Guitar Center Announces Partnership with Winter Music Conference & Miami Music Week


Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 |

Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, announces its partnership with the 2020 Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week, as the official music instrument retailer of the world-renowned electronic music conference and event series.

The 35th Annual Winter Music Conference returns this March 16-19 to Miami’s Faena District Resort, and Guitar Center will be bringing its signature popup store to Miami, allowing guests to review, demo, and purchase the latest DJ equipment and products from brands such as Pioneer, Roland, KORG, Native Instruments, Denon, and several others.

Following product announcements at the NAMM industry conference this January 16-19 in Los Angeles, Winter Music Conference will be the first opportunity for fans to purchase the latest DJ and production equipment/software to hit the market. WMC badge-holders will be able to experience the popup store before anyone else, with an exclusive window prior to the store opening up to the public. Guitar Center will also present Winter Music Conference’s official opening party on Monday, March 16.

Faena Forum Guitar CenterGuitar Center will also partner with the 10th Annual Miami Music Week’s new Oasis at the Miami Generator just steps away from the main hub of WMC. The MMW Oasis is a 5-day industry retreat taking place from March 16-20, hosting exclusive pool parties, label showcases, an artist gifting and media lounge, workshops, yoga, daytime barbecues, and more. The MMW Oasis will be open to WMC badge holders and by invitation only.

Jeannine Davis D’Addario, Guitar Center’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, says, “We are excited to partner with both the Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week this year. As a resource for electronic music artists, we are thrilled to debut the industry’s top DJ music production equipment and software, all week at the leading conference in the electronic music industry in Miami, to producers, artists, and music fans.”

David Ireland, Executive Director for Winter Music Conference, says, “We are extremely excited to be working with Guitar Center for the 35th edition of the WMC and the 10th year of MMW. Our badge holders will be getting exclusive access to some of the best new DJ and production gear on the market along with cutting edge educational programming and events with some of today’s most exciting talent. This partnership will provide a one-of-a-kind experience for our attendees that perfectly reflects the new vision of the Winter Music Conference.”

In addition, for the first time ever, Guitar Center will provide a local DJ equipment and production rental service, allowing venues, promoters, and artists to rent gear from Guitar Center’s South Florida locations in Hallandale Beach and South Miami.

To manage event attendance and data retention, Guitar Center has partnered with leading global ticketing company See Tickets to power RSVP and ticketing for Guitar Center’s experiential activations and weeklong sponsored events and showcases.

Guitar Center’s overall program in Miami is developed by North American entertainment marketing & PR firm UG Strategies, and in addition to managing all experiential and sponsorship activations, UGS will lead artist relations, creative direction, and publicity for the brand.

Pick up your badges for another incredible Winter Music Conference here.


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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

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

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.”


Kaskade

DJ/Producer

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