Signed On The Spot


This year WMC has teamed up with Guitar Center and some of our favorite labels and gear companies to give new artists a chance to not only get heard but potentially signed to a label deal and win an incredible prize package to beef up your studio. 

WMC will be hosting four panels covering House, Techno, Bass, and Dance with top A&R executives that will listen to, critique, and potentially sign one or all of our three finalists.

Phase 1 – Open Submissions (1/24/20 – 2/20/20)

  • Submissions are now closed

Phase 2 – Finalist Notification (2/25)

  • Three finalists per genre will be notified via email that you have been selected for the final review process. All finalists will receive a pair of Access Badges to WMC so that they may attend the panel if you are able, your attendance is not required to win the final prize package or get signed. 

Phase 3 – Signed On The Spot Panel Critique (3/17 and 3/18)

  • Panelists will listen to all three tracks and offer a quick critique of each for our live audience. After all three tracks are played, our panel will cast a vote for their favorite and decide if they want to make offers to any of the finalists to be signed to their label. There will be one winner per genre chosen. 

Label Partners: Anjunadeep, Big Beat Records, Deadbeats, Dim Mak, Dirtybird, Erase Records, Sunclock Records, Nervous, Ovum, Revealed Recordings and more TBD

Prize PackageOne grand prize winner per genre will Receive

  • Guitar Center Gift Card
  • Pioneer DJ – TORAIZ AS-1 Synth
  • Novation – Launchpad Mini MK3
  • Scarlett Solo – Audio interface
  • iZotope – Ozone Standard
  • Arturia – KeyLab Essential 49 (White)

Submission Requirements:

  • All Signed On The Spot Entrants Must Be At Least 18 Years Old 
  • Entries submitted should be no longer than 4 minutes in length. Since most songs generally exceed this length, please either select the best 4 minutes or create an abbreviated edit for your submission.
  • Submitted Tracks Must Be Original, Unsigned, And Properly Credited
  • Submitted Tracks May Not Use Uncleared Samples Of Any Kind, No Bootlegs or Remixes Will Be Accepted
  • Tracks Must Fall Into One Of Our Four Genre Categories: House, Techno, Bass or Dance

Testimonials

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

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.


Jonas Tempel

Beatport, Co-Founder

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’m so glad to see WMC rebooted with such thoughtful content and first-class curation. It’s been a long time since the industry had a must-do American event and this is it. The reborn WMC!


Patrick Moxey

Ultra Music

Winter Music Conference was the cream of the crop of conferences. Every label owner, label A&R, DJ and artist knew they had to go network at the Fontainebleau where the conference was hosted. The conference was not only one of the most important time of the year as it relates to dance music but it was also a place where records were broken and became summer hits. Some of my best DJ memories are from the events I played during WMC in the last 20 years.


Erick Morillo

DJ / Producer / Label Boss - Subliminal Records