Winter Music Conference (WMC) 2020 Announces First Round of Programming, Partners, Curated Events and More


Thursday, December 12th, 2019 |

Celebrating 35 Years, WMC returns with Cutting-Edge programming featuring speakers from Avant Gardner, Beatport, Beatsource, C3 Management, Complex Magazine, Disco Donnie Presents, IO Music Academy, Little Empire Management, Mercy Agency, Nervous Records, Next Music, Pandora, Paradigm, Paxahau, Rakastella, Revealed Recordings, SAE, SBE, Scratch DJ Academy, SoStereo, SoundCloud, Ultra Music, University of Miami Frost School of Music, UTA, Versa, Viberate, YouTube and more TBA.

WMC will also feature artists including Barbara Tucker, Carl Craig, Josh Wink, Roger Sanchez, Tommie Sunshine, Sydney Blu and more TBA.

Key Speakers include YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen, Ultra Music Founder Patrick Moxey, GRAMMY-nominated duo Sofi Tukker, Rakastella Founder Becks Lange, Paradigm’s Emma Hoser, Little Empire’s Stephanie LaFera and more TBA.

Winter Music Conference today announced its first round of dynamic programming, global media partners, local hotel partners, premier event partners and more for our 2020 event, which returns to The Faena Forum in Miami Beach on March 16-19. Celebrating 35 years in 2020, WMC is today recognized as the longest-running conference of its kind. For more than three decades, WMC has evolved with the ever-changing music landscape, continuously advancing the dialogue across Music, Technology, Education and Culture. Get your 2020 badge here.

“Winter Music Conference’s quintessential existence is based upon one principle: the future. The 35th anniversary in 2020 is not only a celebration of history, but also the ushering in of a new generation,” says Bill Kelly, WMC Co-Founder.

This announcement will provide a lot of information that will make you need to get your badge today!

Taking a progressive approach to curating the most important conversations in electronic music, WMC’s 2020 keynote speakers will include influential tastemakers such as YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen, Ultra Music Founder Patrick Moxey, GRAMMY-nominated duo Sofi Tukker and many more to come.

Next year’s panel topics will cover everything from emerging social media platforms, building brand longevity, and the rising festival markets in the U.S. So make sure to be here in Miami to gain valuable career insights. Below is a quick run down of some of the main features you will be a part of at WMC 2020.

MMW Oasis 

Central to Miami Music Week (MMW), the Oasis will serve as the new social hub hosted at the Generator Miami, just one block south of WMC HQ. MMW Oasis will host five days of private poolside parties, cocktail hours, yoga sessions, workshops, and industry networking events. Programming will be announced in early 2020.

Mentor Sessions

As part of WMC’s ongoing commitment to providing a bridge to the industry for college graduates, new artists and newcomers, the all-new WMC mentor sessions will invite the industry’s brightest minds and forward-thinking creators to gather for networking and thought-provoking discussions hosted by artists like Josh Wink and Sydney Blu, professionals like Pandora’s Andrew Marcogliese, Beatport’s Jonas Tempel, Little Empire’s Stephanie LaFera, SBE’s Kozmoe Alonzo, Falcon PR’s Alexandra Greenberg and more.

“The Winter Music Conference represents a chance for Beatport to connect directly with our customer community. Having a strong conference means we have a platform to embrace the entire spectrum of electronic music culture. We are proud to support the resurgence of this great event,” says Jonas Tempel, Beatport Co-Founder.

Education Programming

WMC’s educational sessions will include a variety of content for both DJs and producers of all levels including one day of immersive classroom sessions hosted by our educational and gear brand partners (Tuesday, 3/17), new product demos, hands-on training, and focused tutorial sessions on WMC’s new Exhibition Hall stage. 

There is a lot more as we detail the first round of Winter Music Conference programming.

WMC 2020 First Round of Programming (more TBA)

Keynote – The Art of Youtube: How Ultra Music Built A Monster Chanel

  • Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music
  • Patrick Moxey, President and Founder of Ultra Records, Ultra Music and Ultra International Music Publishing
  • Sofi Tukker, GRAMMY-nominated dance music duo

Mainstage, Fireside Chat, and Industry Panels:

21 Years of Defected Records: How to Build a Brand That Lasts

Talent First: Navigating the Talent Buying Field 

Rise of the Underground: How Detroit Shaped the Global Techno Market

Beyond Instagram: TikTok, Triller, Lasso and the future of music social media

Up All Night: The Future of Nightlife Marketing 

How America’s Secondary Markets Are Creating World-Class Festivals

Global Dancefloor: How Dance Music Is Crossing Borders and Genres

Music Modernization Act of 2018: What You Need to Know to Get Paid Under the New Law

How to Build Multiple Revenue Streams as an Artist

SoStereo Presents: Brands, Music, and the Content Explosion

WMC 2020 Media Partners (more TBA)

Beatport, Data Transmission, Decoded Magazine, DJ Mag & DJ Mag North America, DJ Mag Asia, DJ Mag Brasil, DJ Mag France, DJ Mag Latinoamérica, DJ Mag México, DJ Times, Earmilk, EDM.com, Fusicology, Ibiza Sonica, Magnetic Magazine and more TBA.

WMC 2020 Educational Partners (more TBA)

IO Music Academy, School of Audio Engineering (SAE), The DJ Coach, Scratch DJ Academy, University of Miami Frost School of Music, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business (Entrepreneurship Program).

WMC 2020 Sanctioned Events Partners (more TBA)

WMC will offer Plus and Pro-level badge holders access to some of the best MMW parties on the beach, downtown and Wynwood. WMC will once again work with some of the top promoters in Miami, including Epic Pool Parties, 747 Presents, Denial Events and Seven Lines.

WMC 2020 Brand & Label Partners (more TBA)

Awesome Soundwave, Beatport, Beatsource, Defected Records, Discogs, Nervous Records, Next Music, Revealed Recordings, Traxsource, Ultra Music.

WMC 2020 Hotel Partners (more TBA)

Badge holders will be eligible to receive room discounts at the following hotels: The Royal Palm South Beach, Mondrian South Beach, Croydon Hotel, and more TBA. 

Get your badges in either Access, Plus or Pro tiers on the WMC website.

“Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community – many delegates had recognized me for being a consistent DJ annually at WMC. This conference enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof.”
– Danny Tenaglia, DJ/Producer


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Testimonials

Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC


Danny Tenaglia

DJ, Producer

Miami has always been a place I’ve considered home and WMC was essential for me and the label in many ways. From showcasing our new music to keeping up with all the new artists and releases. It was the official kickoff of the year and I’m happy to see it thriving again.


Louie Vega

DJ/Vega Records

If you want to know about our industry from the people that make it happen then go to WMC. It’s an accelerated masterclass in all things dance music.


Carl Cox

DJ/Intec Records

I feel fortunate to have been part of the first-ever WMC. Over the 35 years, it has grown to give us an international forum where we exchange music and ideas. As an attendee and host of many of the award shows, I am proud each time I see new young talent emerge and then become world-renowned. We all have so many Winter Music Conference moments of hearing a seminal breakthrough record for the first time as well as a new DJ with star quality. Magical moments in my career.


Daniel Glass

Glassnote Records

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