Ethan Baer

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Ethan Baer

Ethan Baer is the founder and CEO of, a partner at Electric Family, and the Executive Director at Indie Music Group / Indie Music Publishing, a record label, and publishing company with a catalog of over 3500 songs spanning all genres of electronic music. A graduate of Colorado College with degrees in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, Ethan began his career in the music industry with the creation of music media platform Dubstep.NET, which led to the launch of House.NET, TrapMusic.NET, and several other music and media publications. Ethan previously served as the CEO of Artist Intelligence Agency (formerly The EDM Network), a record label and music promotion company that generated over 80MM monthly streams for emerging musical talent from all around the world. Ethan has also been a panelist at conferences such as EDMBiz and WMC, and was a guest speaker on Renman Music & Business, an educational music industry web series run by former Incubus manager and SVP/GM of Epic Records, Steve Rennie

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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

Director, North America - YM&U Music

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

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 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