A great music conference is the perfect place to connect with other musicians and composers to nerd out about your favorite subjects and hot topics in the field. It’s also the best place to network with other creatives, particularly the ones who are looking to hire talent like you. Whether you write for video games, film, or license your work for multiple uses, there’s a conference out there that’s perfect for you.

Not sure where to start? Try one of these six great conferences for composers to boost your networking game this year:

MAGFest Conference for Composers

Super MAGFest [Canceled for 2021]

Super MAGFest is an event designed to celebrate all aspects of video game music and includes a slate of demos and performances that runs 24 hours a day throughout the weekend. The unique event is non-profit, so you’ll connect directly with game makers and fans without any gatekeepers. There are plenty of guest speakers and fan activities for gamers, too.

Check their website for event updates.

ASCAP Experience for Musicians

ASCAP Experience:

ASCAP is one of the biggest performance rights organizations, so it’s no surprise that their conference for songwriters and composers features sessions by some of the biggest names in music. ASCAP Experience: Home Edition features top songwriters, producers, composers, music publishers, thought leaders and the ASCAP team, discussing real-world topics and deep dives on the issues that matter most to the future of music creation.

ASCAP Experience: Home Edition 2020
Watch highlights from the Summer 2020 virtual series here.

Check their website for 2021 event details.

A2IM Indie Week for Composers

A2IM Indie Week

A2IM sponsors Indie Week which is a four-day international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of Independent music. Featuring keynotes, panels, exclusive networking sessions, and more, Indie Week has historically drawn an attendance of over 1200 participants from over 30 countries.

A2IM Indie Week
June 14-17, 2021

Check their website for 2021 event details.

Game Developer's Conference (GDC) for Composers
Photo: Official GDC

GDC: The Game Developers’ Conference

GDC is a huge conference that brings game developers together in the capital of high-tech: San Francisco. It’s the world’s biggest conference for gaming pros, so it’s the ideal place to make connections with developers looking for composers. Over 500 companies are represented, and you can learn more about industry trends — particularly if you attend the special Audio Summit.

In response to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, GDC 2021 will be held as a hybrid event July 19-23, 2021, taking place physically in the Moscone Center in San Francisco along with a robust virtual offering online.

GDC
July 19-23, 2021
San Francisco, CA

Check their website for registration details.

Production Music Conference for Composers

Production Music Conference

Sponsored by the Production Music Association (PMA), PMC  brings together emerging and established composers, major labels, independent publishers, and more. Past sessions have included specifics on everything from composing a series of cues to understanding rights and licensing.

Production Music Conference
Los Angeles, CA

Check their website for 2021 event updates.

GameSoundCon Conference  for Composers

GameSoundCon

GameSoundCon offers over 70 sessions featuring everything you need to know to dive into the brave new world of composing for video games, virtual reality, and other cutting-edge media. There’s a special track to get traditional film and TV composers up to speed, as well as research presentations, speed mentoring, and more — all packed into just two days!

Check their website for 2021 event updates.

Pro Tip: Are you a G.A.N.G. member? The Game Audio Network Guild offers a discount on GameSoundCon passes!

No matter what your specialty or professional goals, there’s definitely a conference that’s right for you. Once you’ve signed up, make sure you’re ready to impress new industry connections with a reel that highlights all your best work. Need help with that? ReelCrafter has you covered.

Now get out there and network!

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