is required and you must be a registered delegate to attend. Space is limited and these are guaranteed to sell out!


   
3:30PM Production Wizards Tell All
   
4:30PM-6:00PM Independent Retailers
  Regency Conference Room

Keeping it Real- indie retailers gather to share ideas about staying alive in the age of the internet and large-scale retail. A must attend event for all associated with independent retailing.

   
4:30PM-6:00PM Satellite Radio
  Valencia Room- Wyndham Resort

No Bounds- can the true impact of satellite radio be measured?
Topics: Multicultural impact, channel options, airplay tracking, and projected future trends

   
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
 
11:00AM-5:00PM Registration
  Mediterranean East - Wyndham Resort
 
12:00PM-6:00PM WMC/ULTRA/WOMB Poolside DJ Broadcast
 
12:00PM-1:30PM Record Pools
  Miramar North- Wyndham Resort

Join discussions on the future of record pools in the age of turnkey technology. Topics: trends, membership, record labels, promos, mp3s and the internet.

   
12:00PM-1:30PM Evolving Business Models in the Digital Age
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Discuss best business practices with tenured and successful industry experts. A strategic session not to missed!

 
12:30PM-2:30PM Music for the Masses/Emerging Trends
  Valencia Room- Wyndham Resort

Emerging musical trends in mainstream media and how it will impact the different cultural markets.

   
12:45PM-2:15PM New Frontiers in Online Retailing
  Regency Conference Room- Wyndham Resort

Point and Click- discover the latest trends in retail as shopping ever evolves into cyberspace. Topics: product placement, alternative marketing trends, distribution options and revenue tracking.

   
1:00PM New Directions in Electronic Music
   
1:30PM-3:00PM New Production Technology
  Miramar North Room- Wyndham Resort

What are the leading edge developments in music production? Topics: hardware/outboard gear, software, sampling rates, digital production and home studios.


   
2:00PM-3:00PM Artist Development
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Beyond the cherry. So, you've broken into the industry, here is where you will discover how to stay and evolve. Topics: press/media outlets, agents, internet, sponsorships, and alternative distribution channels.

   
3:00PM-4:30PM Legends
  Mediterranean Center Room- Wyndham Resort

They ventured into unchartered waters, made music history, and are still spinning strong. Don't miss this extremely unique opportunity to share ideas with music pioneers. Topics: inspiration, innovation, conception, mixing techniques and secrets to success

   
4:00PM-5:30PM Retail Initiatives
  Mediterranean West Room- Wyndham Resort

Big Boys Rule! Music distribution trends and challenges from the large-scale retailer point-of-view
Topics: pricing, distribution, technology, co-promotion marketing, sales tracking and what to expect in the future