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:

ASCAP Experience for Musicians

ASCAP Experience: Home Edition [Virtual for 2020]

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
Every Thursday from 3PM ET/12PM PT to 6PM ET/3PM PT

Register here.

A2IM Indie Week for Composers

A2IM Indie Week [Virtual for 2020]

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 15-18, 2020
Online

Register here.

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

GDC: The Game Developers’ Conference [Virtual for 2020]

GDC Summer will be a unique Game Developers Conference experience featuring multi-disciplinary educational and inspirational talks. It’s the world’s biggest conference for gaming pros, so it’s the ideal place to make connections with developers looking for composers.

GDC
August 4-6, 2020
Online

Register here.

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
Fall 2020
Los Angeles, CA

Check their website for 2020 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!

GameSoundCon
October 6-7, 2020
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Register here.

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

MAGFest Conference for Composers

Super MAGFest

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.

Super MAGFest
January 21-24, 2021
National Harbor, MD

Check their website for registration updates.

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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