SDMT is back for its 6th year, and my, my, my, has this thing grown. If you're a band, you have no excuse not to attend. If you're a fan, you're going to want to be a part of all of the great showcases all over the area. I'll be around all weekend and I've posted all the schedules separately so you can quickly pull them up on your mobile devices. Here's the official press release about the conference.
San Diego Music Thing music and media conference
September 13-14 2013
Keynote speakers Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Mike Herrera (MxPx)
Top industry professionals in panel and mentoring sessions by day
Critically acclaimed band showcases by night including Ra Ra Riot, Titus Andronics and more
Beautiful San Diego, California once again plays host to the San Diego Music Thing, a music and media conference now in its sixth year. This year’s SDMT is scheduled for September 13 and 14 and features numerous top industry professionals and critically lauded musicians.
The keynote speakers are Mike Herrera (MxPx) and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) who will also showcase her new project Body/Head. The conference has a new home this year for the daytime panels at the Sheraton Mission Valley located at 1433 Camino Del Rio South in San Diego. Daytime activities include an Instrument Petting Zoo where attendees can sample various manufacturers’ gear as well as artist sessions with Lol Tolhurst (The Cure), Scott Page (Pink Floyd) and Brett Anderson (The Donnas).
Also new this year is a partnership between Noise Pop and SDMT with daytime poolside showcases at the Sheraton on September 13 and 14 featuring music from Alpha/Beta, Mike Herrera, Tropical Popsicle, Hindu Pirates, and The Soft White Sixties. Vinyl Junkies will be getting in the mix with a pop up record store on site for conference attendees.
Industry experts will share on a variety of panels with such topics as radio promotion, music supervision, finding affordable health care as an indie artist, tour marketing, songwriting, music distribution and much more. Musicians will learn how to pitch their band to media, be more creative in their social media approaches and network. Speakers this year include Ben Westhoff, music editor of the L.A. Weekly, Michael Schneider from BandPage, manager Pat Magnarella (Green Day), Rebecca Haithcoat from newly revamped My Space, Benji Rogers from Pledge Music and many others. Panel and mentoring schedules can be viewed here.
Radio station 91X will co-host The Local Break Stage on Saturday the 14th from 5 to 9PM featuring The Silent Comedy. The street stage will be located in North Park’s University District on University and Ohio Streets Tickets and tickets for that event only cost $12.
Evening showcases will take place throughout North Park and featured performers include media acclaimed acts such as Ra Ra Riot, Caveman, Pictureplane, Wild Nothing, Titus Andronicus and many others. The full list of musical acts can be viewed here.
The San Diego Music Thing hosts its annual Kick Off Party on Thursday, September 12 with New Politics appearing at The Casbah. Tickets for the party will be $13.91.
Information on purchasing badges, wristbands, media credentialing and more can be found here.
**The annual event is presented by the San Diego Music Foundation, (www.sandiegomusicfoundation.org) a non-profit organization that provides experiential music programs to San Diego County schools via its Guitars for Schools Program, organizes the San Diego Music Awards show and provides professional development opportunities to the community’s musicians. Proceeds from both the San Diego Music Thing and the San Diego Music Awards benefit the Guitars for Schools Program.