MIA Music Summit 2014 takes places in Miami on March 24th. It's a new conference from the MIA Collective with primary funding from the Knight Foundation. The Summit is part of an effort to make Miami a true hub for global music. Hypebot readers will recognize many of those involved and you can check the end of this post for a special discount code.
Though music is a strong part of Miami's brand, Miami is rarely thought of as a center for tech startups and is not always recognized as a force in the music industry. Event organizers MIA Collective are working with primary funders the Knight Foundation to change that perception and to help make Miami a key player in global music and technology.
I've been speaking with conference organizer Demian Bellumio (@bellumio) about the event in part because I'm going to be moderating at least one panel at the Summit. Bellumio is a founder of MIA Collective, COO of music data company Senzari and a serious entrepreneur and investor.
MIA Music Summit Speakers and Sponsors
The speakers and panels for MIA Music Summit 2014 are still coming together but most of the pieces seem to be in place including such speakers as:
Ime Archibong: Manager - Strategic Partnership, Facebook (Keynote Speaker)
Benji Rogers: CEO, PledgeMusic
Pia Giudice: COO, Ideame
David Porter: CEO, 8Tracks
Chris Boos: CEO, Arago
Mark Moebius: CEO, Nagual Sounds
Bill Hajjar: CEO, Senzari
Mahbod Moghadam: Founder, RapGenius
Leslie JosÃ© Zigel: Founder, Ziglaw (Pitbull's Management)
Martin Varsavsky: CEO, FON
Colleen Theis: COO, The Orchard
Steve Martocci: CEO, Splice
And a number of others. Please check the site for updates and new additions cause there are more to come.
There will also be a MIA Music Hackday the preceding weekend with five finalists presenting at the Summit. Facebook's Ime Archibong will be a HackDay finals judge.
Sponsors include the Knight Foundation, Senzari, Choose Digital and .co.
Event partners include the New World Center, Nobox and The Lab Miami (where the Music Hackday will occur).
Hackday sponsors include 3Scale, MusicGraph and Choose Digital.
Special Discount for Hypebot Readers
Hypebot readers can get $100 off your tickets with the code HYPEBOT. Early bird runs through February 15 and, until then, that means you can get a $199 ticket rather than the full $499.
I'll be checking in on the MIA Music Hackday on Sunday and will be moderating a panel on Alternative Funding for Artists and possibly another as well. If you're in Miami for the Summit or for the Winter Music Conference and want to connect, please contact me via the below email.
I think this is shaping up to be a great event and I look forward to seeing you there!
Conference Site: MIA Music Conference 2014.
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