Industry vs. Access: The Programming Fundamentals at WMC 2019

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 |

Winter Music Conference has long been a fundamental hub for the dance music industry, while providing access and networking opportunities for aspiring professionals looking to learn about the business and participate in the conversation.

New in 2019, WMC will offer two distinct programming segments targeted at industry professionals as well as music consumers. Under the banners “Industry” and “Access,” each curated portion of the conference will provide insightful dialog driven by refreshed perspectives that explore key topics in music, technology and the surrounding culture.

Join in the conversation; registration is now open. Act now and take advantage of our early bird pricing options while they are still available. “Access” badges start at $150 and “Industry” badges start at $250.

WMC // Industry

WMC understands the need to reinvent what a conference should be and we intend to do just that. Designed to provide you with more and disrupt the status quo, “Industry” is dedicated to working professionals and is by invitation only. “Industry” badge holders will be able to enjoy one amazing location for meetings, networking, showcases, press, down time and all the business at hand. Badges will also be honored at all “Access” functions.

  • Keynotes and Panels: Whether it’s content marketing or social media innovation, enterprise technology or blockchain technology, our keynotes and panels will leave you inspired and excited about business again.
  • Health & Wellness: It’s not all about money; we believe that some of the best relationships are formed by incredible experiences. Miami is the perfect place to unwind and get to know your colleagues on a more personal level. This year WMC will offer morning programing to refresh your body and mind with yoga, meditation, beach runs and other aquatic activities.
  • Networking, Media Lounge and Evening Mixers: We will have several spaces dedicated for meetings and conducting interviews and a gifting suite featuring top lifestyle brands. To wind things down every evening there will be a cocktail mixer at various locations from 5-8 pm.

WMC // Access

If you’re a consumer or prosumer with an interest in music production, DJing and the industry side of dance music, “Access” is the badge to hold if you want to turn your passion into a career. This portion of the conference offers a discounted pass to those looking to take the next step or merely a deeper dive into the culture they love. Badge holders will have access to a showcase of some of the top companies in the business.

  • Keynotes, Panels & FireSide Chats: Whether you are a super fan, career curious, or looking to become the next electronic music sensation, our curated programming will be sure to excite. Expect some of today’s most exciting artists and industry professionals discussing a range of topics. Stay tuned for more info.
  • Educational & Mentoring Sessions: Some of the top music educators and gear companies in today’s market will offer small class sessions in production, DJing, photography and videography.
  • Exhibitor Hall: From product demos to the world of festival camping, WMC’s 2019 exhibitor hall will feature a wide variety of top brand and innovative products to connect and engage with. Gear demos will also be available for those looking to up their gear game and learn more.

The future of electronic music is being written in real time, WMC is here to help you make sense of it all. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Miami Music Week
Absolute Elyx
Virgin Voyages
Denon DJ
Native Instruments
IK Multimedia
Pioneer DJ
Amped Studio
Russell Athletic
Beat Fever
Symphonic Distribution
Topo Design
Crook & Marker
The Nations
Flow Water
University of Miami
SAE Instiitue
Point Blank London
Scratch DJ Academy
IO Music Academy


Before there was Ultra Music Festival, there was The Winter Music Conference, the annual coming together of the dance music tribes. Miami in March is a fundamental place to be from a business perspective, and has always given me endless opportunities for discovering new partnerships and talent. WMC brings together the dance music industry and surrounding culture like no other event in America. I’ve been attending WMC for nearly 20 years, and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing its evolution in 2019.

Matt Colon

Partner/founder, Deckstar Artist Management

WMC is and has always been the lifeblood of the dance music scene. Never missed a year since ’96, I can’t imagine Amsterdam Dance Event or Ibiza Music Summit existing without the blueprint that WMC originated. Seeing this revived is absolutely essential to reunifying the North American scene surrounding electronic music and its fringes.

Tommie Sunshine

Producer/DJ/Activist/Netflix Host

I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.

Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records

“Winter Music Conference is my ground zero. It has always provided the perfect storm of opportunity and excitement for up and coming artists, including myself back in 2003, where I first caught a glimpse of how it felt to have an audience respond to my work. Over the years, I’ve always made it a point to have WMC in my calendar because that’s the spot where everyone congregates and you can feel it in the air. Creativity, brother and sisterhood, FUN and most of all the chance to come together as a community and celebrate the reason we are all here—the music.”



WMC // Access

The ultimate electronic music culture experience

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WMC // Industry

A central location for industry professionals

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WMC // Access

Featuring panels with industry experts, education sessions, industry mentorship programs, the latest DJ/production gear, photography exhibition, festival camping and outdoor gear, pop-up record store and more. Ideal for those looking to start their career in the music industry or just take a deeper dive into Miami Music Week.


WMC // Industry

The ultimate business hub for the music, education, tech, and lifestyle industries. This specialized segment provides working professionals the ultimate environment to get work done, forge new relationships, streamline meetings, learn from industry experts and relax with colleagues. WMC is bringing business back to Miami Music Week like never before.